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HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The ABS made a submission to a Parliamentary Inquiry into foreign investment in residential real estate. [Full Text]

Other submissions to the Inquiry are online. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

By June 2017, only the Brisbane and Sydney markets are expected to have experienced growth in house prices in real terms over the previous three years, according to BIS Shrapnel. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

Deloitte issued a report on the adequacy of the superannuation system. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

Speeches from the Senate's consideration of the Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill are online. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed the passage of amendments to the Bill that he said will preserve Infrastructure Australia's independence. [Full Text]

The Business Council issued its submission to the Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Program discussion paper. [Full Text]

The Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Programme discussion paper is online. [Full Text]

Engineers Australia called for improvements in public sector procurement processes, in a submission to the Inquiry on infrastructure planning and procurement. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

A report from the Budget Estimates hearing on infrastructure and regional development is online. [Full Text]

Reports for Budget Estimates hearings for other portfolios are online. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

The report from the Inquiry into proposed legislation relating to bilateral agreements on environmental approvals has been issued. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

'Service Delivery Review: A How-to Manual for Local Government' was issued by the Centre of Excellence for Local Government. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

NSW is in the top 1 per cent of OECD regions for civic engagement and environment, according to the OECD's new Regional Wellbeing interactive website. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Pru Goward announced a rezoning for 2,300 new homes at Wentworth Point and a draft planning framework for the Herring Road Precinct at Macquarie Park, for 5,400 new homes. [Full Text]

Further information on the Wentworth Point Urban Activation Precinct is online. [Full Text]

Further information on the Herring Road Urban Activation Precinct is online. [Full Text]

Planning approval for the Northern Beaches Hospital concept proposal and Stage 1 site clearing was announced by Minister Goward. [Full Text]

Further information on the Northern Beaches Hospital is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

A consortium including John Holland and Leighton Contractors has been selected as preferred operator for Sydney's North West Rail Link. [Full Text]

Expressions of interest from four consortia have been received to deliver the M4 East component of Sydney's WestConnex road project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Lindsay Taylor Lawyers published an article on funding for the NSW Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INSURANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

A review of the NSW Home Warranty Insurance Scheme was announced by Minister Matthew Mason-Cox. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Shane Rattenbury said the ACT Government will develop a Strategic Plan for Community Housing, in a response to a discussion paper by ACT Shelter. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Simon Corbell released a Low Emission Vehicle Strategy discussion paper for the ACT. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / AWARDS / DESIGN

Winners of the ACT Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The City of Darwin announced that it has adopted its Municipal Plan and Budget. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Minister Matthew Guy announced the approval of 3 new skyscrapers in central Melbourne, including Australia?s first 100 storey building. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Two consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the eastern section of Melbourne's East West Link. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued further detail on each consortium. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / WATER

The Victorian Auditor-General issued a report on the Environmental Contribution Levy for water. [Full Text]

Minister Peter Walsh welcomed the report. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

Dr Gillian Sparkes has been announced as Victoria's Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENVIRONMENT / RECREATION

A long-term vision for the management of National Parks in Victoria has been released. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AWARDS / DESIGN

Winners of the Queensland Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs called on the SA Government to utilise the Federal Government's asset recycling initiative to fund infrastructure. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The City of Perth announced key components of its 2014-15 Budget. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / HEALTH

An article on the health impacts of commuting was published by the Committee for Perth. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / GENERAL

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman issued a summary of achievements from his first 100 days in office. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TOURISM / PLANNING

The Tasmanian Government called for Expressions of Interest to develop tourism facilities in National Parks and World Heritage Areas. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / DESIGN / AWARDS

Winners of the Tasmanian Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]