New plan released for North West Queensland

A NEW blueprint for North West Queensland to guide social and economic growth in North West Queensland over the next 20 years has been released. Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, launched the plan in Mount Isa today.

Mr Hinchliffe said the plan struck the correct balance between the region's social, economic and environmental needs and aspirations.

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NSW Govt approves $700m wind farm near Nimmitabel

THE second largest wind farm in NSW has been given approval by the NSW Government and is now awaiting Federal Government approval. The $700 million, 270 megawatt facility, will be located near Nimmitabel on the far south coast and is to be constructed by Boco Rock Wind Farm Pty Ltd.

Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, said the wind farm will have the potential to power up to 120,000 homes each year once fully operational, expected to be in 2013. The company hopes to begin producing electricity in 2012.

Latest Committee for Melbourne report anticpates 8 million people in Melbourne

THE Committee for Melbourne last week released the second of the four volume 'Melbourne Beyond 5 Million' report series. The second volume, focusing on 'Density and Localised Economies', projects Melbourne's population will grow beyond 5 million, potentially reaching 8 million before the end of the century.

The first volume, examining the governance of Melbourne, was released in June and proposed an alternative governance structure to overcome what it stated were deficient arrangements, including a cycle dictated by political terms, policy makers separated from implementation, lack of strong integration between transport and land use planning and local interests prevailing over metropolitan interests.

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Two major developments approved for Melbourne CBD

CONDITIONAL planning approval was today granted for two major developments at the site of the former Naval and Military Club in Little Collins Street and the former power station site on the corner of Lonsdale and Spencer Streets.

The approvals were granted under delegation by the Department of Planning and Community Development following recommendations by the new Central City Standing Advisory Committee to approve the projects.

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Planning Institute calls for policies to recognise 'good planning'

THE Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) yesterday called for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to "outline their respective positions on the value of good planning in the creation of a successful and sustainable nation."

With the election only 17 days away and with population management a key election issue, PIA National President, Neil Savery, said "the current election campaign provides an excellent opportunity for both the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition to recognise the value of good planning by including it in policy announcements."

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New LEP for Numbucca Shire approved by NSW Government

A NEW council-wide local environmental plan (LEP) for Nambucca Shire has been approved by the NSW Government, potentially supporting an additional 2,200 residents by 2036.

"While there is already more than adequate supply of land for housing in the Shire, the new LEP more clearly identifies lands which are appropriate for housing, ensuring a well-planned – rather than ad-hoc – approach to future residential development," said Planning Minister Tony Kelly.

Young Shire LEP approved by NSW Planning Minister

THE NSW Government has approved a new local environmental plan (LEP) for Young Shire, which supports up to 1,500 new dwellings and additional employment lands.

Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, said the LEP implements significant strategic work and studies undertaken by the Shire, including the Young Shire Strategic Land Use Study Towards 2030.

Mr Kelly said the new planning controls will potentially support an extra 2,600 residents and provide 1,500 new dwellings by 2030.

Interim response to Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission released

VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby today released the Victorian Government's interim response to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission report. Releasing the report, Mr Brumby said the report is a "catalyst for change that provides key recommendations to make our State safer from the threat of bushfires."

"I am determined that this Royal Commission report is never allowed to gather dust. It is crucial that we grasp the opportunity now to make our State safer," Mr Brumby said.

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2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission final report released; includes 18 recommendations for planning and building

THE Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission final report has outlined 67 recommendations about changes needed to reduce the risk, and the consequences, of similar disasters in the future. The report was released yesterday, almost 18 months after the devastating February 7 Black Saturday bushfire that took the lives of 173 people.

Premier John Brumby yesterday tabled the final report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission in the Parliament of Victoria and released it immediately to the public. The report comprises four volumes and a summary.

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Parliament approves plan to expand Melbourne's growth boundary

MELBOURNE'S Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) has been enlarged by 43,600 hectares after the Victorian Parliament today passed Amendment VC68 to expand Melbourne's UGB.

The expanded UGB will provide 24,500 hectares of developable land with the potential to provide 134,000 new dwellings on Melbourne's fringe.

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Developers sought for East Perth Riverside development

THE West Australian government today called for Expressions of Interest to develop the four-hectare riverfront site between the WACA ground and the Causeway.

Planning Minister John Day said this was the first inner-city riverside development opportunity to be delivered to the market since East Perth Redevelopment Authority's (EPRA) Claisebrook Village development in the 1990s.

NSW Government approves $182m concept plan for former Hoxton Park Aerodrome

The NSW Government has approved a $182 million concept plan for a 50 hectare employment site at the former Hoxton Park Aerodrome in Sydney's west.

The site has been identified for employment land by the NSW Government and Liverpool Council as it is near the M7 and has capacity to provide jobs close to where people live.

Amendment VC66 gazetted to support Victorian regional blueprint

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Justin Madden today announced the gazettal of Amendment VC66, which supports the recently released $631 million regional blueprint, 'Ready for Tomorrow: A Blueprint for Regional and Rural Victoria'.

The blueprint, released last month, aims to promote economic growth in regional and rural Victoria by attracting investment, employment and population growth in regional Victoria.

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Qld government to fast-track housing in Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater

THE Queensland Government has announced that it will declare Urban Development Areas (UDAs) in Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater in an effort to provide more affordable housing.

Premier Anna Bligh said the UDAs would result in more than 900 new dwellings, most of them affordable, to take pressure off the three regional mining towns.

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Victorian Govt. releases Climate Change White Paper Action Plan

VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby this week unveiled 'Taking Action for Victoria's Future – The Victorian Climate Change White Paper Action Plan', saying the government "is rising to the challenge of climate change, supporting new initiatives to cut emissions and create a climate of new economic opportunity."

Mr Brumby said Victoria continued to support an emission trading scheme but was determined to push forward on climate change actions to secure new clean energy investment for the state.

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Madden approves $37m Doncaster Hill Community Centre

AFTER last week inviting expressions of interest for the new Doncaster Hill Development Assessment Committee (DAC), Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden today announced he has approved an application for a major civic upgrade at Doncaster Hill.

The $37.7 million redevelopment of a new community centre will include a library, gallery, meeting rooms, child care centre and café.

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Victorian Govt to fast-track new solar power stations

VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby yesterday announced that the Victorian Government will fast-track applications for new solar stations in regional Victoria, in response to the recent announcement to increase Victoria's electricity supply from solar power to five per cent by 2020.

The announcement to fast-track applications comes after Mr Brumby last week announced that Victoria was set to become "Australia's solar state" through a plan to increase Victoria's electricity supply from large scale-solar power to five per cent by 2020.

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Parramatta promoted as Australia's next CBD

THE Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) has recently released a report proposing Parramatta as Australia's next CBD. The report states that Parramatta will become increasingly important on a regional, state and national basis as Sydney's population is projected to increase to 7 million in the next 40 years.

The report states that the expansion of 'Greater Parramatta' will "require a co-ordinated planning, investment, marketing and governance strategies that drive the economic, social and environmental frameworks essential for a second CBD."

NSW Govt outlines new 'GreenWay' as part of light rail extension

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally this week announced the new light rail extension between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill will form a "GreenWay" – a mixed-use and integrated transport corridor.

"The new GreenWay is a first for Sydney – it will ensure the corridor has a 'mixed use' for families, commuters, cyclists, walkers and joggers," Ms Keneally said. "People will be able to walk or cycle from the Cooks River to Iron Cove, through Canterbury, Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt Council areas," Ms Keneally said.

Huntlee New Town project declared 'potentially state significant'

THE NSW Department of Planning this week confirmed that it has received a State Significant Site request for the Huntlee New Town site near Branxton in the State's Lower Hunter.

The request, lodged by JBA Urban Planning on behalf of Huntlee Pty Ltd, was for the Planning Minister to consider the rezoning of the Huntlee site by including it as a State Significant Site.

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