Wednesday, 26 November 2014
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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:51    PDF Print
'Social Housing in NSW' discussion paper released
In the News - New South Wales

NEW South Wales Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton last week unveiled 'Social Housing in NSW: A discussion paper for input and comment', which aims to guide future directions in social housing.

Ms Upton said the discussion paper is based on three pillars: a social housing system that provides opportunity and pathways for client independence; a social housing system that is fair; and a social housing system that is sustainable.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:50    PDF Print
NSW Government announces plans to speed up the assessment of state significant projects
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last week announced a suite of improvements that aim to simplify the assessment of state significant development proposals and provide more certainty to communities and business.

Ms Goward said the government had listened to community and industry concern regarding assessment delays and uncertainty, adding that it was in the interest of communities and industry to have a planning system that assesses and determines applications efficiently.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:48    PDF Print
NSW Government announces stage two of coastal management reforms
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes this month announced plans for far-reaching reforms to coastal management in the state, including the introduction of new legislation, improved technical support for councils and clear funding arrangements.

According to Mr Stokes, one of the three major aspects of the reform package is the new coastal management Act, which will replace current laws and is intended to be less complex and better aligned with land use planning and local government legislation.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:47    PDF Print
NSW Government releases new native vegetation codes
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes last week released three self-assessable native vegetation codes, which allow for certain types of low-risk clearing activities and aim to strike a balance between efficient agricultural management and the protection of the environment.

Mr Stokes said the NSW Government is continuing to reform native vegetation management, adding that the codes are an important part of that process that will help to make life easier for farmers and include environmental protections.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:46    PDF Print
Three consortia shortlisted for Pacific Hwy upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina
In the News - New South Wales

AUSTRALIAN Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss last week announced that three consortia have been shortlisted for the contract to deliver the final 155 kilometres of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

"Seven consortia submitted an expression of interest in September and October, and we have carefully selected the three strongest applicants," Mr Truss said.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:45    PDF Print
G20 leaders establish Sydney as Global Infrastructure Hub
In the News - New South Wales

WORLD leaders at the recent G20 summit have agreed to establish a Global Infrastructure Hub to help foster collaboration between governments, the private sector and development banks to improve the functioning and financing of infrastructure markets.

To be based in Sydney, the Infrastructure Hub is expected to assist with the implementation of the G20's Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII), a multi-year program designed to support public and private investment in quality infrastructure.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:44    PDF Print
City of Melbourne endorses Walking Plan 2014-17
In the News - Victoria

THE City of Melbourne has endorsed a new plan that aims to improve the city's walking network to cater for a rapidly growing population and boost the economy.

Developed in consultation with businesses, building owners, residents and community, the Walking Plan 2014-17 outlines practical measures to improve the pedestrian network throughout the municipality.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:42    PDF Print
Phase two of WA planning reforms released for public comment
In the News - Western Australia

PLANNING approval to add an R-Code (residential design codes) compliant patio, carport/garage, pool or granny flat to homes in Western Australia will no longer be needed under proposed changes to the state's planning laws.

Planning Minister John Day, who last week released the draft Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2014 for public comment, said the changes could reduce the time it takes homeowners to renovate or build by two months.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:41    PDF Print
Mixed-use development planned for Royal Children's Hospital site at Herston
In the News - Queensland

THE soon-to-be-vacated Royal Children's Hospital site at Herston is set become a vibrant, mixed-use precinct with the Queensland Government last week announcing the redevelopment of the 4.8 hectare site near Brisbane's CBD.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the State Government was inviting expressions of interest from the private sector to deliver a master planned precinct that capitalised on the site's prime inner-city location, and which complemented the adjacent health and education facilities.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:40    PDF Print
First phase of planning reforms passed by Tasmanian Parliament
In the News - Tasmania

THE Tasmanian Government's first tranche of legislation that aims to make the state's planning system 'fairer, faster, cheaper and simpler' was last week passed by the Legislative Council, after having been passed by the House of Assembly earlier in the month.

In a statement, Planning Minister Peter Gutwein said the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Streamlining of Process) Bill 2014 is a key part of the government's long-term plan for Tasmania to drive investment and create jobs.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:39    PDF Print
Plans unveiled for 18-storey mixed-use development on Palmerston 'superblock' site
In the News - Northern Territory

THE Northern Territory Government this week announced plans for an 18-storey mixed-use development for the Palmerston 'superblock' site, following an expression of interest process that called for development proposals to help revitalise the Palmerston city area.

Prominent long-time Darwin developers, the Randazzo and La Pira families have joined forces and put forward the $200 million 'Boulevard Plaza' proposal for the 6,060 square metre government-owned site.

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Victoria

City of Melbourne endorses Walking Plan 2014-17

THE City of Melbourne has endorsed a new plan that aims to improve the city's...

Victorian Planning Permit Activity Annual Report 2013-14 released

THERE was a 9.1 per cent increase in the number of planning permit applications received...

Melbourne CBD rail tunnel must be top priority: TTF

BUILDING a new CBD rail tunnel is the most important transport project for Melbourne's future...

17-storey apartment building in Frankston gains approval

FRANKSTON City Council last week announced it has approved an application for a 17-storey apartment...

Designers appointed for Melbourne Park redevelopment Stage 2

THE Victorian Government last week said the $700 million Melbourne Park redevelopment has reached another...

Technical advisors appointed for Melbourne Rail Link and western section of East West Link

VICTORIAN Roads and Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder last week announced the appointment of Technical,...

More in: Victoria

New South Wales

'Social Housing in NSW' discussion paper released

NEW South Wales Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton last week unveiled 'Social Housing...

NSW Government announces plans to speed up the assessment of state significant projects

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward last week announced a suite of improvements that aim to...

NSW Government announces stage two of coastal management reforms

NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes this month announced plans for far-reaching reforms to coastal management...

NSW Government releases new native vegetation codes

NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes last week released three self-assessable native vegetation codes, which allow...

Three consortia shortlisted for Pacific Hwy upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina

AUSTRALIAN Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss last week...

G20 leaders establish Sydney as Global Infrastructure Hub

WORLD leaders at the recent G20 summit have agreed to establish a Global Infrastructure Hub...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

Phase two of WA planning reforms released for public comment

PLANNING approval to add an R-Code (residential design codes) compliant patio, carport/garage, pool or granny...

Mixed-use development planned for Royal Children's Hospital site at Herston

THE soon-to-be-vacated Royal Children's Hospital site at Herston is set become a vibrant, mixed-use precinct...

First phase of planning reforms passed by Tasmanian Parliament

THE Tasmanian Government's first tranche of legislation that aims to make the state's planning system...

Plans unveiled for 18-storey mixed-use development on Palmerston 'superblock' site

THE Northern Territory Government this week announced plans for an 18-storey mixed-use development for the...

Darwin Regional Land Use Plan 2014 placed on public exhibition

AFTER twelve months of consultation, stakeholder meetings and public feedback, the Darwin Regional Land Use...

ACT Government releases Capital Metro Early Design Consultation Report

THE ACT Government last week released the Capital Metro light rail consultation report, which Capital...

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

World

UN highlights need for sustainable urban planning

AS THE world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they...

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

AUSTRALIA and Canada have continued their dominance of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Ranking,...

9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey released

DEMOGRAPHIA, which has long advocated against restrictive land use and planning policies, this week released...

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...

More in: World