Federation Square $20m Makeover

The Victorian government recently announced it will be injecting $20 million into an upgrade of Federation Square. The announcement noted that the overhaul is to include new lighting, a regional Victorian food and wine experience, better signage and improvements to the Deakin Edge Theatre and event spaces.  There was related talk about the Square being… Read more »

ID_Land expands Glenlee

ID_Land will expand on its masterplanned community known as ‘Glenlee’ through the recent town planning approval of a residential subdivision (see below) comprising 322 lots.  Glenlee is located within the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth area and approximately 6 kilometres to the south of the Geelong CBD. Following the preparation and submission of the planning permit… Read more »

Auto Showroom Potential in Mackay

Collie recently assisted a client in providing town planning advice on the potential for an auto showroom on a site in Mackay, Queensland. Based on the Mackay Regional Planning Scheme and other matters, Collie was able to advise the client that planning approval was not required.    The due diligence advice provided to the client… Read more »

Quiet Melbourne

During a recent 5km radius bike ride into the City, Collie was encouraged to see that the majority of Melbournians are doing the right thing in abiding by the rules and staying home.  This was evident in the photos below which were taken on a Saturday afternoon on what would normally be a peak time… Read more »

New Land in the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area

Collie is pleased to have assisted the client recently with town planning investigations as part of its due diligence for the acquisition of land located within the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area and approximately 6 kilometres to the south of the Geelong CBD.  As part of our role, we provided detailed town planning advice including… Read more »

Burleigh Heads Warehousing and Distribution Centre

Collie recently assisted a client in providing town planning advice in relation to a site in Burleigh Heads, Queensland.  The town planning assistance was to provide due diligence planning advice on the potential for the client to operate a warehouse wholesale distribution centre at the site. As part of the services, Collie reviewed the relevant… Read more »

Opportunities for the Homeless

It appears that the COVID-19 pandemic may hold at least some silver lining for Victoria’s homeless.  Since March more than 2000 homeless Victorians have been accommodated in hotels during the pandemic.  This program has been extended to April 2021. The Victorian Government has announced recently a $150 million package that will cover the cost of… Read more »

Brand new Balenciaga

Collie would like to congratulate Balenciaga on the opening of its new store at 181 to 187 Collins Street, Melbourne.  Collie worked closely with the project architects (Arkhe Tekhne) in obtaining a planning permit for advertising signs and alterations to the façade of the building, which is affected by heritage controls. In obtaining planning approval,… Read more »

New Wetlands for Geelong’s Armstrong Creek Growth Area

The City of Greater Geelong has released recently a draft masterplan (see image below) for the Sparrovale Wetlands. The Sparrovale Wetlands is located in the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area (ACUGA), which is a major growth area to the south of Geelong. The project is of interest to Collie as we are providing town planning… Read more »

Approved Building Envelopes and Memorandum of Common Provisions

Collie continues to assist a number of clients in preparing Approved Building Envelope (ABE) plans for their residential subdivision developments located in the various growth corridors of Melbourne.  The ABE is the mechanism to vary the design parameters under Clause 54 of the Scheme and the Building Regulations 2018 that apply to the siting of… Read more »