WA Government launches plan to transform Karratha into a city

A PLAN to transform Karratha into a "world-class City of the North", with a potential population of 50,000, was launched today by the State Government and the Shire of Roebourne.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the launch of the plan was a major step in delivering the State Government's Pilbara Cities vision for Karratha, which is located over 1,500 kilometres north of Perth and approximately 850 kilometres south of Broome.

NSW Government approves Gladesville Village Centre plan

THE NSW Government has approved a new Gladesville village centre plan proposed by Hunters Hill Council. The Hunters Hill Local Environmental Plan 2010 (Gladesville Village Centre) creates new planning controls for the Hunters Hill portion of the village centre and will reportedly support around 650 jobs and more than 440 additional dwellings.

Tumbarumba Shire LEP approved

A NEW local environmental plan (LEP) has been approved for Tumbarumba Shire which will provide for 10 years of housing supply and support the Shire's horticultural industry into the future.

NSW Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, said the LEP would create opportunities for growth within existing townships and support the diversity of the Shire, which is located on the south western slopes of the Snowy Mountains and 504 kilometres south-west of Sydney.

Gillard signals change in direction for population policies

NEW Prime Minister Julia Gillard has signalled a change in direction for population policies. Distancing herself from the "big Australia" comments of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Gillard said "Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big population. I don't support the idea of a big Australia... We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia."

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New blueprint for Newman launched

A "visionary" blueprint to revitalise Newman, double its population and transform the town into a major sub-regional service centre has been launched by the State Government and the Shire of East Pilbara.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls presented the Newman Revitalisation Plan to the local community, as the first step towards ensuring Newman's long-term economic future and improving the lives of its residents.

Grattan Institute releases 'The Cities We Need' report

THE Grattan Institute, an independent public policy think-tank focused on Australian domestic public policy, has released its first report from its Cities Program, titled 'The Cities We Need'.

The report aims to set an agenda for thinking about the future of Australia's cities and asks how our cities meet the individual needs of their residents, both material and psychological, and identifies emerging challenges to meeting these needs. One conclusion that emerges is that while social interaction is critical for human thriving, it has not been a focus of analysis about cities in the past.

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NSW 2008/09 Household Travel Survey released

THE annual New South Wales Household Travel Survey (HTS) has been released, detailing travel patterns in Sydney, Illawarra and Newcastle. The HTS is the largest and most comprehensive source of personal travel data for the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area.

The survey shows that in 2008/09, Sydney residents made 16.3 million trips on an average weekday and 14.7 million on an average weekend day. Weekday trip growth slowed over the past year to 0.2%, despite population growth of 1.5% for the period.

Planning delays add $35,000 to housing prices: Master Builders Association

A NEW survey has revealed that planning delays are pushing up house prices by an average of $35,000. The survey was released by the Master Builders Association of Victoria which represents the interests of the building industry.

Master Builders' latest Building Trends survey has found Victorian builders are waiting 23 weeks on average to secure a planning permit. The statutory time limit for a council decision is 8.6 weeks.

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Public transport is top transport concern for Australians

Australians remain more concerned about improving public transport than improving roads, the latest quarterly transport survey from the University of Sydney shows.

More than half of those surveyed in the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies-Interfleet Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS) said improving public transport was Australia's highest transport priority, with less than a quarter saying better roads should be the top priority.

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NSW Government approves West Ryde housing project

A $55 million mixed use residential, commercial and retail development in West Ryde will deliver a variety of social and private housing options within metres of West Ryde Railway Station, according to the NSW Government, who approved the development last week.

Tasmanian Government aims to ban canal estate developments

FOLLOWING the Tasmanian Planning Commission's rejection of a proposed $300 million canal estate development at Ralphs Bay, Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, last week announced the State Government will move to ban canal estate developments in Tasmania.

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Bunnings says Woolworths hardware stores are thwarting planning laws

BUNNINGS has accused Woolworths of circumventing planning laws, as the supermarket giant attempts to enter the hardware sector, according to a Fairfax report. As part of its joint venture with US home improvement retailer, Lowes, Woolworths has ambitions of securing 150 sites for large format hardware stores within five years.

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Melbourne Central set for retail revamp

STAGE one of Melbourne Central's $75 million redevelopment is set to commence in September, the centre's owner, GPT Group, announced this month. The $30 million stage one redevelopment will focus on food and fashion, with a "unique food precinct offering freshly made to order meals and food to go, and a new on-trend fashion offer featuring iconic international and Australian brands."

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NSW Government approves Wingecarribee LEP

THE NSW Government has approved Wingecarribee Shire's local environmental plan (LEP). The plan aims to support the housing and employment needs of local residents in the Shire, whilst protecting the area's rural character.

Victorian Government releases long-awaited regional blueprint

THE Victorian Government has unveiled a $631 million plan to promote economic growth in regional and rural Victoria. The plan, released on June 15, aims to attract jobs and population, investment and opportunities in regional Victoria.

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Proposed UGB expansion approved by Minister, awaiting parliamentary ratification

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden has approved the proposed expansion to Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and is seeking parliamentary ratification. Mr Madden said the planning scheme amendment, VC67, defined the city's new boundary and set out the alignments for major transport initiatives such the Outer Metropolitan / E6 Transport corridor project and the Regional Rail Link.

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Constitutional change to recognise local government a step closer

THE President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Cr Geoff Lake, has welcomed the announcement that the Australian Government will fund a $250,000 education campaign to promote a referendum to include local government in the Australian Constitution.

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Lend Lease scales back Barangaroo development plans

LEND Lease last week revealed amended plans for the Barangaroo development project, ahead of their submission to the NSW Department of Planning in July. "We have listened to the feedback received on our original design and further improved the proposed plans" said David Hutton, Group Head of Development for Lend Lease.

ACF releases Sustainable Cities Index 2010

THE Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has released a report, the Sustainable Cities Index 2010, to provide a snapshot of comparative performance in each of Australia's 20 largest cities, with the aim of encouraging healthy competition, stimulating discussion and suggesting new ways of thinking about how our cities can be sustainable. It is the ACF's first report of such a type and is intended to be updated regularly.

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ACT Government releases 10-year infrastructure plan

THE ACT Government this Tuesday released the first ever infrastructure plan for the ACT. Released by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, the 10-year document will be updated annually and includes short and medium-term infrastructure priorities, as well as "visionary long-term projects."

Mr Stanhope said the ACT Government recognises the importance of high quality infrastructure and had invested substantially in the Territory's infrastructure. "Our annual capital works expenditure almost tripled from around $110 million in 2001-02 to $296 million in 2008-09. Works-in-progress for 2009-10 are well on track and will eclipse last year's record spend. In our latest Budget, $394 million has been allocated to new projects, with a cash allocation of around $2 billion towards capital projects over the next four years," Mr Stanhope said.

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