Saturday, 19 April 2014
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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:36    PDF Print
New infrastructure report for Melbourne's north released
In the News - Victoria

A MAJOR new report revealing critical infrastructure gaps in Melbourne's northern region was released last week, with 20 projects including level crossing removals, bus network improvements, road upgrades and new health and aged care facilities identified as priorities to address these gaps and help accelerate the transformation of Melbourne's north.

The report, 'Northern Horizons - 50 Year Infrastructure Strategy for Melbourne's North', was prepared by independent consultants Arup and commissioned by NORTH Link, Northern Melbourne RDA Committee, La Trobe University; and the eight municipalities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Mitchell, Moreland; Nillumbik, Yarra and Whittlesea.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:35    PDF Print
Consultation starts on $32m Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street public transport improvements
In the News - Victoria

VICTORIAN Roads and Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder last week announced that works to improve public transport reliability and travel times along two of Victoria's busiest arterial roads, Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street, will start over the next few months.

"VicRoads is about to begin consultation with the City of Melbourne and Yarra City Council to finalise plans to implement $32 million worth of vital improvements to public transport," Mr Mulder said.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:34    PDF Print
TTF welcomes plans for late-night retail in Melbourne's CBD
In the News - Victoria

LATE night trading in Melbourne's central shopping precinct will add life and vibrancy to the CBD, encouraging visitors to stay longer and spend more, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle last week announced that from 22 April, all retailers in and around Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central, Melbourne's GPO and the new Emporium Melbourne will trade until at least 7pm every night.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:32    PDF Print
Redevelopment of Darling Harbour IMAX site referred to Planning Assessment Commission
In the News - New South Wales

NEW South Wales Planning and Infrastructure last week announced that the proposal for a new commercial office, entertainment and retail building on the site of the IMAX at Darling Harbour will be determined by the independent Planning Assessment Commission.

The proposal represents an investment of $269 million in new facilities at Darling Harbour, consistent with plans to revitalise the precinct. The proponent intends to keep the theatre and upgrade the surrounding area for the community including a new playground.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:30    PDF Print
Rollout of Opal moves to Sydney's buses after completion of train component
In the News - New South Wales

NEW South Wales Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the NSW Government has completed the implementation of the Opal electronic ticketing system on the train network and will now move to the rollout on buses.

In a statement last week, Ms Berejiklian said Opal is now live at 66 extra stations on the Central Coast, Hunter and Blue Mountains lines – completing the rollout of Opal on all Sydney Ferries services and 308 suburban and intercity train stations.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:28    PDF Print
Draft scheme for Southport PDA released for public comment
In the News - Queensland

THE Queensland Government last week announced that plans to boost the region's economy through the commercial transformation of Southport as the Gold Coast's central business district have been released for public consultation.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the draft development scheme sets out the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council's joint vision to establish Southport Priority Development Area (PDA).

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:27    PDF Print
Queensland Government considers calling-in proposed wind farm near Mareeba
In the News - Queensland

THE Queensland Government last week said it will consider a ministerial call-in of the development application for a proposed wind farm near Mareeba in North Queensland, following a request from council.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said he was using his powers under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 to issue a proposed call-in notice for the proposed Mount Emerald Wind Farm at Arriga.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:26    PDF Print
Construction starts on Brickworks Marketplace development at Torrensville
In the News - South Australia

SOUTH Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis last week helped turn the sod to mark the start of construction of the new $65 million Brickworks Marketplace development in Torrensville, which is expected to create more than 800 construction and retail jobs.

Mr Koutsantonis said the 17,000 square metre Marketplace development, which is expected to open in mid 2015, will include a Woolworths supermarket, Big W discount department store, 29 speciality shops including Dan Murphy's and 700 on grade car parks.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:26    PDF Print
Brookfield Multiplex commences construction on Crown Towers Perth
In the News - Western Australia

BROOKFIELD Multiplex has commenced construction on Perth's largest hotel development, the six-star Crown Towers Perth, which is due for completion in late 2016 and will include 500 rooms, along with a pool, restaurants, bars, a grand ballroom, convention centre and private gaming salons.

The new Crown Towers Perth is located on a riverfront site at Burswood and adjoining the existing Crown Perth Resort. It aims to complement the existing resort, which features a 24 hour casino, 688 hotel rooms and facilities including restaurants, conference rooms, ballrooms, retail and theatre.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:24    PDF Print
WA Government approves new Albany planning scheme
In the News - Western Australia

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week announced approval of the Albany Local Planning Scheme (LPS1), which replaces two existing schemes and aims to provide clarity and consistency on planning matters across the City of Albany.

Mr Day said the city had been operating with two schemes since the Town of Albany and Shire of Albany amalgamated in 1998. The new scheme sets out the zones, reserves, acceptable land uses and development requirements within the Albany urban centre and 12 rural town sites and settlements.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:23    PDF Print
ACT Government progresses proposal to fast-track major development
In the News - Australian Capital Territory

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week announced that legislation that aims to help cut through building and construction industry red tape and fast-track priority developments in the Territory has been agreed to in the Assembly.

The Planning and Development (Project Facilitation) Amendment Bill 2014 was agreed to in principle and has now been referred to a committee for more consultation before being debated in May.

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Victoria

New infrastructure report for Melbourne's north released

A MAJOR new report revealing critical infrastructure gaps in Melbourne's northern region was released last...

Consultation starts on $32m Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street public transport improvements

VICTORIAN Roads and Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder last week announced that works to improve...

TTF welcomes plans for late-night retail in Melbourne's CBD

LATE night trading in Melbourne's central shopping precinct will add life and vibrancy to the...

Victorian Planning Minister introduces amendment to protect beaches from private development

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week announced a new planning scheme amendment that will...

Victorian Government proposes free CBD tram travel and cheaper fares

TRAM travel in Melbourne's CBD and Docklands will be free and Zone 1 fares will...

Victorian Government releases new framework for social housing

VICTORIAN Housing Minister Wendy Lovell last week announced the release of 'New Directions for Social...

More in: Victoria

New South Wales

Redevelopment of Darling Harbour IMAX site referred to Planning Assessment Commission

NEW South Wales Planning and Infrastructure last week announced that the proposal for a new...

Rollout of Opal moves to Sydney's buses after completion of train component

NEW South Wales Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the NSW Government has completed...

Central Barangaroo precinct a step closer following launch of ROI process

NEW South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell last week launched an international search for world leading...

Regional transport plans for the Hunter, Illawarra and Southern regions released

NEW South Wales Minister for Transport and Acting Minister for Roads Gladys Berejiklian last week...

New Green Square Town Centre begins to take shape

THE first new town centre in the City of Sydney in more than a century...

Parramatta Lord Mayor welcomes PM's infrastructure committee for west

THE Lord Mayor of Parramatta John Chedid has welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's creation of...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

Draft scheme for Southport PDA released for public comment

THE Queensland Government last week announced that plans to boost the region's economy through the...

Queensland Government considers calling-in proposed wind farm near Mareeba

THE Queensland Government last week said it will consider a ministerial call-in of the development...

Construction starts on Brickworks Marketplace development at Torrensville

SOUTH Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis last week helped turn the sod to mark the start...

Brookfield Multiplex commences construction on Crown Towers Perth

BROOKFIELD Multiplex has commenced construction on Perth's largest hotel development, the six-star Crown Towers Perth,...

WA Government approves new Albany planning scheme

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week announced approval of the Albany Local Planning...

ACT Government progresses proposal to fast-track major development

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week announced that legislation that aims...

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

World

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8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey released

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