Month: May 2013

VCAT FEES TO INCREASE

Fees for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) are to increase over the next month, with some increases to take effect from 1 June 2013 and some from 1 July 2013. The most significant changes to the VCAT fee structure include the introduction of fees for second and subsequent days of a hearing and… Read more »

PEDDLING SAFELY?

Bicycle safety is close to the heart of the Collie staff, a number of whom are daily commuter riders. VicRoads recorded 10,000 bicycle accidents between 2007 and 2012.  As published by The Age this week, researchers have used this data to map where these accidents have occurred (http://www.theage.com.au/data-point/cyclists-get-warning-on-danger-spots-20130521-2jz6f.html). To add to this information, it is… Read more »

CHANGES TO PLANNING POLICY: POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED

An advisory committee was appointed by the Minister for Planning to assess the existing planning parameters around contaminated land and to provide recommendations on how these could be altered to be more efficient and effective. The committee report was released on 9 March 2012, together with a State Government response to the recommendations including an… Read more »

ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND THE PLANNING SYSTEM

It wasn’t too long ago that environmentally sustainable design (ESD) requirements were largely removed from the town planning process and instead addressed predominantly through the Building Code of Australia.  More recently however, there has been an acceptance of ESD playing a role in the town planning process, with various policies being adopted by Councils, most… Read more »

A SHADOW CAST TOO FAR? PART 2

The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has recently been subject to criticism for approving too many tower developments in and around the Melbourne CBD. In some cases this criticism has been unfair.  As long as the buildings exhibit good design and respond appropriately to ground level and any other identified features of the locality, tower… Read more »

AUDITOR GENERAL – TRAFFIC CONGESTION

Traffic congestion in Melbourne is becoming a growing problem as the City expands and population rises.  A report by the Victorian Auditor General (VAGO), Managing Traffic Congestion, released last month, highlights the impacts of congestion and provides a series of recommendations to improve congestion management. Traffic congestion not only increases travel times and cost, it… Read more »

VPELA ‘WILD WILD WEST’ BALL

A table from the Collie team saddled up to attend the recent VPELA Ball which was ‘Wild Wild West’ themed. A great time was had by all.

A SHADOW CAST TOO FAR??

The Melbourne CBD and immediate surrounds are appropriate places for well-designed high-rise buildings and the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has made it clear that he will continue supporting such development.  This type of development should not occur however, if it is at the expense of established and valued planning policies. If the proposed office… Read more »