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Sydney councils given green light to bypass building codes and tackle overcrowding - In a bid to quell community anger about overcrowding, all Sydney councils can now ask to be exempt from new building codes that make it easier for homes to be subdivided. See full story here
Better Together Housing - A pilot program designed to assist women to find independent shared accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. See more at  
Cathy McGowan: Homelessness strategy needs wins on the ground - “Cathy has challenged National Party members to work with their Liberal colleagues on developing a housing strategy for rural and regional Australia that addresses real and significant problems that exist across the country.” See the full story here.
Congratulations to Jessica Porter - The Railway Lands project located in Mount Gambier, South Australia, and developed by the City of Mount Gambier has won the “From Plan to Place” category at the Planning Institute of Australia awards. Project PhD student Jessica Porter was instrumental in the development and preparation of the submission and our warmest congratulations go to her … More Congratulations to Jessica Porter
Mission nearly impossible: the City of Sydney’s efforts to increase the affordable housing supply - Alan Morris has published an article in The Conversation discussing the challenges facing the City of Sydney in their endeavour to increase the supply of affordable housing. Read the article here.
South Australia: Creating Better Neighbourhoods Innovation in Ageing Challenge - Do you have an interest in creating better neighbourhoods, ageing well, or contributing to local communities? Do you have creative ideas or innovative solutions you would like to turn into reality? Office for the Ageing and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) are running the Creating Good Neighbourhoods Innovation in Ageing Challenge, focused on … More South Australia: Creating Better Neighbourhoods Innovation in Ageing Challenge
Infrastructure Australia launches Future Cities: Planning for our growing population - Infrastructure Australia has launched a new paper in its Australia Reform series, Future Cities: Planning for our growing population. The report can be viewed here.
Local Government and Housing National Survey Closed - The Local Government and Housing national survey has now closed. Thank you to those who participated. Given that Australia has 537 councils, the 252 responses received was an extremely pleasing outcome. In fact it exceeded the team’s expectations. While a small percentage of those responses may be incomplete, it will still become a significant database … More Local Government and Housing National Survey Closed