Friday, 22 August 2014
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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:34    PDF Print
EIS released for WestConnex M4 Widening
In the News - New South Wales

THE first stage of Sydney's multi-billion dollar WestConnex project has moved ahead, with Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay last week releasing the M4 Widening Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which considers the environmental, social and economic impacts of the project.

The WestConnex M4 Widening project involves the widening and upgrading of the existing M4 Motorway from six to eight lanes between Church Street, Parramatta, and Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush. It also includes ramp upgrades, new intelligent transport systems and new and modified noise barriers.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:32    PDF Print
Land rezoned for up to 1,150 new dwellings at East Leppington
In the News - New South Wales

PLANS for thousands of new dwellings in the East Leppington Precinct in Sydney's South West Growth Centre have been finalised, with NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward this month approving the rezoning of the 106-hectare Liverpool part of the 465-hectare precinct.

Early last year, land within the Camden and Campbelltown parts of the precinct were rezoned to allow the development of more than 3,000 new dwellings, but the rezoning of the Liverpool part was deferred to allow more time to resolve issues highlighted during the exhibition of the draft precinct plan in 2012.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:30    PDF Print
NSW Government approves new policy to encourage housing diversity in Sydney's growth centres
In the News - New South Wales

A NEW policy that aims to support additional housing for Sydney's growing population and will immediately unlock up to 2,500 residential lots has been finalised by the New South Wales Government and is now in effect, Planning Minister Pru Goward announced last week.

Ms Goward said the changes to the Growth Centres State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) will deliver more housing choice and affordability in Sydney's North West and South West Growth Centres. The proposal was placed on public exhibition for a six-week period beginning in August last year.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:28    PDF Print
Development application lodged for Green Square Library and Plaza
In the News - New South Wales

THE City of Sydney last week said that Green Square residents are a step closer to enjoying a new state-of-the-art library following the start of the planning process for the heart of the new Green Square Town Centre.

Sydney designers Felicity Stewart and Matt Hollenstein, in association with Stewart Architecture, won the City of Sydney's international design competition for the Green Square Library and Plaza in early 2013 and the concept design was endorsed by the council in March this year.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:27    PDF Print
Formal consultation period for second Sydney airport to soon commence
In the News - New South Wales

THE Australian Government this week said the delivery of a Western Sydney airport by the mid-2020s has reached an important stage, with a Notice to Consult formally issued to the owner of Sydney's existing airport at Mascot, Sydney Airport Group.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Notice to Consult will provide for the Australian Government and Sydney Airport Group to enter formal discussions on developing and operating an airport at Badgerys Creek.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:25    PDF Print
Federal Environment Minister approves Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade
In the News - New South Wales

FEDERAL Environment Minister Greg Hunt last week announced approval of the 155 kilometre upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina, subject to 26 environmental conditions including measures to protect an important Koala population near Ballina.

The upgrade, which is expected to provide a direct investment of $4.4 billion into the economy and create up to 4,100 full time construction jobs, will duplicate the highway to provide a four-lane dual carriageway with grade separated interchanges, wildlife crossings and driver rest areas.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:24    PDF Print
Victorian Government approves Mornington Peninsula Planning Statement
In the News - Victoria

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week announced approval of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Statement (MPPS), which is one of four local planning statements being introduced to guide the future planning and development of key regions around Victoria.

Mr Guy said the policy, which is due to be gazetted this week, will guide decision-making by all government departments and public authorities and ensure that the Peninsula's unique character is protected for future generations.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:23    PDF Print
Strategic advisers appointed to manage the Port of Melbourne lease
In the News - Victoria

FOLLOWING a competitive tender process, the Victorian Government last week announced the appointment of financial and legal advisers to oversee the market process for a medium-term lease of Australia's largest container port, the Port of Melbourne.

According to the government, joint financial advisers Morgan Stanley and Flagstaff Partners and legal adviser Minter Ellison will be involved in all aspects of the lease transaction on behalf of the State, including project management, structuring for the transaction, due diligence, valuation and asset preparation.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:20    PDF Print
Wangaratta CBD master plan receives $150,000 Victorian Government contribution
In the News - Victoria

A COMPREHENSIVE master plan to guide the growth of Wangaratta's central business district (CBD) will be developed with the support of $150,000 from the Victorian Government's $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan announced last week.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy to make the announcement in Wangaratta last Wednesday, said the $225,000 master plan would examine ways to grow the CBD and ensure that Wangaratta continues to be a leading economic, social and cultural hub in the North East.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:18    PDF Print
Great Barrier Reef strategic assessment released
In the News - Queensland

THE Australian and Queensland governments last week released the final comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone, addressing a key recommendation of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

In a statement, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt described the comprehensive strategic assessment, which was released alongside the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014, as a comprehensive analysis of issues affecting the reef and what is needed for its protection.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:17    PDF Print
Watpac to build new $55 million Queensland State Velodrome
In the News - Queensland

THE Queensland Government last week announced that Watpac has been selected to build the new $55 million Queensland State Velodrome at Chandler in Brisbane for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the awarding of the multi-million dollar contract to construct a world-class velodrome at Chandler follows Brisbane-based Cox Rayner Architects receiving the design contract earlier this year.

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Victoria

Victorian Government approves Mornington Peninsula Planning Statement

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week announced approval of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Statement...

Strategic advisers appointed to manage the Port of Melbourne lease

FOLLOWING a competitive tender process, the Victorian Government last week announced the appointment of financial...

Wangaratta CBD master plan receives $150,000 Victorian Government contribution

A COMPREHENSIVE master plan to guide the growth of Wangaratta's central business district (CBD) will...

Victorian Government unveils new reforms to provide increased protection for live music venues

THE Victorian Government last week announced it will deliver the agent of change principle to...

Victorian Auditor-General finds continued deficiencies in public transport coordination

PUBLIC transport services continue to be poorly coordinated and progress to improve this has been...

Victorian Government releases draft Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014

THE Victorian Government last week released an exposure draft of the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill...

More in: Victoria

New South Wales

EIS released for WestConnex M4 Widening

THE first stage of Sydney's multi-billion dollar WestConnex project has moved ahead, with Federal Assistant...

Land rezoned for up to 1,150 new dwellings at East Leppington

PLANS for thousands of new dwellings in the East Leppington Precinct in Sydney's South West...

NSW Government approves new policy to encourage housing diversity in Sydney's growth centres

A NEW policy that aims to support additional housing for Sydney's growing population and will...

Development application lodged for Green Square Library and Plaza

THE City of Sydney last week said that Green Square residents are a step closer...

Formal consultation period for second Sydney airport to soon commence

THE Australian Government this week said the delivery of a Western Sydney airport by the...

Federal Environment Minister approves Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

FEDERAL Environment Minister Greg Hunt last week announced approval of the 155 kilometre upgrade of...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

Great Barrier Reef strategic assessment released

THE Australian and Queensland governments last week released the final comprehensive strategic assessment of the...

Watpac to build new $55 million Queensland State Velodrome

THE Queensland Government last week announced that Watpac has been selected to build the new...

WA Government releases Project Definition Plan Summary for Airport Link

THE West Australian Government last week released the Forrestfield-Airport Link Project Definition Plan (PDP) Summary,...

Butler rail extension to open for passenger services on September 21

THE $241 million Butler Extension Project will achieve its most important milestone next month, with...

WA Government releases new guidelines for environmental offsets

WEST Australian Environment Minister Albert Jacob last week released new guidelines to clarify the determination...

Finbar unveils plans for $300m mixed-use development in South Perth

PLANS for a proposed $300 million mixed-use development including 295 residential apartments and commercial space...

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

World

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'

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London crowned 2012 'Ultimate Sports City'

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OECD report calls for massive infrastructure investment to meet future demand

GOVERNMENTS must act today to ensure that the infrastructure needed in 2020-2030 will be planned,...

8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey released

THE 8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, covering 325 metropolitan markets in Australia, Canada,...

More in: World