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UNSW City Futures released an interim report, 'Housing and the Economy: Scenarios for Australia to 2025 and 2045'. [Full Text]

Everybody's Home said that governments pay too little attention to housing system impacts on productivity and growth. [Full Text]

Treasurer Frydenberg announced the extension of HomeBuilder's construction commencement requirement from six to 18 months. [Full Text]

AHURI issued a brief on how pet-friendly the housing market is. [Full Text]

Law firm Gilbert + Tobin summarised the social and affordable housing initiatives being rolled out in each state and territory by governments and private sector investors. [Full Text]

A communique was issued following a meeting of National Environment Ministers. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Bowen discussed the economics of climate change and energy, in a speech. [Full Text]

The Climate Council issued 'Aim High, Go Fast: Why Emissions Need to Plummet this Decade'. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation said the report shows how badly the world is going in the quest for a safe climate. [Full Text]

ESR Australia announced that it has purchased a $3.8 billion logistics portfolio, making it the third-largest manager of industrial real estate in Australia. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack announced the recipients of Regional Connectivity Program funding. [Full Text]

Norfolk Island Regional Council has been suspended. [Full Text]

RMIT, Elton Consulting and WSP are hosting the webinar, 'Improving biodiversity in our cities and towns', on 21 April. [Full Text]

Minister Barilaro said the NSW Government will proceed with the Singleton bypass. [Full Text]

Capital growth expectations for the industrial and residential sectors are at record highs in NSW, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

NSW IPART has commenced its assessment of The Hills Shire Council's Contributions Plan for the Bella Vista and Kellyville Station Precincts. [Full Text]

Minister Pavey announced $4 million in grants under the NSW Crown Land Manager Recovery Support Program. [Full Text]

Minister Hancock said the NSW Government has received the Central Coast Council interim administrator's final report and will now examine its findings and recommendations. [Full Text]

Minister Harwin said NSW Government will consult with Aboriginal communities across NSW on the five Closing the Gap Priority Reforms during April and May. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council said the NSW Government must refer to ICAC the sale of biodiversity offset credits in relation to major roadworks in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

The ACT Government commenced market sounding for the 'Big Canberra Battery' storage project. [Full Text]

Minister Littleproud announced $8 million for a Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government has updated its Better Apartments Design Standards. [Full Text]

A $7 million innovation hub, to help develop sustainable water and waste schemes in collaboration with Wadawurrung, Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people, has been launched at Werribee in Melbourne. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne will consider a recommendation to nominate five sites at Fishermans Bend for heritage protection. [Full Text]

Minister Pitt announced that the Genex Kidston pumped hydro project, to be built at a former gold mine in North Queensland, has received funding from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and the Renewable Energy Agency. [Full Text]

Property industry confidence in Queensland is surging, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

The SA Government called for feedback on concept designs for Stage 1 of the Main South Road Duplication Project and for the Victor Harbor Road Duplication Project. [Full Text]

The PM announced a deal with SA in which it will increase gas production in exchange for federal funding for carbon capture and storage, electric vehicles, hydrogen and other emissions reduction projects. [Full Text]

Minister Wingard released the SA 'Recreation, Sport and Racing Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025'. [Full Text]

Confidence across SA's property sector has improved by 135 per cent in 12 months, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

Minister Fletcher announced that three consortia have been invited to submit detailed design and construction proposals for the upgrade and rollout of 'Smart Freeway' technology on the Mitchell Freeway in Perth. [Full Text]

Premier Gutwein committed to reducing land tax rates and introducing a Foreign Investor Land Tax Surcharge on residential properties in Tasmania. [Full Text]

Tasmanian Labor committed to a tiered structure for reducing land tax rates. [Full Text]

The Property Council issued its priorities for the Tasmanian election. [Full Text]