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A time-lapse video of median property values in Sydney over the past 35 years has been released by research firm OnTheHouse.
Housing affordability deteriorated further during the September quarter, according to the HIA.
In spite of tightening of lending by banks and ongoing fears of a housing bubble, property investors remain reasonably upbeat, according to a survey by Property Investment Professionals of Australia.
Queensland has replaced NSW as the most optimistic state for residential property price growth over the next 1-2 years, according to the National Australia Bank.
Sales of new homes declined by 4 per cent in September, according to the HIA.
ACOSS and the State and Territory Councils of Social Service called for legislated community service guarantees as part of the reform of the federation, including for affordable housing subsidies.
'Australian Infrastructure Investment Report 2015' was issued by Perpetual and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
The research shows a strong appetite for infrastructure projects, however we need to dial up the number of projects and dial down the political risk, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
A bigger pipeline of infrastructure activity is set to drive a turnaround in construction work, according to the Ai Group.
ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said that price monitoring for monopoly infrastructure will damage Australia's economy.
The Green Building Council announced that it has certified its 1000th Green Star project.
NAB released the results of its Wellbeing Index for the third quarter of 2015.
The Conversation published 'Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it?'
The ABS released data on births and fertility by region, including maps of capital cities, and state and sub-state information.
The Committee for Sydney issued a statement following the recent Committees for Cities and Regions conference.
Winners of the UDIA National Awards have been announced.
The winner of the National Architecture Awards' People's Choice Award has been announced.
Winners of the Heart Foundation's Local Government Awards, which recognise innovation in supporting healthy communities, have been announced,
Western Sydney University launched a discussion paper detailing an economic development strategy for an innovation corridor in Western Sydney.
Minister Jamie Briggs addressed the UDIA NSW 'Cities for the Future' conference.
A discussion paper has been released as part of a review of the NSW Residential Tenancies Act.
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rob Stowe said the discussion paper looks at different stages and types of residential tenancy issues, including sub-letting and dispute resolution mechanisms.
Minister Niall Blair released the NSW Government's response to the public submissions to the Crown Lands White Paper.
The NSW Building Professionals Board issued a newsletter.
The final report from an Inquiry into local government in NSW has been tabled.
Minister Paul Toole said the recommendations of the Inquiry would condemn the community to higher rates and poorer services, reinforcing the need for council mergers.
Opposition Leader Luke Foley called on the NSW Government to implement the Inquiry's recommendation to introduce caps on political donations to local government.
Local Government NSW welcomed the Inquiry's report.
The Inquiry has suggested that Joint Organisations should be the first step in local government reform, according to the Urban Taskforce.
A series of guideline documents has been released as part of the NSW Integrated Mining Policy.
Minister Rob Stokes announced that former Landcom Managing Director Sean O'Toole has been appointed as a director of the Hunter Development Corporation.
The City of Melbourne released its 'Places for People' report for 2015, which examines long-term changes to public space, public life and built environment in the City.
The City of Melbourne called for feedback on a planning scheme amendment relating to the renewal of the Queen Victoria Market.
Transcripts from recent hearings for the Inquiry into Rate Capping Policy in Victoria are online.
The Municipal Association of Victoria said the State Government had failed to deliver on its promise to use the landfill levy to achieve a real step-change in how Victorians manage waste.
The Victorian Opposition welcomed federal funding for infrastructure projects and called for business cases for the Melbourne Metro Rail and Western Distributor.
The Australasian Railway Association called on the Victorian Government to prioritise the Melbourne Metro Rail project.
An Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders has been announced by Minister Coralee O'Rourke.
Premier Will Hodgman welcomed the passage of legislation for a state-wide planning scheme in Tasmania.
The HIA said the reforms have the ability to open the door to a planning system for Tasmania that provides greater consistency, clarity and fairness.