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The 2018 GRESB sustainability performance benchmark results for real estate and infrastructure have been released. [Full Text]

GRESB said the Australia and New Zealand real estate sector is once again leading the world in environmental, social and governance performance. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said the Australia/New Zealand region recorded its highest score of 76, compared with 73 in 2017. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that at a time of political paralysis around energy policy, our industry is getting on with the job of delivering great results on ESG criteria. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Property Council released 'Distributed energy in the property sector - today's opportunities'. [Full Text]

The World Green Building Council launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, including commitments from Frasers Property, Stockland, City of Sydney and, GPT and AMP Capital. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said the resolution of Australian businesses to aspire to the targets demonstrated the country's position as a world-leader in sustainable building. [Full Text]

A group of social service, housing and energy peak bodies called for improved energy performance standards for new homes, major renovations and existing homes. [Full Text]

The report 'Climate Opportunity: More Jobs, Better Health, Liveable Cities' was released by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy Climate, NewClimate Institute and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. [Full Text]

Staff from the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology criticised a recent Productivity Commission report on inequality as it didn't account for rent and mortgage costs. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission report, 'Rising inequality? A stocktake of the evidence' is online. [Full Text]

Staff from Queensland University said more flexible housing is needed for 21st-century lifestyles. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack issued the report from an inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said Labor will review the report's key findings. [Full Text]

The Automobile Association called on the major political parties to respond to the report and prioritise road safety in government decision making and funding. [Full Text]

Staff from the Universities of Technology, Queensland and Melbourne said driverless vehicles should not be given unchecked access to cities. [Full Text]

The Climate Council released 'Waiting for the Green Light: Transport Solutions to Climate Change'. [Full Text]

The Greens said the report shows transport emissions have risen almost 63 per cent since 1990. [Full Text]

National Australia Bank published a clip on climate resistance in the infrastructure sector. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association launched its federal election advocacy document. [Full Text]

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors announced that it has developed a statistical tool to measure the night-time economy. [Full Text]

The PM announced a Royal Commission into the Aged Care sector. [Full Text]

The Retirement Living Council welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The shortlist for the Institute of Architects' National Architecture Awards has been released. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Newcastle, NSW, Wollongong and Western Sydney Universities have signed a Statement of Intent with NSW Government to deliver a higher education institution at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission said the announcement represented an unprecedented step in establishing the Western Parkland City as one of Australia's pre-eminent learning centres. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue said the future institute needed to be heavily integrated into what will be network of STEM and health-focused innovation precincts in Western Parkland City. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission announced the appointment of new Greater Sydney Commissioners. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney has released new planning controls for Darlinghurst Road in Kings Cross. [Full Text]

MP Alex Greenwich said the Star's proposal to build a high rise tower in Pyrmont would breach height, floor space and zoning restrictions. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley announced a three-point plan to reduce congestion around Sydney Airport. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council welcomed the Sydney Gateway announcement. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said the new Martin Place Station will be an integration of commercial, retail and public transport and will be a model for future integrated metro stations. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the completion of Tallawong Station in Rouse Hill, the first for the Sydney Metro Northwest rail project. [Full Text]

Minister Troy Grant launched 'NSW Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy'. [Full Text]

Final speakers have been announced for 'Boomtown! Greater Western Sydney's Property & Infrastructure Summit', to be held on 9 November in Sydney. [Full Text]

The ACT Government called for feedback on the Tharwa Village Plan. [Full Text]

Minister Shane Rattenbury announced that the ACT has signed the global Birmingham Declaration to transition to low emissions vehicles. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne released the annual Ministerial Direction and Statement of Expectations for the Victorian Planning Authority. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a policy paper to support the development of enterprise precincts as creative hubs for the emerging economy. [Full Text]

Minister Wynne said that Cremorne is an exciting example of the potential of enterprise precincts. [Full Text]

The Victorian Planning Authority said it will undertake planning in partnership with the City of Yarra to support Cremorne as a hub for creative industries. [Full Text]

Minister Marlene Kairouz announced $50 million to help Melbourne's fastest growing suburbs to build infrastructure. [Full Text]

An amendment has been approved which enables the online publishing of planning schemes through the Victorian Government's new Amendment Tracking System. [Full Text]

Minister Kairouz announced that the Victorian Government is building prefabricated studio units on unoccupied government land in Melbourne's inner west to help meet demand for social housing. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a $150 million 'Car Parks for Commuters' Fund. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network said plans for North East Link road project include an estimated $230 million of new active transport routes and upgrades. [Full Text]

Minister Luke Donnellan provided an update on the Victorian Government's upgrade of Melbourne's arterial road network. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network said it was disappointed in the first concepts for the designs of the upgrade. [Full Text]

The Victorian Energy and Water Ombudsman issued its quarterly affordability report. [Full Text]

The Victorian Opposition said the report shows the number of Victorians disconnected from an essential service rose by 25 per cent over the last quarter. [Full Text]

Minister Lily D'Ambrosio announced that eligible Victorian households who installed solar panels on or after 19 August can apply for a rebate. [Full Text]

The Victorian government issued a progress report on its Water for Victoria plan. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a prospectus on establishing a space agency in the State. [Full Text]

Master Builders Victoria discussed a recent revision of the existing Australian Standard for construction in bushfire-prone areas. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Bailey announced the commencement of the South Brisbane Transport and Mobility Study. [Full Text]

Minister Bailey said the Parliamentary Inquiry into toll roads had attracted almost 200 submissions. [Full Text]

Minister Cameron Dick announced an upcoming EOI for the renewal of a heritage rail precinct at Yeppoon in Central Queensland. [Full Text]

Clayton Utz said participants involved in the supply chain and installation of building products will soon face increased accountability and disciplinary action for use of unsafe or non-compliant products in Queensland buildings. [Full Text]

The WA Government's Rottnest Island Authority issued 'Sustainability Action Plan 2018-2024'. [Full Text]

Winners of the UDIA WA Awards for Excellence have been announced. [Full Text]

Minister Roger Jaensch said roundtable discussions on Stage Two the Tasmanian Government's Affordable Housing Action Plan have started. [Full Text]