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The National Growth Areas Alliance issued 'State of Australia's Fast-Growing Outer Suburbs'. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council advocated for a coordinated approach to city-shaping in its submission to the inquiry into the Government's role in the development of cities. [Full Text]

The Committee for that inquiry said it will conduct site inspections in Sydney next week to examine examples of environmentally and socially sustainable urban design. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Mark Butler said big companies are calling for a Clean Energy Target. [Full Text]

Submissions are online for the inquiry into the impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, including from several governments, universities and peak bodies. [Full Text]

ANZ released its Stateometer for the June quarter and said that housing construction is keeping economies humming in the south east. [Full Text]

A key change in the housing market this quarter has been the introduction of first home owner stamp duty deductions in NSW and Victoria, according to the Melbourne Institute. [Full Text]

Core Logic published an analysis of the significant drop in the proportion of dwellings selling below $400,000 in recent years. [Full Text]

Professor Bill Randolph discussed investor-driven density and disadvantage, in an article. [Full Text]

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson called for investment property to be treated as a financial product. [Full Text]

AHURI summarised the findings of its report on the potential impact of social impact investing on affordable housing and homelessness. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron issued a statement following a roundtable with community housing providers and industry super funds on boosting investment in affordable housing. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association announced changes to its constitution to formalise its relationship with state peak bodies. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Census of Population and Housing: Families with School Children, Income Distribution, 2016'. [Full Text]

A transcript is online for a recent hearing from the inquiry into the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. [Full Text]

The Railway Association outlined a 'Ten Point Plan to Creating Greater National Freight and Supply Chain Efficiencies' in a submission. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce published research on global trends to help reduce the cost of urban housing and how these could be applied in NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations, the Planning Institute and SSROC issued a communique and fact sheet following a recent forum on affordable housing in Sydney. [Full Text]

The Parramatta Light Rail Environmental Impact Statement has been released. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance said the NSW Government has also applied for Parramatta Light Rail to be considered as Critical State Significant Infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said that creating a good public transport option is essential to linking cities within the west. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jodi McKay called on the NSW Government to regularly release data on M4 patronage. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the NSW design policy and its implementation process must ensure that it does not become focused on a narrow style guide but encourages a variety of design approaches. [Full Text]

Minister Gabrielle Upton announced that a modular artificial reef will be suspended alongside the Sydney Opera House as part of a research project to improve marine biodiversity in Sydney Harbour. [Full Text]

The Greens welcomed the trial but advocated for a new Sydney Marine Park. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council welcomed a call by the Senate to delay introducing new tree-clearing laws in NSW. [Full Text]

Meeting summaries and presentation slides are online from recent public meetings for the new MAAS Museum in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney opened nominations for its Smart City Awards. [Full Text]

The ACT City Renewal Authority welcomed Malcolm Snow as CEO. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Michael Gunner released a Darwin CBD heat mitigation study as part of research for the Darwin City Deal. [Full Text]

The Property Council released the results of a survey on the revitalisation of the Darwin CBD ahead of Saturday's council elections. [Full Text]

Attorney-General Natasha Fyles introduced legislation to create an NT Independent Commission Against Corruption. [Full Text]

The Victorian Auditor-General's Office issued 'Effectively Planning for Population Growth'. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne released its biennial 'Daily Population Estimates and Forecasts' report [Full Text]

The Victorian Planning Authority announced a memorandum of understanding with Wyndham City Council and developers on a fee-based fast-tracking of applications for subdivision and engineering works. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne announced the rezoning of more than 300 hectares of land in Bendigo's west. [Full Text]

Minister Martin Foley issued an update on the North Melbourne Renewal Project, part of a $185 million redevelopment of public housing properties. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-Term Tenancy Agreements) Bill will be introduced to the Victorian Parliament. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas said that Victoria is the only state economy that has grown above trend for two consecutive years. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government released 'Built Environment and Infrastructure Sector Adaptation Plan' as part of the State's Climate Adaptation Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Jackie Trad announced Graeme Newton as CEO of the Brisbane Cross River Rail Delivery Authority. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland said electricity and utility costs are now the number one challenge facing the State's business community. [Full Text]

The SA Government launched the Open State festival. [Full Text]