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The Australian Government called for feedback on Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. [Full Text]

The NAIF announced an offer to lend up to $47.5m for the expansion of a Cape York bauxite project. [Full Text]

NAB and the Financial Review issued, 'Infrastructure special report'. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute and Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development have collaborated on tools to help regional communities understand the impact Inland Rail will have on them [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission called for feedback on a draft report, 'National Transport Regulatory Reform'. [Full Text]

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation said it is committed to meeting the Government's objective of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme commencing on 1 January. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said if housing values continue to rise at the same rate recorded over the past three months, national dwelling values could reach a new record high in six months. [Full Text]

AHURI issued 'Moving, downsizing and housing equity consumption choices of older Australians'. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Mesothelioma in Australia 2018: occupational asbestos exposure'. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for the Property Council's 43rd Property Congress on 28-30 October in Hobart. [Full Text]

NSW Planning called for feedback on Landcom's concept proposal for new homes, shops and businesses around the Hills Showground Metro station. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes announced a project to help mitigate the heat island effect and shared promote social and community interaction in for a Schofields development. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney and Western Sydney University launched 'Universities and success for Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula: How heightened collaboration and committed investment can realise NSW's largest, near-term growth opportunity'. [Full Text]

WSROC welcomed the NSW Government's Asbestos Strategy, including a proposal to make asbestos disposal cheaper via removal of the waste levy. [Full Text]

The NT Government called for feedback on which ideas should be implemented in Darwin under the Transforming Public Spaces Challenge. [Full Text]

Minister Martin Pakula said Melbourne was Australia's most innovative city in the annual 2thinknow Innovation Cities Global Index. [Full Text]

The Victorian Local Governance Association welcomed the introduction of the Local Government Bill in the Victorian parliament. [Full Text]

Minister Stephan Knoll said the SA Government has awarded the major works contract for Stage One of the $20 million Golden Grove Road upgrade to Civil & Allied Technical Construction Pty Ltd, based in SA. [Full Text]

Minister Knoll announced that Mount Barker and the Barossa will be the centre of two six-month demand responsive transport trials. [Full Text]

Minister Michelle Lensink the SA Government has today unveiled new social housing apartments that will provide housing for older people, including South Australians who were once homeless. [Full Text]

Minister John Gardner unveiled concept plans for 13 public schools being upgraded as part of the SA Government's $1.3 billion investment in capital works. [Full Text]

WA Planning announced a community consultation project on density and infill development, to be held in Carlisle. [Full Text]

WA Planning issued a position statement, 'Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas - Demonstrating Element 1: Location and Element'. [Full Text]

WA Planning issued 'Pickering Brook and Surrounds Sustainability and Tourism Strategy'. [Full Text]

WA Planning issued a position statement, 'Tourism in bushfire prone areas'. [Full Text]

Minister Michael Ferguson said key safety upgrades under the Richmond Road Master Plan will begin next week following the awarding of the tender to Hazell Bros. [Full Text]

Minister Ferguson announced the start of community consultation for the upgrade of the East Derwent Highway, between Golf Links Road and Sugarloaf Road in Geilston Bay. [Full Text]