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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:57    PDF Print
NSW Government releases new apartment design guidelines for consultation
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last week said the State Government is continuing its efforts to improve affordability and provide more housing choice, with the release of new apartment design guidelines for public consultation.

The proposed changes to State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development aim to introduce a more consistent approach to design across the state and provide more certainty for councils, architects and applicants.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:56    PDF Print
AMP Capital reveals winning design for Quay Quarter Sydney precinct
In the News - New South Wales

AMP Capital has named Danish architectural firm 3XN as the winner of its design competition for the landmark Quay Quarter Sydney development in Circular Quay, which includes a 200-metre-high tower featuring a series of stacked vertical villages.

Following approval of the Stage 1 Development Application (DA) and the Local Environmental Plan being gazetted in June, AMP Capital held a design competition to achieve 'world-class design excellence' for the major project.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:54    PDF Print
14 projects shortlisted for funding under NSW Resources for Regions program
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner last week announced that 14 infrastructure projects in mining-affected communities have been shortlisted for possible funding under the latest round of Resources for Regions.

Mr Stoner said up to $89 million was available to support infrastructure projects in 11 eligible local government areas which, for the first time, include Broken Hill, Cessnock and Maitland. Approximately $128 million has already been allocated to 24 projects in previous rounds of the program.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:53    PDF Print
NSW's new ePlanning tools 'embraced by community': Planning Minister
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last week welcomed the release of new figures showing that the state's new online planning tools have been 'embraced' by the NSW community, with more than 20,000 visitors in the first 30 days.

Ms Goward said the innovative tools are about opening up planning and improving confidence in the system through increased transparency and usability. The new ePlanning tools were launched in late July and included Planning View, Interactive Buildings and Local Insights.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:51    PDF Print
Grocon's $100m office building in Footscray officially opens
In the News - Victoria

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week officially opened a new $100 million office building in Footscray, which forms the first stage of Grocon's mixed-use development project in the inner-western suburb.

The 14-storey building includes 18,000 square metres of office space and ground floor retail, including a cafe. Tenants of the 5 Star Green Star building include State Trustees, City West Water and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:50    PDF Print
Three new members appointed to Places Victoria board
In the News - Victoria

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week said the board of government development agency Places Victoria has been bolstered with the appointment of three independent members.

Mr Guy said the new members will join the current government members Christine Wyatt (chair), Deputy Secretary, Planning, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, and Garry Phibbs (deputy chair), Senior Commercial Advisor, Department of Treasury and Finance.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:50    PDF Print
New 'parklet pods' to be trialled in Geelong
In the News - Victoria

NEW 'parklet pods' made from six-metre skip bins and fitted out with benches and plants will be trialled in central Geelong as an innovative alfresco dining solution for cafes that lack adequate footpath space.

Local design consulting business Spiire has been working in collaboration with the City of Greater Geelong's Urban Design Unit on the design and delivery of the parklet pods. The pods take up just one car park space and allow café owners to add their own tables and chairs.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:49    PDF Print
Funding announced for second stage of Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment
In the News - Victoria

PLANS to boost Echuca's economy and potentially attract an extra 50,000 tourists to the region each year have moved ahead, after the Federal and State governments last week announced funding for the second stage of the Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss - who was joined by Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and local member for Rodney, Paul Weller - said the joint $3.9 million investment to complete the $4.9 million second stage will help draw even more visitors to Echuca and the region.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:47    PDF Print
EIS for Sunshine Coast Airport expansion released for public comment
In the News - Queensland

THE Queensland Government last week announced the next step in the potential expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport, after the independent Coordinator-General released an environmental impact statement for public comment.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the proposed $347 million expansion would enable the airport to more than double its capacity to two million passengers a year.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:44    PDF Print
Queensland Government invites expressions of interest for former Gold Coast Hospital site
In the News - Queensland

PLANS to revitalise Southport and reinforce its role as Gold Coast's Central Business District are moving ahead, after the Queensland Government last week invited expressions of interest from the private sector for the sale of the former Gold Coast Hospital site.

The 3.4 hectare former hospital site is part of the 195-hectare Southport Priority Development Area (PDA) that was declared in October last year in order to encourage new development through the provision of a more streamlined planning and development regime.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:44    PDF Print
Second stage of $2.9bn Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project launched
In the News - Queensland

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman last week launched stage two of the $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project, which includes construction of the vibrant King Street precinct, a four star international hotel, 40 retail and food outlets and 408 new residences.

The 300-metre long King Street precinct, which is currently under construction and due for completion in 2016, will link St Paul's Terrace and Gregory Terrace with Brisbane's newest inner city hub. It forms part of one of the largest mixed-use, urban regeneration projects in Australia.

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Victoria

Grocon's $100m office building in Footscray officially opens

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week officially opened a new $100 million office building...

Three new members appointed to Places Victoria board

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week said the board of government development agency Places...

New 'parklet pods' to be trialled in Geelong

NEW 'parklet pods' made from six-metre skip bins and fitted out with benches and plants...

Funding announced for second stage of Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment

PLANS to boost Echuca's economy and potentially attract an extra 50,000 tourists to the region...

VicSmart changes introduced into Victorian planning schemes

VICTORIA'S new streamlined assessment system – known as VicSmart – has been introduced into the...

Victorian Government announces preferred alignment for Avalon Rail Link

DESPITE a question mark over whether Avalon Airport's sole airline carrier, Jetstar, will continue operating...

More in: Victoria

New South Wales

NSW Government releases new apartment design guidelines for consultation

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last week said the State Government is continuing its efforts...

AMP Capital reveals winning design for Quay Quarter Sydney precinct

AMP Capital has named Danish architectural firm 3XN as the winner of its design competition...

14 projects shortlisted for funding under NSW Resources for Regions program

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner last week announced...

NSW's new ePlanning tools 'embraced by community': Planning Minister

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last week welcomed the release of new figures showing that...

Preparations begin for conversion of Epping to Chatswood rail line to rapid transit

AFTER signing the $3.7 billion North West Rail Link operations contract last week with the...

North West Rail Link operations contract signed; new trains unveiled

NEW single-deck trains built by Alstom will run every four minutes during the peak on...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

EIS for Sunshine Coast Airport expansion released for public comment

THE Queensland Government last week announced the next step in the potential expansion of the...

Queensland Government invites expressions of interest for former Gold Coast Hospital site

PLANS to revitalise Southport and reinforce its role as Gold Coast's Central Business District are...

Second stage of $2.9bn Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project launched

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman last week launched stage two of the $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds...

Queensland Government to seek EOIs for Brisbane Dental School and Brisbane Dental Hospital sites

THE Queensland Government last week announced that an Expressions of Interest process will be launched...

Devonport City Council endorses $250m LIVING CITY master plan

DEVONPORT City Council last week unanimously endorsed the master plan for the $250 million LIVING...

Canberra's Bunda Street set for transformation into vibrant, shared space

BUNDA Street is set to be transformed into a shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and...

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

World

UN underscores importance of good urban planning for sustainable development

WITH more than two-thirds of humanity expected to live in cities by the middle of...

Australia and Canada continue their dominance of EIU's 'most liveable cities' list

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9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey released

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Planetizen releases its list of top 10 books published in 2012

PLANETIZEN, the public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community, this month...

Melbourne retains its crown of 'most liveable city'

MELBOURNE remains the most liveable location of the 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence...

London crowned 2012 'Ultimate Sports City'

AS IT prepares to host this year's Olympics, London was this month crowned SportsBusiness' 2012 'Ultimate...

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