DID YOU KNOW? THE LARGEST SHIP IN THE WORLD

100 years ago, the Titanic was the largest ship in the world at: 882 feet 9 inches in length, 92 feet in width and it weighed 46,328 tonnes.  Today the largest ships in the world are the Allure of The Seas and Oasis of the Seas (both operated by Royal Caribbean International).  These ships are,… Read more »

PEDESTRIAN CONVENIENCE 1

Bus / tram shelters are obviously useful for those waiting for a service but you have to ask yourself sometimes who decides on their locations. Look at this example in Swan Street, Richmond near Stawell Street.  Note the location in relation to the footpath; note the ‘alternative’ footpath in the dirt? Why not a shelter… Read more »

VPELA HOT TOPICS SEMINAR

This week Collie attended the VPELA hot topics seminar.  One of the presenters was Mark Dwyer, Deputy President, VCAT. Mark outlined the new practice notes which were released by VCAT on 15 March 2012, some of which have impacts on the Planning and Environment List and many of which seek to speed up the VCAT… Read more »

GATEWAY UNDERWAY

The ‘Gateway’ new community development project is now underway in Truganina South with the opening recently of the sales centre on the corner of Sayers Road and Palmers Road. Sales in the Central Equity Land Corporation project are progressing well, following the issue of the planning permit by Wyndham City Council. Collie is pleased to… Read more »

‘RECORD’ PLANNING PERMIT ACTIVITY IN VICTORIA – SHOULD WE BE CELEBRATING

The Minister for Planning recently issued a media release that announced the Planning Permit Activity Report for 2010-11. The media release celebrated an increase in planning and development activity and the total number of planning permit decisions, including ‘highlights’ such as: • 2.5 per cent increase in applications lodged; • 29.4 per cent increase in… Read more »

POOR URBAN DESIGN OR SUB-STANDARD INFRASTRUCTURE PROVISION

The headline in today’s Age ‘Melbourne’s sick suburbs’ is an interesting reminder about the roots of the town planning profession. Oddly however, while early instances of ‘town planning’ focused on separating houses from each other (and from other land uses) in order to avoid the spread of disease, today’s newspaper article highlights the health problems… Read more »

CONGRATULATIONS SOPHIE!

The team at Collie would like to congratulate Sophie Jordan for winning the ‘2012 Rising Star Scholarship’. Sophie was awarded the scholarship for her essay ‘Woman and Home: An Investigation into Equitable Forms of Housing’. Sophie is currently working at Collie as part of a formal work placement while she completes the final year of… Read more »

PLANNING REFORM AGENDA

The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, was the guest speaker at the UDIA monthly luncheon on 2 March. The Minister spoke about the need to provide further growth and development opportunities in Victoria by continuing to reform the planning system. He referred to the recent relaxation of rules for bulky goods retailers as an example… Read more »

GROWTH AREA PLANNING

The Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) held an interesting seminar on 28 February regarding “the key ingredients to building sustainable growth area communities”. A panel of speakers led by Jane-Frances Kelly from the Grattan Institute and Brian Haratsis from MacroPlan engaged in lively debate. The Grattan Institute is certainly establishing itself as a… Read more »

3 POINT MOTORS, KEW

Collie has provided 3 Point Motors with town planning services over a number of years. Previously, Collie obtained planning permits for 3 Point Motors to undertake a commercial and used car dealership on Heidelberg Road, Fairfield as well as a planning permit for the redevelopment of the dealership at Heidelberg Road, Alphington (which has now… Read more »