BIDs

The Melbourne Town Hall was the venue for a public lecture on Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Dr Seth Grossman a director at the Institute of Business District Management in the School of Public Affairs and Administration from Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey was the keynote speaker. Dr Grossman explained that BIDs are partnerships between the public… Read more »

KOBENHAVN + CYCLER URBANISM

As observed recently, Kobenhavn (Copenhagen) is one of a growing number of world cities where urban designers have embraced enthusiastically the bicycle as a seriously sustainable alternative to the car for short and medium distance movement. I was confronted with this reality recently on arrival in the central area of Copenhagen where the taxi driver… Read more »

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011…A GREAT EXCUSE TO EXPLORE NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

As rugby experiences go the recent world cup in New Zealand is hard to top. Fanatical international support, jubilant host cities and at times some great bone-crunching rugby! New Zealand and its people did themselves proud. Amidst the anguish of watching my beloved Ireland fail to turn up against our Celtic Welsh cousins (which was… Read more »

SOUTHGATE REVAMPED

Following 15 months of renovation works Southgate located along the Melbourne Southbank promenade was re-launched in November 2011. Redevelopment of the Southbank area was first announced in 2008 with works proposed to extend and reinforce connections to the Yarra River, the CBD, Federation Square, Birrarung Marr and the sports and recreation precincts, all embracing the… Read more »

NATIVE VEGETATION AND OFFSETS

The Victorian Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change (Ryan Smith) spoke at the UDIA function of 4 November 2011. The Minister was brief but to the point in terms of relevance to his audience.  He spoke of principles concerning establishing the longer term provisions for identifying and protecting native vegetation – and then having the… Read more »

ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE OFFICE BUILDINGS

The Environmentally Sustainable Office Buildings (ESOB) Policy (Clause 22.19 of the Melbourne Planning Scheme) is intended to ensure that all new office developments in the City of Melbourne incorporate measures to reduce their impact on the environment.  The policy requires a 4 Star Green Star Certified Rating for office developments with a gross floor area… Read more »

VEPLA YOUNG PROFFESIONALS MASTER CLASSES

As one of the graduate planners at Collie, I recently attended a series of four planning master classes for young professionals hosted by the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA). The classes covered a range of planning topics designed to provide young professionals with an insight into various planning related issues. These topics included:… Read more »

UDIA VICTORIA STATE CONFERENCE

The UDIA Victoria State Conference was this year held in Bendigo, with the title ‘Connecting Victoria: A Vision for the future’. Affordability and lifestyle have been key drivers in housing demand in Bendigo in recent times, particularly given its proximity to Melbourne and good public transport links.  Not surprisingly, affordability was a common theme through… Read more »

HARCREST STAGE 1 UNDERWAY

Mirvac is nearing completion with the Stage 1 civil works for its Harcrest development at Stud Road, Scoresby.  It has also commenced construction for the sales office, some display homes and other dwellings in Stage 1 of the development. Collie continues to provide planning advice to Mirvac in relation to the project and is excited… Read more »

MALMO OBSERVATIONS

Mike and Jenny Collie recently visited Malmo in Sweden and took time to walk around Vastra Hamnen, a substantial ‘docklands’ redevelopment project situated to the north west of the Malmo central area. Key observations include: the use of a significant building (the Turning Torso residential tower) which is visible from the centre of Malmo to… Read more »