NIMBYs Might Win Fight Against Major Brunswick Proposal, Melbourne

THE Moreland City Council and developers are battling against the clock to get a contentious Brunswick project out of the ground before mid-2012, when the permit expires, and resident concerns regarding the proposal must then be heard.

The 284 – 294 Albert Street block was the subject of a dispute last June when Brisbane-based owner Citimark proposed a $100 million apartment compound with three towers rising between 10 and 14-levels (impression, right).

Citimark relied on a development overlay introduced in 1994 and specifically for the construction of a supermarket, next door, to bypass third-party appeal rights for its major proposal.

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Body Corporate Take on Sunland on Q1 Tower Defects

THE developer of Queensland’s landmark Q1 apartment building, on the Gold Coast, is involved in a legal dispute with its tenants.

According to documents lodged with the Supreme Court, the body corporate of the building claims Sunland’s Q1 had “contained or developed defects in the coating system” since construction.

The body corporate claims defects and corrosion in the building would “compromise long term durability and appearance of Q1 and require repair.”

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ALP’s Commission Flat Building Boom Underway Without Community Consultation

THE Federal Government’s contentious plan to build record amounts of commission flats and social housing around your streets, and without proper community consultation – seems to finally have caught the attention of the wider community.

Despite anger in some States that details about the mass roll-out of commission flats have been deliberately kept from the community – the State ALP governments are pushing ahead with major public housing projects.

State governments need to do so in an attempt to collect part of the massive taxpayer-funded $5.6 billion the Federal ALP government has allocated to the initiative, for projects completed before a 2012 deadline.

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Australand Unveils $160 Million Kangaroo Point Project, Brisbane

Yungaba HouseAUSTRALAND has unveiled plans for its $160 million Kangaroo Point apartment project in Brisbane.

The controversial project will be developed on Brisbane’s historic Yungaba House site, which was the first property to be put on the state’s heritage register in 1992. The State government sold the site to Australand.

The project will include 68 units in the first stage, and ten luxury homes in the second stage, which will be built into the historic riverfront home.

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Westfield Lobbies Geelong Council Against Permitting Rival Shopping Centre

RETAIL giant Westfield has successfully lobbied against plans by Geelong-based builder and investor Costa Group to rezone a prominent collection of Moolap properties, including what was once a major indoor tennis centre.

Westfield, along with shopping centres Newcomb Central, Bellarine Village and local businesses argued to the Greater Geelong City Council that a rezoning request pitched by Costa – which could have allowed it to build a big shopping centre – would negatively affect designated Activity Centres allocated around Geelong’s suburbs.

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Court Overturns Frank Sartor’s Controversial Bayside Projects

THE New South Wales Land and Environmental Court has made void a development permit for the state’s biggest housing development, saying its approval was affected by “a reasonable apprehension of bias” by former ALP planning minister Frank Sartor.

Justice David Henry Lloyd overturned the approval of almost 800 homes in southern Lake Macquarie, because the planning minister at the time, the Labor Party’s Frank Sartor – “might not have been impartial and unprejudiced in his decision” about the project.

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$100 Million Darlinghurst Cancer Centre Objected by Lord Mayor

Delta Goodrem
PLANS to build a $100 million cancer centre in Sydney’s ritzy inner-eastern suburb of Darlinghust are in jeopardy, after a group of local residents and Lord Mayor Clover Moore, said the development would “cannibalise” their suburb.

Mr Moore said the proposed 11-storey building – which was launched by singer Delta Goodrem last October – risks blocking sunlight to nearby homes, and will also cause traffic chaos.

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Plans Lodged to Subdivide Historic Phillip Island Homestead

ANOTHER establishment family is lobbying to slice and dice their substantial holiday home retreat.

This time, on Phillip Island, the Grollo family have submitted plans to subdivide the historic eight hectare estate, Woolamai House (pictured, right), which was built in 1876 for wealthy hotelier and horse trainer John Cleeland and is one of Victoria’s oldest coastal homesteads.

Woolamai House includes an Italianite Gothic mansion and gardens with heritage plantings abutting the Cape Woolamai foreshore, all of which are included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

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Deaf Children Australia to Sell a Portion of its St Kilda Road Site

APARTMENT construction at the bottom end of Albert Park Lake looks set to intensify with Deaf Children Australia listing major residential development site for sale, abutting Wesley College’s St Kilda Road campus.

Local agency sources expect DCA will reap between $16 – $20 million from the sale of the 5471 square metre site which is being marketed as a multi-level development site at lot 1, 597 St Kilda Road.

Most of the site is an open air car park with frontage to (the less exclusive) High Street, just west of Punt Road. The precinct is classified as Melbourne, with postcode 3004, however many of the occupants in the area, including Wesley and the Alfred Hospital, also classify their addresses as Prahran.

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