Office and education Centre in Eltham

Guest Building Group has obtained a permit recently for office, education centre, warehouse and trade supplies, in Bolton Street, Eltham. Collie worked closely with Guest Building Group to advise on the plan requirements and to prepare the planning permit application.

Spending GAIC Funds

The first UDIA industry lunch of the year was well attended.  Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, who is responsible for two portfolios (Suburban Development and Energy, Environment and Climate Change), was the guest speaker. Other than a few awards that were presented for Environmentally Sustainable Developments, the focus of the presentation centered on her Suburban Development portfolio… Read more »


“We need a definition for affordable housing” said at least two panel members at the UDIA / Community Housing Federation forum (‘Delivering Affordable Housing’) on Wednesday 1 February 2017 in Melbourne. So, after many years of concern and discussion on this topic of ever increasing importance, we are told we need a definition – round… Read more »

New Victorian Departments and Authorities

Some recent Victorian Government announcements on changes to departments and Authorities are summarised below. Land Use Victoria within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has been established within the Local Infrastructure Group and incorporating existing land administration and spatial mapping functions. A new statutory authority, Development Victoria will incorporate the property development… Read more »

Final Better Apartment Standards… Finally!

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has released the long awaited final Better Apartment Design Standards.  The release ends a long process of drafts and consultation periods, which began following the release of the Better Apartments discussion paper in May 2015.  It is expected that these standards will be gazetted into the Victorian Planning Scheme in March… Read more »


The Collie office will be closed for the the Christmas and New Year break From Monday 26 December 2016 until Friday 13 January 2017. Certain staff may be in the office during this period and if so they can be contacted via email or mobile phone.  If the matter is urgent please email to… Read more »


It was great to see that plans for the Eastside development (previously known as ‘Townside’)  have been approved allowing the development of 198 townhouses in Highlands, Craigieburn.   For further details on the project please see our previous article. Construction is expected to commence in early 2017 with Eastside to be developed over the next couple… Read more »


Collie congratulates LCI Education Pty Ltd on obtaining the town planning permits for its new campus at 150 Oxford Street, Collingwood. Following the issuing of the associated buildings and works town planning permit earlier this year, the change of use town planning permit has been recently issued allowing the use of an education centre. Collie… Read more »


Further to our previous article it is good to see the completion of ten townhouses at Ruskin Street in Highlands, Craigieburn. The townhouses offer a well-designed medium density development that is located to front the newly developed Volcano Park, as seen in the photos below.

aila seminar – VIC living cities

This week Collie attended an AILA seminar focused on planning, design and construction of green infrastructure.  Five speakers including Peter Seamer [Victorian Planning Authority], Rob Adams [Melbourne City Council], Adrian Grey [Brimbank City Council], Jill Garner [Victorian Government Architect] and Sally Capp [Property Council of Australia] provided a wealth of insights into this emerging field…. Read more »