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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

A record number of new homes will be commenced during 2014, according to the HIA in its National Outlook. [Full Text]

Growth in dwelling investment is expected to continue in coming quarters, based on building approvals and other forward-looking indicators, according to the RBA. [Full Text]

The ABS released state and territory account figures for 2013-14. [Full Text]

Residential construction became a key source of growth for several state economies during 2013-14, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / SUSTAINABILITY

The Sustainable Built Environment Council made a submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development's discussion paper on infrastructure project appraisal. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

The Climate Council released a report comparing states and territories in terms of renewable energy development. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Local Government Association called for Commonwealth and state and territory governments to support investment in the local roads network. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors issued a policy position statement on homelessness. [Full Text]

AWARDS / DESIGN

Winners of the Australian Institute of Architects' New Experimental Architectural Typologies competition have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Minister Pru Goward announced the release of the draft Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Strategy. [Full Text]

The draft Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Strategy is online. [Full Text]

A video summary of the draft Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Strategy is online. [Full Text]

Minister Goward said the end of the Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit signals the starting point for the development of a draft Strategic Plan. [Full Text]

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore discussed recent examples of urban renewal, in a speech to the Bays Precinct Summit. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the Bays Precinct Summit reinforced the need for transport, density and jobs. [Full Text]

The UDIA said the Bays Precinct Summit provides a solid start but a great deal of effort will be required to get specific input from the industry and community on the future of the precinct. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Treasurer Andrew Constance announced research on the need for a continued expansion of road and rail infrastructure capacity in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Goward announced reforms to the processing of state significant development proposals in NSW. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the proposed improvements are a move in the right direction. [Full Text]

The Greens criticised the announcement. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the 'Social Housing in NSW' discussion paper recently released by Minister Gabrielle Upton. [Full Text]

The 'Social Housing in NSW' discussion paper is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ACCESSIBILITY

Minister John Ajaka announced an extension to consultation for the development of a NSW Disability Inclusion Plan, which includes a focus area on liveable communities. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT / PLANNING / BUSHFIRE

Lindsay Taylor Lawyers published an article on the recently announced reform package for coastal hazards in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT / MINING

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment issued a response to the NSW Gas Plan. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / GENERAL

Minister Simon Corbell addressed the inaugural Canberra Urban and Regional Futures forum. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Minister Mick Gentleman issued an update on the implementation of recommendations from the Auditor-General's report into single dwelling developments in the ACT. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / DESIGN / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

A consultation report on the early design for stage one of the ACT Capital Metro light rail project has been released. [Full Text]

Minister Corbell said that integration with other transport modes and landscaping along Northbourne Avenue were some of the main topics raised in the consultation. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Minister Peter Chandler issued an update on land release at Palmerston in the NT. [Full Text]

An update on the land release process for Zuccoli in the NT has also been issued. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Matthew Guy announced a policy to outlaw real estate underquoting in Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Property Council released a series of documents summarising its policy positions, ahead of the Victorian state election. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AGED CARE

A report on the effect of Victoria's 'Aged Care Rule' on the retirement village sector was issued by the Property Council. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / RECREATION

The SA Government issued a statement on its community engagement process for the future of Adelaide's parklands. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The UDIA made a submission to the SA Government's draft guidelines for the assessment of unsolicited proposals. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Winners of the UDIA SA Awards for Excellence have been announced. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association welcomed the WA Government's recently announced planning reforms. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING

The Tasmanian Government announced that its first tranche of planning reform legislation has passed the Legislative Council. [Full Text]