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Staff from Deakin University, RMIT and Melbourne University said public housing is the single most cost-effective way to turn around the rise in homelessness. [Full Text]

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors hosted a national industry roundtable to drive stronger action on homelessness and the provision of social housing. [Full Text]

NAB announced $2 billion for affordable housing across Australia. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Lending to households and businesses, Australia, Aug 2019'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Information Paper: Upcoming changes to Lending to Households and Businesses, Australia, 2019'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the decline in lending, evident since late 2017, has started to reverse since the RBA started to cut interest rates in June. [Full Text]

Master Builders said the First Home Buyer share of the home loan market has increased to its highest since early 2012 while investor lending has risen for the second consecutive month. [Full Text]

Staff from the University of Melbourne and RMIT said research shows people walk more if the city's design provides them with places to walk to near where they live, work or study. [Full Text]

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy issued an infographic, 'E-Bikes and E-Scooters: Drivers of Climate Action'. [Full Text]

CSIRO announced a system to enable pv powered home charging of e-vehicles. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network said in 2018 the national average carbon dioxide emissions intensity from new passenger and light commercial vehicles was 180.9 g/km, a .4 per cent improvement from 2017. [Full Text]

PM Scott Morrison and Minister Michaelia Cash announced Scott Cam's appointment as National Careers Ambassador. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The NSW Auditor-General issued State Finances for the year ended 30 June. [Full Text]

The NSW Productivity Commissioner issued 'Kickstarting the Productivity Conversation'. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney said it agrees with the Greater Sydney Commission that a new master plan for the Western Harbour Precinct makes sense. [Full Text]

Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced $29.18 million for a business precinct and inland freight and logistics hub in Wagga Wagga. [Full Text]

Minister Gareth Ward said more than 550 former rough sleepers have been housed across the state under the NSW Government's expansion assertive outreach services. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute NSW's September Residential Vacancy Rate Report reveals Rental vacancies in Sydney have dropped to their lowest rate this year. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Andrew Constance said Sydney's new twin metro railway tunnels are now 70 per cent complete with work under the CBD about to head to Barangaroo. [Full Text]

Minister Dale Wakefield issued a statement on the National Aboriginal Art Gallery project. [Full Text]

Minister Jacinta Allan announced an EOI for Treasury Square Site. [Full Text]

Melbourne City Council, corporate and property sectors, charities and local governments will partner to build more accommodation for homeless people in Melbourne. [Full Text]

Ministers Michael McCormack and Allan said work on the Ballarat Line Upgrade will begin on 9 November. [Full Text]

The Transport Strategy 2030 will return to City of Melbourne councillors for final consideration tomorrow. [Full Text]

Minister Lily D'Ambrosio said a Delta Electronics, Nissan and CSIRO partnership is trialling solar smart technology electric vehicle chargers that are compatible with electric vehicles currently on the market. [Full Text]

The State Planning Commission issued 'South Australian Building Cladding Audit Interim Report findings'. [Full Text]

Minister Stephan Knoll said the interim report shows that only two public-owned buildings were deemed high risk. [Full Text]

Minister Michelle Lensink said data from the Adelaide Zero Project By-Name List shows a reduction in the numbers of people sleeping rough in Adelaide. [Full Text]

Minister Knoll said the SA Government has secured Transport Subsidy Scheme certainty for people with disability in SA. [Full Text]

DevelopmentWA opened an EOI for purchase, design and development of Lot 101 Hay Street, East Perth. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute WA said that without a strong design code to encourage innovative responses to the challenges of providing infill housing, WA has ended up with "dumb density". [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute WA issued a six-point plan to boost the economy and enable more people to enter the property market. [Full Text]