Year: 2020

Geelong goes green…for a while

Readers of the Collie newsfeed will note our recent article (Elizabeth Street Revamp) in which the City of Melbourne has approved a plan to transform a section of Elizabeth Street to remove a trafficable lane in order to increase pedestrian space and amenity.  This development appears to be in contrast to what is proposed in… Read more »

Money does grow on trees

The Victorian Government recently approved the Melbourne Strategic Assessment Environment Mitigation Levy Act 2020, which replaces the former Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Habitat Compensation Obligation fee system. The new levy will result in an increase in the fees payable for the removal of relevant native habitats within Melbourne’s growth areas.  The following provides a summary of… Read more »

gemlife woodend approval

Collie recently assisted GemLife in obtaining town planning approval for 27 individual architect designed living units comprising stage 5 of its lifestyle village in Woodend, Victoria. The living units will be well serviced by the Gemlife Woodend clubhouse building and its impressive facilities that are under construction and nearing completion. The Collie role on the… Read more »


The Collie landscape team worked with the project architects to prepare the landscape concept which formed part of the planning permit application package for the proposed new Japara Kelaston Aged Care Facility Dementia wing in Wendouree, Ballarat.  The landscape design comprised two main tasks. Firstly, Collie identified and distilled the key site specific landscape design… Read more »

Elizabeth Street Revamp

The City of Melbourne has finalised plans to redevelop a section of the southern end of Elizabeth Street in the central business district of Melbourne.  The finalised plans will involve the permanent closure of the southbound traffic lane of Elizabeth Street between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane. The closure, which is expected to be completed… Read more »

Eastside in Demand

Collie recently assisted Stockland in amending the planning permit to increase the density for the last stages of the ‘Eastside’ development in Highlands, Craigieburn. Collie was successful in negotiating with Hume City Council an increase in the yield to 239 townhouses. Eastside is located within close walking distance to the Craigieburn Town centre and other… Read more »

Jacksons Hill Stage 19

Collie assisted Development Victoria in obtaining town planning approval for the subdivision of Stage 19 at Jacksons Hill, Sunbury.  Stage 19 is the final residential stage of the extensive and successful Jacksons Hill development. The Collie involvement on the project ranged from town planning advice on the subdivision of the site, preparation of a detailed… Read more »

GemLife Woodend Update

Collie is assisting GemLife in providing town planning services for its first lifestyle village in Victoria known as ‘GemLife Woodend’. The village is located in the Macedon Ranges and within a short commuting distance (1.5 kilometres) of the Woodend town centre. Here is an image of the village under construction… Nestled amongst established native vegetation,… Read more »

warehouse projects

Collie has been assisting clients in the last six months with warehouse projects in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. The assistance has varied from due diligence planning advice to development approval applications and the coordination of application packages.  As part of the services, Collie has liaised with local planning authorities.

kids at play in highlands

Back in April 2018, Collie assisted Stockland in obtaining town planning approval for a childcare centre in Highlands, Craigieburn (New Childcare Centre in Highlands). The project is complete and the childcare centre is now open.