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'How to Grow an Urban Forest: A ten-step guide to help councils save money, time and share practical knowledge' has been released by 202020 Vision. [Full Text]

Residex published an article considering the views for and against the existence of a housing bubble. [Full Text]

Master Builders said that near-record building approvals should allay fears of a housing bubble. [Full Text]

Colliers International issued a report on the future of the retirement living and healthcare sectors. [Full Text]

The University of Adelaide launched an interactive tool for measuring inequality, through a range of demographic and social indicators. [Full Text]

An international alliance of state and regional governments, including SA and ACT, issued greenhouse gas reduction targets and inventory data. [Full Text]

The Institute of Public Affairs issued a report criticising federal infrastructure spending in the 5 years following the GFC. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs addressed the Australia New Zealand Infrastructure Symposium. [Full Text]

Minister Warren Truss announced that local governments will receive an extra $300 million in Roads to Recovery funding from the reintroduction of fuel excise indexation. [Full Text]

Minister Truss said GHD has been awarded the tender for environmental and engineering work on the first stages of the Brisbane-to-Melbourne Inland Rail project. [Full Text]

There has been a 10 per cent increase in NSW Building approvals in the 12 months to May, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

NSW local council proposals for the Fit for the Future program are online. [Full Text]

Research to improve air quality and liveability in Western Sydney was announced as part of the first round of projects of the National Environmental Science Programme's Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub. [Full Text]

The UWS Centre for Western Sydney issued 'Work, Places and People in Western Sydney'. [Full Text]

A briefing paper on rail freight transport and infrastructure has been released by the NSW Parliamentary Library. [Full Text]

Minister Warren Truss announced that the Federal Government has concluded its nine-month consultation period for a Western Sydney Airport with the Sydney Airport Group. [Full Text]

The National Regulatory System for Community Housing announced that 128 NSW community housing providers previously registered under Part 9A of the Housing Act are now registered under the new system. [Full Text]

Winners of the NSW Architecture Awards have been announced by the Australian Institute of Architects. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute announced that entries are open for the Australia Award for Urban Design. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney will host the event 'Life without a new Planning Act - What are the options?' on 17 July. [Full Text]

UrbanGrowth NSW will host a workshop as part of the Bays Precinct Call for Great Ideas, from 6pm tonight in Rozelle. [Full Text]

The Smart Future Cities conference and exhibition will be held in Newcastle from October 1. [Full Text]

ACT Building approvals declined in the last month but remain at decade-average levels, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

The Property Council summarised its recent submissions on proposed NT planning amendments for residential development within greenfield areas, and for the Holtze Area Plan. [Full Text]

Minister Natalie Hutchins launched the $50 million fund to support Victoria's 10 Interface Councils to deliver community infrastructure. [Full Text]

Melbourne City Council announced that it has endorsed its 10 Year Financial Plan and draft Asset Management Strategy. [Full Text]

A hearing for the Inquiry into Victoria's Planning and Environment Amendment (Recognising Objectors) Bill will be held on Friday. [Full Text]

Submissions have closed for the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council's Statewide Assessment of Public Land. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute reported that Melbourne auction sales have hit an all-time high. [Full Text]

A series of papers from a seminar on the effect of urban planning and the built environment on health have been published by Victoria's Metropolitan Planning Authority. [Full Text]

Winners of the 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards have been announced by the Australian Institute of Architects. [Full Text]

A Queensland Parliamentary Committee has announced that consideration of a Bill for a new land use planning and development assessment in Queensland has been deferred. [Full Text]

The Property Council made a submission to the Queensland Government's directions paper on delivering an infrastructure plan for Queensland. [Full Text]

Winners of the Queensland Architecture Awards have been announced by the Australian Institute of Architects. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that SA building approvals have remained at below average levels for the past 12 months. [Full Text]

The ACCC announced that it requires Coles to divest its interest in a supermarket development site in WA, in order to secure approval for new supermarket development nearby. [Full Text]

The City of Hobart and Shelter will hold a roundtable discussion on affordable housing and homelessness on July 23. [Full Text]