Sustainability & Environment

Stage 1 of Transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street commencing this month

Construction of the first stage of the Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street transformation project will begin this month. The project which will be undertaken in stages will create 2.5 hectares of new public open space on Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, with the first stage expected to take 18-months to complete. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, City of Melbourne's aspirations for Southbank Boulevard are to transform it...

Lincoln Square expansion and upgrade a step closer

The City of Melbourne (CoM) is progressing with plans to expand and upgrade Lincoln Square over the next five years, with the release of the draft functional layout detailing the extent of the improvement works. This follows the endorsement of the final Lincoln Square Concept Plan by the Future Melbourne Committee in April, based on feedback and support received during community consultation in 2017. CoM is now completing detailed design and...

Sydney's GreenWay Draft Master Plan open for public comment

A major piece of green infrastructure is closer to reality in Sydney's inner suburbs with the draft GreenWay Master Plan now on show. The significant step is the latest in the 15 year bid to deliver the remaining 3.2 kilometre section of GreenWay walking and cycle path through Lewisham West and Dulwich Hill that will link with existing green infrastructure at either end. Expected is a $57 million capital outlay to see the project through to...

City of Melbourne calls for submissions for Birrarung Marr Master Plan

The City of Melbourne, via its Participate Melbourne channel, is calling for community input to inform a new Master Plan to guide the future development, management and use of Birrarung Marr over the next 20 years. Since its completion in 2002, Birrarung Marr has provided critically needed open space within the central city, linking Federation Square and the city with Melbourne Park's Sports Precinct. Located along the northern banks of the...

University Square's expansion a step closer

The City of Melbourne at its meeting on Tuesday the 27th of March will be presented with a proposal which forms a significant cog in the wheel of tasks required to expand University Square, as foreshadowed back in October 2017 . The specific proposal to go before the council meeting is to discontinue (close) parts of Leicester Street and all of Barry Street, which form the existing eastern and western boundaries of University Square, to traffic...

Transport emissions and space - we have transition targets for one but not the other

They say a picture speaks a thousand words and in this case, it really does. The following infographic was produced by the Institute of Sensible Transport and shared through the Public Transport Users Association's facebook page. It breaks down the emissions produced per person-kilometre travelled as well as the amount of space required for an occupant on a scale from dirtiest to cleanest from an emission's perspective. And while a picture may...

Moreland Council set to open its Cooling the Upfield Corridor Action Plan to community consultation

The City of Moreland at its upcoming meeting has a recommendation from council offices to approve the draft Cooling the Upfield Corridor Action Plan which would see a community consultation session begin in early April. The draft action plan came about as a result of the Moreland Council's overarching 2017-2018 plan and it seeks to focus on mitigating the urban heat island effect in the corridor that spans both Brunswick and Coburg from Park...

St Kilda Triangle chosen as the site of the Land Art Generator Initiative 2018

One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne. LAGI 2018 invites teams of artists, architects, designers, scientists, engineers, and others to submit proposals for a...

Construction commences on one of 2018's most significant projects

Likened in some quarters as a miniature Federation Square, construction works began last week on a Prahran project that will rank as one of 2018's most progressive and important. Kane Constructions has the job of transforming 30-40 Izett Street under a $60+ million urban renewal initiative prompted by Stonnington City Council. On the outer is the surface car park; it will be replaced by 10,000 square metres of multifunctional urban parkland...

Cbus Property's 720 Bourke achieves WELL Certification with launch of Green by Design Brand

Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants. The rating was awarded to 720 Bourke Street's design which enhances the health and well-being of workers via...

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