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ARUP issued 'Cities Alive: Towards a walking world'.
Nearly one in five communities and councils have set target of zero emissions or 100 per cent renewable energy, according to Beyond Zero Emissions.
The REN21 group issued its annual Renewables Global Status Report.
State populations in Victoria and NSW grew by more than 100,000 each in the year to December 2015, according to the ABS.
The HIA said that the pace of population growth steadied in the latter half of 2015, however there are quite wide divergences between the states and territories.
Population growth has slowed nationally but NSW and Victoria have attracted a record high proportion of the population increase, according to CoreLogic RP Data.
The ABS issued 'Residential Property Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Mar 2016'.
The HIA said that Victoria has dethroned NSW in terms of performance in the residential building industry.
A summary of the HIA Housing Scorecard is online.
CoreLogic RP Data released 'Profile of the Australian Residential Property Investor Report'.
An article on the housing affordability concerns of Generation Y, by staff at Curtin University, has been published by The Conversation.
Most over 55s surveyed would prefer getting rid of negative gearing entirely, according to the ABC's Vote Compass.
The Land Values Research Group published a critique of the recent SQM analysis of Labor's negative gearing policy.
The HIA said that the heavy focus on negative gearing in the election campaign is misguided and distracts from important housing policy reforms.
A group of scholars has released an audit of how the three major federal political parties aim to address poverty.
Deloitte released a report on the economic contribution and future directions of the aged care sector.
The University of Canberra issued 'Wellbeing, resilience and liveability in rural and regional Australia: the 2015 Regional Wellbeing Survey'.
The Institute of Landscape Architects published a response it received from the Federal Opposition on urban policy.
Winners of the Institute of Architects' International Chapter Architecture Awards have been announced.
Transport for NSW published updated information on reforms to point to point transport regulation, including rideshare services.
Minister Andrew Constance said the passing of the Point to Point Transport Bill ushers in a new era for the transport economy.
Lindsay Taylor Lawyers published an article on the Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill that has passed NSW Parliament.
Local Government NSW issued an overview of the NSW Budget.
An article on the a draft NSW Housing Code, to replace the General Housing Code in Part 3 of the Codes SEPP, has been published by Lindsay Taylor Lawyers.
Chief Minister Adam Giles announced a development agreement between the NT Government and Halikos Group for the redevelopment of Berrimah Farm, to include more than 2000 new homes.
The NT Department of Housing called for proposals to redevelop public housing sites in Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.
The NT Council of Social Service released its 12th Cost of Living Report and said that rental prices have risen by 66 per cent over the last ten years.
Winners of the Institute of Architects' NT Architecture Awards have been announced.
Minister Natalie Hutchins released the results of an annual survey on community satisfaction with Victorian councils.
The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils welcomed initiatives to support fast growing areas, in a submission to Victoria's 'All Things Considered' options paper for a 30-year infrastructure strategy.
A series of reports on coastal climate risk in the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula region have been released by Minister Lisa Neville.
Mayor Graham Quirk released the Brisbane City Council Budget, including $16 million to develop a business case for the Brisbane Metro subway system.
An infographic summary of the Brisbane City Council Budget is online.
Details of recent changes to duties and land tax regulation in Queensland are online.
The Queensland Government issued 'Advancing North Queensland: Investing in the future of the north'.
The PM announced $150 million for the relocation of University of Tasmania campuses in Burnie and Launceston and a revitalisation of Launceston CBD, as part of a City Deal.
Winners of the Institute of Architects' Tasmanian Architecture Awards have been announced.