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The Grattan Institute said that user-pays is the best way to reduce congestion. [Full Text]

Matthew Marino from RMIT University said that flying taxi trials may lead to passenger service by 2023. [Full Text]

Deloitte published an article on the challenges and opportunities of hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles. [Full Text]

A proposal has been announced for the largest co-living development in the world, in Silicon Valley. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute said that there are five indicators of liveability to consider when trying to attract people to rural areas. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute said the High Court's Timber Creek decision is one of the most important Indigenous land rights rulings since Mabo in 1992 and Wik in 1996. [Full Text]

Swinburne University issued 'Peak human potential - Preparing Australia's Workforce for the Digital Future'. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission issued 'The Demand Driven University System: A mixed report card'. [Full Text]

The Energy Efficiency Council issued 'The World's First Fuel: How energy efficiency is reshaping global energy systems'. [Full Text]

The Sustainable Built Environment Council issued a summary of the report's key findings and recommendations. [Full Text]

The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) published a technical note on assessments. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance announced $1 billion for road projects in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian outlined progress on tunneling for Sydney's North West Metro project between Chatswood and the Sydney CBD. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian announced a $170 million Drought Infrastructure Package for NSW. [Full Text]

Minister John Barilaro announced $400 million for a NSW Regional Digital Connectivity program. [Full Text]

The IPART report on infrastructure contributions for the Schofields Precinct has contributions as high as $102,525 per home, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

IPART's 'Review of Blacktown City Council's Contributions Plan no 24 - Schofields Precinct' is online. [Full Text]

The CIty of Sydney announced seven shortlisted entries in its competition for alternative housing models to increase the supply of affordable housing in the City. [Full Text]

UNSW said its City Futures and Built Environment Planning Program are recognised as 'well above world standard' for research in urban and regional planning in the 'Excellence in Research for Australia' rating. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes announced $27 million and released concept designs for a new herbarium at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for the Committee for Sydney's Smart City Awards. [Full Text]

Minister Mick Gentleman announced increases in building heights and density for the Mawson shopping centre in Canberra. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government issued details of an amendment that implements the recommendations of the 'Promoting high quality Urban Design outcomes in the Central City and Southbank Synthesis Report'. [Full Text]

Clayton Utz analysed Victorian stamp duty changes that will affect corporate restructures, property developments and foreign investment. [Full Text]

McCrindle issued the results of a survey of Melbourne residents' attitudes and sentiment towards the city's growth. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government issued a report on the private rental market in Victoria during the March quarter. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons said the report confirms that Victoria's housing crisis continues to worsen, with rents rising more rapidly than inflation, especially in regional areas. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a Registration of Interest process to help deliver Melbourne's Suburban Rail Loop. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute said that infrastructure of the scale, impact and expense being proposed for Melbourne's North East Link road project does not have the benefit of being informed or supported by a comprehensive transport plan. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for the Urban Development Institute's Urban Development Summit on 16 August in Melbourne. [Full Text]

Queensland Shelter welcomed the housing, homelessness and accessibility elements of the Brisbane City Council Budget. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the Queensland real estate sector was ignored in the State Budget. [Full Text]

Winners of the Queensland Architecture Awards were announced by the Institute of Architects. [Full Text]

The SA Productivity Commission issued a paper on the methodology for its inquiry into local government costs and efficiency. [Full Text]

The SA Local Government Association issued a circular on the inquiry. [Full Text]

Premier Mark McGowan said the WA Parliament has passed a Bill to establish Infrastructure WA. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute welcomed the announcement, hailing it as a win for a more strategic approach to infrastructure delivery in WA. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the establishment of Infrastructure WA will drive a long-term strategic approach to planning and the prioritisation of infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute welcomed the Productivity Commission recommendation for state governments to abolish stamp duty, and urged the WA Government to take action. [Full Text]

Minister Roger Jaensch outlined the Tasmanian Government's commitments under Stage Two of its Affordable Housing Strategy. [Full Text]