Wednesday, 22 October 2014
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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:14    PDF Print
Agreement signed to progress Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor Project
In the News - Victoria

THE Victorian Government last week said that a major upgrade of two of Melbourne's busiest rail lines is a step closer after signing an agreement to progress the delivery of the Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor Project in Melbourne's south-east.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the project, to be delivered by the Rail Transformation Consortium (RTC), would deliver a 30 per cent boost in capacity on the rail lines, the equivalent of two new lanes on the Monash Freeway.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:13    PDF Print
Places Victoria achieves $43.5m profit in 2013-14
In the News - Victoria

AFTER recording a $182 million loss in 2012-13 and implementing a series of operational restructures and reviews, the Victorian Government's property development agency, Places Victoria, has achieved a $43.5 million profit in the 2013-14 financial year.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the refocused urban renewal authority has proved its ability to be a sustainable and enduring business by delivering a significant profit in 2013-14, while also returning capital to the Victorian Government, repaying debt and increasing its cash reserves.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:12    PDF Print
Contract awarded for new $10.8m multi-storey car park at Syndal Station
In the News - Victoria

WORK on the $10.8 million project to build a four-level 250-space car park to relieve parking pressures at Syndal Station will start by the end of this month, Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder announced last week.

Watpac Construction Victoria has been awarded the design and construction contract for the new car park on the corner of Blackburn Road and Coleman Parade, with two alternative designs for the project released for public comment.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:11    PDF Print
MAV calls for 'period of stability' to embed planning reforms
In the News - Victoria

THE Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) last week said its annual Planning Improvement Conference would provide the perfect platform for council planners to discuss a broad range of issues and priorities ahead of the November State Election.

The conference, which was held on October 17, follows the September release of MAV's 'Our Call to Parties' state election document that outlined planning priorities that the sector would like to see committed to by all political parties.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:10    PDF Print
Bidders announced for part of second stage of WestConnex project
In the News - New South Wales

FIVE consortia have lodged expressions of interest to duplicate Sydney's M5 East tunnels as part of the second stage of Sydney's WestConnex project.

The second stage of WestConnex is expected to boost capacity along the M5 East corridor and extend the motorway to St Peters, with a new access link to the Sydney Airport area. The stage 2 tunnel contract is the second multi-billion dollar WestConnex contract to go to market, following the M4 East tunnel contract for Stage 1.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:08    PDF Print
EIS for Moorebank Intermodal Terminal placed on public exhibition
In the News - New South Wales

THE NSW Department of Planning and Environment this month announced that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed staged development of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal has been placed on public exhibition.

The proposal involves the construction and operation of the intermodal terminal and associated commercial infrastructure on approximately 220 hectares of Commonwealth-owned land, as well as a rail connection to the Southern Sydney Freight Line and road connections to Moorebank Avenue.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:06    PDF Print
Environmental assessment to soon commence for second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek
In the News - New South Wales

THE Australian Government last week confirmed that an environmental assessment for Sydney's proposed second airport at Badgerys Creek is expected to commence by the end of the year, with work already under way to prepare for the assessment.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said an environmental referral is being prepared for Badgerys Creek, after a team of consultants from SMEC was last month contracted to conduct an initial survey of the site and its environmental assets.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:53    PDF Print
Planning progresses on $90 million Scone Bypass
In the News - New South Wales

MAJOR works are on the horizon for the New England Highway Scone Bypass after GHD was last week awarded the contract to prepare the concept design and environmental assessment.

In a statement, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the jointly funded project would see the Australian and New South Wales governments each provide $45 million towards the project.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:51    PDF Print
670-lot residential development gains approval at expense of neighbouring quarry in Bundaberg
In the News - Queensland

THE Queensland Government last week announced that a new quarry proposed for the Bundaberg region would not be allowed to proceed, while a neighbouring residential development has been approved.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said he had listened to community concerns and made the decision to approve Austcorp's residential development while declining Holcim Pty Ltd's application for a neighbouring quarry.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:50    PDF Print
Beaudesert, Cairns and Rockhampton projects to benefit from new infrastructure program
In the News - Queensland

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney announced in Parliament last week that the State Government has identified the first three projects to be funded under its Priority Development Infrastructure (PDI) program.

"Our Priority Development Infrastructure (PDI) Co-investment Program will see the State Government co-invest in start-up projects such as road, water supply, sewerage and stormwater infrastructure that will enable councils to attract investment to get associated developments off the ground," Mr Seeney said.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:49    PDF Print
Brisbane's Howard Smith Wharves to get new hotel and parkland
In the News - Queensland

BRISBANE Lord Mayor Graham Quirk last week said the revitalisation of a prime city riverside eyesore site has moved a step closer to fruition, following the selection of the successful developer for the Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation project.

The plans include public space and parkland covering 80 per cent of the site that connects to Riverwalk, a 150-room five star boutique hotel under the Story Bridge, as well as restaurants, cafes, bars and an exhibition space.

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Victoria

Agreement signed to progress Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor Project

THE Victorian Government last week said that a major upgrade of two of Melbourne's busiest...

Places Victoria achieves $43.5m profit in 2013-14

AFTER recording a $182 million loss in 2012-13 and implementing a series of operational restructures...

Contract awarded for new $10.8m multi-storey car park at Syndal Station

WORK on the $10.8 million project to build a four-level 250-space car park to relieve...

MAV calls for 'period of stability' to embed planning reforms

THE Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) last week said its annual Planning Improvement Conference would...

New railway stations open at Epsom and Waurn Ponds

THE Victorian Government has opened two new stations on the state's V/Line passenger network over...

Contract finalised for CityLink Tulla widening project

VICTORIAN Premier Denis Napthine last week announced the State Government has signed an agreement with...

More in: Victoria

New South Wales

Bidders announced for part of second stage of WestConnex project

FIVE consortia have lodged expressions of interest to duplicate Sydney's M5 East tunnels as part...

EIS for Moorebank Intermodal Terminal placed on public exhibition

THE NSW Department of Planning and Environment this month announced that the Environmental Impact Statement...

Environmental assessment to soon commence for second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek

THE Australian Government last week confirmed that an environmental assessment for Sydney's proposed second airport...

Planning progresses on $90 million Scone Bypass

MAJOR works are on the horizon for the New England Highway Scone Bypass after GHD...

New penalties proposed for breaches of NSW planning rules

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward this week announced the introduction of new laws designed to...

Tenders called for stage one of Werrington Arterial in Sydney's west

THE Australian and New South Wales governments this week announced a funding increase for the...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

670-lot residential development gains approval at expense of neighbouring quarry in Bundaberg

THE Queensland Government last week announced that a new quarry proposed for the Bundaberg region...

Beaudesert, Cairns and Rockhampton projects to benefit from new infrastructure program

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney announced in...

Brisbane's Howard Smith Wharves to get new hotel and parkland

BRISBANE Lord Mayor Graham Quirk last week said the revitalisation of a prime city riverside...

NT Government calls for feedback on future infrastructure projects

THE Northern Territory Government has launched a new website for Territorians to have their say...

NT Government establishes new Construction and Development Advisory Council

THE Northern Territory Government last week announced the establishment of a new Construction and Development...

Next stage of Woodville West development now available

THE South Australian Government last week announced that the second stage of the $130 million...

More in: Queensland, Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory

World

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London crowned 2012 'Ultimate Sports City'

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