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PLANNING / ECONOMICS / INTERNATIONAL

A report on the economic value of planning was released by the UK-based Royal Town Planning Institute. [Full Text]

'The State of the City Experience: What makes a City Great?' was issued by architecture firm Sasaki, based on a survey of residents in 6 major US cities. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / DESIGN

A rapid assessment technique to calculate "left-over" land in cities for conversion to green space has been discussed in a Griffiths University article published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The national median house price increased by 10.9 per cent over the year to June, according to a report by Australian Property Monitors. [Full Text]

During the June quarter home values fell by 0.7 per cent in 'real' terms, according to RP Data. [Full Text]

The RBA is not expected to start raising rates until sometime next year, according to AMP. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

Confidence in the residential building industry is the highest it has been for six years, according to a survey by Master Builders. [Full Text]

Australand reported a 49 per cent increase in net profit, in its half-year results. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

Ken Morrison has commenced as CEO of the Property Council. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Public hearings will be held in Adelaide and Canberra this week for the Senate inquiry into affordable housing. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Resolutions from the Local Government Association's recent National General Assembly are online. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Warren Truss issued a statement on the passage of legislation for funding of the Roads to Recovery Programme. [Full Text]

Minister Truss discussed the legislation and other matters in an interview. [Full Text]

ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The Clean Energy Council published a guide to buying and installing home solar photovoltaic systems. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Pru Goward announced planning approval for the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Goward called for feedback on a draft rezoning proposal for the Herring Road precinct at Macquarie Park in Sydney. [Full Text]

The University of Wollongong's SMART Infrastructure Facility announced that it is developing a new planning tool that integrates economic, transport and land use planning forecasting elements. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The median house price in Sydney grew by 17 per cent in the year to June, according to Australian Property Monitors. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS

Business perceptions of the performance of the NSW economy fell for the second quarter in a row, according to a survey by the NSW Business Chamber. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Treasurer Joe Hockey announced discussions on regulatory reform to encourage superannuation funds to invest in 'greenfield' infrastructure in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / ENVIRONMENT

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore said there will be more trees in Surry Hills after the Sydney CBD and South East light rail project is complete. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Mike Baird opened Sydney's third container terminal at Port Botany. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The NSW Transport Infrastructure conference will be held in Sydney from 24 September. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Two discussion papers have been released as part of a review of the ACT Residential Tenancies Act. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Hume Regional Growth Plan has been released by the Victorian Government. [Full Text]

The release means that for the first time concurrent metropolitan and regional plans for future growth of the whole of Victoria are in place, according to Minister Matthew Guy. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The UDIA made a submission on Queensland's Land Sales and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Jamie Briggs announced that construction on Adelaide's North-South Corridor Torrens-to-Torrens project will commence in August. [Full Text]

An update on the project, including a video fly-though, is online. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TOURISM

The SA Tourism Plan 2020 has been released. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INDUSTRY

The WA Government announced that a six-storey affordable modular apartment building containing 77 homes has been delivered in 10 days. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

The City of Perth welcomed a delegation to develop recommendations for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Ian Macfarlane announced two new members of Tasmania's Major Projects Approval Agency. [Full Text]