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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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  • Tidy Up Taree, Night Bazaar and Vibrants Spaces recognised nationally

    19th May 16

    The National Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) last week acknowledged the success of Taree’s town centre improvements, awarding it second best in its category.

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  • A joint statement on economic infrastructre investment

    19th May 16

    We, the undersigned, have joined together to call on all Federal political parties to commit to long-term infrastructure investment in the 2016 Federal election.

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  • Council online estimator named nation’s best

    17th May 16

    A tool that gives residents, developers and Council the ability to easily estimate the environmental cost of removing important vegetation has been named the nation's best improvement in planning processes and practices at the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) national awards on Thursday, 12 May.

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  • Green space essential for future

    16th May 16

    St Marys residents are clamouring to save green space in the town centre because further development will put rest and recreation space at a premium.

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  • 2016 PIA National Awards for Planning Excellence

    13th May 16

    The Planning Institute of Australia’s 2016 National Awards for Planning Excellence have been announced in Queensland.

    Fifteen awards were presented across 13 different categories in recognition of the quality of planning initiatives nominated, with the host state winning four awards and three commendations.

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  • National commendation for Launceston City Heart Project

    12th May 16

    The City of Launceston has tonight received a commendation in the Planning Institue of Australia's 2016 Planning Excellence Awards in Brisbane for its community consultation on the Launceston City Heart Project.

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  • Major Pacific planning event aiming to end poverty and ensure prosperi

    12th May 16

    Top New Zealand experts will play key roles in a major international sustainable development planning conference in Fiji later this year with the aims of ending poverty, protecting the environment and ensuring prosperity.

    Commonwealth countries last year signed up to a set of goals as part of a new sustainable development agenda. New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) chief executive Susan Houston says environmental sustainability and economic development have become central issues for planners and local government practitioners facing the impacts of climate change; natural hazards, housing shortages and declining infrastructure.

    The NZPI, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Association of Planners and the Planning Institute of Australia, is organising the Planning for Sustainable Development conference in Fiji from November 7 to 10.

     

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  • LandCorp and Curtin Uni seek to develop zero carbon neighbourhood

    10th May 16

    WGV in White Gum Valley, Western Australia, could become the world’s first zero carbon neighbourhood by using solar photovoltaic and battery storage technologies instead of the grid... The project has received two Planning Institute of Australia awards for excellence in 2015, including Best Planning Ideas – Small Project and the Planning Minister’s Award.

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  • Build in good services from day one for healthier communities: lessons

    9th May 16

    Building new residential communities is no mean feat. Building healthy new communities is an even greater challenge. Released today by VicHealth, our five-year study into the creation of one such community, Selandra Rise in Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor, points to the need for providing good services and integrated planning early on.

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  • Providing good public transport links with job opportunities near affo

    9th May 16

    A five-year study funded by VicHealth and undertaken RMIT in collaboration with Stockland, the Metropolitan Planning Authority, the City of Casey and the Planning Institute of Australia looked at how key design features of Selandra Rise, a housing development in Melbourne’s south east growth corridor, could impact the health and wellbeing of residents.

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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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