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PLANNING

The draft report from the Federal Government's Competition Review has recommended the inclusion of competition principles in the objectives of planning and zoning legislation. [Full Text]

GENERAL

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that Anthony Albanese has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Cities. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Albanese discussed a national agenda for more productive cities, in a speech. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Albanese said Labor will lift housing density along existing public transport corridors, as part of an approach to tackle a mismatch between population and jobs growth in cities. [Full Text]

ICT

Faster broadband would cut road congestion through increased teleworking, according to research released by NBN Co. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

Restricting access to negative gearing would erode housing affordability, according to research announced by the HIA. [Full Text]

ACOSS said it is difficult to make sense of the HIA's claim that removing negative gearing would reduce housing supply when more than 90% of negatively geared investment is in existing properties. [Full Text]

Senator Bob Day welcomed the HIA research. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

The HIA published a list of the top 20 largest residential building companies, based on the number of homes commenced. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

A joint report released by ClimateWorks and the Australian National University has outlined a plan to halve the energy use of residential and commercial buildings. [Full Text]

ENERGY / INFRASTRUCTURE

A National Energy Green Paper was released by Minister Ian Macfarlane. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Energy Green Paper. [Full Text]

The Energy Green Paper adds substantial weight and momentum toward the restructure and lease of publicly owned electricity assets, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

An audit review of a Federal Government program to build up to 15,000 affordable homes in regional cities has been tabled. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / REGULATION

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission issued an interpretation statement on the provision of housing by charities. [Full Text]

A regulatory amendment relating to tax incentives under the National Rental Affordability Scheme has come into effect. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

AHURI published the results of a study on the cost of homelessness and the net cost of homelessness programs. [Full Text]

HEALTH / DESIGN / EVENTS

The International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities will be held in Sydney from 23 October. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / EVENTS

The Australasian Housing Researchers conference will be held in Hobart during February. [Full Text]

AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Tony Perich of the Greenfield Development Company has been named the Urban Taskforce Property Person of the Year. [Full Text]

Rory Martin of dwp Suters has been named the Green Building Council's Future Green Leader. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / DESIGN

Minister Pru Goward announced new planning guidelines for apartment design in NSW. [Full Text]

Proposed changes to the NSW State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 - Design Quality of Residential Flat Development are online. [Full Text]

The new guidelines are important support for the growing trend towards apartment living in Sydney, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

The City of Sydney announced a draft Walking Strategy and Action Plan. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner announced a shortlist of 14 infrastructure projects in mining-affected communities in NSW that may receive funding under the Resources for Regions program. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HERITAGE

An Expressions of Interest process has been announced for the redevelopment of the heritage listed Dental School and Dental Hospital sites in the Brisbane CBD. [Full Text]