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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Submissions to the inquiry on foreign investment in residential real estate are online, including submissions from the NSW Treasurer, Urban Taskforce, Property Council, UDIA, HIA, AHURI and RBA. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Growth in house prices weakened during the September Quarter, according to the Domain Group. [Full Text]

A recovery in residential land sales is broadening to regional areas, according to RP Data and the HIA. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Shadow Minister Jan McLucas said the Department of Social Services confirmed in Senate Estimates that its review of housing and homelessness policy has been shelved. [Full Text]

Mission Australia called for Federal, State and Territory Governments to boost social housing supply. [Full Text]

Presentations from a recent AHURI event on community housing and addressing disadvantage are online. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

The transcript from a recent Senate Estimates hearing on Infrastructure and Regional Development is online. [Full Text]

Consult Australia made a submission toward the development of a Project Appraisal Framework by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

A Griffiths University study on the capture of value from increases in property value near public transport infrastructure has been discussed in an article published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

Fifty per cent of surveyed workers said they would be enticed to ride to work if a financial incentive was available, according to the Heart Foundation and Cycling Promotion Fund. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

Stockland announced the first green bond by an Australian corporate, to fund eligible environmentally sustainable projects. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council applauded the announcement. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

Ministers Ian Macfarlane and Greg Hunt issued a position statement on the renewable energy target. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said that reducing the renewable energy target is a retrograde step. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

The HIA welcomed the Government's recently announced red tape repeal reforms. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHY

RP Data issued a summary of recent interstate migration figures. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / PLANNING / EVENTS

An event on learnings from the GFC with regard to housing supply and city planning will be held tonight as part of the University of Sydney's Festival of Urbanism. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / EVENTS

The Green Cities conference will be held in Melbourne during March. [Full Text]

AWARDS / SUSTAINABILITY / INDUSTRY

Winners of the BPN Sustainability Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / INDUSTRY

Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced the preferred bidder to deliver Sydney's CBD and South East Light Rail project, incorporating a 50 per cent increase in capacity of passengers per hour. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said the announcement is great news for Sydney commuters. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / DEMOGRAPHY

Updated population and dwelling forecasts for Sydney have been released through Transport for NSW, including an interactive land use planning tool. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Committee for Sydney made a submission to the Rebuilding NSW Discussion Paper. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects published its submission to the Rebuilding NSW Discussion Paper. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Pru Goward introduced the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2014, which relates to ePlanning, legislative powers for local councils and penalties for planning breaches. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

The Art Gallery of NSW announced that twelve architectural practices have been invited to submit concept designs for its new exhibition space. [Full Text]

Concept designs for the Western Sydney Airport have been released as part of a competition run by Consult Australia. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT / AGED CARE

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust issued an update on plans for the conversion of defence land at Headland Park in Sydney Harbour, for public space and an aged care facility. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said the new facilities will deliver better access for visitors to some of Sydney's best natural assets. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said the Trust should be congratulated on its policy of encouraging maximum open-space whilst ensuring the future of the Parkland is sustainable. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Gabrielle Upton announced a 3.6 per cent increase in the number of people on the NSW social housing waiting list, compared to last year. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS

NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance issued an economic update. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

The NSW Parliamentary Library issued a paper on a recent High Court decision relating to the liability of builders to owners corporations. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

A paper on renewable energy policies and prospects in NSW has been issued by the Parliamentary Library. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Sydney Business Chamber welcomed comments by Treasurer Andrew Constance that Sydney needs five strong local councils. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL / EVENTS

A talk on the future of the Sydney Harbour Bays Precinct will be held on 5 November, presented by the City of Sydney and the University of Sydney's Festival of Urbanism. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / INDUSTRY

The winner of the UDIA NSW and Elton Consulting Women in Leadership Award has been announced. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The NT Government issued a summary of recent and ongoing red tape reforms across a range of areas, including building and construction. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TOURISM

Premier Denis Napthine announced an expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Premier Napthine announced a $120 million local infrastructure package for growth area councils. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / WATER

'Transitioning Adelaide to a water sensitive city: Towards an Urban Water Plan for Greater Adelaide' was issued by the SA Government. [Full Text]