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  • $50bn 'investment-banking style' unit to fund transport projects

    28th Apr 16

    Malcolm Turnbull is promising an investment-banking style “innovative financing unit” to devise funding deals for multibillion-dollar transport projects as part of a grand plan to reduce commuting time and make Australian cities more liveable.

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  • Arrested development: Melbourne city height limits lowered

    26th Apr 16

    The era of super-tall towers on tiny sites in central Melbourne is over- unless developers are prepared to give something back to the community.

    The Andrews government is moving to permanently restrict the heights developers can build to in the city. It will introduce new laws dictating that a developer who wants to build to the borders of their site can only go to 18 floors.

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  • Canberra must prepare for the effects of climate change

    23rd Apr 16

    David Gribble is a committee member of the Planning Institute of Australia and is the principal at Gribble Engineers.

    TT: We hear a lot about rising sea levels, hotter summers, longer droughts but little about heavier rainfalls during storms. Can you give a layman's explanation?

    DG: Rising air temperatures associated with global warming will bring extreme heat events, increased bushfire risks and extended dry periods. And when the rain does fall, it is likely to involve more intense storms and heavier rainfalls. As the atmosphere gets warmer it is able to hold more moisture than when it is cool. Think about the tropics and the build up to the monsoon. When there finally is a trigger for rainfall, it comes down in a torrent. A similar thing occurs with summer storms in Canberra. But in the future there will be more moisture in the atmosphere to drop on us

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  • Angus Taylor MP on cities and digital transformation

    19th Apr 16

    Angus Taylor MP tells Michelle Grattan there needs to be agreement across all three levels of government to meet the challenges of jobs growth, transport and housing affordability faced by the nation’s cities.

    “We have already said we’re going to use the mechanism of “city deals”, which is an agreement across federal, state and local governments on a strategy for each of our individual cities, recognising that no two solutions will be the same.”

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  • ACT Government introduces proposed legislation to streamline planning

    14th Apr 16

    PLANNING changes allowing simultaneous processing of development applications with Territory Plan variations and environmental impact studies were last week tabled by ACT Planning and Land Management Minister Mick Gentleman.

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  • Queensland toughens heritage protection regime

    11th Apr 16

    Development plans for the state's heritage listed properties will now be scrutinised over whether there are any "prudent and feasible alternatives" to the proposal before they are approved under changes which will give more teeth to Queensland's Heritage Council.

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  • Monash upgrade the centrepiece of Turnbull Govt VIC infrastructure pac

    11th Apr 16

    The Turnbull Government has committed to an additional $1.5 billion to get on with essential infrastructure to support Victoria's regions and ensure Melbourne retains its mantle as one of the most liveable cities in the world. 

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  • Labor overturns decision by Matthew Guy, slashing millions off prime c

    10th Apr 16

    Developer Harry Stamoulis didn't get to be head of Australia's 95th richest family, with wealth of over half a billion dollars according to the BRW Rich List, without some good fortune.

    But a decision taken by the Andrews government makes it clear how lucky Mr Stamoulis was to own - and sell - a Collins Street building under the previous planning minister, Matthew Guy.

    The Andrews government's planning minister, Richard Wynne, has knocked back an application to build an 82-level tower on the site at the corner of Collins and King streets, opposite the Rialto.

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  • QLD Government To Establish Authority To Deliver Cross River Rail

    8th Apr 16

    The Palaszczuk Government has announced plans to establish an authority to deliver Cross River Rail, the number one priority infrastructure project for Queensland.

    Acting Premier Jackie Trad and Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe announced the Palaszczuk Government was continuing to drive the delivery of Cross River Rail and build the inner-city rail link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills.

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  • Monash Freeway, M80 upgrades winners under $1.5 billion reallocation

    8th Apr 16

    The Federal Government will contribute $500 million to an upgrade of the Monash Freeway, using funds earmarked for the East West link.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today announce a list of projects that will receive federal funding from a $1.5 billion fund that has laid dormant since the Victorian Government dumped plans for the tunnel last year.

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  • Hobart traffic congestion addressed by new State Government plan

    7th Apr 16

    Traffic congestion in Hobart may ease as the State Government moves to schedule more overnight roadworks to address the problem.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: REGIONAL PORTS – Significance of the Queensland Sust

    7th Apr 16

    THE SUSTAINABLE Ports Development Act 2015 is a significant new piece of legislation set to have a major impact on the efficient and sustainable operation of ports in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) and the exportation of Queensland’s coal.

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  • Roadworks, car parks the cause of Hobart’s traffic woes

    7th Apr 16

    A NEW report has blamed Hobart’s traffic gridlock on the growing popularity of long-term carparking coupled with roadworks on main arterial roads.

    The Hobart Congestion Traffic Analysis 2016 report, commissioned by the recently formed Government Traffic Taskforce, recommends that in the long term consideration be given to using the Northern Suburbs railway corridor and ferry transport should come online to reduce demands on the Tasman Bridge.

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  • Melbourne victory on western front keeps Australian dream alive

    7th Apr 16

    There is a powerful demographic transformation under way in Australia that will continue to play out for another generation. One of Australia’s largest cities is re-­balancing its urban form to deliver a long-term shift in the demand for housing, infrastructure and commercial property.

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  • Incat pitches ferry service proposal to ease Hobart's traffic woes

    6th Apr 16

    A ferry network servicing Hobart's entire River Derwent and costing passengers no more than a bus fare is being touted as a solution to the city's traffic woes.

    Tasmania's biggest shipbuilder Incat said it would fund and build up to six ferries that would run as frequently as every 10 minutes during peak times.

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  • Sea level rise makes WA’s love affair with coast a serious policy co

    6th Apr 16

    Western Australia’s love of the coast is becoming a serious policy concern as climate change issues bear down on shorelines across the state.

    In many parts of WA, local governments are working together to understand the potential impacts of climate change on their coastal assets, to mitigate these where possible and develop adaptation plans for the future.

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  • People-focused urban planning is key to sustainable future

    6th Apr 16

    People-focused urban planning is key to sustainable future, Pritzker Prize winning architect Alejandro Aravena says at UN

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  • Kenbi Land Claim settled after 37 years

    6th Apr 16

    THE Kenbi Land Claim, one of the longest and most hard-fought battles in Aboriginal land rights history, has been settled after 37 years.

    About 52,000 hectares of the Cox Peninsula, adjacent to Darwin, will be transferred to a small number of Larrakia traditional owners for the apparent benefit of the wider Larrakia people.

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  • Capturing the value of the private sector on transport connectivity

    6th Apr 16

    NATIONAL and international private sector infrastructure companies will have the opportunity to discuss pricing mechanisms for new or improved transport infrastructure projects in Sydney tomorrow as part of the inquiry into the role of transport connectivity on stimulating development and economic activity.

    Chair of the House of Representatives Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee, Mr John Alexander MP, said that paying for new or improved transport infrastructure was one of the key questions before the inquiry.

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  • Agreement Reached For Landmark Collins Street Site

    5th Apr 16

    Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has agreed to a major new development at 447 Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

    After negotiations, Mr Wynne has told the developer he will accept a project 21.6 metres shorter in height than first proposed to reduce overshadowing over the Yarra River.

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