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Gold Coast Mayor Defends Councillors
Zoning
Wednesday September 20 2017

Gold Coast Mayor Defends Councillors

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has no qualms with councillors receiving donations from developers and then voting on applications where they have declared a potential conflict...

We Need Common Sense Planning Rules!
Zoning
Tuesday September 5 2017

We Need Common Sense Planning Rules!

Common sense is the oft-overlooked ingredient when it comes to making planning decisions that are good for everyone involved. The primary objective of planning is to...

The Nightmare of Red Tape
Zoning
Wednesday August 30 2017

The Nightmare of Red Tape

Contrary to conventional wisdom, red tape was developed in Europe to speed things up rather than slow things down.

Local Government Must Share the State Government’s Planning Vision
Zoning
Tuesday July 4 2017

Local Government Must Share the State Government’s Planning Vision

In a recent decision by the VCAT on a housing development which was refused by the local council, the presiding member eloquently summarised the future of...

Should Cities Have More Power Downloaded to Them?
Urban Planning
Tuesday June 6 2017

Should Cities Have More Power Downloaded to Them?

Is central national government broken? Hyper-partisanship on many aspects of economic, education, health and aspects of life and society in Australia has the potential to deteriorate...

Backyard Subdivisions Can Solve Our Housing Problems In 2017
Zoning
Thursday May 18 2017

Backyard Subdivisions Can Solve Our Housing Problems In 2017

The different levels of government - state, federal and to an extent local - are blaming each other for the housing crisis.

Please Put Some Engineering into Town Planning
Urban Planning
Tuesday May 9 2017

Please Put Some Engineering into Town Planning

You drive past another property for sale, claiming the site is perfect for a multi-unit townhouse development, STCA.

How to Support Green Infrastructure
Green
Tuesday May 9 2017

How to Support Green Infrastructure

Across Australia, councils are investing significant time and resources toward improving green infrastructure in their municipality.

What to Do When You’re Faced with Building Orders and Notices
Business
Wednesday March 29 2017

What to Do When You’re Faced with Building Orders and Notices

When you or someone you know receives a building notice or building order, they must be treated with the utmost sense of urgency and care.

Safety
15 Dec, 2017
NSW Council Notice 'Politically Motivated'

The NSW government has been slammed for putting Blue Mountains City Council on notice following the discovery of asbestos in several of its council-owned workplaces.

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Business
19 Feb, 2016
Public Sick of Corrupt Councils

The Auburn Council decision comes two days after the government announced it was pursuing both the current and previous mayors of Sydney's Hurstville Council over possible...

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