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INFRASTRUCTURE

Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs discussed the Government's three major areas of focus for infrastructure, in a speech. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Community Housing Coalition published an article on the likely impact of the McClure Welfare Review on the social housing sector. [Full Text]

AHURI issued an evidence review on local objections to building affordable housing. [Full Text]

ACCESSIBILITY / RETIREMENT LIVING

Livable Housing Australia announced a partnership with Meriton on livable design. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

The ABS released a discussion paper on the measurement of environmental expenditure. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

The International Union of Architects has signed a commitment to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment. [Full Text]

AWARDS / DESIGN / INTERNATIONAL

Winners of the International Design & Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / TRANSPORT

Premier Mike Baird announced the 'Innovation Initiative' - a competitive selection approach to the delivery of services, including public housing and congestion management. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the NSW Innovation Initiative. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / ENERGY

Premier Baird released a discussion paper on the $20 billion 'Rebuilding NSW' infrastructure package. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs and Minister Duncan Gay released an environmental impact statement for the M4 widening, as part of Sydney's WestConnex project. [Full Text]

A community update and environmental overview for the M4 widening are online. [Full Text]

The detailed environmental impact statement for the M4 widening is online. [Full Text]

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council said the WestConnex Delivery Authority has committed to registering the whole project for an infrastructure sustainability rating. [Full Text]

An independent arbiter's report on the release of business case documents for the WestConnex project is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Premier Baird and Minister Paul Toole welcomed the introduction of the City of Sydney Amendment (Elections) Bill 2014. [Full Text]

The NSW Opposition said it does not support the introduction of the 'Melbourne model' of compulsory business voting. [Full Text]

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore criticised the introduction of the Bill. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said that business voting is a win for the city. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW expressed concern about consultation for the Bill and the potential for the new voting rules to be rolled out to all NSW councils. [Full Text]

A Parliamentary Committee's response to the NSW Auditor-General's Performance Audit Reports is online, including a section on monitoring of local government. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY

The NSW Parliamentary Library issued 'Electricity prices, demand and supply in NSW'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

The draft Bondi Park, Beach and Pavilion 10 Year Plan of Management was released for comment by Minister Kevin Humphries. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / DESIGN

The Sydney Design Festival has commenced. [Full Text]

As part of the Sydney Design Festival, AECOM has launched a survey on what makes Sydney great, and how to plan for the future of the city. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Winners of the NSW Local Government Week Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

A draft bilateral agreement for environmental approvals in the ACT is online. [Full Text]

The ACT Greens confirmed that the Federal Government will maintain an ongoing approvals role in environment protection matters. [Full Text]

The ACT Opposition called for a single nature conservation agency to make environmental management more efficient. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

Premier Campbell Newman said Brisbane now has 33 per cent more cranes on its skylines than it did late last year. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Minister Matthew Guy approved the Mornington Peninsula local policy statement, which he said aims to prevent expansion of the metropolitan area onto the Peninsula. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government issued a discussion paper as part of a review of environment protection policies for noise. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

A group of 10 local councils on the outskirts of metropolitan Melbourne have released a report calling for additional funding. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Expressions of Interest have been called to undertake major works on Adelaide's Torrens Road to River Torrens project. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

The WA Government released guidelines on the use of environmental offsets in assessments and approvals of projects. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / ENVIRONMENT / PLANNING

A draft bilateral agreement on environmental approvals in Tasmania has been released for comment. [Full Text]