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 »

DID YOU KNOW…? MELBOURNES FIRST SKYSCRAPER

Melbourne’s first ‘skyscraper’ was the ICI building on Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, now known as the Orica Building. Until 1958, building heights had to be less than 132 feet, as this was the highest fire ladders could reach. From November 1958 to 1961 the ICI building was the tallest building in Australia. It contains 19… Read more »

FORMER AUSTRAL BRICKS SITE, STUD ROAD

Collie has been working on an exciting project to provide around 1,000 dwellings and a local activity centre on the former Austral Bricks quarry and brickworks site on Stud Road, Scoresby. Background Collie has provided planning advice to Mirvac Victoria since it was chosen as the preferred purchaser of the former Austral Bricks quarry and… Read more »

SWANSONG FOR TRAFFIC ON SWANSTON

The Lord Mayor has done a back flip on one of our iconic streets. What has been approved and will it work? The redevelopment of Swanston Street, officially endorsed by City of Melbourne (Council) on Tuesday 2 February 2010, is due to get underway in July 2010 with a new platform tram stop installed between… Read more »

ACT II – MORE OR LESS RED TAPE

The State government is proposing the biggest shake up of the Planning and Environment Act since its introduction in 1987. What’s it all about? How might it impact on you? Is it a case of more red tape? Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Bill 2009 The Minister for Planning recently released a draft version of… Read more »

MS 24-HOUR MEGASWIM 2010

For the seventh year running (or swimming actually), the ‘Collie Dugongs’ will participate in the MS 24-Hour MegaSwim on 26 / 27 February. Our team of fifteen swimmers has been ‘training’ for months. They are committed and inspired to swim further and raise more money for a good cause than in previous years. The event… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW?

No part of Australia is more than 1,000 kilometres from the ocean and a beach (The point in the world that is the furthest from any ocean is in China.)