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The Urban Taskforce said the Australian Infrastructure Audit raises concerns that communities are opposing vital infrastructure projects worth $20 billion. [Full Text]

The Sustainable Built Environment Council said the Audit puts the community at the centre of infrastructure planning, using user-focused measures of access, quality and cost. [Full Text]

The COAG Transport and Infrastructure Council issued 'National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy'. [Full Text]

The CRC for Low Carbon Living published a series of videos about its Towards Zero Carbon initiative. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association issued a summary of the CIE report, 'Taxation of the housing sector'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said that $417,000 in taxes and regulatory costs on an average home is too much. [Full Text]

AHURI issued 'Young Australians and the housing aspirations gap'. [Full Text]

Researchers from Swinburne and Curtin Universities said that by early adulthood, the housing aspirations gap is greatest for individuals in the private rental sector and narrowest for home owners. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued 'Generation gap: ensuring a fair go for younger Australians'. [Full Text]

The Canada-based Institute for Research on Public Policy issued 'Operationalizing Indigenous Consent through Land-Use Planning'. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that the Greater Sydney Commission had been directed to immediately review the planning rules for Pyrmont. [Full Text]

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust issued 'Guidelines for use of conservation agreements as development consent conditions'. [Full Text]

The NSW Government issued a discussion paper as part of a review of the Boarding Houses Act 2012. [Full Text]

The City of Parramatta Council announced plans for a new civic, cultural and community building at Parramatta Square. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian announced an MoU with GE to develop industrial-scale 3D printing at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Business Chamber advocated for the development of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service said the Australian Infrastructure Audit has confirmed that more needs to be done to make transport more accessible and affordable in NSW. [Full Text]

NSW IPART announced that the nominal local government discount rate for infrastructure contribution calculations is 3.7 per cent. [Full Text]

Consultation will open soon as part of a review of the ACT planning system. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne Council will tomorrow consider approval of the Moonee Ponds Creek Strategic Opportunities Plan. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association made a submission on the development of implementation plans for Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced changes to funding for rural and regional councils via the Financial Assistance Grants Program. [Full Text]

The VicPlan mapping tool has been updated with extractive industry work approvals data. [Full Text]

The SA Government issued 'Reforming Local Government in South Australia: Discussion Paper'. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia made a submission on SA's 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper. [Full Text]

Carbon Neutral Adelaide published presentation slides and videos from a recent workshop on pathways towards low carbon business in the City of Adelaide. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association welcomed the recent announcement of an Action Plan for Planning Reform for WA. [Full Text]