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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

AHURI issued a report on the financing of residential development in Australia. [Full Text]

A range of indicators, including residential building approvals, suggests further strong growth of dwelling investment in the near term, according the RBA. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it does not support the proposal to allow young people to use superannuation to fund a home deposit. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The UDIA released its annual State of the Land report. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

The Greens criticised the Government's decision to discontinue funding for Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and the Community Housing Federation. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese called on the Government to begin acquiring land for a potential high speed rail link between Brisbane and Melbourne. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

The Property Council urged the Senate to support legislation to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Committee for Sydney CEO Dr Tim Williams outlined seven shared lessons for Sydney from global cities. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Video from the City of Sydney event 'Solving Sydney's housing affordability crisis' is online. [Full Text]

Demand for land in Sydney currently outstrips supply by more than 50 per cent, according to the UDIA in its State of the Land report. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DEMOGRAPHY

The Urban Taskforce published the results of a survey of Sydney apartment dwellers. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Greens announced a policy to build 20,000 public and low income homes in NSW over 4 years. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

The Urban Taskforce advocated for a metro circle-line, new light rail loops and associated higher-density developments along key corridors in Sydney, as part of its 'Urban Ideas' publication. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HEALTH

Premier Mike Baird announced $500 million for the redevelopment of the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. [Full Text]

Premier Baird also announced $300 million for the construction of a new hospital at Rouse Hill in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Rob Stokes issued a response to the NSW Opposition's environmental policies and statements. [Full Text]

The NSW EPA issued draft updated guidelines for designing, constructing and operating solid waste landfills. [Full Text]

Ministers Greg Hunt and Rob Stokes announced the transfer of ownership of the South-Eastern Malabar Headland to the NSW Government. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Proposed modifications to the concept plan for Barangaroo in Sydney have been placed on exhibition. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Draft variations for Symonston and Mitchell in the ACT were approved by Minister Mick Gentleman. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY

The ACT Capital Metro Agency announced that two consortia have been shortlisted for the development of Canberra's light rail network. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the Capital Metro project has the potential to reshape Canberra because it provides opportunities for development along the corridor. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Victorian Local Governance Association issued a statement on 'social value', in light of a proposed review of the Local Government Act and implementation of a rate-capping framework. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / HOMELESSNESS

The Victorian Council of Social Service made a budget submission, including a section that outlines four proposed housing-related initiatives. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

Brisbane City Council issued an update on its Draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan and the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

The Planning Institute urged all levels of government to come together to prioritise investment in public transport, following the cancellation of Brisbane's Bus and Train Tunnel. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

A guide to governance for community housing organisations has been issued by Queensland Shelter. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

An updated proposal for a $160 million bus tunnel to the Adelaide CBD has been released for consultation. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

The Committee for Perth published a comparison of light rail and bus rapid transit. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / SUSTAINABILITY

Australia's first residential master-planned 6 Star Green Star - Communities rating has been announced by the Green Building Council, for the Alkimos Beach project, north of Perth. [Full Text]

Lend Lease and LandCorp issued further information on the project. [Full Text]