Exciting news for affordable housing in our most expensive cities

There’s good news for affordable accommodation in Sydney and Melbourne. In fact, it’s exciting if you consider the co-living, co-operative and shared equity housing that Landcom in Sydney has in mind, and the twin key apartments in Melbourne, thanks to a lovely collaboration. Landcom boss John Brogden flagged the possibilities for radically different affordable housing […]

Will streamlining planning make a difference to housing outcomes?

There has been a lot of talk by developer lobby groups about the need to unclog the planning system to assist economic recovery post COVID 19. And the NSW government is putting out media releases saying that rapid approvals are injecting billions of dollars into the state’s economy. Thinking that approvals are going to lead […]

GPT’s new timber showpiece above Melbourne Central aims to be a memorable project

The wellbeing of modern workers is the focus of recently unveiled designs for GPT’s new engineered timber office and retail development that will sit above the Melbourne Central shopping centre in the city’s CBD.  Project architect ARM Architecture’s design director Neil Masterton said the choice of timber as a primary material for the 10-level tower […]

Parry-Husbands’ Pollinate expands to Melbourne 

Strategic research consultancy Pollinate has opened a new office in Melbourne and appointed Allan Dib as managing director of the branch as the strategic consultancy continues to grow to meet demand. Before joining Pollinate, Mr Dib was director of planning and strategy Australia and New Zealand at PPR Australia. He has also held senior roles […]

Cundall: ESD Consultant

Cundall has excellent opportunities for talented ESD professionals from consultant through to senior consultant level, to strengthen the sustainability team in our Melbourne office.

Sydney outranks Melbourne on sustainability

IN BRIEF: Sydney is Australia’s most sustainable city, according to the 2018 Sustainable Cities Index from Arcadis. Sydney was ranked number 34 out of 100 global cities, followed by Canberra (35), Brisbane (44) and Melbourne (56). London topped the global list as the world’s most sustainable city. “With no Australian city cracking the top 30 […]

Fishermans Bend planning changes flag more work to do

BRIEF: Responses to the latest planning moves on Fishermans Bend in Melbourne, the prime development zone on the edge of the CBD, have been variable. New planning frameworks announced by the state government limit the CBD-matching building heights zones initiated by the previous Liberal government to more modest scales and population – 80,000 instead of the […]

WeWork adds new Melbourne offices to its sustainable occupancy portfolio

New York-based co-working giant WeWork continues its infiltration into Australia’s sustainable office buildings with a 12-year lease for four floors of 222 Exhibition Street, a mixed-use retail and commercial tower in Melbourne’s CBD. 222 Exhibition Street is equipped with a predictive maintenance system and an “offensive” approach to building maintenance that detects issues before they […]

Letter to the editor: On majestic river red gums for firewood

Dear Melbourne, When you rock up to a firewood retailer do you ask a question or two about the source of your firewood? Or would knowing rather dampen your enjoyment of a cosy fire and the “up there Cazaly game”?  Every week three B Double trucks leave a station property on the Murrumbidgee River west […]

City of Melbourne propose new-plastics tax

A tax on “virgin” plastics, paper and metals has been proposed in the City of Melbourne’s Current Recycling Challenges discussion paper released today.

Melbourne development lures buyers with promise of Tesla car-share

Malaysian-based developer EcoWorld is offering potential residents of its Yarra One apartment development exclusive access to a Tesla car share scheme – part of a growing number of green marketing strategies in the apartment sector, particularly in Melbourne.

IBMS moves into Melbourne market

Perth building technology company IBMS is setting up in Melbourne, with one of the company’s founders, Vince Simpson, relocating to the Victorian capital to lead the management and expansion.

CETEC: Senior Scientific Consultant

CETEC is seeking experienced Sustainability, Hazardous Materials and/or Occupational Hygiene Consultants for their Melbourne team. 

The case for upgrading Melbourne’s poor housing stock

The cost of upgrading Melbourne’s poor-performing homes from 1.5 star NatHERS to four stars could be paid off in energy savings in nine years, according to new research from the University of Melbourne, while a six-star upgrade would take 14 years.