MOVEMBER

Collie staff are also raising money to help with awareness of and funds for men’s health by participating in Movember. Click here to find out more and see their efforts so far! Collie staff are eagerly competing in the Movember challenge to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer and… Read more »

QUIZ

What percentage of plant life on earth is found in the ocean?

DID YOU KNOW?

Melbourne, Australia is in the same time zone as Vladivostok, Russia. A lot of water lies between the two with only part of PNG and a number of Pacific islands breaking-up that water link.

10 / 30 RIGHT – HELPING MAKE VICTORIA FIRE-READY

…so proclaimed the media release from the Minister for Environment and Climate Change announcing the inclusion of Interim Measures for Bushfire Protection in the Victoria Planning Provisions (specified municipalities) until 31 August 2010. Developed with the expectation that the bushfire conditions in summer 2009 / 2010 will be worse than those in summer 2008 /… Read more »

COWRA LAND USE STRATEGY

Cowra Shire is in the Lachlan Valley in central west New South Wales, approximately 300 kilometres west of Sydney. The Shire covers approximately 2,800 square kilometres, with a growing population in excess of 13,000 people. The major urban centre is Cowra Township. The Shire forms an integral part of the wider agricultural and industrial region… Read more »

ACTIVITY CENTRES

The Minister for Planning has recently: approved boundaries for five ‘market-ready’ activity centres; approved criteria to be used to set the boundaries for other activity centres; introduced a new Activity centre zone (ACZ) into the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP); applied the ACZ to the Doncaster Hill Principal Activity Centre, including the introduction of Schedule 1… Read more »

ROOF TOP GARDENS

During a recent overseas trip Collie staff members were able to visit the new Highline Park in West Manhattan, New York. It was interesting to see the comparisons with the Paris La Promenade Plantee (also known as Coulee Verte) which has been open for several years. Visit New York Highline website and the official Paris… Read more »

RECENT RAINFALL

The recent rainfall in Melbourne has exceeded the average for September.  It is now more important than ever to drought proof our gardens and landscapes to lock in the recent soil moisture from the spring rains.  This can be done through applying mulch to garden beds (minimum of 75mm depth) and the inclusion of water… Read more »

FLEXIBLE CONTROLS

Just like the Urban Growth Zone, the Activity Centre Zone is very similar in structure to the Priority Development Zone, which is similar to the Capital City, Docklands and Comprehensive Development Zones and even to the old Merri Urban Development Zone. Does anyone remember that golden oldie? It just goes to show that to facilitate… Read more »

ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE

The Federal Government Stimulus Package has certainly had a positive effect on Collie through the Building Education Revolution and Social Housing Initiatives notwithstanding, the other indirect effects. It seems that the stimulus package has generated work throughout the construction industry including a number of projects that will benefit local communities into the future.