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UNSW City Futures Associate Director Hal Pawson said that taxing empty homes is a step towards affordable housing but much more can be done. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the housing market is failing Australians under the age of 55. [Full Text]

Staff from the University of Wollongong discussed research into the implications of more families with children living in high-rises and apartment blocks. [Full Text]

EY released 'Multi-Family as an Asset Class in Australia: Are We There Yet?' [Full Text]

A group of community and affordable housing industry associations made a submission to the Productivity Commission's draft report on competition and choice in human services. [Full Text]

Core Logic discussed how the housing market performed over the latest financial year. [Full Text]

The HIA released a ranking of states and territories based on the performance of housing markets. [Full Text]

APRA announced its requirements for the banking sector to meet an 'unquestionably strong' benchmark. [Full Text]

Intelligent Transport Systems Australia released 'Smart Transport for Australia: Enhancing Liveable Cities and Communities'. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued its submission to a Senate Committee Inquiry into toll roads. [Full Text]

The Climate Council issued 'Local Leadership: Tracking Local Government Progress on Climate Change'. [Full Text]

Macquarie University's Professor Lesley Hughes said it's at the local government level where enthusiastic action to embrace a more sustainable future is really taking off. [Full Text]

The Climate Council also launched the Cities Power Partnership. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce will host a summit on the role of skyscrapers in global cities, in Sydney on 18 August. [Full Text]

Insights from the University of Sydney's Urban Housing Lab will be discussed at the Festival of Urbanism on August 10. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission released 'Directions for a Greater Sydney' and 'Growth Infrastructure Compacts'. [Full Text]

'Directions for a Greater Sydney' is online. [Full Text]

'Growth Infrastructure Compacts' is online. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the proposed Growth Infrastructure Compacts will need careful management to ensure that development and infrastructure are both achieved. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that the Directions document succinctly outlines the principles that will underpin key strategies such as the Future Transport Strategy, updated Infrastructure Plan and the final District Plans. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said Sydney's local councils have a significant role to play in ensuring Sydney can meet its growth targets over the next 40 years. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia issued a response to an article on financial modelling for Sydney's proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link motorways. [Full Text]

Roads Australia said there was nothing new in the idea of raising tolls on existing motorways to pay for new road infrastructure. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that more than a third of the Sydney light rail track has been installed and construction is now underway on the first of 19 light rail stops from the City to the south east. [Full Text]

The NSW Opposition issued a statement on costings for the Newcastle Light Rail. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts announced a change of planning controls to allow for a new commercial tower at Parramatta Square. [Full Text]

The NSW Electoral Commission launched an information campaign ahead of NSW Local Government elections to be held on 9 September. [Full Text]

UrbanGrowth NSW announced that design firm FJMT and engineering firm Mott MacDonald have been appointed for the Bays Market District transformation. [Full Text]

Consultation on proposed reform to NSW retirement village regulation closes today. [Full Text]

Minister Matt Kean foreshadowed the 'Consumers First' package of reforms for NSW, including the regulation of real estate agents and retirement village operators. [Full Text]

Minister Don Harwin launched the NSW Home Solar Battery Guide. [Full Text]

The International Convention Centre Sydney announced that it has been awarded LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council. [Full Text]

The ACT Government announced that it has joined the Cities Power Partnership, aimed at reducing local council carbon emissions. [Full Text]

Chief Planner Ben Ponton re-iterated the ACT Government's call for feedback on Pre DA Consultation Guidelines. [Full Text]

A Ministerial briefing relating to the ACT Public Housing Renewal Taskforce has been released under Freedom of Information. [Full Text]

Minister Jackie Trad released the 2017 update of the State Infrastructure Plan for Queensland. [Full Text]

Building Queensland released the June 2017 Infrastructure Pipeline Report. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government published a guide to the assessment of the traffic impacts of proposed developments. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government released its response to the Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders Report. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the response represents a framework for further collaboration with industry and community leaders to remove roadblocks preventing the adequate delivery of age appropriate housing. [Full Text]

The Committee for Melbourne released the full report from its Melbourne 4.0 taskforce. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the Cross Yarra Partnership consortium has been selected for the design and build of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel. [Full Text]

Acting Treasurer Gavin Jennings said Victoria's economy received with forecast growth of 3.1 per cent for 2017-18, according to the latest Deloitte Access Economics release. [Full Text]

The SA Government announced that it is creating a digital 3D model of the Adelaide CBD and surrounding suburbs. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that its analysis of annual property transactions processed by Landgate provides evidence the the WA property market is close to its cyclical low-point before a recovery. [Full Text]

The WA Government issued 'State Code 23: Wind Farm Development Planning Guideline'. [Full Text]