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Committee for Melbourne launches 'Melbourne Beyond 5 Million'

THE Committee for Melbourne this month launched volume one of 'Melbourne Beyond 5 Million', the first in a series of four volumes that define the outcome of the Committee's 2010 Shaping Melbourne Taskforce.

The report says that it is inevitable that Melbourne will continue to grow and "will certainly reach more than five million" and the report seeks to address the challenges of growth. This first volume in the Shaping Melbourne Series examines the governance of Melbourne and proposes a vision for the future, while the subsequent three volumes will be released over the next few months, covering Density, Infrastructure and Community, Connectivity and Economy.

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Melbourne's bike hire scheme begins

MELBOURNE'S first public bike hire scheme commenced operation this week, with the roll-out of the first ten stations and 100 bicycles in the Melbourne CBD. The scheme will cost $5.5 million over four years and the scheme is being run on behalf of the Victorian Government by RACV and US firm Alta Bicycle Share, which runs similar systems in four North American cities.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas was at the new bike station at Melbourne University in Parkville today with RACV General Manager for Member and Motoring Services Gordon Oakley for the early launch of the new Melbourne Bike Share system.

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Box Hill tower development rejected by Victorian Government

A PROPOSED $100 million, 38-storey development for Box Hill has been rejected by the Victorian Government. The proposal, which was originally fast-tracked by Planning Minister Justin Madden in January this year, consisted of a 38-storey tower and six level basement car park with 176 serviced apartments, 232 apartments, gymnasium, food and drink premises, offices, restaurants and retail premises. It was to be located on the corner of Carrington Road and Station Street.

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Melbourne City Council appeals Southbank development

MELBOURNE City Council this month announced that it will appeal the Victorian Government's recent decision to grant planning approval for a mixed-use development at 68 – 82 Southbank Boulevard in Southbank.

The development, a 62-storey building containing dwellings, offices, gymnasium, cafe, supermarket and shops was granted a permit by Planning Minister Justin Madden on 21 April of this year.

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Second time lucky for GAIC: Upper House passes revised infrastructure levy

THE Victorian Parliament has passed through the Planning and Environment (Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution) Bill 2009, with the Upper House passing the legislation on Tuesday 25 May. This will allow the collection of over $2 billion for the provision of infrastructure and services in Melbourne's growth areas and paves the way for an expansion to Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).

Planning Minister Justin Madden said it was essential to have a plan for funding community infrastructure before considering any extension to the UGB. "We have always said that it would be irresponsible to open up new land for development without first securing the revenue to pay for the necessary infrastructure over the life of the development," Mr Madden said.

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Government responds to Queensland Growth Management Summit

THE Queensland Government this week responded to the Queensland Growth Management Summit with the release of Shaping Tomorrow's Queensland.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the Growth Summit was a wonderful opportunity to listen to the community. "It is important to say that this response is not a magic wand for the problems of growth in Queensland. I am committed to continue to work with all levels of government and the community to continue a dialogue with the community on managing growth," Ms Bligh said.

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Plan to reinforce Townsville as Queensland's second capital

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh this week announced the development of a new plan to support economic and employment growth in Townsville. The plan, Townsville Futures Plan, would consolidate new and existing plans and reinforce Townsville as the second capital of Queensland.

Ms Bligh said the plan responded to the Queensland Growth Management Summit and that a clear message was "that the state must encourage population growth and vitality in regions other than South East Queensland. This is where Townsville, long regarded as the 'second capital' of Queensland, has a major role to play."

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Bondi Junction LEP approved

THE NSW Planning Department has approved a new local environmental plan (LEP) for Bondi Junction. The plan, prepared by Waverley Council for the Bondi Junction centre, will provide an extra 100,000 square metres of commercial floor space.

The NSW Metropolitan Strategy identifies Bondi Junction as the Major Centre of the East subregion. NSW Department of Planning Deputy Director-General Tom Gellibrand said Bondi Junction is a major retail and commercial precinct. "Indeed it is an important and iconic commercial centre for Sydney as a whole. This new LEP aims to address the need, as identified in the Metropolitan Strategy, to create an additional 4,400 jobs at Bondi Junction," Mr Gellibrand said.

New plan to protect biodiversity in Western Sydney's growth areas

THE New South Wales Government has proposed a new plan to protect nationally significant environmental lands whilst ensuring growth can occur in Sydney's North West and South West Growth Centres.
Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the Growth Centres contain areas of high environmental value that need to be secured. It is projected that the Growth Centres will accommodate approximately 500,000 people over the next 30 years.

Mr Kelly said landholders and developers need a consistent process to provide certainty and that whilst the NSW Government simplified its environmental assessment process in 2007, assessments are still required under Commonwealth law.

NSW Government approves $145m North Sydney development

THE New South Wales Government this week announced it has granted approval for a $145 million development in the North Sydney CBD. The development, located at 100 Mount Street, consists of a 38 storey commercial tower.

The approval follows Planning Minister Tony Kelly's approval of a $291 million development on Walker and Berry Streets. Mr Kelly said the North Sydney CBD is a "hugely important commercial centre for Sydney... This latest approval confirms that status and will provide for an additional 36,000 square metres of commercial floor space, with the capacity for around 2,700 new jobs, on top of the 4,000 jobs provided for under the March approval.

New Melbourne City Planning Advisory Committee announced

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden today announced details of a new joint State Government and City of Melbourne committee that will assess developments larger than 25,000 square metres in Melbourne.

Mr Madden said the Central City Standing Advisory Committee would give the City of Melbourne greater involvement in major planning decisions in the CBD. "Through this joint advisory committee the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne can achieve a shared vision for shaping Melbourne through the planning decisions that are made," Mr Madden said.

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Advisory Panel to decide future of Williamstown Woollen Mills site

THE Victorian Government today announced the appointment of an independent Advisory Committee to review planning and urban design matters related to the controversial proposed redevelopment of the former Port Phillip Woollen Mills site at Nelson Place, Williamstown and land south of site, fronting Aitken Street and Kanowna Street.

The former Woollen Mills site was recently rezoned by the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden, to Residential 1 in March. The proposed development of the site consists of 412 dwellings, including 329 apartments and 84 townhouses that vary in height from three to thirteen stories. The application was not supported by Hobsons Bay City Council last December 2009. At the time of the rezoning, Mr Madden said that an independent advisory committee will be appointed to recommend planning controls to be applied to the 2.7 hectare site.

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VCAT Major Case list begins this week

LAST month, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) announced the creation of a new 'Major Case List' for planning developments worth more than $5 million, to commence on 3 May, 2010.

The new list aims to speed up decision-making of major projects in the Planning and Environment List, with an objective to decide cases within 16 weeks of applications being lodged with the Tribunal.

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Vic Govt announces GAIC agreement

THE INTRODUCTION of the controversial Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) appears likely, with the Victorian Government announcing that the Dispute Resolution Committee of Parliament has negotiated a "bipartisan way forward for funding vital infrastructure in an expanded urban growth boundary."

Mr Madden said the Dispute Resolution tabled in Parliament provides for the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) legislation to be passed with amendments agreed between the Government and the Opposition.

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March dwelling approvals increase; interest rates rise

AFTER two months of consecutive falls, the seasonally adjusted estimate for approved dwelling units rose by 15.3 per cent, with a total of 16,383 dwelling units approved in March, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved increased by 0.5 per cent (to 9,779), the third rise in as many months. The seasonally adjusted estimate for approved 'private sector other dwellings' (such as apartments and semi-detached housing) rose by 59.9 per cent (to 4,558), following falls in the previous two months.

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New Southbank Structure Plan proposed

Melbourne City Council will next week consider a new structure plan for Southbank, with the Council calling it the "most significant overhaul" in Southbank's 30 year history.

The Draft Southbank Structure Plan 2010 will be considered at Council's Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday 11 May. It proposes new zoning and development controls to improve street level amenity, initiatives to improve walking and cycling and the establishment of new community centres.

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NSW metropolitan planning and transport reviews extended

THE NSW Department of Planning has extended the exhibition of Sydney's Metropolitan Strategy and Metropolitan Transport Plan.

The exhibition period was originally set to conclude on April 30, but will now continue until May 28.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the extension comes after Sydney's local councils requested more time to finalise detailed submissions on the Metropolitan Strategy, which has a strong focus on urban renewal and infill development.

Promoting economic growth and competition through planning

THE NSW Government has announced it will implement recommendations to the planning system in order to "increase competition and lower prices to consumers across the state".

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the NSW Government would implement the recommendations of a review that looked into promoting economic growth and commercial competition through the planning system.

The review was conducted by the Department of Planning and the Better Regulation Office who investigated how the NSW planning system promotes or detracts from opportunities for competition and economic growth.

NSW Govt aims to encourage small renewable energy systems

SOLAR electricity generation systems, up to one hectare in size, and domestic wind turbines may be able to be approved in 10 days, according to discussion papers released by the NSW Department of Planning this month.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly, said the changes are about allowing home and other property owners to more easily install their own wind and solar power systems. "This has several advantages including being able to turn our existing suburbs and rural areas into renewable energy harvesting areas, with no or minimal environmental and local amenity impacts," Mr Kelly said.

New planning controls announced for Shrine of Remembrance

ON THE eve of Anzac Day, Planning Minister Justin Madden announced new height and setback controls for St Kilda Road to protect the Shrine of Remembrance.

Mr Madden said land opposite the Shrine at 312 – 332 St Kilda Road would now be the subject of a mandatory 60-metre height control and a 20-metre setback control. The Melbourne Planning Scheme has been updated to reflect the amendment, C155 (see Design and Development Overlay Schedule 58 to Clause 43.02 and Clause 66.06).

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Minister approves $330m Point Lonsdale development

A MAJOR development on the Bellarine Peninsula was last week approved by Planning Minister Justin Madden. The approved amendment and planning permit allow Stockland to commence the Point Lonsdale development, which opponents say will damage the area's sensitive wetlands.

Mr Madden said the combined amendment and planning permit sets additional planning controls for the developer, including an environmental bond to the subdivision complies with the Landscape Plan. The bond will be set at the rate of 120 per cent of final landscaping costs.

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Vic Government launches new activity centre tools

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden has launched two new planning tools to help councils develop structure plans for Central Activities Districts (CADs) and other strategic areas.

The Victorian Government's planning document for Melbourne, Melbourne @ 5 Million, identifies 6 CADs – Box Hill, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston and Ringwood. These areas are envisaged to be the focus of a substantial proportion of future employment growth and public investment, similar to the CBD but on a smaller scale.

Speaking at the Local Government Ministerial Forum, Mr Madden said the 'Activity Centres Toolkit: Making It Happen' and revised Structure Planning for Activity Centres Practice Note provides councils with clear guidelines.

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Queensland Government calls-in Milton train station development

MINISTER for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said today he has called-in a proposed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) at Railway Terrace, Milton.

On 3 February 2010 the Brisbane City Council (BCC) approved the development application by FKP for the mixed-use development at Cribb Street and Railway Terrace in Milton. However, this approval was due to be appealed in the Planning and Environment Court by a local resident's action group due to concerns regarding compliance with the town plan.

The proposed development is comprised of 303 residential units and a gym, retail, restaurant, office and railway facilities. The Government also said the development could provide significant station upgrades including station access, platforms, community artwork and ticket offices.

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