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Madden calls-in $75m Australian Catholic University expansion

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden has fast-tracked a $75 million proposal for a National Centre for Health and Wellbeing at Australian Catholic University (ACU), calling-in the application from VCAT today.

The proposal, to be located at ACU's Fitzroy campus, is for a new nine-storey development, comprising lecture theatres, classrooms, gymnasium, café and bookshop, staff areas and rooftop garden.

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  • Category: Victoria

Lend Lease signs development agreement with LandCorp for Alkimos housing development

THE West Australian government yesterday finalised an agreement between Delfin Lend Lease and LandCorp to begin the first stage and master planning of Alkimos, described as the biggest and most significant coastal development north of Perth in 50 years.

Located 40 kilometres north of Perth's CBD, the Alkimos Eglinton area will provide homes for up to 50,000 people.

Woolloongabba UDA to feature transit oriented development as part of draft structure plan

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh yesterday released plans for a new Gabba precinct to include a public park the size of ANZAC square and based around a major transport hub linked to the Cross River Rail project.

The Woolloongabba Urban Development Area (UDA) Draft Structure Plan follows the announcement last week that one of four new underground Cross River Rail stations will be located at Woolloongabba.

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  • Category: Queensland

Disability-friendly housing standards promoted

THE housing industry, disability sector and community have agreed to an aspirational target that all new homes will be built to disability-friendly Livable Housing Design standards by 2020.

The standards, announced last week, are the outcome of the National Dialogue on Universal Design, convened by Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten last year, which aims to improve the availability of Livable Housing.

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  • Category: Australia

Minister for Sustainable Population announces population advisory panels

The Minister for Sustainable Population, Tony Burke, last week announced the membership of the three panels to advise on sustainable population issues.

The panels are the first step in establishing an open national dialogue on the Gillard Government's Sustainable Population Strategy.

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  • Category: Australia

NSW Govt. approves Wagga Wagga LEP

THE NSW Government has approved a new council-wide local environmental plan (LEP) for Wagga Wagga. The plan, prepared by the Wagga Wagga City Council Planning Panel, implements the Wagga Wagga Spatial Plan 2008 which forecasts housing demand of 350 new lots per year.

Qld Govt. announces details of Albert St underground station

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh has announced plans to build Brisbane CBD's first new train station in 100 years at Albert Street as part of Brisbane's $8 billion Cross River Rail Project.

The Albert Street Station is one of four new underground stations including Roma Street, the Boggo Road Urban Village and Woolloongabba. The Albert Street station will have subway style portal entries from various street locations on the surface above the new underground station.

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  • Category: Queensland

Vic Govt. releases details of major transport projects

VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby this week released details of key Victorian Transport Plan projects, unveiling routes for the Regional Rail Link, Truck Action Plan and the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel.

Highlighting some of the government's current transport project achievements, including the delivery of new metropolitan trains, Melbourne Bike Share and commencement of works for the Peninsula Link and widening of the M80 Ring Road, Mr Brumby said the announcement was the next step.

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  • Category: Victoria

$141m development concept plan approved for Bilambil Heights

THE NSW Government has approved a concept plan which proposes a $141 million residential, commercial and retail development at Bilambil Heights. The proposed development will include approximately 1,600 new dwellings.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly also said a separate residential subdivision has also been approved on a former quarry site within Bilambil Village, allowing for 48 residential lots and other community infrastructure and works. He said the two proposals would be important in achieving housing and employment targets in the Government's Far North Coast Regional Strategy.

NSW Govt approves two new LEPs: Upper Lachlan Shire and Balranald Shire

MINISTER for Planning, Tony Kelly, last week announced the approval of two new local environmental plans (LEPs). The new LEPs, for Upper Lachlan Shire and Balranald Shire, are the latest of eighteen LEPs to be finalised since the introduction of the standard template in NSW, which aims to clarify and simplify state planning controls.

Madden fast-tracks $80m Ringwood retail and office redevelopment

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden last week called-in from VCAT an $80 million proposal for the redevelopment of the Ringwood Market site at the corner of Bond and Market Streets, saying any proposal for the site is "critical to the success of this Central Activity District" and supporting the local economy.

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  • Category: Victoria

Docklands planning controls to be shared with Melbourne City Council

MELBOURNE City Council will become the responsible authority for the developed areas of the Docklands, Planning Minister Justin Madden announced last week. The developed areas of Docklands include parts of Harbour Town, Digital Harbour, Victoria Harbour, Waterfront City, Batman's Hill, Yarra's Edge and the Stadium Precinct.

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  • Category: Victoria

Cairns 30-year transport blueprint released

FEDERAL Infrastructure and Transport Minister and Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace last week released a 30-year transport blueprint for Cairns and announced that works to deliver the vision would begin as early as this year.

Mr Albanese said the vision is of "a sustainable and vibrant community underpinned by modern, well planned transport infrastructure. It's a plan not just for the next three years but for the next three decades."

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  • Category: Queensland

New KPMG report assesses capital city planning systems

BUILT Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) last month released a report by KPMG that assesses and reviews capital city planning systems. The report is in response to recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reforms to capital city strategic planning systems.

Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) is an alliance of leading property industry groups, comprising the Property Council of Australia (PCA), Australian Institute of Architects, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), Consult Australia and the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA). BEMP conducts an annual summit – focusing on the built environment – between parliamentarians and the property and building industry.

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  • Category: Australia

NSW Government seeks to expand 10-day approval process

THE New South Wales Government has placed on public exhibition a proposal to expand the 10-day approval process that would allow certain buildings and works to be approved within 10 days by an accredited certifier, if they conform to a "strict" design code.

Report examines the health impacts of traffic air pollution

A REPORT by a Special Panel of the Health Effects Institute (HEI) has found that there are substantial gaps in what we know about exposure to, and health effects of, traffic air pollutants, but there is sufficient evidence that exposure to traffic-related air pollution cause asthma exacerbation in children and suggestive evidence that they might cause other health effects.

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  • Category: World

Madden hands back planning control of former Kodak site in Coburg

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden last week handed back planning controls for the former Kodak site in Coburg to Moreland City Council, after approving the master plan for a proposed development of the site.

The $282 million development will provide around 380 new dwellings, a neighbourhood hub and new open space. The site is located at 173 – 199 Elizabeth Street, North Coburg and was previously used by Kodak as a film manufacturing plant until its closure in 2004.

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  • Category: Victoria

Planning Institute supports PM's change in population policy

THE Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) last week announced it supported Prime Minister Julia Gillard's change in emphasis of national population policy, saying the change in strategy represents a more measured approach to population growth for Australia.

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  • Category: Australia

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