Saturday, 01 November 2014
Urbanalyst - Planning, Development and Transport - News, Analysis and Resources
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:42    PDF Print
Connecting Sydney consortium chosen as preferred bidder for CBD and South East Light Rail project
In the News - New South Wales

A CONSORTIUM consisting of Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital has been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver and operate Sydney's CBD and South East Light Rail project.

Making the announcement last week, NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian described the proposal put forward by the Connecting Sydney consortium as a world class solution that will deliver a huge win for public transport customers, with reduced crowding on the light rail service and more capacity to cater for future demand.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:40    PDF Print
Height limits removed in proposed planning framework for Parramatta
In the News - New South Wales

HEIGHT limits in Parramatta's CBD would be removed and building densities would be increased under a proposed planning framework that aims to encourage world-class development and position Parramatta as Australia's next great city.

Parramatta City Council CEO Greg Dyer said the draft Parramatta City Centre Planning Framework Review, which has been placed on public exhibition, is seeking to overhaul the council's existing CBD planning controls to provide more flexibility on building heights, floor space ratios and expanded permitted uses within the commercial core.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:39    PDF Print
EIS released for King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade in Sydney's south west
In the News - New South Wales

FEDERAL Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs and NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay last week announced the release of the Environmental Impact Statement for the first WestConnex project to be constructed on the M5 East corridor.

In a joint statement, the Ministers described the start of community consultation on the EIS for the King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade as a key milestone for easing congestion on the M5 in Sydney's south west.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:38    PDF Print
Investors will go elsewhere if NSW fails to make concrete plans for growth: UDIA
In the News - New South Wales

THE NSW Government must make concrete plans for growth to prevent investors eventually crossing the border in droves to spend in other states, particularly Melbourne, according to the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW.

In a statement last week, UDIA NSW Chief Executive Stephen Albin said the feedback being received from its members is that places such as Melbourne present a far better option for investment in commercial, residential and infrastructure projects.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:37    PDF Print
Groups call for social housing to be included in NSW infrastructure spending
In the News - New South Wales

INFRASTRUCTURE Partnerships Australia (IPA) and the Council of Social Services of NSW (NCOSS) last week joined forces and called for a dedicated social housing investment fund from the proceeds of the long-term lease of 49 per cent of the NSW electricity grid.

With the NSW Government now consulting with the community about the way it will spend funds raised from the lease of its electricity network, NCOSS CEO Tracy Howe said any plans must include investment in the social housing sector.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:36    PDF Print
Negotiations begin for potential redevelopment of former Moolap salt works site
In the News - Victoria

CLOSE to 4,000 dwellings could be built near Geelong after the Victorian Government last week announced it has entered into exclusive negotiations with the Ridley Corporation for the redevelopment of a former salt works site under the unsolicited proposals process.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Treasurer Michael O'Brien said Ridley has proposed to purchase, rehabilitate and redevelop the former Moolap salt works site by combining 176-hectares of land it already owns and purchasing the 289-hectares of Crown Land adjacent which it currently leases, to create a 465-hectare site.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:35    PDF Print
City of Whittlesea welcomes commitment to Mernda rail extension
In the News - Victoria

VICTORIAN Premier Denis Napthine's announcement that a re-elected Coalition Government will extend the rail line from South Morang to Mernda has been welcomed by the City of Whittlesea, with Mayor Mary Lalios describing it as a massive milestone for the community.

Cr Lalios said the announcement means the Mernda rail extension will go ahead regardless of the outcome of the state election, with all three political parties having now committed to building it in their first term of government if elected in November.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:34    PDF Print
Victorian Coalition promises $120m Growing Melbourne Package if re-elected
In the News - Victoria

A NEW program to help build stronger local communities and provide better infrastructure for growing municipalities will be rolled out under a re-elected Coalition Government, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine announced last week.

Dr Napthine said the $120 million Growing Melbourne Package would help local governments build for growth and provide infrastructure that improves productivity, efficiency and quality of life for local communities.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:33    PDF Print
Expressions of interest open for first stage of Ballarat West Employment Zone
In the News - Victoria

EXPRESSIONS of interest are now being accepted for stage one land sales of the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ), which is being developed by the Victorian Government and includes up to 60 hectares of industrial land.

In its 2014-15 Budget, the Victorian Government committed $30.2 million to deliver the first stage of the project, including the construction of the main Boulevard entry road and internal roads within stage 1 and the provision of all services, including gas, electricity, water, sewer, data and telecommunications.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:30    PDF Print
WA Government releases report on metropolitan local government reform
In the News - Western Australia

THE West Australian Government last week released the Local Government Advisory Board report, which provides the framework for the most significant reform of local government in Perth, including a recommendation to reduce the number of metropolitan councils from 30 to 16.

Of the report's boundary recommendations for metropolitan Perth, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson has accepted all but two – those for the City of Perth/City of Vincent and the proposed City of Riversea.

Read more...
 
Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:28    PDF Print
WA Government approves Gosnells' Lissiman Street Improvement Plan
In the News - Western Australia

THE City of Gosnells has moved closer to its vision for a revitalised Gosnells town centre following State Government approval of the Lissiman Street Improvement Plan, which aims to strengthen the town centre's connection to the train station and capitalise on development opportunities.

Planning Minister John Day said the improvement plan, which applies to the area bounded by Lissiman Street, Fremantle Road, Albany Highway and Dorothy Street, would help expedite development along the street.

Read more...
 

Victoria

Negotiations begin for potential redevelopment of former Moolap salt works site

CLOSE to 4,000 dwellings could be built near Geelong after the Victorian Government last week...

City of Whittlesea welcomes commitment to Mernda rail extension

VICTORIAN Premier Denis Napthine's announcement that a re-elected Coalition Government will extend the rail line...

Victorian Coalition promises $120m Growing Melbourne Package if re-elected

A NEW program to help build stronger local communities and provide better infrastructure for growing...

Expressions of interest open for first stage of Ballarat West Employment Zone

EXPRESSIONS of interest are now being accepted for stage one land sales of the Ballarat...

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...

More in: Victoria

New South Wales

Connecting Sydney consortium chosen as preferred bidder for CBD and South East Light Rail project

A CONSORTIUM consisting of Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital...

Height limits removed in proposed planning framework for Parramatta

HEIGHT limits in Parramatta's CBD would be removed and building densities would be increased under...

EIS released for King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade in Sydney's south west

FEDERAL Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs and NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay...

Investors will go elsewhere if NSW fails to make concrete plans for growth: UDIA

THE NSW Government must make concrete plans for growth to prevent investors eventually crossing the...

Groups call for social housing to be included in NSW infrastructure spending

INFRASTRUCTURE Partnerships Australia (IPA) and the Council of Social Services of NSW (NCOSS) last week...

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...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

WA Government releases report on metropolitan local government reform

THE West Australian Government last week released the Local Government Advisory Board report, which provides...

WA Government approves Gosnells' Lissiman Street Improvement Plan

THE City of Gosnells has moved closer to its vision for a revitalised Gosnells town...

Three groups shortlisted to build Perth's new Stadium Station

THREE proponents have advanced to the final stage of the procurement process to build the...

Extra lane for Kwinana Freeway Southbound Widening Project

FEDERAL Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and WA Transport Minister Dean...

Pedestrian countdown timers launched in Perth CBD

PEDESTRIAN countdown timers will be trialled on traffic lights at the intersection of William and...

NT Government calls for EOIs for final stage of Zuccoli subdivision

THE Northern Territory Government last week called for expressions of interest to develop the fifth...

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

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...

London crowned 2012 'Ultimate Sports City'

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

More in: World