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FINANCE

AHURI issued a report on the costs and risks of alternative housing equity withdrawal mechanisms. [Full Text]

MAPPING / PLANNING / DESIGN

The Open Geospatial Consortium announced that it has established a working group to develop open standards for technologies and tools related to Urban Planning. [Full Text]

DESIGN / EDUCATION

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect issued a paper on the design of educational environments. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

Mirvac announced that its annual profit increased from $139.9 million in 2012-13 to $447 million in 2013-14. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Premier Mike Baird announced changes to the Ministerial Code of Conduct prohibiting ministers or their staff from pressuring NSW Government agencies into changing their recommendations. [Full Text]

Property Council CEO Ken Morrison issued a statement on laws relating to political donations in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Ministers Gabrielle Upton and Dominic Perrottet announced that the first government-owned property at Millers Point in Sydney has sold for $1.9 million. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Sophie Cotsis said the auctions are not transparent and do not guarantee the best return for the sale of a public assets. [Full Text]

Updated information on the NSW Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Gabrielle Upton released a fact sheet on the 'Going Home Staying Home' homelessness reforms in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The UDIA welcomed the extension of the Western Sydney Employment Area and called for the release of the Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney. [Full Text]

The Property Council said expanding employment lands to link with Sydney's second airport makes sense. [Full Text]

The University of Newcastle's proposal for a 10 storey building in the Newcastle CBD is on exhibition as a state significant development. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority announced that CEO John Tabart will resign in November. [Full Text]

The UDIA said Mr Tabart's wealth of experience in planning, infrastructure delivery and major project management proved an asset to the Authority. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SUSTAINABILITY

The ACT Government announced a framework for achieving carbon neutrality across Government operations and services by 2020. [Full Text]

The Carbon Neutral ACT Government Framework is online. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / WATER

The ACT Water Strategy 2014-44 has been released. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / GENERAL

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles issued a statement on the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Local Government David Tollner. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING

The NT Government released the draft Berrimah North Area Plan for public exhibition. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS

Queensland is predicted to outperform NSW and Victoria over the coming years in terms of population, employment and economic growth, according to Deloitte. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

A report on the management of environmental impacts of the Victorian transport system was issued by the Victorian Auditor-General's Office. [Full Text]

Commercial and financial advisory contracts have been awarded for Melbourne's Rail Link and East West Link. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Tenants Union of Victoria issued a paper examining the characteristics of tenants in the private rental market. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS / PLANNING

The Property Council welcomed the SA Government's plan to grow the economy and said the it should seriously consider the planning reforms proposed by the Expert Panel on Planning Reform. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / DESIGN / SUSTAINABILITY

The Australian Forest Products Association welcomed plans for a multi-storey cross-laminated timber building in Adelaide. [Full Text]