Month: March 2020

Geelong goes green…for a while

Readers of the Collie newsfeed will note our recent article (Elizabeth Street Revamp) in which the City of Melbourne has approved a plan to transform a section of Elizabeth Street to remove a trafficable lane in order to increase pedestrian space and amenity.  This development appears to be in contrast to what is proposed in… Read more »

Money does grow on trees

The Victorian Government recently approved the Melbourne Strategic Assessment Environment Mitigation Levy Act 2020, which replaces the former Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Habitat Compensation Obligation fee system. The new levy will result in an increase in the fees payable for the removal of relevant native habitats within Melbourne’s growth areas.  The following provides a summary of… Read more »

gemlife woodend approval

Collie recently assisted GemLife in obtaining town planning approval for 27 individual architect designed living units comprising stage 5 of its lifestyle village in Woodend, Victoria. The living units will be well serviced by the Gemlife Woodend clubhouse building and its impressive facilities that are under construction and nearing completion. The Collie role on the… Read more »


The Collie landscape team worked with the project architects to prepare the landscape concept which formed part of the planning permit application package for the proposed new Japara Kelaston Aged Care Facility Dementia wing in Wendouree, Ballarat.  The landscape design comprised two main tasks. Firstly, Collie identified and distilled the key site specific landscape design… Read more »