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The Property Council launched an online data hub focused on economic and property information. [Full Text]

Deakin University's Jan Garrard discussed the results of a survey of young people on urban walkability. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council published its annual list of 'Green Star leaders'. [Full Text]

Minister Darren Chester announced $5 million to develop a Princes Highway Corridor Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack issued guidance for not-for-profits on how consumer law applies to fundraising activities. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission issued a report on regional impacts in the economic transition following the resources investment boom. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney released 'Sydney's Water Future: Planning for an Unrainy Day'. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts announced the rezoning of 270 hectares of land alongside the Showground Metro Station in Sydney's north-west. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the Showground Station Precinct is a classic example of how Sydney's growth must be accommodated in increased density around a new metro railway station. [Full Text]

The first Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 Monitoring Report has been released. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts said that in just its first year, the Regional Plan has enabled the approval of about 1,600 homes and the construction of more than 1,000 for the people of the Central Coast. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment released proposed changes to SEPP 70 to allow specified councils to prepare an affordable housing contribution scheme for certain precincts, areas or developments associated with an upzoning. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said support for council affordable housing levies by the state needs more detail. [Full Text]

The Property Council said these are good initial steps towards instituting transparency and consistency into our state's planning system but must be followed through with detail. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said its submission on the Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan has stressed the importance of championing the inevitable swing from a predominately suburban form for Sydney to an urban form of apartments. [Full Text]

The UNSW City Futures Research Centre announced a research project on the 'build to rent' sector, in collaboration with Landcom. [Full Text]

The NSW Auditor-General issued a financial audit report on the NSW Government's Transport cluster. [Full Text]

Councillor Linda Scott issued a statement upon her election as President of Local Government NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Matt Kean announced that new laws to enhance fire safety in high-rise buildings come into force in NSW today. [Full Text]

An update on the Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce has been issued by NSW Finance, Services and Innovation. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the community will be asked to consider the future use of the Canberra Technology Park site in Watson in the new year. [Full Text]

Sally Barnes, has been announced as CEO of the National Capital Authority. [Full Text]

The Victorian Parliamentary Library issued a report on housing affordability and housing stress over the past decade. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government issued its response to the Environmental Assessment Council's Statewide Assessment of Public Land Final Report. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Victoria issued 'Travel Demand and Movement Patterns Report'. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson said train, tram and bus trips are forecast to grow by 75 per cent by 2030. [Full Text]

Minister Jacinta Allan announced changes to public transport fares in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Victorian Auditor-General issued a report on the Level Crossing Removal Program. [Full Text]

The Victorian Opposition commented on the report. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced reforms to the Auditor-General's jurisdiction, powers and functions. [Full Text]

Victoria's Essential Services Commission issued a report on the compliance of councils with the 'Fair Go Rates' system. [Full Text]

The ESC said the vast majority of Victorian councils have kept their rates in check for a second year. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne announced an investigation following a series of allegations made against Mayor Robert Doyle. [Full Text]

The Municipal Association of Victoria announced a new award to recognise Australia's Strongest and Most Resilient Community. [Full Text]

GRA Cosway issued a summary of the Queensland Election. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington's Shadow Ministry. [Full Text]

The SA Auditor General released a report on the Adelaide Riverbank Development. [Full Text]

The Property Council announced the first two commercial buildings in SA to undergo environmental and energy efficiency upgrades using the new Building Upgrade Finance mechanism. [Full Text]

The SA Government welcomed $40 million in supplementary federal funding for road upgrades, to be distributed to SA's 68 local councils. [Full Text]

A report on Western Australia's land and property information agency, Landgate, has been tabled. [Full Text]

The WA Government released a background paper and strategy as part of an overhaul of the public library system. [Full Text]