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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

There has been a 52 per cent increase in cranes in capital cities in the year to September, according to the Property Council and Rider Levett Bucknall. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

Commercial construction has recovered to the highest level since the GFC, according to Master Builders. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The terms of reference for a review of the Commercial Building Disclosure Program are online. [Full Text]

A Bill to amend Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure regulation has been introduced into Parliament. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

Changes to the Australian Government Building and Construction Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme were announced by Senator Eric Abetz. [Full Text]

Master Builders said the reforms will reinforce the primacy of safety on building sites. [Full Text]

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said it is involved in discussions to develop an international code of ethics for the real estate industry. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

The PM announced a raft of legislative repeal and regulatory reforms, including the creation of a 'One-Stop-Shop' for environmental approvals. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Spring Red Tape Repeal Day. [Full Text]

The Greens said the One-Stop-Shop measures are not included in the Repeal Day Bill. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission announced that it has revoked the charity status of 388 organisations and has named 400 further organisations to be revoked. [Full Text]

WATER

'State of the Water Sector Report 2014' was issued by the Australian Water Association and Deloitte. [Full Text]

AWARDS / SUSTAINABILITY

Winners of the HIA GreenSmart Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The UDIA made a submission outlining a proposed structure for the NSW Government's Greater Sydney Commission. [Full Text]

The UDIA said the Government must make concrete plans for growth to prevent investors crossing the border to spend in other states, particularly Melbourne. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / ENERGY

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and the Council of Social Services called for the creation of a social housing investment fund from the long-term lease of electricity infrastructure in NSW. [Full Text]

The IPA / NCOSS joint submission to the Rebuilding NSW infrastructure initiative is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / DESIGN

A proposal for the connectivity and network enhancements for Sydney's Northern Beaches Hospital is on exhibition. [Full Text]

A proposed upgrade of the King Georges Road Interchange, as part of the WestConnex M5 project, is on exhibition. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The NSW DP&E announced that a proposal for an eight-storey hotel at Royal Randwick Racecourse will be determined by the independent Planning Assessment Commission. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

The recently released CommSec State of the States report shows the development industry is a significant contributor to the prosperity of NSW, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

DEXUS Research is forecasting a positive net absorption of Sydney CBD office space over the next six months. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL / EVENTS

A community meeting will be held on 16 November ahead of the international summit for Sydney's Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Winners of the HIA-CSR NSW Housing Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Minister Mick Gentleman announced that the ACT Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill has been passed in Parliament. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INDUSTRY

The ACT Government released a consumer guide to the building process. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / DESIGN

The development of a 20-year Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens was announced by Senators Simon Birmingham and Zed Seselja. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / INFRASTRUCTURE

Chief Minister Adam Giles has flagged the possibility of an infrastructure development fund linked to the sale of NT Government assets. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Minister Peter Chandler announced the final stage of the Zuccoli land release at Palmerston in the NT. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT

Premier Denis Napthine announced that a re-elected Coalition Government in Victoria would implement an $815 million Northern Suburbs Transport Package. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Shadow Minister Brian Tee said a Victorian Labor Government would amend the Planning and Environment Act to grant The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal additional powers. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne published a series of questions for Victorian State Election candidates, including several planning-related questions. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The Victorian Government confirmed that it will remove real estate agent licence requirements for large commercial property transactions. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / DESIGN

A paper on lessons learned in the removal of level crossings was issued by the Victorian Design Review Panel. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Tony Simpson released an advisory board's report on local government amalgamations in WA and said he has accepted all but two of its recommendations. [Full Text]

The UDIA welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The WA Planning Commission released a draft revised State Planning Policy for Telecommunications Infrastructure. [Full Text]