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