Victorian Govt. releases Climate Change White Paper Action Plan

VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby this week unveiled 'Taking Action for Victoria's Future – The Victorian Climate Change White Paper Action Plan', saying the government "is rising to the challenge of climate change, supporting new initiatives to cut emissions and create a climate of new economic opportunity."

Mr Brumby said Victoria continued to support an emission trading scheme but was determined to push forward on climate change actions to secure new clean energy investment for the state.

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Madden approves $37m Doncaster Hill Community Centre

AFTER last week inviting expressions of interest for the new Doncaster Hill Development Assessment Committee (DAC), Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden today announced he has approved an application for a major civic upgrade at Doncaster Hill.

The $37.7 million redevelopment of a new community centre will include a library, gallery, meeting rooms, child care centre and café.

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Victorian Govt to fast-track new solar power stations

VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby yesterday announced that the Victorian Government will fast-track applications for new solar stations in regional Victoria, in response to the recent announcement to increase Victoria's electricity supply from solar power to five per cent by 2020.

The announcement to fast-track applications comes after Mr Brumby last week announced that Victoria was set to become "Australia's solar state" through a plan to increase Victoria's electricity supply from large scale-solar power to five per cent by 2020.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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