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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Collie staff attended the recent Australian Landscape Conference 2009 which comprised two days of presentations and discussion on designing liveable landscapes. Highlights included the presentations on green roof design, mains water neutral design solutions and the kitchen garden schools program. Collie staff attended the recent VPELA Conference 2009: People Changing Places. The Conference was held… Read more »
Melbourne’s oldest hotel is reputedly the Duke of Wellington Hotel (corner Flinders and Russell Streets) built in 1850 and licensed in 1853.
Collie was closely involved in the planning and development of the new ‘Moonee Ponds Central’ shopping centre which opened recently. The centre consists of approximately 10,000 square metres of retail floor space (including a K-Mart), approximately 2,300 square metres of office floor area and around 530 car spaces. It includes the provision of a new… Read more »
nature strip n. (plural nature strips) (Australian) An area of grass beside a roadway, possibly with a few trees or shrubs, lying in between the footpath and the roadway proper. On a public road this is public land but by custom is mowed etc by the owners of adjacent private property. To the untrained eye,… Read more »
By the end of 2009 the population of Melbourne is expected to have passed 4 million people. When the first census was conducted in 1836 the population was just 177!