Month: August 2013

POSTCARD 2 FROM BERLIN: THE TIERGARTEN

The Tiergarten is an extremely large park in central Berlin and is mostly ‘natural’ in appearance but with areas that are manicured.  Advice received is that it started as a forested hunting area for the aristocracy but its more recent history includes that it was re-designed by Albert Speer at the request of Joseph Goebels… Read more »

RESIDENTIAL ZONE REFORMS UPDATE

Last week there were two significant updates in relation to the residential zone reforms in Victoria. On Thursday 22 August 2013, the Minister for Planning through Amendment VC104 introduced transitional provisions to the residential zones to ensure that existing planning permit applications are not unfairly disadvantaged by the proposed zones. Then on Friday 23 August… Read more »

POSTCARD FROM BERLIN

Berlin is a city ‘under construction’  . . . all over the old capital of East Germany and this has been in full swing almost continuously since the wall came down and tourism growth started again in earnest; obviously given a major push when Berlin became the capital of re-unified Germany. The City was about 90… Read more »

RECENT PLANNING CHANGES

If you haven’t already seen the City of Glen Eira is the first municipality to roll out the new residential zones.  Following announcements made by the Minister for Planning this week. The new zones in Glen Eira are expected to be gazetted on the 23 August 2013.  For further details please refer City of Glen… Read more »

PLAYGROUNDS

Have you ever sat in a playground and watched those at play? Have you ever noticed that many of our playgrounds are pieces of plastic commanding the young user to play as designed? Have you ever noticed that the equipment that is there is often used in a different way to that intended? The playground… Read more »