Collaboration needed for building revival

By Lilia Guan   Earlier this year, the Council of Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) has completed a project known as Target 5 Days.   The initiative was developed to reduce residential development assessment timeframes by 75 percent in SEQ-based councils.   Following the success of this project, the Queensland Government has provided additional […]

Landcom builds for Eurella Community Services

Landcom, the property development arm for the NSW government, has formed a relationship with Eurella Community Services (Eurella).   The partnership has resulted in construction recently starting on a group home for Eurella in Abottsford, located in the inner-west region of Sydney – New South Wales.   A specialist project team has been established by […]

Remote WA community receives funding

By Paul Hemsley   The remote community of Warmun in West Australia will be provided with eight million dollars from the Federal Government, following recent flooding in the region.     Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin said funding to the community will be provided over two years under the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) […]

NSW councils improve planning process

A planning report commissioned by the NSW Government has revealed that the number of local councils with extreme planning processing times has more than halved.   The 2009-10 Local Development Performance Monitoring Report  showed ten councils had a mean gross determination time for development applications (Das) of over 100 days in 2009-10 compared with 21 councils […]

New course on building in bushfire prone areas

The University of Technology, Sydney, has developed a new training course on building in bushfire prone areas for the Victorian Government and Country Fire Authority. Launched last week in Melbourne, the five-day program aims to enhance skills for assessing bushfire attack levels and controlling development in high risk areas. Director of the UTS Centre for […]

Development controls to build a sustainable Sydney

Homeowners and developers in the City of Sydney will have access to a single set of development guidelines governing everything from multi-storey apartments and office towers to carports, fence heights and home extensions.   The City of Sydney's draft Development Control Plan (DCP), to be considered by Council on October 18 for public exhibition, amalgamates […]


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