New Land in Melbourne North Growth Corridor

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 a new Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) area in the northern growth corridor of Melbourne. As part of our role, we provided detailed town planning advice including on the key… Read more »


Collie landscape recently assisted the client in obtaining approval for the development of a four-storey apartment building in Bent Street, Bentleigh. At the town planning permit application stage, Collie prepared the landscape concept plan identifying the landscaped areas and showing indicative landscape treatments and plantings for the ground level spaces around the building, the balcony… Read more »

Growth Areas and the Removal of the BPA

Commonly, new residential masterplanned communities have an interface with vacant land in the form of uncontrolled grassland. In these instances, a bush fire prone area (BPA) is typically applied to the vacant land as well as to parts of the masterplanned community that remain exposed to bushfire risk. Dwellings, as well as development associated with… Read more »

Brunswick East Townhouses Update

A while ago Collie assisted the client in obtaining town planning approval for three townhouses in Donald Street. The townhouses, designed by Splinter Society Architects, have now commenced construction and here are some render images…  

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 »

Elizabeth Street Revamp

The City of Melbourne has finalised plans to redevelop a section of the southern end of Elizabeth Street in the central business district of Melbourne.  The finalised plans will involve the permanent closure of the southbound traffic lane of Elizabeth Street between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane. The closure, which is expected to be completed… Read more »

Eastside in Demand

Collie recently assisted Stockland in amending the planning permit to increase the density for the last stages of the ‘Eastside’ development in Highlands, Craigieburn. Collie was successful in negotiating with Hume City Council an increase in the yield to 239 townhouses. Eastside is located within close walking distance to the Craigieburn Town centre and other… Read more »