Month: September 2011

PLANNING FOR ABORIGINAL HERTIAGE

Guest speakers at the Planning for Aboriginal Heritage PIA Victoria Professional Development Seminar were Harry Webber, Acting Manager Heritage Strategy, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, Astrid Di Carlo, Special Counsel and Annette Jones, Solicitor of Russell Kennedy. We were given a brief review of the background to Aboriginal heritage places and objects of Aboriginal cultural heritage significance… Read more »

AMENDED DEVELOPMENT PLAN APPROVED FOR COBURG HILL

On 21 July 2011 the Minister for Planning approved an amended version of the ‘Coburg Hill Development Plan’ (DP). The main feature of the amended DP is a revised overall street layout plan, which features an improved relationship and interface between the site and Edgars Creek and facilitates a more efficient residential lot layout with… Read more »

SMALL LOT HOUSING CODE STANDARDS RELEASED

The Growth Areas Authority (GAA) has released the Small Lot Housing Code Standards. On 14 July 2011, the Minister for Planning announced that new (not yet approved) precinct structure plans would include provisions that will remove the need for planning permits for lots under 300 square metres provided that the dwelling complies with the Small… Read more »

CHANGES TO THE BUILDING CODES FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS ON TWIN TOWERS

I count myself as being very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit the World Trade Centre site in Lower Manhattan in 2000 and to have stood beneath and admired the twin tower buildings. We are all too aware of the shocking events which unfolded the following year which changed the Manhattan skyline forever… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW? FLAGSTAFF GARDENS

Flagstaff Gardens was originally the site of a signalling station that flagged the arrival of ships in the bay. The station still exists in the gardens which is at the northern end of the city, near the Queen Victoria Market. Established on the highest point of land in the city, they were Melbourne’s first public… Read more »

UDIA FUNCTION – LEIGH MATTEWS ON FOOTY

The guest speaker at the UDIA September Luncheon was AFL legend and hall of fame member Leigh Matthews. Leigh spoke about his experiences as a hugely successful player and coach and about his more recent involvement in the sport as a media commentator and a member of the AFL rules committee. Not surprisingly, discussion around… Read more »

IS WHITTLESEA READY?

Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, was the guest speaker at the ‘Whittlesea business luncheon’ on 26 August 2011. The theme of the luncheon was “Whittlesea, one of the Fastest Growing Municipalities in Australia…Are we ready?” and the event was introduced by Mr David Turnbull, the CEO for the City of Whittlesea. Mr Turnbull spoke about Whittlesea’s… Read more »