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DEMOGRAPHY

The ABS issued a summary of population changes and trends for each state and territory, in its release 'Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2013'. [Full Text]

GENERAL

The launch of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities was announced by the Institute of Landscape Architects. [Full Text]

A guide to urban renewal has been released by Clayton Utz and KPMG. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Nicole Gurran and Peter Phibbs of the University of Sydney advocated against a supply-based response to the problem of housing affordability, in a piece published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

New home sales and building approvals may have peaked but their levels remain historically elevated, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The introduction of e-conveyancing could improve monitoring of foreign investment in real estate, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI issued a report on better management of marginal rental housing. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Senator Stephen Conroy said the Opposition will move to amend the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill by elevating the role of Infrastructure Australia in advising on project benefits. [Full Text]

The Transport and Infrastructure Council said it broadly agrees with the Productivity Commission's findings in relation to the need for greater transparency in infrastructure funding, procurement and delivery. [Full Text]

The Australasian Railway Association expressed concern about Federal Government spending on rail, in a submission. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Warren Truss announced the passage of the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill which extends the funding of the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association welcomed the announcement but called for the Roads to Recovery funding to be made permanent. [Full Text]

PLANNING

The Centre of Excellence for Local Government issued 'Guidelines for the Planning and Development of Child Care Facilities'. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

Minister Greg Hunt released the report from the independent panel on the review of the Renewable Energy Target. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Renewable Energy Target report. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Minister Pru Goward's recent announcement of a new Sydney Harbour Foreshore Committee is online. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the prospect of more integrated planning around Sydney Harbour's foreshore will benefit the entire city. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the timing of the reporting of the new Committee in 2015 would appear to leave the Bays Precinct summit to be held this November in a difficult position to make decisions. [Full Text]

The UDIA said there has been a range of Government announcements, and it is unclear how all of these various bodies will fit together. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said the establishment of the Committee offers a new opportunity to overcome years of turf wars that have held back the harbour's potential. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said Les Wielinga is an ideal candidate to lead the Committee [Full Text]

The NSW opposition said the announcement confirms that a development and commercialisation agenda for the Sydney Harbour foreshore will override the public domain. [Full Text]

A strategic framework report for Sydney Harbour's Bays Precinct has been released. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Premier Mike Baird and Minister Pru Goward announced the Parramatta North Urban Renewal as a State Significant Site with capacity for the development of about 6,000 new homes. [Full Text]

Further information on the Parramatta North Urban Renewal project is online. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said a result has been achieved that balances commercial feasibility with heritage concerns. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

Building expenditure in NSW has improved dramatically from a low in March 2012, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INDUSTRY

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced that six consortia have submitted expressions of interest for the Law Courts Project, the ACT's first Public Private Partnership. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

The ACT Environment and Planning Directorate issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / GENERAL

Hansard is online of two recent hearings in Darwin by the Joint Committee on Northern Australia. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING

Legislation for a new system of development contributions has been introduced into the Victorian Parliament. [Full Text]

VICTORA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Treasurer Michael O'Brien announced that Victoria's stamp duty concession for first home buyers rises to 50 per cent from today. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / BUSHFIRE

The Victorian Government's response to the Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor 2014 Annual Report has been released. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

The City of Perth issued 'Towards an Energy Resilient City: Strategic Directions Paper'. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

The WA Government announced the sale of selected port assets, following a downgrade of its credit rating. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the WA Government asset sales. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / GENERAL

The Tasmanian Budget has been released. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed the Budget's focus on the Tasmanian Planning Reform Taskforce, Coordinator-­General, and Infrastructure Tasmania. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Tasmanian Budget. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING

A vision document for Macquarie Point in Hobart was released by the Macquarie Point Development Corporation. [Full Text]