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ENVIRONMENT / PLANNING

The Property Council expressed concern over the Palmer United Party's decision to vote against a 'One Stop Shop' environmental assessment and approvals process. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Ministers Warren Truss and Jamie Briggs announced that Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund is open. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Julie Collins said the Stronger Regions funding must be allocated based on the projects that deliver the most benefit to regional communities. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the National Stronger Regions Fund. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The ABS released 'Residential Property Price Indexes: Concepts, Sources and Methods'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The Property Council responded to reports questioning the tax contributions of property trusts. [Full Text]

The report 'Who pays for our common wealth? Tax practices of the ASX 200' is online. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Robb issued a report on foreign investment in Australia. [Full Text]

The Property Council warned that foreign investment controls could harm the property sector as well as the broader economy. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Sydney University's Danika Wright argued that it is too simplistic to blame rising house prices on a lack of supply, in an article published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI issued a report on the factors influencing tenants to remain in or depart from public housing. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

AHURI's final report on the housing policies and programs that respond to spatial concentrations of disadvantage was also released. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

The ABS issued estimates for engineering construction activity in June. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The Sustainable Built Environment Council called on governments to maintain the Renewable Energy Target and to appoint a commissioner for the rollout of distributed generation. [Full Text]

AWARDS / INTERNATIONAL / DESIGN

Australian firm Taylor Cullity Lethlean and New Zealand firm Wraight and Associates won the Rosa Barba Landscape Prize for the transformation of Auckland's waterfront. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Local Government NSW launched a toolkit to help local councils plan liveable communities for an ageing population. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS

The Sydney Business Chamber proposed high-density schools and a range of infrastructure projects to stimulate knowledge jobs and housing growth in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Warren Truss announced that consultation is underway on developing a proposal for a Western Sydney Airport. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / SUSTAINABILITY

The City of Sydney's CitySwitch Green Office Awards are open. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

A Bill that proposes a number of changes to ACT planning legislation has been tabled in the Legislative Assembly by Minister Mick Gentleman. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The NT Government announced the introduction of the Unit Titles (Termination of Units Plan and Schemes) Bill. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Premier Denis Napthine announced the signing of contracts to build stage one of Melbourne's East West Link. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY

Minister Robert Clark released a new Victorian Code of Practice for the building and construction industry. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

The Property Council and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce released a report outlining plans to reinvigorate the Townsville CBD. [Full Text]

The report is online. [Full Text]