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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / INTERNATIONAL

An interactive chart comparing changes in global housing market prices was published by The Economist. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The HIA issued a fact sheet on key housing indicators and related economic data. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

A government-funded international research body has recommended phasing out incentives for urban sprawl, as part of its report on addressing climate change while achieving economic prosperity and development. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / INTERNATIONAL

PwC issued 'Developing Infrastructure in Asia Pacific: Outlook, Challenges and Solutions'. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

The ABC's Q&A program on Monday night will focus on liveable cities and infrastructure. [Full Text]

Industry Super Australia discussed its proposal for an inverted bid model for infrastructure financing, at a hearing for the Inquiry into infrastructure planning and procurement. [Full Text]

RETIREMENT LIVING / FINANCE

The Australia Institute advocated for an extension of the Pension Loan Scheme, secured against the value of property, to all retirees. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

A report has been issued from a Senate Inquiry on welfare reform legislation. [Full Text]

ICT

Parliamentary Secretary Paul Fletcher addressed a Digital Built Environment conference. [Full Text]

TOURISM / DESIGN

The CSIRO released 'Challenges and Opportunities for Australia's Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums'. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

Minister Greg Hunt released a long-term sustainability plan for the Great Barrier Reef, for public comment. [Full Text]

AWARDS / DESIGN

Finalists for the Australian Institute of Architects' National Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

A forum on Sydney's Western Harbour Precinct has heard that the area has the potential to be the second largest economy in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Premier Mike Baird announced the start of geotechnical drilling for Stage 2 of Sydney's WestConnex project and invited tunnel design and construction bids. [Full Text]

Premier Baird and Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced the signing of the operations contract for the North West Rail Link and said it is the largest public private partnership ever awarded in NSW. [Full Text]

Australasian Railway Association said the fully-automated rapid transit system will add benefits for commuters that have not been seen on any other rail network in the country. [Full Text]

The contract execution sees the last piece in place for the delivery of the long-planned project, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said the North West Rail Link should be the first stage of a rapid transit network. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment announced the approval of a revised Local Environment Plan for Ryde, allowing for an additional 17,000 dwellings. [Full Text]

A Legislative Council Inquiry has been established to consider planning processes in Newcastle and the broader Hunter region. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Pru Goward announced that wind farm development applications in NSW will automatically be referred to the independent Planning Assessment Commission. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute made a submission to the NSW Biodiversity Legislation Review. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ECONOMICS

Minister Goward announced that the uptake of industrial land in Sydney is up 37 per cent since 2012. [Full Text]

The NSW Department of Planning & Environment's Employment Lands Development Program Report is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Paul Toole announced the NSW Small Business Friendly Councils Program, which includes commitments on development applications processes. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL / EVENTS

The University of Sydney will host the Festival of Urbanism from 15 October. [Full Text]

The Sydney Open event, in which significant and historic buildings are made accessible to the public, will be held on 2 November. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Simon Corbell announced that the business case for the first stage of Canberra's Capital Metro light rail network has been approved. [Full Text]

The Australasian Railway Association commended the announcement. [Full Text]

A new video fly-though of the Capital Metro light rail network has been released. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY

The Expressions of Interest documentation for the development of Melbourne's Federation Square East has been released. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / GENERAL

The Queensland Government issued the first phase of its response to the Queensland Plan. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Queensland Government's response to the Queensland Plan. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / ENERGY

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia welcomed a revised Queensland Government plan to lease its electricity networks. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / MAPPING / INFRASTRUCTURE

The WA Government launched a new mapping platform and said it will help inform decisions regarding infrastructure planning, investment and the delivery of services. [Full Text]