Policy

Houses & early feed-in tariffs helped reduced rooftop solar costs, it's time to focus on apartments and the impending storage boom

Australia is in the middle of a rooftop solar boom with news last week that in the March quarter 351 megawatts (MW) of new capacity was installed including 127MW for the month of March alone. According to SunWiz , the uptake is accelerating. The acceleration has been attributed to high prices from electricity retailers and the consistent cost reductions in photovoltaic technology that has created an environment where many house-owners and...

Spring Street announces bans on certain types of combustible cladding

The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors. The Victorian Cladding Taskforce, who made the recommendations, was set up in the wake of the...

Spring Street jumps up and down at Western Sydney City Deal, hasn't released Melbourne PT network development plans

Comment In a perfect world, different levels of government would work well with each other, with the layer of government who's better placed to plan for a region's future - the state government - producing, consulting and updating plans over time with the Federal layer swooping in every now and again, choosing to help out financing new infrastructure projects the state government has deemed a specific region will need. That's how we'd want...

Becoming more urban: attitudes to medium-density living are changing in Sydney and Melbourne

Peter Newton , Swinburne University of Technology Australia is increasingly linked to a fast-growing global population . The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are both expected to exceed 8.5 million by 2061 . What will Australia’s cities look like then? Will they still be among the world’s lowest-density cities ? Such sprawling cities result in economic (productivity), social (spatial disadvantage) and environmental weaknesses (including a...

Victorian Government takes wrapping off its rental reforms

Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz said 'these changes will crack down on rental bidding, make it easier and faster for renters to get their bond back, and will hold landlords and agents to...

The hot topic: Beller's Andrew Fawell on the intricacies of the Build-to-rent model

No doubt about it, the emerging build-to-rent model has the property media in a tizz at the moment. What may in part become a solution to the housing and rental affordability dilemma has garnered immense media attention of late. The Australian Financial Review has referred to it as a game changer , a key for Australian housing affordability and a boon for property industry big investors . Whilst the new model of project delivery holds great...

How the NDIS is using the market to create housing for people with disability

Di Winkler , La Trobe University ; George Taleporos , La Trobe University , and Luke Bo'sher , New York University Housing for people with disability is being transformed from grants-based funding to a market-based system where people with disabilities control their own funding. This market has the potential to grow in size by around A$5 billion over the next five years in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). PwC and the Summer...

‘Build to rent’ could be the missing piece of the affordable housing puzzle

Matthew Palm , University of Melbourne Australia’s state governments, as well as some ambitious local councils, community housing providers and forward-looking private developers, are finally taking note of the housing affordability crisis in our cities. One proposed solution is to provide relief to cash-strapped households that cannot afford skyrocketing deposits by incentivising a new “ build-to-rent ” affordable housing sector. Build to rent...

Beyond bollards: protecting crowded places means not letting the exceptional become the norm

Jon Coaffee , University of Warwick The Australian government’s new strategy for protecting crowded places from terrorism draws heavily on other countries’ experiences of implementing similar strategies as part of a broader national counter-terrorism agenda. The US and UK have had similar crowded places policies for a number of years due to persistently high threat levels. Places such as Abu Dhabi have adopted versions of such approaches and...

A 20-minute city sounds good, but becoming one is a huge challenge

Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism. The previous federal government’s 2010 National Urban Policy stated: Liveable cities are socially inclusive, affordable, accessible,...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Boyd Park concept plan is a step closer to being realised with Melbourne City Council via its Future (Planning) Committee forum, endorsing the scheme and resolving to issue a Planning Permit.

Transport & Design

MCG redevelopment, Jolimont railyards, Fed Square East, Jolimont rail corridor deck
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 00:00
A topic which rears its head at least once a year is the decking of the Jolimont railyards as a means of providing a stronger connection between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River, while adding to the city's open space network.