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The McKell Institute issued 'Giving Local Governments the Reboot: Improving the Financial Sustainability of Local Governments'. [Full Text]

Knight Frank launched 'Global Cities: The 2017 Report'. [Full Text]

Treasurer Scott Morrison has ordered the divestment of 16 residential properties that have been held in breach of the foreign investment framework. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The RBA discussed recent economic and housing market conditions in the minutes of the September monetary policy meeting. [Full Text]

During June residential property prices fell in Perth and Darwin but rose in all other capital cities, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said that the cost of vacant land has continued to increase in capital cities over the past year providing the impetus for growth in the cost of established housing stock. [Full Text]

Residential rental vacancies dropped in all capital cities during August, pushing up rents in most locations, according to SQM Research. [Full Text]

The HIA published a list of Australia's top 20 residential builders based on the number of homes commenced in 2015-16. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce issued 'Value Capture is Not a Magic Pudding: Options for funding infrastructure'. [Full Text]

A ten-point summary of the report is online. [Full Text]

Minister Christian Porter released a baseline valuation report as part of the Federal Government's new Priority Investment Approach to welfare. [Full Text]

The Property Council advocated for the retirement village model as a solution to the growing cost of housing, in an article. [Full Text]

The Department of Environment and Energy issued an update on proposed changes to cost recovery arrangements for environmental assessments under the EPBC Act. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce named Joe Khattar, CEO of Parramatta-based development group Dyldam as Property Person of the Year. [Full Text]

The NSW Government released a report on submissions in response to proposed changes to land management and biodiversity conservation regulation. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council said the report shows overwhelming opposition to proposals that increase land clearing. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Toole welcomed the decisions of the NSW Land and Environment Court in relation to council merger proposals for Hornsby Shire and Ku-ring-gai councils; Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde councils; and Shellharbour and Wollongong councils. [Full Text]

UrbanGrowth NSW announced that it has delivered more than 10,000 of the 20,000 home sites earmarked for release over four years. [Full Text]

A summary of the new mechanism for strata termination in NSW has been published by Lindsay Taylor Lawyers. [Full Text]

UrbanGrowth NSW announced an expansion of the Universities Framework Agreement for urban transformation projects, to include the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University. [Full Text]

The National Trust NSW issued a position statement on the Sirius Building at The Rocks in Sydney. [Full Text]

Premier Mike Baird and Minister Andrew Constance launched the Wynyard Walk pedestrian tunnel from Wynyard to Barangaroo in the Sydney CBD. [Full Text]

The UDIA NSW issued a statement on the role of technology in city planning, building and living, to mark its Annual State Conference. [Full Text]

The Canberra Liberals issued a 29-point planning policy that includes pre-development application meetings for major developments and an overhaul of solar access regulation. [Full Text]

The ACT Greens released a planning policy that includes restructuring the Land Development Agency and establishing an Urban Design Centre of Excellence. [Full Text]

The Canberra Liberals announced an infrastructure plan for the Gungahlin-CBD corridor. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that both Labor and Liberal leaders in the ACT promised to refocus the Land Development Agency towards greenfield sites, at a recent debate. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr welcomed the arrival of the first commercial international flight to Canberra Airport. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced the lease of the Port of Melbourne for over $9.7 billion. [Full Text]

The Lonsdale Consortium said it was extremely pleased to be selected to acquire the lease and become custodians of Australia's largest container, automotive and general cargo port. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said that it is important that the Port remains competitive against rival ports around the country and that Victorians and Victorian businesses are not disadvantaged by port cost increases. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said the lease must be accompanied by investment in road and rail infrastructure. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said that ports and other mature government assets should be privatised to meet infrastructure needs. [Full Text]

Rural Victoria is set to secure nearly $1 billion in funding for priority infrastructure projects thanks to the Port of Melbourne lease, according to the Victorian Farmers Federation. [Full Text]

The UDIA issued a correction on its calculation of the number of new dwellings per year to be built by 2051 in order to house Victoria's forecast future population. [Full Text]

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Queensland Government is keeping its commitment not to sell income-generating state assets. [Full Text]