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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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