Tuesday, 02 September 2014
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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:40    PDF Print
Major urban transformation planned for 146ha Parramatta North site
In the News - New South Wales

A PLAN to transform 146 hectares of predominantly government-owned land in Parramatta North into a vibrant mixed-use heritage precinct with around 6,000 new dwellings and 2,000 new jobs was last week unveiled by the NSW Government.

Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Mike Baird said the declaration of the Parramatta North Urban Renewal Area as a State Significant Site will fast-track the delivery of the project, while ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the precinct's numerous heritage sites.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:39    PDF Print
Committee to develop new vision for Sydney Harbour
In the News - New South Wales

A NEW high-level committee will bring together various stakeholders and provide much-needed coordination to support the development of a new vision for the future Sydney Harbour, NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward announced last week.

Ms Goward described the ownership of property on Sydney Harbour's foreshore as like a 'patchwork quilt', with no government body possessing clear responsibility for managing all the different interests, or developing a clear vision for the future.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:38    PDF Print
Sofitel to manage Darling Harbour's new convention centre hotel
In the News - New South Wales

FRENCH hotel manager Accor will manage Sydney's new convention centre hotel at Darling Harbour under its luxury 5-star Sofitel brand, which will be the city's second Sofitel hotel and feature more than 600 rooms when it is completed in the second quarter of 2017.

The Sofitel Sydney at Darling Harbour will form part of the $2.5 billion redevelopment of Darling Harbour's exhibition, convention and entertainment facilities. Under the conditional agreement, Lend Lease will develop, build and sell the hotel to Australia's largest private hotel investor, Jerry Schwartz.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:37    PDF Print
NSW Government announces changes to regional jobs incentive
In the News - New South Wales

UNDER proposed changes to the NSW Government's regional relocation grants scheme, additional funding will be delivered to continue the successful $10,000 Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive but the $7,000 Regional Relocation Homebuyers Grant would be abolished.

Making the announcement last Friday, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner said the changers are part of ongoing efforts to drive growth and employment in regional areas.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:35    PDF Print
Tenders called for Woolgoolga to Glenugie Pacific Highway upgrade
In the News - New South Wales

AFTER receiving federal and state approval in recent months, work to upgrade the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina is moving ahead, with tenders invited to build the first 26-kilometre section between Woolgoolga and Glenugie.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the section starts about six kilometres north of Woolgoolga and ends about 15 kilometres south of Grafton. Detailed design work was completed for this section last year.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:35    PDF Print
Gosford's 'glow in the dark' footpath officially launched
In the News - New South Wales

PEDESTRIANS and cyclists in Gosford can now travel on what is reportedly Australia's first 'glow in the dark' footpath, after its official launch last week by Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.

Mr Truss said the footpath was designed to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists near an adjacent rail line. The minerals used in the 400-metre 'glow path' between Brooks Avenue and Manns Road in the suburb of Wyoming absorb ultra-violet light during the day so that a soft glow is emitted at night.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:34    PDF Print
CBRE appointed to market key components of Parramatta Square project
In the News - New South Wales

PARRAMATTA City Council has announced the imminent market release of the Parramatta Square project involving the major residential tower and adjacent commercial towers, with CBRE appointed as the deal structuring, marketing and selling agent.

In a statement last week, Lord Mayor of Parramatta John Chedid said the marketing of the stage two, five and six followed the major announcement earlier in August that saw University of Western Sydney (UWS) select Parramatta Square stage one as the preferred site for the University's new flagship campus tower.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:33    PDF Print
Victorian Government to call for EOIs to develop Federation Square East
In the News - Victoria

THE Victorian Government this week announced it will soon call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from the private sector to develop the 3.3-hectare Federation Square East site and transform it into a vibrant, mixed-use precinct.

Located on the north bank of the Yarra River, the site is bounded by Federation Square/Russell Street to the west, Flinders Street to the north, Batman Avenue to the east and Birrarung Marr to the south. Approximately 2.3 hectares is above the rail yards and one hectare is largely used for car parking.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:32    PDF Print
EOIs called to remove level crossings at Blackburn, Glen Iris, Ormond and St Albans
In the News - Victoria

WORK to remove level crossings at Blackburn, Glen Iris, Ormond and St Albans could begin as early as next year, after the Victorian Government last week invited expressions of interest from the private sector to undertake the work.

The State Government has committed $457 million to remove the level crossings at Blackburn Road, Blackburn; Burke Road, Glen Iris; and North Road, Ormond, while the $202 million Main Road, St Albans grade separation is to be co-funded by the State (25 per cent) and Federal (75 per cent) governments.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:30    PDF Print
Victorian Government releases discussion paper for Metropolitan Whole-of-Water-Cycle Strategic Framework
In the News - Victoria

A NEW discussion paper that summarises the approach to whole-of-water-cycle planning in Melbourne's metropolitan areas and will inform the development of a final Metropolitan Whole-of-Water-Cycle Strategic Framework (Metro Framework) was last week released by the Victorian Government.

Minister for Water Peter Walsh said the government's urban water reform policy, Melbourne's Water Future, was focused on making smarter decisions to deliver better services at lower cost, and avoiding costly infrastructure like more north south pipelines and desalination plants.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:30    PDF Print
Victorian Planning Minister launches construction of new suburb in Wyndham Vale
In the News - Victoria

CONSTRUCTION of a new master planned community with approximately 4,000 dwellings for a population of 12,000 in Wyndham Vale has commenced, with Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week turning the first sod on the 435-hectare project.

Located 30 kilometres south west of Melbourne's CBD and 3 kilometres west of Werribee, Lend Lease's $1 billion Harpley project will also feature a town centre with 8,000 square metres of retail space, including a supermarket and specialty stores, restaurants and cafes, community centre, kindergarten and medical services.

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Victoria

Victorian Government to call for EOIs to develop Federation Square East

THE Victorian Government this week announced it will soon call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs)...

EOIs called to remove level crossings at Blackburn, Glen Iris, Ormond and St Albans

WORK to remove level crossings at Blackburn, Glen Iris, Ormond and St Albans could begin...

Victorian Government releases discussion paper for Metropolitan Whole-of-Water-Cycle Strategic Framework

A NEW discussion paper that summarises the approach to whole-of-water-cycle planning in Melbourne's metropolitan areas...

Victorian Planning Minister launches construction of new suburb in Wyndham Vale

CONSTRUCTION of a new master planned community with approximately 4,000 dwellings for a population of...

Urban renewal in Wodonga moves closer after completion of Elgin Boulevard works

A KEY enabling project to support the multi-million dollar Junction Place urban renewal initiative in...

Victorian Government releases response to Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor's final report

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New South Wales

Major urban transformation planned for 146ha Parramatta North site

A PLAN to transform 146 hectares of predominantly government-owned land in Parramatta North into a...

Committee to develop new vision for Sydney Harbour

A NEW high-level committee will bring together various stakeholders and provide much-needed coordination to support...

Sofitel to manage Darling Harbour's new convention centre hotel

FRENCH hotel manager Accor will manage Sydney's new convention centre hotel at Darling Harbour under...

NSW Government announces changes to regional jobs incentive

UNDER proposed changes to the NSW Government's regional relocation grants scheme, additional funding will be...

Tenders called for Woolgoolga to Glenugie Pacific Highway upgrade

AFTER receiving federal and state approval in recent months, work to upgrade the Pacific Highway...

Gosford's 'glow in the dark' footpath officially launched

PEDESTRIANS and cyclists in Gosford can now travel on what is reportedly Australia's first 'glow...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

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WESTADIUM achieves financial close for new Perth Stadium

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Environmental Impact Statement released for Brisbane's BaT tunnel project

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LESS than seven weeks since the Gold Coast Light Rail commenced passenger services, the City...

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