New South Wales

Exhibition period for proposed Frenchs Forest transformation extended

THE public exhibition period for a State significant site study that aims to promote employment and housing growth at Frenchs Forest has been extended by three weeks.

Frenchs Forest, located approximately 15 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, has been identified as the proposed site for the future Northern Beaches Hospital. The recently released Metropolitan Plan for Sydney 2036 identifies the area as a potential specialised centre.

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Major research facilities approved at two NSW universities

NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly today announced the approval of research and teaching facilities at both the University of NSW and Macquarie University.

The development approval at the University of NSW involves a $112 million refurbishment of the Wallace Wurth building, including an expansion of the building footprint to the north and south to create a new seven-storey building with over 20,000 square metres of floor space.

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NSW Government approves Capital Solar Farm near Bungendore

PLANNING approval has been granted for the construction of the Capital Solar Farm near Bungendore and adjacent to the existing Capital Wind Farm, the NSW Government announced last week.

The area is part of the ACT/ NSW Border Area Renewable Energy Precinct, which is one of six precincts established by the NSW Government to help promote renewable energy in the State.

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NSW Government approves new LEP for Tamworth

A NEW planning blueprint for Tamworth that rezones land for up to 1,000 new dwellings and allocates 120 hectares of employment land for business park development has been approved by the NSW Government.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the Tamworth Regional local environmental plan (LEP) would guide future planning in the council area to deliver jobs and housing in line with expected growth.

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Land rezoned to support 130 homes on the NSW Far North Coast

HOUSING supply on the NSW Far North Coast has received a boost following the NSW Government's decision to approve the rezoning of 24 hectares of residential land west of Pottsville.

The rezoned land will support the development of around 130 dwellings as part of the second stage of Seabreeze Estate.

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New LEP approved for Gladesville town centre

THE NSW Government has approved a new local environmental plan (LEP) that aims to boost the local economy and support the ongoing revitalisation of Gladesville town centre.

The new Ryde Local Environmental Plan (Gladesville Town Centre and Victoria Road Corridor) 2010 will support 1,050 new jobs and allow for 800 additional dwellings.

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Infrastructure contribution plans for the Lower Hunter and Illawarra on exhibition

THE NSW Department of Planning has placed on exhibition its proposed regional infrastructure contribution plans for the Lower Hunter and Illawarra, which replace the existing site-by-site contribution system.

The documents detailing the operation of the new Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) will be on exhibition until 25 February 2011 and include a draft contribution determination, a worksheet showing how the contributions were calculated and maps showing the areas that will be affected.

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NSW Government approves concept plan for $157m office development in North Sydney

A CONCEPT plan proposing a $157 million commercial office development on the Pacific Highway at North Sydney has been approved by the NSW Government.

The proposed development, which could accommodate approximately 2,500 jobs and is located at 177-199 Pacific Highway, would feature a 31-storey building, four level basement with 112 car spaces, a publicly accessible plaza and a maximum floor area of 44,770 square metres.

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Major Calderwood residential development moves ahead

A MAJOR $410 million master planned community in the Illawarra region, proposed by Lend Lease, is set to go ahead, following the NSW Government's decision to approve the concept plan and declare the site as state significant.

The government said that Illawarra's housing supply would receive a significant boost as a result of the decision, with the concept plan proposing 4,800 new dwellings and 50 hectares of mixed-use employment land for the 700 hectare Calderwood site.

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Land rezoned at Lake Munmorah to support $21m retail development

THE NSW Government yesterday announced that an eight hectare site at Lake Munmorah, on the Central Coast, has been rezoned to support plans for a new $21 million shopping centre.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said six hectares of the Pacific Highway site has been rezoned from an investigation precinct to a business centre zone, with the remaining two hectares at the northern end zoned 7(a) conservation.

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NSW Government announces new levies to support housing and infrastructure in the Illawarra and Lower Hunter regions

THE NSW Government last week announced new infrastructure levies on housing and industrial development in the southern Illawarra and the Lower Hunter areas.

The government said that it had developed the draft contribution plans to support new development through a State contributions framework.

Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the new schemes would cut red tape and provide greater certainty for land owners bringing new housing stock online.

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Sydney to plan for Australia's first city-wide recycled water network

THE City of Sydney has selected a consortium to develop a decentralised water master plan that would include Australia's first city-wide recycled water network and reduce demands on drinking water supplies.

The selected consortium, announced last week, comprises engineering consultants GHD, the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney and Public Private Partnership Consultants P3iC.

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NSW Government orders replacement of 200 buses for Sydney and Newcastle

THE NSW Government last week announced that it will replace 200 hundred older vehicles in the State Transit fleet with new buses to be built in Western Sydney.

The new buses, to be built at the Custom Coaches factory with chassis supplied by Volvo and Scania, will include air-conditioning and wheelchair accessibility.

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