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LOCAL GOVERNMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council released a Green Star - Communities Guide for Local Government. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INFRASTRUCTURE

The National Housing Supply Council's report 'Infrastructure Investment and Housing Supply', from June 2013, has been released by Treasury. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

An inquiry into foreign investment in residential real estate has been announced. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Warren truss released a forecast of the nation's infrastructure position through to 2030. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / TOURISM

Minister Truss discussed the Government's priorities for tourism, aviation and transport, in a speech. [Full Text]

REGULATION

The PM announced legislation to repeal over 10,000 pieces of legislation and regulation. [Full Text]

Further information on the repeal legislation is online. [Full Text]

The Australian Government Guide to Regulation has been released, outlining ten principles for policy makers. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission released a framework for auditing the performance of regulators. [Full Text]

The HIA said it welcomed the Government's red tape reduction agenda. [Full Text]

Master Builders said less red tape means more jobs in building and construction. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said it welcomed the initiatives the Government is taking to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and other organisations. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / AGED CARE / REGULATION

Minister Kevin Andrews said the move to cut red tape includes the repeal of aged care certification requirements which duplicate state and territory legislation. [Full Text]

Aged and Community Services Australia said it is delighted with the removal of the Commonwealth building certification process for residential aged care. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT

The Community Council said many of Australia's biggest charities have joined together in an open letter to oppose the Government's plan to close down the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission. [Full Text]

Minister Kevin Andrews said the letter has been signed by only 54 individuals who are not representative of the more than 600,000 NFPs that make up the sector. [Full Text]

Anglicare Australia said the repeal of the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission will recreate more bureaucracy. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

An article on the National Rental Affordability Scheme by the UWS Urban Research Centre was published in The Conversation. [Full Text]

The UDIA said the National Rental Affordability Scheme should be improved, not scrapped. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The ABS issued 'Australian Social Trends, 2014'. [Full Text]

TOURISM

'Australia in The Asian Century: Visitor Economy Report Card' was issued by the Tourism & Transport Forum. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

Stockland announced that it has obtained a 19.9 per cent stake in Australand. [Full Text]

Transcripts of public hearings for the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program are online. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

The RBA issued the minutes of its March 4 Monetary Policy Meeting, in which housing and construction market conditions were discussed. [Full Text]

AWARDS / PLANNING

Winners of the Planning Institute's National Planning Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

Nominations for the Planning Institute's Australia Award for Urban Design are open. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

Video and design images of Sydney's proposed 'Goods Line' pedestrian and cycle network from Railway Square to Darling Harbour, are online. [Full Text]

A video of early concepts for the University of Newcastle's $95 million education precinct is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Pru Goward announced that high-value public housing assets at the Rocks in Sydney will be sold, with the proceeds to be reinvested into social housing. [Full Text]

Further detail on the public housing assets is online. [Full Text]

The NSW Opposition criticised the announcement. [Full Text]

The Greens criticised the announcement. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced a refurbishment of Sydney's Town Hall Station. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said the recently announced go-ahead for the NorthConnex motorway demonstrated a renewed partnership between government and the private sector. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT / ENERGY

Minister Brad Hazzard announced that nine existing wind farm proposals will be considered as State Significant Developments. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

NSW Planning and Infrastructure announced that it has recommended against the proposed Balmain Tigers Club retail and residential development in its current form. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INFRASTRUCTURE

Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced funding for the ACT Courts Facilities Project, the first under the ACT's new Public Private Partnership Framework. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The ACT Opposition called for permanent deregulation of the building and construction sector. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / TRANSPORT

The NT Government announced a review of the Greater Darwin Public Transport Network. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING

Premier Denis Napthine announced a $1 billion program to unlock under-utilised government land near railway stations. [Full Text]

Consult Australia called the program a productivity booster for Melbourne. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the program will convert underutilised government land into centres of productive economic activity. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Minister Matthew Guy released a framework plan for an urban renewal and job precinct at Airport West and Essendon Fields in Melbourne. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Victorian Local Governance Association welcomed Tim Bull as Victorian Minister for Local Government. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / DESIGN

Premier Campbell Newman released draft reference designs for Brisbane's underground bus and train project. [Full Text]

Further detail on the project is online. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INFRASTRUCTURE

A report on the implementation of Queensland's Regional and Resource Towns Action Plan was released by Minister Jeff Seeney. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT

Minister Warren Truss announced that Brisbane Airport will not be subject to a night time curfew. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AWARDS / PLANNING

Minister Jeff Seeney said Queensland's State Assessment and Referral Agency has taken out the Planning Institute's national award for improving planning processes. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

The Committee for Perth issued a fact sheet on the performance of Perth and WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AWARDS / DESIGN

The Greens announced that Senator Scott Ludlam won the Planning Institute's Planning Champion Award for collaboration with the Property Council and AUDRC on infill housing in Perth. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

Hawker Britton issued a paper on the results of the SA election. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / GENERAL

A brief on the Tasmanian election results was issued by Barton Deakin. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TOURISM / ECONOMICS

The Tourism & Transport Forum called on the incoming Tasmanian Government to make tourism a key economic development priority. [Full Text]