Victorian Coalition reverses Labor's plans for Ringwood Station

A PROPOSED bus lane through Ringwood's memorial Clocktower Park and a new bus interchange at Ringwood Station announced by the former Labor Government will not proceed, with Transport Minister Terry Mulder today announcing that he has cancelled the construction contracts.

Instead, the Coalition Government will pursue its own plans for the station, promising significant changes that will "transform the transport precinct and deliver significant benefits to local businesses and residents."

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Design unveiled for Melbourne Park's new Eastern Plaza

THE Victorian Government this week unveiled the design for the Eastern Plaza tennis centre, the second component of the $363 million first stage of the Melbourne Park redevelopment.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty and Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine unveiled the design at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, saying it would secure Melbourne's long term future as the home of the Australian Open.

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Plans for new suburbs in Melbourne's north approved

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy yesterday announced that plans for the new suburbs of Greenvale North and Greenvale West in the City of Hume have been approved by the Coalition Government.

The Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) for the new suburbs will accommodate approximately 7,000 people in about 2,500 dwellings across 363 hectares.

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VCOSS releases report investigating young people and public transport services in outer Melbourne

THE Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)  last month released its report presenting the findings of a research project that investigated the use of public transport by young people in outer Melbourne municipalities.

The research project, funded by the Department of Transport, reveals that young people are major users of public transport and rely on these services to access education, employment, entertainment and other social activities.

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Grazing returns to Victoria's high country to help reduce bushfire risk

GRAZING has controversially returned to Victoria's Alpine National Park as part of a six-year scientific research program that aims to use cattle grazing as a tool to reduce bushfire risk.

In 2005, grazing was banned in the park by the former Labor Government in an effort to protect the environment from damage caused by cattle and to allow the park to regenerate following bushfires in 2003. During the 2010 Victorian election, the Coalition promised to reintroduce grazing in the park.

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Shortlisted builders announced for Regional Rail Link

THREE consortiums have been shortlisted as potential builders for the new passenger rail line between Deer Park and West Werribee, as part of the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today said the short-listing of potential builders for this section of the Regional Rail Link is another major milestone in the delivery of what is the country's biggest public transport infrastructure project.

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It's (no longer) part of the plan: Victorian Transport Plan shelved

THE Victorian Transport Plan, released in December 2008 by the former Labor Government, has been shelved by the Coalition Government, according to The Age.

The $38 billion plan consisted of a list of short, medium and long term transport projects, many of which were unfunded.

In the document, then Premier John Brumby said the "transformational investments" contained in the plan would shape the growth and development of Victoria.

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Two city developments get Minister's approval

VICTORIAN Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, has approved planning permits for two developments within the City of Melbourne.

The permits were issued by the Minister on Christmas Eve and will allow for approximately 1,500 new apartments in the city as well as complementary commercial development.

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Lend Lease selected as preferred proponent for Toolern development

LEND Lease last month announced that it has been selected by Melton Shire Council as preferred proponent for the $1.2 billion Toolern master-planned urban community project in Melton, Victoria.

Lend Lease said that a Development Agreement between Melton Shire Council and Lend Lease is expected to be finalised by May 2011.

Toolern is located in Melton South, approximately 35km west of Melbourne, in the Melton Growth Corridor.

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Melbourne's Central City Standing Advisory Committee abandoned

THE Central City Standing Advisory Committee, established by former Planning Minister Justin Madden, has been abandoned by the new Coalition Government.

The Committee was announced just over six months ago and was a joint State Government and City of Melbourne committee that assessed developments larger than 25,000 square metres within the City of Melbourne.

At the time of its announcement, Mr Madden said the new committee would give the City of Melbourne greater involvement in major planning decisions in the CBD.

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Mildura riverfront and marina development to be declared a significant project

MILDURA'S riverfront and marina development will be declared a project of state significance under the new Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government.

Acting Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced last Thursday that he has written to the Planning Minister to seek gazettal of the project as a project of state or regional significance under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

"The Mildura riverfront and marina project, which is part of the Mildura Masterplan, is important not only to the region but to the entire state," Mr Ryan said.

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Victorian Government reverses VC71 planning rule

The Victorian Coalition Government has fulfilled its election promise to overturn planning rules that allow higher density development along public transport corridors.

Former Planning Minister Justin Madden amended Victorian planning schemes in September with Amendment VC71 that, among other things, implemented policies from Melbourne @ 5 million and the Victorian Integrated Housing Strategy.

Melbourne @ 5 million was developed as an update to Melbourne 2030, after projections indicated Melbourne's population was growing faster than anticipated and would reach 5 million before 2030.

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What's in store for planning in Victoria?

WITH new Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu officially sworn in yesterday, the planning landscape in Victoria looks set to change after eleven years of Labor government. The Liberal-National Coalition released their 'Plan for Planning' during the election campaign with a vision for a "fair, consistent and transparent planning system that delivers certainty to residents, to councils and to businesses."

Mr Baillieu yesterday named his cabinet of 22 ministers, with Matthew Guy retaining his former shadow portfolio and named Minister for Planning.

The 26-page plan foreshadows audits, departmental restructuring and amendments to the urban growth boundary (UGB). It also signals the end of Melbourne's current metropolitan planning strategies, Melbourne 2030 and Melbourne @ 5 million.

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