RENOVATIONS FOR THE EASTBOUND MEDICAL CENTRE

Collie has recently provided planning services to the Eastbound Medical Centre, obtaining a planning permit for renovations and extensions to the existing medical centre on Boundary Road in Bentleigh East. The approved works when completed will provide additional training rooms, offices, a new waiting area and will increase the size of the existing meeting and… Read more »

CENTRAL EQUITY LAND SECURES THIRD PERMIT AT TRUGANINA WITH ‘HIGHGRANGE’

Central Equity Land has secured a third permit in as many months at Truganina.  The latest approval by Wyndham City Council is for a 254-lot residential subdivision, known as ‘Highgrange’, on land in the north east of the Truganina South Community Precinct (the Precinct) to the west of Palmers Road. The approved subdivision layout (see… Read more »

A TITANIC DEVELOPMENT FOR BELFAST

On Saturday 31 March 2012, The Titanic Signature Building, now known as Titanic Belfast, was opened at Queens Island in Belfast following three years in construction.  The 97 million pounds development was opened in time for the Titanic centenary year. The signature building was designed by a team of international designers including Eric Kuhn and… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW? THE LARGEST SHIP IN THE WORLD

100 years ago, the Titanic was the largest ship in the world at: 882 feet 9 inches in length, 92 feet in width and it weighed 46,328 tonnes.  Today the largest ships in the world are the Allure of The Seas and Oasis of the Seas (both operated by Royal Caribbean International).  These ships are,… Read more »

PEDESTRIAN CONVENIENCE 1

Bus / tram shelters are obviously useful for those waiting for a service but you have to ask yourself sometimes who decides on their locations. Look at this example in Swan Street, Richmond near Stawell Street.  Note the location in relation to the footpath; note the ‘alternative’ footpath in the dirt? Why not a shelter… Read more »

VPELA HOT TOPICS SEMINAR

This week Collie attended the VPELA hot topics seminar.  One of the presenters was Mark Dwyer, Deputy President, VCAT. Mark outlined the new practice notes which were released by VCAT on 15 March 2012, some of which have impacts on the Planning and Environment List and many of which seek to speed up the VCAT… Read more »

GATEWAY UNDERWAY

The ‘Gateway’ new community development project is now underway in Truganina South with the opening recently of the sales centre on the corner of Sayers Road and Palmers Road. Sales in the Central Equity Land Corporation project are progressing well, following the issue of the planning permit by Wyndham City Council. Collie is pleased to… Read more »

‘RECORD’ PLANNING PERMIT ACTIVITY IN VICTORIA – SHOULD WE BE CELEBRATING

The Minister for Planning recently issued a media release that announced the Planning Permit Activity Report for 2010-11. The media release celebrated an increase in planning and development activity and the total number of planning permit decisions, including ‘highlights’ such as: • 2.5 per cent increase in applications lodged; • 29.4 per cent increase in… Read more »

POOR URBAN DESIGN OR SUB-STANDARD INFRASTRUCTURE PROVISION

The headline in today’s Age ‘Melbourne’s sick suburbs’ is an interesting reminder about the roots of the town planning profession. Oddly however, while early instances of ‘town planning’ focused on separating houses from each other (and from other land uses) in order to avoid the spread of disease, today’s newspaper article highlights the health problems… Read more »

CONGRATULATIONS SOPHIE!

The team at Collie would like to congratulate Sophie Jordan for winning the ‘2012 Rising Star Scholarship’. Sophie was awarded the scholarship for her essay ‘Woman and Home: An Investigation into Equitable Forms of Housing’. Sophie is currently working at Collie as part of a formal work placement while she completes the final year of… Read more »