WAVERLEY PARK

The re-development of the ex-VFL headquarters at Waverley Park in Melbourne, is well progressed. Football fans in particular who remember the venue would find it an ‘eye opener’ to visit now. The oval remains but houses have replaced stands; part of the grandstand remains but is now used for retail and commercial purposes; and the… Read more »

RULES RELAXED FOR BULKY GOODS RETAILERS IN VICTORIA

On the 19 January Amendment VC88 implemented changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions and planning schemes to relax the rules relevant to bulky goods retailing. The changes have broadened the definition of bulky goods and remove the floor space restrictions previously in place under the Industrial 1, Industrial 3, Business 3 and Business 4 zones…. Read more »

A VISIT TO THE LATEST REDEVELOPMENT AT DARLING HARBOUR

Following two years of construction the latest redevelopment at Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter was opened to the public in September 2011. The 68,000 square metres Darling Quarter project includes: • 58,000 square metres, of commercial office space; • 600 public and 200 private underground car spaces; • retail and leisure facilities; • new public open… Read more »

EUREKA TOWER

Have you noticed the spectacular Eureka Tower ‘shimmer’ on a sunny crisp morning? Look up and be impressed!

CHRISTCHURCH CITY CENTRE RE-OPENS

A small part of the Christchurch city centre was re-opened recently following the devastating earthquake that struck the Canterbury region in February this year.  The re-opened area includes 27 shops and cafes housed in specially converted shipping containers.  The brightly painted containers include glass frontages and balconies and have been carefully arranged to create a… Read more »

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM ALL AT COLLIE PTY LTD

Note: The Collie office will be closing for the holidays on Wednesday 21 December 2011 (but don’t call after midday because we will be out celebrating the end of the year) and will reopen on Monday 9 January 2012.

UDIA (VICTORIA) 2011 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Mirvac received a commendation in the Medium Density Development Category of the UDIA (Victoria) 2011 Awards for Excellence for its Laureate development in Albert Park, which was considered an “outstanding medium density development” by the judges. Collie was pleased to provide planning inputs to Mirvac throughout the project. Enquiries: Jay Hollerich (jjh@colliepl.com.au)

DRAFT GROWTH CORRIDOR PLANS

The Growth Areas Authority (GAA) has released for comment draft Growth Corridor Plans identifying areas for housing, jobs, transport, town centres, open space and key infrastructure. Public consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 20 December, 2011. Submissions can be made either via mail to Growth Areas Authority, Level 29, 35 Collins Street Victoria 3000 or… Read more »

SWANSTON STREET REDEVELOPMENT: CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

The first tram stop redevelopment on Swanston Street outside the State Library has now been completed with others to be constructed at RMIT University, Bourke Street Mall and City Square. As shown in the image below the tram stop has a raised platform that allows for access to trams for people of all abilities. Additionally,… Read more »

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 »