Thursday, 18 September 2014
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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:15    PDF Print
South West Rail Link due to be operational in early 2015
In the News - New South Wales

SYDNEY'S South West Rail Link is on track to open for passenger services early next year, after the NSW Government this week announced the completion of major construction work on the $2.1 billion project.

The South West Link involves a new 11.4-kilometre twin track rail line from Glenfield to Leppington with new stations at Edmondson Park and Leppington and a train stabling facility at Rossmore, as well as a major upgrade of Glenfield station and interchange.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:14    PDF Print
NSW councils offered $258m to merge as part of $1bn 'Fit for the Future' package
In the News - New South Wales

THE New South Wales Government last week launched its $1 billion 'Fit for the Future' program, which aims to help councils deliver housing, jobs and key infrastructure and includes more than $250 million to assist councils who decide to merge.

Premier Mike Baird said the package, which is reportedly the largest investment the state has ever made in the local government sector, follows the recently-announced $20 billion Rebuilding NSW infrastructure development program.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:13    PDF Print
NSW Government announces new process for wind farm assessments
In the News - New South Wales

ALL development applications for wind farms will be automatically referred to the Planning Assessment Commission for determination, NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward announced this week.

Ms Goward said the new process, which will affect all new and current applications already being reviewed by the Department of Planning and Environment, will ensure independence in decisions and maximise the community's opportunity to participate.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:11    PDF Print
'Blue-collar jobs boom in Western Sydney': Planning Minister
In the News - New South Wales

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward this week said Western Sydney is at the centre of a new blue-collar jobs boom, with latest figures showing a three year high in industrial developments, most of which is occurring in Western Sydney.

According to the Minister, the Employment Lands Development Program Report released on Monday shows uptake of industrial land in Sydney is up 37 per cent since 2012, and Western Sydney now accounts for around 70 per cent of existing industrial land for jobs.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:10    PDF Print
New 40km/h speed limit zone for Sydney's CBD to be rolled out from late September
In the News - New South Wales

A LARGE part of Sydney's CBD will soon have new speed limits as part of an effort to improve pedestrian safety, with the NSW Government announcing that a 40 kilometre per hour speed limit zone in the area bounded by Hay, Kent, Pitt and Castlereagh streets will be introduced later this month.

NSW Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay said the decision to introduce the lower speed limit was made following safety reviews conducted by the Centre for Road Safety, in consultation with Roads and Maritime Services and the City of Sydney.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:08    PDF Print
Western Sydney councils dominate housing approvals: Urban Taskforce
In the News - New South Wales

SEVEN of the top ten councils for housing approvals over the last financial year are from Western Sydney, property development group Urban Taskforce said last week following the release of the Department of Planning and Environment's latest Metropolitan Development Program (MDP) report.

According to the Department's June 2014 MDP report, which covers Sydney as well as the Central Coast and Illawarra regions, there were over 10,000 more dwelling approvals and over 2,400 more dwelling completions in metropolitan Sydney in 2013-14 than in 2012-13.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:06    PDF Print
NSW Government to review building certification laws
In the News - New South Wales

FOR the first since it commenced seven years ago and established the Building Professionals Board as the independent statutory authority for certifier accreditation, the NSW Government has announced that the Building Professionals Act 2005 will be reviewed by the state's former Treasury Secretary, Michael Lambert.

Making the announcement last Friday, Assistant Minister for Planning Rob Stokes said the review of the legislation will take into account sections of last year's Planning Reform White Paper to deliver a concise list of recommendations for the State Government to consider.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:06    PDF Print
H&M to open flagship Sydney CBD store by the end of 2015
In the News - New South Wales

FASHION giant H&M will open its flagship Sydney CBD store in Glasshouse on Pitt Street Mall towards the end of 2015, with the owners of the building having drawn up plans for a $30 million redevelopment to accommodate the Swedish-based retailer.

As part of the redevelopment by Stockland and Investa Commercial Property Fund (ICPF), the historic facade of the building will be retained, but virtually the entire interior of what is currently an L-shaped pedestrian mall between King Street and Pitt Street will be demolished and transformed.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:03    PDF Print
NSW Government announces new offsets fund for biodiversity conservation
In the News - New South Wales

A NEW offsets fund will provide landholders with the opportunity to receive payments for managing biodiversity on their land through a fund paid into it by developers to offset the impacts of large projects, NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced last week.

From the beginning of October, Mr Stokes said the NSW Government will set up the new fund to enable stewardship payments to landholders wishing to participate in the biodiversity protections for major projects.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:02    PDF Print
Tunnelling starts on $8.3bn North West Rail Link project
In the News - New South Wales

ONE of four purpose-built tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will help deliver the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link's 15 kilometres of twin tunnels has been put to work, with the NSW Government last week announcing that tunnelling has commenced.

The Thiess John Holland Dragados joint venture, which was awarded the $1.15 billion tunnelling contract in June last year, contracted manufacturer NFM Technologies in Lyon, France, to design, build and deliver the four machines.

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Written by Urbanalyst Staff    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:01    PDF Print
Demolition work signals start of $66m Ringwood Station redevelopment
In the News - Victoria

THE demolition of disused shops in Railway Place has signalled the start of the $66 million redevelopment of Ringwood Station and bus interchange into "a showcase twenty-first century transport hub," the Victorian Government has announced.

Officially launching the start of works yesterday, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said the upgrade will create a safer, more accessible and attractive place and boost Ringwood's employment and economic development for years to come.

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Victoria

Demolition work signals start of $66m Ringwood Station redevelopment

THE demolition of disused shops in Railway Place has signalled the start of the $66...

Preferred bidder selected to deliver East West Link eastern section

THE East West Connect consortium, which comprises Lend Lease, Capella Capital, Bouygues and Acciona, has...

Victorian Planning Minister launches new suburb for 20,000 in Melbourne's west

A MULTI-BILLION dollar master planned community at Rockbank North will eventually house 20,000 residents, according...

Part of Melbourne's Punt Road to become a permanent clearway

ON-STREET car parking on parts of Punt Road will be moved to off-street areas and...

New $3 million car park announced for South Morang station

NEARLY two-and-a-half years since South Morang Station opened following the 3.5 kilometre extension of the...

New Sunbury City Council to be established in 2015

VICTORIAN Local Government Minister Tim Bull last week said he has accepted the Sunbury out...

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New South Wales

South West Rail Link due to be operational in early 2015

SYDNEY'S South West Rail Link is on track to open for passenger services early next...

NSW councils offered $258m to merge as part of $1bn 'Fit for the Future' package

THE New South Wales Government last week launched its $1 billion 'Fit for the Future'...

NSW Government announces new process for wind farm assessments

ALL development applications for wind farms will be automatically referred to the Planning Assessment Commission...

'Blue-collar jobs boom in Western Sydney': Planning Minister

NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward this week said Western Sydney is at the centre of...

New 40km/h speed limit zone for Sydney's CBD to be rolled out from late September

A LARGE part of Sydney's CBD will soon have new speed limits as part of...

Western Sydney councils dominate housing approvals: Urban Taskforce

SEVEN of the top ten councils for housing approvals over the last financial year are...

More in: New South Wales

Rest of Australia

W Hotels to re-enter Australian market in 2018 with opening of hotel in Brisbane

W HOTELS will re-enter the Australian market in early 2018, with the opening of a...

Fulton Hogan begins excavation work on Brisbane's Gateway Upgrade North project

AFTER winning the contract for the early works package on the Gateway Upgrade North project...

Three consortia shortlisted for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project

THREE consortia have been selected to submit project proposals for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing...

Queensland gears up for new infrastructure plan with release of InfrastructureQ Directions Statement

QUEENSLAND'S new infrastructure plan is a step closer after the State Government last week announced...

Minister reveals strong interest in plans to transform Tasmania into 'environmental tourism capital'

TASMANIA'S Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Matthew Groom, last week said there has been...

WA Government seeks artists for $4m public art program at Elizabeth Quay

ARTISTS are being invited to submit expressions of interest for a $4 million public art...

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

World

Australia and Canada continue their dominance of EIU's 'most liveable cities' list

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9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey released

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Planetizen releases its list of top 10 books published in 2012

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London crowned 2012 'Ultimate Sports City'

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