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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The RBA said that dwelling investment has expanded further in the June quarter and leading indicators point to continued growth in the months ahead. [Full Text]

The RBA published a paper on foreign investment in commercial property. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / INTERNATIONAL

Australia has been ranked 20th of 144 countries in terms of infrastructure, in the World Economic Forum's Competitiveness Rankings. [Full Text]

A meeting of G20 Finance Ministers announced a Global Infrastructure Initiative, amongst a range of measures. [Full Text]

A note on leading practices for private sector involvement in infrastructure delivery has also been issued by the G20 Finance Ministers' meeting. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

The Parliamentary Library issued a bill digest for the Infrastructure Australia Amendment (Cost Benefit Analysis and Other Measures) Bill 2014. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

'Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding' was issued by the Climate Council. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT

An updated guide to state and federal community grants has been issued by the Parliamentary Library. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHY

The ABS issued historical population statistics. [Full Text]

WATER

'The Future of Urban Water: Scenarios for Water Utilities in 2040' was published by ARUP. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Gladys Berejiklian issued an update on the consultation for the upgrade of the Epping to Chatswood rail line, as part of Sydney's North West Rail Link. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The discussion paper 'Your Future Central Coast' was issued by Ministers Pru Goward and Rob Stokes. [Full Text]

A position paper on the reform of community schemes law has been released by NSW Fair Trading. [Full Text]

Minister Matthew Mason-Cox said that at the heart of the package are measures that seek to better protect residents, with a focus on ensuring transparency and accountability in decision-making. [Full Text]

'Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW' was launched by a group of community and conservation organisations. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / PLANNING

The Urban Taskforce published further detail on its proposal for residential towers at transport nodes. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Government NSW said $600 million of the NSW Government's $1 billion local governmwnt reform incentive package is based on Government estimates of councils saving money over a ten-year period if they borrow money from the Government. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Australian Institute of Architects' ACT Chapter launched a competition for the design of innovative and affordable compact dwellings. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ENERGY

Minister Simon Corbell said a review of the ACT's Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The NT Government announced a trial scheme with Defence Housing Australia to redevelop old housing stock. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

An amendment concerning the introduction of the VicSmart codified planning system has been gazetted. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / GENERAL

A summary of outcomes from a recent Townsville CBD revitalisation workshop has been published by the Property Council and Townsville Chamber of Commerce. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY

Four new members have been appointed to the SA Government's Riverbank Authority, responsible for the long-term vision and planning of the Riverbank Precinct in Adelaide. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi issued a statement on local government reform in WA. [Full Text]