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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

A presentation on the structural causes of the sustained and rapid rise in house prices has been published by AHURI. [Full Text]

Residex founder John Edwards advocated for the inclusion of home valuation in a pension means test and superannuation changes to facilitate home down-sizing. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INTERNATIONAL / REGULATION

The Property Council called for a facts-based debate on the proposed fees for foreign purchases of Australian real estate. [Full Text]

Deakin University's Margaret McKenzie said that no evaluation appears to have taken place on whether the introduction of fees would act as a deterrent or change the pattern of investment across sectors. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

Master Builders listed four priorities for the building and construction industry, in its pre-budget submission. [Full Text]

Lend Lease announced a 25 per cent increase in profit to $315 million for the half year ended 31 December. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

The transcript from last week's Senate Estimates hearing on infrastructure and transport is online. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT / NATURAL DISASTERS

The Local Government Association announced that its priorities for 2015 will include Financial Assistance Grants, reform of the Federation, taxation reform and natural disaster funding. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Barton Deakin issued a summary of the final report from the McClure Review of the welfare system. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHY

The ABS released data comparing women and men on a range of indicators. [Full Text]

EVENTS / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

An event on the role of the housing system in productivity growth will be held by AHURI in Sydney on 12 March. [Full Text]

EVENTS / PLANNING

The full program has been published for the Planning Institute's Planning Congress, to be held in Melbourne during May. [Full Text]

The Making Cities Liveable Conference will be held in Melbourne during July. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Pru Goward announced planning approval for the University of Sydney's Camperdown and Darlington campus redevelopment concept proposal. [Full Text]

The Property Council released an audit of progress against housing targets in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Shelter NSW outlined 10 key issues to address housing affordability, in its pre-budget submission. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM

The NSW Government announced that the Powerhouse Museum would be relocated to Parramatta as part of the development of an arts and cultural precinct in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

'Building Western Sydney's Cultural Arts Economy - a key to Sydney's success' was issued by the Sydney Business Chamber, with Parramatta, Liverpool City and Penrith City Councils. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

UrbanGrowth NSW released a report on the 'Design Newcastle' consultation process for the renewal of the Newcastle city centre. [Full Text]

Newcastle Renewal Taskforce Chair Ed Crawford described Design Newcastle as the most authentic and comprehensive community consultation process he had experienced. [Full Text]

Design firm dwp suters announced that it has partnered with the NSW Department of Education and Communities to deliver concept design guidelines for multi-level schools in NSW. [Full Text]

Investa Property Group announced that design firm Hassell won an international competition for the redevelopment of 60 Martin Place, Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

UrbanGrowth NSW announced the commencement of construction of the Green Square Town Centre. [Full Text]

Stockland announced that it has purchased 51 hectares of residential land at Schofields in Sydney's North West Growth Centre. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ACCESSIBILITY

The NSW Disability Inclusion Plan was launched by Minister John Ajaka. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Office of Local Government issued a circular on changes to land acquisition for acquiring authorities in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ICT

The UDIA expressed concern about changes to levies associated with the rollout of the NBN to greenfield sites, coming into effect this week. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / DESIGN / PLANNING / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Video of Jan Gehl speaking to the ACT Legislative Assembly on his vision for liveable cities is online. [Full Text]

Minister Mick Gentleman issued an update on consultations for planning, urban design and transport infrastructure in Canberra's city centre and Northbourne Avenue corridor. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING / HERITAGE

A revised Canberra Brickworks + Environs Strategy has been released. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the revised plan will improve density along a major transport corridor, provide more housing choice and create a vibrant new heritage destination. [Full Text]

The ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SUSTAINABILITY

The ACT Government launched a website on boosting energy and water efficiency in homes and businesses. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

An Inquiry into local council rate capping has been announced by the Victorian Government. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

A pilot study by Edith Cowan University in Perth has tracked cyclist routes using GPS, to help inform cycle path planning. [Full Text]