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 »

there are tunnels and then there are tunnels

In Australia, transport tunnel projects are still newsworthy especially where they have a wider purpose. In Norway things are a bit different with rail and road tunnels being commonplace but nevertheless, often engineering marvels – but in fjord / mountain country, you deal with the conditions. For example, if you leave Bergen on the west… Read more »

planning advice in new south wales

Collie has assisted two clients with planning advice on projects in New South Wales. The first project was a residential development in Exeter, south of Sydney in the Southern Highlands.  The project involved a development application that resulted subsequently in an approval. The second project involved planning advice to a national client on a potential… Read more »

bushfire requirement confusion

Readers of the Collie newsfeed will note that in December 2017 the Victorian State Government gazetted a change to the Victorian Planning Provisions which introduced Amendment VC140, which updated the Planning Policy Frameworks to provide a greater focus on bushfire risk-based planning. At the time of Amendment VC140, it was acknowledged that all levels of… Read more »