Selandra Rise - Masterplanned Development Award 3rd Dec 16
Developers of outlying master planned estates have come a long way in recent years, incorporating outstanding amenities to lift the quality of life for new communities early on, in contrast to older projects that delayed building infrastructure.
- PIA SA Blog - Economic Development Considering Synergy Analysis and Tr 1st Dec 16
Plan for rural success 27th Sep 16
The Planning Institute of Australia's Planning in Rural and Regional Australia Conference will be held at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism on October 27 and 28.
Event convenor Josh Leddy said planners and interested parties would gather from across the country to attend the event, which will be the first of its kind for the PIA.
He said much of what attendees would take away from the conference would relate to regional planning and optimising the aesthetics of regional towns like Stanthorpe.
Hundreds march down Melbourne highway in protest of Sky Rail construct 19th Sep 16
Hundreds of frustrated locals have taken to the Nepean Highway to protest the construction of the elevated rail lines in Melbourne’s south-east. Victorian Planning Institute president James Larmour-Reid told The Age plans for Sky Rail lacked community involvement. "These are city-shaping urban investments that will be in place for generations,” Mr Larmour-Reid said earlier this year. “Locals deserve the opportunity to be involved.”
PIA SA Blog - A community engagement challenge… 8th Sep 16
The draft 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide has been released for consultation
Innovation and adaption key to planning for future 16th Aug 16
People from a variety of sectors and across the state came together in Campbelltown to discuss how to plan and prepare for Tasmania’s future.
The theme of the conference was inspiration, innovation and implementation and focused on the key areas of opportunity in Tasmania; tourism, environment, health and agriculture.
Rural Living Handbook updated and re-released 16th Aug 16
ONE of Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s most popular publications, the Rural Living Handbook, has been updated and re-released. The handbook informs small rural landowners of the many resources available to them, as well as the requirements and responsibilities of living on the land.
The Rural Living Handbook was awarded the President's Award in the NSW Division of the 2007 Planning Institute of Australia's awards.
Apartment rules overhaul: still tiny but at least they'll have windows 15th Aug 16
Melbourne's "dog box" apartments will be targeted by new design rules banning windowless bedrooms and living areas, but the Andrews government has chosen not to introduce minimum dwelling sizes.
The Planning Institute of Australia's Victorian president James Larmour-Reid said he was disappointed minimum sizes had not been introduced at least as a "discretionary" requirement.
He said the institute was broadly very supportive of the proposed guidelines.
National guidelines for planning resilient communities released 12th Aug 16
Built environment professionals can ensure Australian communities are better protected from the impacts of climate change and natural disasters by getting a better understanding of risk and resilience and how to factor them into plans and buildings, according to the Planning Institute of Australia.
PIA has released an e-handbook, the National Land Use Planning Guidelines for Disaster Resilient Communities, that brings together some of the best-practice thinking in the area of disaster planning, recovery and betterment, including the Rockefeller Foundation’s Framework for Resilient Cities and the outcomes of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Natural Disaster Funding Arrangements.
PIA SA Blog - Assessment & Public Participation 3rd Aug 16
Engaging the community in a mature discussion about the development of planning policy is notoriously difficult. Yet when a development is proposed which will adversely affect the amenity of residents in close proximity to the development site, the community will often become highly focused and engaged against the development. Rarely do we find resident communities participating in support of a development proposal.
Four-year storage of data deterring some households from filling out f 2nd Aug 16
A MASSIVE boycott is threatening to undermine the value of the first attempt to harness the digital revolution for the national Census.
Planners and government departments could be denied the detailed information they need to deliver services.
There are concerns householders will snub the national headcount, conducted every five years, and the Planning Institute of Australia says it is possible the integrity of the census this month "will be severely compromised" following the decision for extended data storage.
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.
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.
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".
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.
PIA SA Blog - The culture of planning? 5th Jul 16
Planning and development decisions are often blamed for many of our current community issues such as housing affordability and obesity to name a few.
PIA SA Blog - Why did this get approved there and not somewhere else 5th Jul 16
It is not uncommon to hear people query why developments are approved in certain places, but not others; especially when a development which may attract community interest and support and may be considered to be a “good” development is not approved; or when a development is approved on a site where such development is not expected by the community.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Suburban Sexscapes book wins national planning award 25th May 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
ACT light rail business case criticised in Grattan Institute report 5th Apr 16
The business case for Canberra's light rail has been criticised by a report that claims the ACT Government substantially overestimated the benefits the project would deliver.
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.
Mandurah retail upgrade delivers community benefits 4th Apr 16
A $300 million redevelopment of a major retail complex in the Peel region will meet the growing needs of the rapidly expanding local population which is expected to grow to 1.2 million by 2050.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull touches on new cities policy 3rd Apr 16
"The reason housing is less affordable than it should be is because we're not building enough houses and this is one of the things we're seeking to achieve in our new cities policy is to ensure that we work with state and local governments to make sure that, as part of the deal, the city deal, of federal funding, that there is, there are appropriate planning decisions taken to ensure there is more housing and more affordable housing." - Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull
Planning Victoria's future 19th Mar 16
When John Petrakos was growing up he enjoyed playing Sim City, a computer game where players establish a city and deal with some of the inherent challenges of urban planning including the need to provide services and infrastructure, deal with the expectations of citizens and work to a budget.
How Can We Stop Urban Sprawl? 18th Mar 16
As the population of Australia grows, a critical area of challenge for planners revolves around how to limit urban sprawl.
'Head west': Angus Taylor says future is Western Sydney 17th Mar 16
Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor says the west has been underdone, but that it's about to change with more land release and tougher talk on funding.
Memo to our latest cities minister: here’s what needs to be done 17th Mar 16
When Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister last September and announced there was to be a minister for cities and the built environment, many were pleasantly surprised.
Spreading the benefits of green building practice to the masses 15th Mar 16
Green building design and construction is typically seen as the domain of the larger architectural firms and top tier developers, the talk of the town who have a corporate sense of responsibility and the resources to navigate the green waters. But what about the rest of the design and construction industry? Now is the time to see the industry working deeper to spread sustainability into all levels and all decisions made within the industry.
- Memo to our latest cities minister: here’s what needs to be done 15th Mar 16
Smaller apartments don't mean lower quality 5th Mar 16
Tony Trobe talks to Rebecca Stockley, ACT Planning Institute of Australia committee member, about apartment design.
New South Bank Corporation Board to guide precinct’s future success 1st Mar 16
A new South Bank Corporation Board, announced today, will guide the world-class precinct into a new era, with members bringing a wealth of experience in infrastructure, urban planning, business and design.
Melbourne apartment boom: new concerns of suburban oversupply 22nd Feb 16
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All in the plan for vibrant city life: Tony Trobe speaks to PIA presid 20th Feb 16
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Anger rises over Hobart gridlock 20th Feb 16
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InDaily SA planning policies make housing unaffordable 17th Feb 16
Wayne Matthew from the Demographia think tank argues that South Australia's restrictive planning system is locking many people out of the housing market.
- AILA mobilizes force to advise federal cities policy 16th Feb 16
The Age Skyrail project scores a skyfail on proper consultation: plann 16th Feb 16
The plan to elevate rail lines in Melbourne's south-east as a way of removing nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong lacked a proper process to involve the community, planners have told the Andrews government.
Sky rail: Premier Andrews stands by consultation process in face of an 16th Feb 16
The consultation process for Labor's $1.6 billion sky rail project was adequate, despite criticism from planning experts and residents, Premier Daniel Andrews says.
Halfway mark for Bathers Way 16th Feb 16
Our Bathers Way project between Nobbys and Merewether Beaches is opening our coastal pathway to all walks of life and our city to new opportunities.
AILA mobilizes force to advise federal cities policy 16th Feb 16
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has rallied more than 50 organizations into an alliance that will advise the Australian federal government on cities policy.
Infrastructure is about providing a service not about 'building big th 14th Feb 16
Australia could save billions of dollars if it shifted infrastructure spending away from "building big things" to improving existing infrastructure networks, a new report from the University of Sydney says.
The Urban Developer - Sky Rail Lacks Critical Community Input: PIA 12th Feb 16
The Planning institute of Australia (PIA) considers the removal of rail crossings as an important Victorian State priority but is concerned with the lack of community involvement in the process.
ArchitectureAU Cox and Aspect designs for Melbourne sky rail revealed 12th Feb 16
The Victorian state government has revealed details of its $1.6 billion plan to elevate sections of the Pakenham-Cranbourne train line in order to remove a number of level crossings. Under the plans, Cox Architecture has designed five new train stations and Aspect Studios has designed the swathe of new public spaces that will be created through the elevation of parts of the line.
Quadrant Mall works set to get underway 11th Feb 16
The City of Launceston is pleased to announce that Northern Tasmanian firm Baker Building and Civil Contracting has been awarded the contract for the civil works component of the redevelopment of the Quadrant Mall
- Architecture and Design MPs, GBCA, AILA and more gather in Canberra 10th Feb 16
sourceable.net Value Capture Methods Under Question 8th Feb 16
Methods of value capture which are currently under consideration in Australia have been called into question, with a leader in the property sector warning that there are flaws within the value capture mechanism proposed for a light rail project in Sydney
My Sunshine Coast (Qld) Have your say on key planning instruments 3rd Feb 16
The community has until Friday, 5 February to provide feedback on four key planning instruments that will support the day-to-day operation of the Queensland Government’s new planning system.
Planners call on stronger emission reduction target for Australia 1st Feb 16
The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) believes the Australian Government greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target of 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 is inadequate. The Australian Government’s own Climate Change Authority recommends a trajectory range of 40 to 60 per cent below 2000 levels.
Bendigo Weekly (Vic) Council backs hospital plan 1st Feb 16
THE City of Greater Bendigo has voted to amend the planning scheme to enable the implementation of the major policy and zoning recommendations of the award-winning Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.
Managing the growth of our cities - SA Planning Reform 1st Feb 16
Managing the growth of our cities is vital to achieving sustainable, prosperous and liveable communities.Planning is an important tool in effectively managing the numerous and rapid changes facing our communities, and in determining how to accommodate additional population.
PIA response: “Making up the rules in the planning game" 1st Feb 16
Chris Johnson, a lobbyist for the Urban Task Force, complains about making up the rules in the planning game in an article in the Telegraph (Dec 17th).
Consumer Protection Bill: Changes welcome but what about warranties? 1st Feb 16
Planning Institute of Australia has welcomed tabled changes to legislation aimed at better protecting consumers of domestic building work in Victoria, and improving discipline of building practitioners.
Should you worry about a schools shortage? It really depends on where 22nd Jan 16
How well are our planners doing? Will there be a shortage of school places? As a parent or a prospective parent, should you worry? The answer depends very much on where you live.
Hopes of a new age for urban policy survive minister Jamie Briggs' fal 13th Jan 16
The resignation of Australia’s first minister for cities and the built environment after just 99 days is a setback for federal leadership in these areas. Yet enough momentum and goodwill have been generated to keep the flag flying. The greatest hope is that an urban consciousness in national public policy will be lodged permanently.
What Are Victoria’s Biggest Infrastructure Challenges? 11th Jan 16
With a population expected to grow by 60 per cent, or 3.5 million people, over the next 30 years, the degree of challenge facing Victoria from an infrastructure planning perspective cannot be understated.
Good planning makes societies more resilient 3rd Jan 16
Dyan Currie and Clive Harridge, president and secretary-general of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) respectively were in Malta to attend the Commonwealth People’s Forum in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
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