AMX to the MAX

Collie recently assisted the client in providing town planning advice in relation to two sites in Victoria, and two in New South Wales, focusing on the potential for the client to operate its AMX auto accessories store at the site. As part of its advice Collie reviewed the relevant planning controls and advised whether or… Read more »

parklife in shadow

Sunlight in winter is imperative to our health and wellbeing.  Melbournians, especially those living in high-rise residential areas may not be getting enough Vitamin D in their diet.   Amendment C278 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme is designed to redress the issue. The City of Melbourne consulted with the community and found that sunlight in parks… Read more »

sda for knox

Collie recently provided town planning services for a Specialist Disability Accommodation development in Knox, which will comprise accommodation for twenty residents plus carers. SDA accommodation is funded typically under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provides accessible accommodation for residents who have either extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.        … Read more »

new knox project

Congratulations to Development Victoria on the recent rezoning of its land at 621 Burwood Highway, Knoxfield.  Collie has appreciated being part of the project team which has secured the rezoning. The land is a significant parcel (approximately 19 hectares) on the edge of the Knox Activity Centre, with frontages to Burwood Highway and Scoresby Road,… Read more »

vicsmart in diamond creek

Collie recently assisted the client in obtaining town planning approval for the development of a first floor office space addition to a property in the Diamond Creek town centre. Although only a small project, the interesting aspect was that it was dealt with under VicSmart and resulted in a planning permit being issued in ten… Read more »

hurdles to jump

Kyle Vander Kuyp is an Olympian and an ambassador for indigenous employment and was the guest speaker at a Property Industry Foundation event attended recently by Collie. Kyle talked about how his passion for hurdling and his early success in his formative years helped to shape him as a person.  His dedication to the sport,… Read more »

celine coming to collins

Collie was engaged to assist Celine in obtaining a planning permit for the new Celine store at 109 to 113 Collins Street, Melbourne.  Collie worked closely with the project architects (Arkhe Tekhne) to lodge a planning permit application for advertising signs and alterations to the façade of the building which is affected by heritage controls…. Read more »

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 »