Year: 2019

that’s a rap

Last week a member of the Collie team attended a VPELA seminar on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, which comprised presentations from members of Heritage Services, the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP). Some interesting points emerged: Aboriginal cultural heritage should be considered earlier in the town planning process at the strategic level… Read more »

driverless buses and tiny homes: a trip down ‘future street’

Last weekend Collie staff members attended a City of Melbourne event in Blackwood Street, North Melbourne that focused on sustainable initiatives including on how streets of Melbourne may look in the future. A notable focal point was the driverless bus, which has been designed in partnership with the University of Melbourne.  With congestion being topical,… Read more »

victorian state budget

The 2019-2020 Victorian State Budget was delivered by the Treasurer on Monday 27 May 2019 in which a wide range of funding announcements were made for what is the Andrews State Government’s fifth budget. The following aspects of the budget are of particular relevance to the planning and development industry. $2 billion for upgrades to… Read more »

coal to ecotourism

You may have read about The Eden Project in the UK.  It has involved the transformation of a disused quarry in Cornwall into a space of giant plastic domes that house tropical rainforests.  It has been an ecotourism success since it was built in 2001, attracting over 20 million visitors. The Eden Project and Alcoa… Read more »

melbourne draft transport strategy 2019

Melbourne Council is refreshing its Transport Strategy for 2019.  The number of people in the city each day is set to grow from 911,000 to 1.4 million in less than two decades. The key pedestrian elements in the draft 10-year plan includes restricting traffic on secondary streets such as Little Collins and Little Bourke to… Read more »

truganina local town centre

Collie recently assisted ID Land in obtaining town planning approval for the development of the Truganina Local Town Centre (TLTC) in Elements, Truganina.  The TLTC will be located on the west side of Woods Road, to the north of the intersection of Woods Road and Dohertys Road. The TLTC will comprise 6,500 square metres of… Read more »

postcard from sicily

What a beautiful island is Sicily – from its green (in April at least) rural areas… to its stunning mountain-top villages and towns. These are examples of historic fortified towns and a history that goes back to who knows when.  Present day city builders could learn a lot from the layout of public plazzas and… Read more »

where have all the car parks gone?

Moreland City Council have announced they will be removing minimum off-street parking requirements for all residential and commercial developments in some locations.  These locations are all well serviced by public transport. This bold change is hoping to achieve a greener and healthier future by reducing car usage.  The Council admits that its decision is controversial. … Read more »

new apartments for bentleigh

Collie recently assisted the client in obtaining town planning approval for the development of a four-storey apartment building in Bent Street, Bentleigh. Collie worked closely with the architect and client in advising on the built form requirements in order to develop a proposal that would be able to be supported. As part of the town… Read more »

new subdivision in highlands

Collie assisted Stockland in obtaining town planning approval at ‘Highlands’ in Craigieburn for the subdivision of land known as ‘Subdivision Plan 19’ (SP19).  SP19 will be the newest addition to this extensive and successful Stockland development. The approved subdivision (layout below) comprises 130 lots with a mix of conventional and medium densities.  A number of… Read more »