2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES ROYAL COMMISSION

The Bushfires Royal Commission Final Report includes 67 recommendations under various headings.   The recommendations canvass a wide range of issues and are indicative of the breadth of analysis completed by the Commissioners. It is interesting that 19 of the recommendations deal with Planning and Building issues. They range from amendments to the Victoria Planning… Read more »

GROWTH AREAS INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRIBUTION (GAIC)

On 29 July 2010 the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament passed the amendment (VC68) to expand Melbourne’s urban growth boundary allowing 43,600 additional hectares to be brought into metropolitan Melbourne. To support the additional expansion of the urban growth boundary the Planning and Environment Amendment (Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution) Act 2010 came into operation… Read more »

ARMSTRONG CREEK EAST PRECINCT STRUCTURE PLAN

Geelong growth in recent years has resulted in a critical shortage of land available for urban development – about only eighteen months supply of residential lots exist… The Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA) offers the lifeline, for the immediate demand for expansion land for greater Geelong. The ACUGA has been recognized and planned by… Read more »

DETROIT: A NEW PLANNING DIMENSION

  Tired of Detroit’s status as the symbol of everything wrong with urban America, its new mayor has come up with a radical solution: to bulldoze the City. Click here to read more.

WELCOME TO AAMI PARK

Victoria’s burgeoning rugby and football codes (real football!) have long awaited a dedicated stadium to accommodate elite level crowds in a way that provides the intimate viewing experience afforded by purpose built venues. AAMI Park provides the missing link in Melbourne’s sporting infrastructure for a medium sized rectangular pitch stadium. Built on Edwin Flack field… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW? WORLD CUP

The highest attendance at a World Cup match was 199,854 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janerio for the 1950 decider between Uraguay and Brazil. Brazil is the only country to have appeared in all 19 finals tournaments from 1930 to 2010…and it has automatically qualified for the 2014 tournament as hosts.

MAJOR PROJECTS IN THE CITY OF MOONEE VALLEY

One of the most rewarding parts of any project is seeing the commencement and then completion of construction. It is exciting therefore, to see construction complete for one major project in the City of Moonee Valley and construction underway on two others. We wrote an article in coll-e-bulletin 30 about the Moonee Ponds Central development… Read more »

VICTORIAN CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATVIE TRIBUNAL – MAJOR CASES LIST

  VCAT’s new Major Cases List for planning developments worth more than $5 million commenced on 3 May 2010. The Major Cases list is designed to speed up decision-making in the Planning and Environment List. VCAT has received additional funding from the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development. VCAT President Justice Iain Ross said… Read more »

DAVEY STREET BRIDGE

As an exploration by Collie in considering its response to the Frankston City Council open design brief to create artwork for the new Davey Street Bridge (which connects the commercial precinct with the foreshore), our landscape studio contemplated the Bridge itself as a representation of the boating activity evident in its vicinity. Our thoughts included… Read more »

COLLIE DUGONGS – MS 24HOUR MEGASWIM 2010

The ‘Collie Dugongs’ participated on 26 and 27 February in the MS 24-Hour Mega Swim at the Fitzroy Pool for the seventh year. The event raises money for multiple sclerosis and the Dugongs have been very active with their fundraising, including hosting Bunnings barbeques (thank you to Bunnings). The Collie Dugongs swam 70.60 kilometres and… Read more »