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Preston

Nine High Hero Shot. © Kincaid Projects

Nine High sets a new design benchmark

Located at the juncture of Thornbury and Preston, and occupying the site address of 9 High Street from which the project derives its name, Nine High is an 8-storey development of 68 apartments by Kincaid Projects and Optimus Developments . Sitting on the crest of Thornbury Hill with views down High Street, Nine High is a custom designed residential development that seeks to create a sense of place by embracing the rapidly gentrifying Thornbury...
Light projection by Victor Holder.

Thornbury and Preston light up for the Darebin Projection Festival

The junction marking Thornbury and Preston is set to light up this evening, celebrating a significant development set to happen in the area. A joint partnership between Creative Suburbs and the Darebin City Council, the festival is aimed to light up the area and switch on the minds of residents and visitors alike. Light projection by Victor Holder at Rainbow Serpent Festival 2015. On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June from 6-11pm, the Thornbury...

Preston Market set for 100 metre towers

Plans are afoot that would see mixed-use towers of up to 28 levels included within the forthcoming Preston Market redevelopment. City of Darebin are currently displaying the Incorporated Plan online which the controlling consortium hopes will be approved, thus enabling/accelerating the market's redevelopment. Salta Properties and project partner Medich Corporation have also requested a change to the Darebin Planning Scheme, with one variation...

Preston grows up > 6-34 High Street planning application

Preston like many pockets around Melbourne has become a hotspot in terms of apartment development in recent years, although this process has been a drawn out affair. During the early 2000's Darebin City Council initiated an integrated development plan for the area with the intention of reinventing low-rise industrial warehouses into a thriving, high density, high amenity area. Preston Junction, bound by High Street, Plenty Road and Bell Street...
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Development & Planning

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:00
Hawthorn's Queens Avenue is emerging as an apartment hot spot of sorts, as developers realise the worth of converting the light industrial and commercial strip into a higher density apartment enclave. Running parallel to Burwood Road, Queens Avenue now has six apartment developments in progress.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
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.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00
The Victorian Government has announced the winning bidders in the tender to power Melbourne's tram network by renewable energy. At the same time, the Victorian Government has announced plans to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) ensuring that by 2020, 25% of Victoria's energy will come from renewable sources and the target rises to 40% by 2025.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00
The notion of Melbourne becoming a 20-minute City has been explored heavily in recent times. Seeking to provide Melburnians with the ability to 'live locally', the 20-minute City, in essence, strives to provide people with the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20-minute walk, cycle or local public transport trip of their home.