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Vacant land prices are rising while transactions numbers are consistently trending lower, signalling strong demand for well-located vacant land, according to the HIA and CoreLogic. [Full Text]

The annual number of residential dwelling sales of $2 million or more has increased from 4,100 in 2012 to 11,600 in 2016, according to CoreLogic RP Data. [Full Text]

Residex published an article on the possible reasons for a recent divergence in capital growth rates between houses and apartments. [Full Text]

Outside of Sydney and Melbourne, housing affordability has improved over recent years due to sluggish value growth, once inflation is accounted for, according to CoreLogic RP data. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations released a proposal for an affordable housing financial intermediary to unlock superannuation funds for investment in new affordable housing. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations said attracting large scale institutional investment was critical to establishing the community housing sector as a third tier of the housing market. [Full Text]

AHURI issued a report on the relationship between house prices, household debt and the labour market decisions of Australian households. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney's Professor Nicole Gurran discussed 'Home Ownership: facts and fiction' in an interview (audio). [Full Text]

Staff from Curtin University and RMIT discussed the inclusion of the family home in the means test for the age pension, in an article. [Full Text]

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and UTS issued a guidance note on the installation of green roofs and walls on commercial and medium to high-density residential buildings. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes said the note will make it easier to use innovative building elements to help deal with the urban heat island effect and future climate impacts. [Full Text]

Minister Josh Frydenberg announced Charles Sturt University as Australia's first university to be certified as carbon neutral under the Government's Carbon Neutral Program. [Full Text]

Minister Angas Taylor discussed the Government's cities policy in an interview. [Full Text]

UNSW announced the creation of the new journal 'Cities & Health'. [Full Text]

National Homelessness Week will be launched at Barangaroo in Sydney today. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney advocated for inclusionary zoning to be applied to all land that sells for development in NSW to ensure a percentage is offered as affordable housing. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes announced a new Growth Centre at Wilton in Sydney's south west, and proposed new boundaries for the Greater Macarthur Priority Growth Area that include Menangle Park and Mount Gilead. [Full Text]

Further detail on the Greater Macarthur Priority Growth Area is online. [Full Text]

The UDIA published a critique of the Central Sydney Planning Strategy. [Full Text]

IPART issued an assessment of Blacktown City Council's Section 94 Contributions Plan for the Riverstone and Alex Avenue precincts in Sydney's North West Growth Centre. [Full Text]

The UDIA criticised the administration of Section 94 levies following the release. [Full Text]

The UDIA announced that is establishing a Value Sharing Advisory Group. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Speakman announced that the 'brutalist' design Sirius apartment building in The Rocks will not be listed on the State Heritage register. [Full Text]

Minister Dominic Perrottet welcomed the decision and flagged the Government's intention to divest the site to generate funds for social housing dwellings. [Full Text]

An outline of proposed reforms to NSW strata regulation has been published by Norton Rose Fulbright. [Full Text]

Shelter NSW issued an analysis of housing-related measures in the NSW Budget. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced that Capital Property Group has been selected as preferred tenderer for a $300 million mixed development at Civic in Canberra. [Full Text]

The UDIA and Charter Keck Cramer issued a snapshot of the Melbourne apartment market. [Full Text]

The UDIA said that while Melbourne is experiencing a surge of new apartment supply, this does not automatically equate to an oversupply. [Full Text]

The Victorian Valuer-General released 'Guide to Property Values 2015'. [Full Text]

Charter Keck Cramer questioned the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee recommendation of a minimum dwelling density in Melbourne's growth areas. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute made a submission to the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee following the Committee's opposition to the Western Distributor road project. [Full Text]

UNSW City Futures Associate Director Hal Pawson discussed the Queensland Government's decision not to proceed with a public-private regeneration of 4,900 public housing dwellings at Logan. [Full Text]

Minister Angus Taylor said discussions are underway towards a City Deal for Townsville. [Full Text]

Building Queensland issued a series of summaries of proposals that it has been involved in during the past six months. [Full Text]

The Property Council criticised the decision to pursue a ministerial call-in for the West Village development at West End in Brisbane. [Full Text]

The WA Government released 'Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond'. [Full Text]

Minister Dean Nalder said it is Perth's most comprehensive transport plan in two decades. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said there are no costings, no firm commitments, just aspirations. [Full Text]

The UDIA said the plan takes a long term approach to planning for our city's future transport needs and will support the land use planning that has been undertaken. [Full Text]

Senator Scott Ludlam said the plan comes without any costings and continues the Barnett Government's peculiar obsession with tunnels at the expense of service delivery. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the plan is a welcome first step in creating an infrastructure plan that is linked up to other plans for Perth's growth. [Full Text]