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The Climate Institute issued a review of the financial implications of climate risk to housing in Australia. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council outlined its five priorities for federal government action, following the release of its pre-election plan for five- sustainable buildings, communities and cities. [Full Text]

The ACF released a scorecard on the major political parties' environmental policies. [Full Text]

Greens Senator Janet Rice announced a $250m annual Active Transport Fund for bikes and walking infrastructure. [Full Text]

The ABS released dwelling approval figures for April. [Full Text]

Residential building approvals increased by three per cent in April, driven primarily by multi-unit dwellings growth in eastern seaboard states, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

Residex published an analysis of the relationship between dwellings approvals and growth in the value of properties. [Full Text]

The HIA New Home Sales Report shows that a monthly decline in detached house sales was widespread during April, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Business Indicators, Australia, Mar 2016'. [Full Text]

National accounts figures for the March quarter have also been released. [Full Text]

Residential construction has been a mainstay of Australia's economic growth during the last four years, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute launched a website on negative gearing. [Full Text]

The UNSW City Futures Blog published an article on the Federal Opposition's negative gearing policy. [Full Text]

The 'Vote Home' alliance of community housing and welfare groups issued a communique on negative gearing. [Full Text]

Seven out of eight states and territories recorded improvements in housing affordability during the March quarter, according to the Real Estate Institute and Adelaide Bank. [Full Text]

The Prudential Regulation Authority released its Quarterly Authorised Deposit-taking Institution Property Exposures for the March quarter. [Full Text]

National Shelter called for an all-party commitment to a better housing future for Australia. [Full Text]

AHURI issued 'The role of private rental brokerage in housing outcomes for vulnerable Australians'. [Full Text]

An overview of the Australian Building and Construction Commission was issued by Coleman Greig Lawyers. [Full Text]

The Institute of Family Studies issued 'The modern Australian family'. [Full Text]

The University of Melbourne's Centre for Workplace Leadership released 'Leadership at Work - Do Australian leaders have what it takes?' [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued '2016 Federal Election Seats to Watch'. [Full Text]

Winners of the Institute for Landscape Architects' Best Playground Award have been announced. [Full Text]

Premier Mike Baird announced the NSW Government's formal acceptance of Brookfield's unsolicited proposal for the Wynyard Place commercial and retail precinct. [Full Text]

An artist's impression of the George Street entrance to Wynyard Place is online. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the Wynyard renewal positions Sydney as a global city. [Full Text]

The announcement is a win for Sydney that will support the revitalisation of the precinct into a vibrant commercial and retail hub, according to the Sydney Business Chamber. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes welcomed the approval of concept plans as part of the Peninsula at Wentworth Point maritime precinct in Sydney. [Full Text]

Further detail about the Peninsula at Wentworth Point has been released by UrbanGrowth NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Government has launched a website about the new Emergency Services Property Levy. [Full Text]

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced that legislation to make way for the Emergency Services Property Levy has passed Parliament. [Full Text]

UNSW's Professor Bill Randolph discussed value capture and planning for higher density housing, in an opinion piece. [Full Text]

Minister Dominic Perrottet confirmed that the NSW Government has lodged a rezoning for a 7,000 square metre park at Macquarie Park. [Full Text]

The NSW Government called for expressions of interest for the design and construction of the Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute issued a response to a recent newspaper article claiming that 'Sydney will be unrecognisable now that the planners have gone'. [Full Text]

The NSW Coastal Management Bill has passed Parliament. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Toole issued a statement on the on the proposed merger of Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay councils in Sydney. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley called on the NSW Government to halt all council mergers. [Full Text]

Treasurer Berejiklian said that housing supply in NSW will soon receive a big boost after the ABS confirmed that building approvals rose by more than 10 per cent in April. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said that after a drop in late 2015, apartment approval numbers in NSW have bounced back. [Full Text]

National accounts results show that NSW was number one among the states for economic activity during the March quarter, according to Treasurer Berejiklian. [Full Text]

Property NSW announced McGrath Estate Agents as the exclusive sales agent for the next phase of the Millers Point program. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Yasmin Catley said that according to the Strata Scheme Development Act, property owners living within a strata scheme face the risk of being forced to sell if at least 75 per cent of the other property owners wish to sell. [Full Text]

The Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association said that the NSW Government's new strata laws will create a new category of people locked out of the property market. [Full Text]

UrbanGrowth NSW released a video on the signing of the Universities Framework Agreement, aimed at facilitating collaboration on city transformation projects. [Full Text]

The Universities Framework Agreement is online. [Full Text]

Western Sydney University released an interactive map with the aim of building a digital representation of the way people feel about different parts of Western Sydney. [Full Text]

Professor Ed Blakely will discuss 'Greater Sydney Commission: Too little, too late or just in time?' on 23 June at an event hosted by the Institute of Urban Studies. [Full Text]

The ACT Government released a community feedback report for the first round of community consultation on the suitability of land in Tuggeranong for development. [Full Text]

The ACT Auditor-General released a report on the financial arrangements for the ACT Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme. [Full Text]

The scheme's estimated $1 billion outlay is equivalent to 10 per cent of the ACT Government's annual budget but $300-$500 million will not be recouped, according to Auditor-General Dr Maxine Cooper. [Full Text]

The report shows that the Taskforce's approach to governance and risk management is effective and reflects better practice, according to Minister Mick Gentleman. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese announced a transport package to accommodate growth in the Queanbeyan / Palerang region. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute issued a statement on the development of Daly Street in Darwin as a pedestrian and cycling-friendly area, in the context of the Darwin City Centre Master Plan. [Full Text]

ABS data indicates that declining levels of new home approvals in the NT are likely to persist, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle announced the first meeting of a citizens jury to help develop 'Future Melbourne 2026'. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government issued a summary of submissions and engagement activities for its Plan Melbourne Refresh process. [Full Text]

The Metropolitan Planning Authority announced that a Precinct Structure Plan for McPherson in Melbourne's south-east is to be released for community consultation today. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a long-term plan for public transport in regional Victoria. [Full Text]

The Victorian Opposition said that Minister Richard Wynne has used his powers to shut out further community consultation and quietly give planning approval to the 'Sky Rail', an elevated rail proposal to remove level crossings. [Full Text]

Victorian new home sales data is indicating that house building activity during 2016 might be higher than in 2015, which was a record year, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council applauded the Victorian Government's decision to pursue a Green Star - Communities rating for the Fishermans Bend urban renewal project. [Full Text]

The HIA expressed concern relating to the funding of Victoria's new domestic building dispute system. [Full Text]

Master Builders said updated research shows that construction industry EBA wages continue to grow at unsustainably high rates. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a general overview and FAQ about the early-stage development of its Social Impact Bonds program. [Full Text]

A design guide has been released for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane public realm. [Full Text]

Minister Jackie Trad said the guidelines and newly appointed Urban Design Panel would ensure the Queen's Wharf project delivered a new high-quality public realm. [Full Text]

Treasurer Curtis Pitt approved funding for a $251 million student accommodation precinct at the University of Queensland' St Lucia campus. [Full Text]

Treasurer Pitt said Queensland has recorded the highest growth in building approvals in April of any State. [Full Text]

A decline in Brisbane rental prices shows that current property investment taxation arrangements are delivering for renters, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

The Greens released a plan to achieve 90 per cent renewable energy in Queensland by 2030. [Full Text]

The Institute of Building announced the winners of the Queensland Professional Excellence in Building Awards. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced an EOI process for the sale of the SA Motor Accident Commission's Direct Property Portfolio, consisting of 11 commercial and industrial properties across Australia. [Full Text]

Shelter SA issued 'Regional Engagement Strategy Report, Port Lincoln - March 2016'. [Full Text]

Landgate issued an update on the changes to the regulation of strata scheme termination, in the context of reform to the Strata Titles Act in WA. [Full Text]

Tasmanian Opposition Leader Bryan Green issued his budget reply speech. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Opposition released a long term passenger transport strategy. [Full Text]