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  • Bathers Way dream is fast becoming our city’s reality

    22nd Jul 16

    Newcastle City Council's multimillion-dollar revitalisation project at Bathers Way between Nobbys and Merewether is opening the coastal pathway to all walks of life. Concept plans for the stretch from Newcastle Surf Club to King Edward Park reveal the signature Bathers Way widened pathway plus numerous other features and facilities to offer something for everyone.

    The project was adopted by Council in 2012, with work commencing at Merewether shortly after. The path connecting Merewether to Dixon Park and Bar Beach was completed in December last year and the finishing touches added between Nobbys and Newcastle beaches in January. The Merewether Beach section was awarded the Planning Institute of Australia's 'Plan to Place' award in NSW.

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  • Curb Melbourne CBD apartment towers: lord mayor Doyle

    22nd Jul 16

    Speaking to the Planning Institute of Australia, Melbourne's lord mayor Robert Doyle has called for a shift back towards commercial office projects in the city's CBD, where development is now dominated by high-rise residential towers.

    About 80 per cent of new floor space in the development pipeline for the central city is earmarked for residential, with 20,000 apartments already under construction.

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  • International Cities and Walkability Expert Coming to Sydney

    15th Jul 16

    Cities and towns throughout the state are set to gain valuable insights with one of the leading authorities on creating more successful urban centres and walkable places coming to speak to Sydney.
     
    An acclaimed author, Mr Jeff Speck has presented extensively around the world including a TED talk on ‘the walkable city’ that has been seen by a million people. Think tank the Committee for Sydney and industry association Consult Australia have joined forces to bring Boston-based Mr Speck down under for a series of engagements next month.

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  • New Melbourne apartment rules will not save city from ruin: planning e

    15th Jul 16

    Melbourne's high-rise CBD construction boom will continue unabated despite the Andrews government's attempt to rein in its worst excesses, a leading planning academic has warned.

    RMIT planning expert Michael Buxton, in his submission to the hearings that will last for eight weeks, said the frenzy of high-rise tower approvals between 2012 and 2014 in particular represented "a 'time bomb' for the CBD, providing a huge reserve of poor quality towers".

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  • Station wins another award

    28th Jun 16

    VICTRACK’S station precinct development at Glen Waverley has scored another industry award.

    The IKON Glen Waverley development and station forecourt upgrade won the national award for Government Leadership at the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney this month, beating five other projects from across the country.

    The project has already received an award for planning excellence from the Planning Institute of Australia’s Victorian awards, and a commendation at the national awards.

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  • Built Environment Meets Parliament forum comes to Sydney

    21st Jun 16

    The Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) NSW, a milestone forum between industry and government is being organised at the Parliament of New South Wales on Thursday 11 August 2016.

    Urban Growth NSW, the NSW Government’s urban transformation agency, will be the Principal Sponsor of the event which is being coordinated by industry association Consult Australia in consultation with BEMP NSW Partners, the Green Building Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia, with the support of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

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  • Built Environment Meets Parliament Finds Sponsor

    20th Jun 16

    UrbanGrowth NSW will be the Principal Sponsor of Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) NSW, a milestone forum between industry and government to be held in August.

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  • Park gets top honours

    17th Jun 16

    The accolades continue for Gladstone Port Corporation's multi award winning East Shores - Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct, with it having been recently awarded the Parks and Leisure Australia Queensland Award of Excellence in the 'Parks and Open Space - Development' category.

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  • Wasted resources, fragmented funding threaten Australia’s urban futu

    15th Jun 16

    Australia risks “wasting resources and taxpayer money” without good planning for future infrastructure needs, says the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) CEO, Kirsty Kelly.

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  • Where are the States’ vision for their cities?

    15th Jun 16

    While the journey is important, a government that doesn’t know where it is going is likely to waste both money and time. Cities and infrastructure planned in relative isolation can even go so far as to prevent other worthwhile investments from proceeding.

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  • Bulking up: NSW plays catch-up on retail planning reforms

    13th Jun 16

    The booming $60 billion large format retail sector is hoping a NSW government inquiry will help reform the state's antiquated, parochial and inflexible retail planning system.
     

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  • Planning Institute releases Election Platform 2016; calls for a nation

    13th Jun 16

    THE Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has released its Federal Election Platform 2016, arguing that the Federal Government has an important role to play in supporting good planning at a national level and ensuring that Australia's resources are utilised appropriately and our tax dollars well spent.

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  • Are autonomous vehicles the way of the future?

    11th Jun 16

    Karen Wright leads the ACT Planning Institute of Australia's policy, advocacy and media working group.

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  • A 20-year vision for the Hunter needs greater clarity

    9th Jun 16

    Good strategic plans need to clearly set out the vision for an area. There should also be a clear connection from the vision through to actions required to achieve it.

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  • Darwin divided: Roundabout inspires protests, petitions and political

    30th May 16

    A humble two-lane roundabout on the edge of Darwin's CBD has inspired protests, petitions, online polls and straight-faced debate amongst politicians, council members, planning advocates and passionate residents.

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  • Planning Institute says Newcastle light rail should shift to heavy rai

    27th May 16

    THE Planning Institute of Australia has added its voice to the calls for the Newcastle light rail to run down the old heavy rail corridor.

    In its submission to the government’s plan, the 5000-member institute says segregated running of light rail on the city’s main street “compromises the ability to revitalise Hunter Street as a people place”.

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  • Water assessment tool wins award

    27th May 16

    A New South Wales water company has received a national award from the Planning Institute of Australia for its web-based water assessment tool.

    WaterNSW received national acclaim for its innovative NorBE assessment tool in the ‘Improving Planning Processes and Practices’ category from the Planning Institute of Australia.

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  • The political handball that is infrastructure

    26th May 16

    Australia has moved down the pecking order for projects that appear bankable to investors, global design and consultancy company Arcadis says, which given the political climate couldn’t come at a worse time.

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  • Suburban Sexscapes book wins national planning award

    25th May 16

    http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201605248686/may-2016/suburban-sexscapes-book-wins-national-planning-award

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  • Industry bodies call for infrastructure spending commitment

    25th May 16

    Eight infrastructure and construction industry bodies have joined forces to call on political parties to make a commitment to maintaining long-term infrastructure spending ahead of the July election.

    http://www.primemovermag.com.au/news/article/industry-bodies-call-for-infrastructure-spending-commitment

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