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The McKell Institute issued 'Giving Local Governments the Reboot: Improving the Financial Sustainability of Local Governments'.
Knight Frank launched 'Global Cities: The 2017 Report'.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has ordered the divestment of 16 residential properties that have been held in breach of the foreign investment framework.
The Property Council welcomed the announcement.
The RBA discussed recent economic and housing market conditions in the minutes of the September monetary policy meeting.
During June residential property prices fell in Perth and Darwin but rose in all other capital cities, according to the ABS.
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.
Residential rental vacancies dropped in all capital cities during August, pushing up rents in most locations, according to SQM Research.
The HIA published a list of Australia's top 20 residential builders based on the number of homes commenced in 2015-16.
The Urban Taskforce issued 'Value Capture is Not a Magic Pudding: Options for funding infrastructure'.
A ten-point summary of the report is online.
Minister Christian Porter released a baseline valuation report as part of the Federal Government's new Priority Investment Approach to welfare.
The Property Council advocated for the retirement village model as a solution to the growing cost of housing, in an article.
The Department of Environment and Energy issued an update on proposed changes to cost recovery arrangements for environmental assessments under the EPBC Act.
The Urban Taskforce named Joe Khattar, CEO of Parramatta-based development group Dyldam as Property Person of the Year.
The NSW Government released a report on submissions in response to proposed changes to land management and biodiversity conservation regulation.
The Nature Conservation Council said the report shows overwhelming opposition to proposals that increase land clearing.
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.
UrbanGrowth NSW announced that it has delivered more than 10,000 of the 20,000 home sites earmarked for release over four years.
A summary of the new mechanism for strata termination in NSW has been published by Lindsay Taylor Lawyers.
UrbanGrowth NSW announced an expansion of the Universities Framework Agreement for urban transformation projects, to include the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University.
The National Trust NSW issued a position statement on the Sirius Building at The Rocks in Sydney.
Premier Mike Baird and Minister Andrew Constance launched the Wynyard Walk pedestrian tunnel from Wynyard to Barangaroo in the Sydney CBD.
The UDIA NSW issued a statement on the role of technology in city planning, building and living, to mark its Annual State Conference.
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.
The ACT Greens released a planning policy that includes restructuring the Land Development Agency and establishing an Urban Design Centre of Excellence.
The Canberra Liberals announced an infrastructure plan for the Gungahlin-CBD corridor.
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.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr welcomed the arrival of the first commercial international flight to Canberra Airport.
The Victorian Government announced the lease of the Port of Melbourne for over $9.7 billion.
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.
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.
The Logistics Council said the lease must be accompanied by investment in road and rail infrastructure.
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said that ports and other mature government assets should be privatised to meet infrastructure needs.
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.
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.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Queensland Government is keeping its commitment not to sell income-generating state assets.