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Greens want donation reform after a look at minister’s diary

NSW planning minister Anthony Roberts met with 53 property developers or property interest groups between January and September this year, but not a single ordinary resident, new information released by the Greens shows.

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Vacancy taxes on the agenda, but are they the solution?

The Victorian government has warned owners of vacant inner-city properties to fill them with tenants or sell up, with less than two months before the state’s vacancy tax begins on 1 January 2018.

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Why growing the regions makes sense – for the big capitals

There has been a lot of recent focus on the role of the regions in alleviating the pressure of congestion on cities, seen on roads, public transport and arguably the housing market with skyrocketing prices in the big cities.

NSW all alone as Victoria announces bag ban

Victoria’s ban on single-use plastic bags has left NSW the last state to act, falling behind every other state in Australia and even the major supermarket chains who have already taken action to ban the bag.

Noise pollution a growing concern for strata developments

Whether it’s the sound of partying neighbours, constant banging of footfalls overhead or the roaring of traffic heard whenever balcony doors are opened, noise is compromising health and quality of life for many apartment dwellers.

Brisbane’s CitySmart is scaling up

According to CitySmart chief executive Neil Horrocks gamification is the way to go if you want to change behaviour patterns and break bad habits.