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Sydney has been ranked as the world's tenth most expensive city by the Economist Intelligence Unit. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Library issued 'Homelessness in Australia, 2016 Census'. [Full Text]

The ABC published an interactive map of homeless people by suburb based on 2016 Census data. [Full Text]

A group of not-for-profit housing, homelessness and community organisations launched the 'Everybody's Home' campaign, calling for reform to negative gearing and capital gains tax. [Full Text]

According to survey results issued by the campaign, two in three Australians said all political parties must do more to address housing affordability. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said that despite a slowing property market, nine out of ten home sales are still turning a profit for their vendors. [Full Text]

AHURI published a brief on the contributors and barriers to downsizing. [Full Text]

The RBA said that dwelling investment was not expected to contribute to GDP growth over 2018 but nonetheless to remain at a high level. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Residential Property Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Dec 2017'. [Full Text]

The ABS said residential property prices rose 5.0 per cent through the year to the December quarter, with growth easing from the September and June quarters. [Full Text]

The HIA said there has been a major change in the pattern of house price growth across Australia's major cities. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute said it is incredibly disappointing to see dismissive attitudes to the potential contribution regional Australia can make to a big Australia. [Full Text]

The National Growth Areas Alliance said we need to move the population growth conversation past the numbers, and focus on building safe, healthy and efficient suburbs, cities and communities. [Full Text]

Staff from the University of Queensland discussed budget spend in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on cycling and walking infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Property Council issued 'A Common Language for Social Sustainability'. [Full Text]

The US-based Institute for Market Transformation issued 'Putting Data to Work: How Cities are Using Building Energy Data to Drive Efficiency'. [Full Text]

AHURI Executive Director Dr. Michael Fotheringham said the time is now to relaunch Australia's National Homelessness Conference after a four-year hiatus. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney released 'Sydney as a 24-Hour City'. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue and the Sydney Business Chamber issued 'Governance Reform for Growth: Ideas on how we can best plan, finance, build and govern the growth centres of Greater Western Sydney'. [Full Text]

The paper puts forward a number of options for consideration, including having the Greater Sydney Commission take on the role of Co-ordinator General, overseeing the development of major precincts. [Full Text]

The recently released NSW State Infrastructure Strategy, State's Future Transport Strategy 2056 and Greater Sydney Region Plan are online. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the GSC plan for Sydney's growth is an impressive document to set the path for the city's future but more advocacy is needed for the inevitable swing to urban apartment living. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the plans set a course for sustainable growth and a fair and equitably developed future Sydney. [Full Text]

The UDIA said that creating a '30-minute city' will unlock enormous economic growth and allow people to spend more time with family and less time travelling to and from work. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said that the Future Transport Strategy supports more housing density. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said an integrated public transport network, more options for housing, jobs close to where people live and green space need to be considered if aiming to become a 30-minute city. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the State Infrastructure Plan raises concerns about the fact that the NSW population is getting older and that this will reduce income from taxation. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations said the GSC has recognised the strain ordinary Sydney people are under as a direct result of the cost of housing. [Full Text]

Staff from the Greater Sydney Commission gave evidence at a hearing on 5 March for the inquiry on Land Release and Housing Supply in NSW. [Full Text]

PIA NSW President Jenny Rudolph will give evidence at a hearing in Campbelltown on Monday for that inquiry. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Andrew Constance said Metro rail services will start in the North West region in the first half of next year. [Full Text]

Ministers Melinda Pavey and Andrew Constance launched the NSW Government's biggest trial of automated vehicles. [Full Text]

Staff from Transport for NSW gave evidence in a hearing for the inquiry into the NSW Auditor-General's performance audit reports for July 2015 - January 2016. [Full Text]

Minister Pavey released the Future Transport Strategy in regional NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Office of Local Government issued a circular on council rates. [Full Text]

Further detail is online about the recently established Public Accountability Committee in the NSW Legislative Council. [Full Text]

Further detail is also online about the recently established Public Works Committee. [Full Text]

IPART released an issues paper on solar feed-in tariffs for NSW. [Full Text]

The Greens said the paper flagged a reduction in the benchmark price paid for households generating solar electricity from 11 to 8 cents per kilowatt hour. [Full Text]

Minister Mick Gentleman said that applications are now open for the 2018-19 ACT heritage grants program. [Full Text]

The Railway Association said that the Inland Rail project will create 2,800 jobs in Victoria at its peak and will reduce the transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane to under 24 hours. [Full Text]

The UDIA issued an update on Melbourne's West Gate Tunnel project. [Full Text]

The UDIA issued 'Residential Development Index: Measuring the Activity of Victoria's Residential Development Industry, March 2018'. [Full Text]

Minister Marlene Kairouz opened 20 affordable homes in Melbourne's inner-west for women and children escaping family violence. [Full Text]

The Great Ocean Road Taskforce released an issues paper as part of a review of governance for the region, including a focus on certainty in land-use planning. [Full Text]

The paper notes that although more than 14 public agencies have responsibilities in the region, they are often disconnected from one another, according to Minister Richard Wynne. [Full Text]

The final report has been tabled for an investigation into the transfer of interstate waste into Queensland. [Full Text]

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is developing a comprehensive waste and recycling strategy. [Full Text]

A Queensland Waste Stakeholder Advisory Group has been announced. [Full Text]

The inland rail route between the NSW border and Gowrie in south-east Queensland has been declared a 'Coordinated Project'. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the SA election result. [Full Text]

The WA Government issued updated Residential Design Codes. [Full Text]

Minister Rita Saffioti marked the 10-year anniversary of the Landgate innovation program in WA. [Full Text]

Premier Mark McGowan officially opened the $100 million redevelopment of the Scarborough Beach foreshore in Perth. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it has confirmed its strong support for Infrastructure WA, in a submission. [Full Text]

The WA Government announced changes to the regulation of on-demand transport. [Full Text]