SHAKESPHERE GROVE, ST KILDA

With the significant changes in the property market over the past couple of years, Collie is finding it common for developers to seek changes to the use mix of approved developments, and in particular the conversion of small office spaces into apartments. One recent example of this was a site in Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda…. Read more »

TREE PROJECT

TreeProject is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to revegetating the Victorian landscape with indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses. The project works by recruiting volunteer growers from Melbourne and other regional centres to propagate and grow indigenous seedlings on behalf of farmers, land care groups and other organisations. Volunteer growers are provided with a ‘growing kit’… Read more »

MS 24 HOUR MEGASWIM

Over the last weekend in February, a number of Collie staff members participated in the 24-Hour Mega Swim at the Fitzroy Pool. This was the eighth year Collie had participated in the Mega Swim. Funds raised support the Go For Gold Foundation, which provides scholarships to people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), assisting them to… Read more »

DID YOU KNOW?

Melbourne’s famous tramway system is the largest outside the European continent and the fourth largest in the world. It stretches 244 kilometres with 1,770 stops and 450 trams.

NEW ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE AT AURORA… FOR FROGS

Aurora is a large residential development in Epping North, approximately 20 kilometres north of the Melbourne central business district. One of the interesting features of Aurora is that it provides for the construction of a series of purpose-built frog habitat ponds and wetland areas. The ponds are located along Edgars Creek and are designed specifically… Read more »

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – FALLING WATER

I was lucky enough on my recent trip to the USA to visit a number of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Guggenheim in New York and Robie House and other prairie style houses in Chicago. In addition, I also visited the amazing Falling Water house.   Falling Water was designed and built by Frank… Read more »

ESSENDON NORTH APARTMENT DEVELOPMENTS

In recent years there has been much discussion in the ‘planning’ world about increasing densities in our activity centres and reducing growth at the fringe, you know, all that Melbourne 2030 talk! Collie has recently worked on two developments that we believe are excellent examples of activity centre development. Our experience with these projects we… Read more »

BRUNSWICK STRUCTURE PLAN AND AMENDMENT C105 TO THE MORELAND PLANNING SCHEME

Amendment C105 to the Moreland Planning Scheme was gazetted on 23 September 2010. Amendment C105 applies, through the use of a Design and Development Overlay, interim height limits to the Brunswick Major Activity Centre around Sydney Road and Lygon Streets. But is this the right way to go to encourage development in our activity centres?… Read more »

HIGHLANDS

Collie has had and continues to have a key role in Stockland’s ‘Highlands’ – a 760 hectares new community development in Craigieburn on the northem edge of metropolitan Melbourne. Located just off the Hume Highway at Craigieburn, approximately 10 kilometres north east of the Melbourne International Airport and 3 kilometres west of the Craigieburn Train… Read more »

POSTCARD FROM FIJI…BULA

Holiday destinations do not get much more paradisaical than Fiji however, it is perhaps the country’s warmth – both climatically and through the Fijian population – that factors most in ones enjoyment of the country. Having had the opportunity to spend some time in Fiji recently exploring the main island, Viti Levu, alongside a few… Read more »