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Polycentric suburban hub The Mill seeks education sector interest
The Mill at Moreton Bay is investigating the expansion of education infrastructure. Building on the education opportunities offered by the University of Sunshine Coast (USC) Moreton Bay that opened at The Mill at Moreton Bay in 2020, there is an exciting opportunity for other innovative and diverse education providers to 0 Comments
Lure of regions still compelling for home buyers
The Hunter Valley has topped the regions to claim the mantle for highest annual price growth, but the breakneck speed outside of the capital cities is slowing. New South Wales’ Hunter region chalked up a 34.3 per cent price growth in houses and 20 per cent price growth for units, 0 Comments
Suburbia as we want it. Not how we know it.
Covid accelerated a global trend that long predated it: an awakening appreciation of what our suburbs offered, and the potential for their renewal. Heightened interest in our suburbs should be no surprise – after all, it is typically where more than 8 in every 10 urban dwellers live and work. 0 Comments
International developer announced as preferred partner for La Trobe University’s $5-billion suburban university masterplan.
International developer Plenary has been announced as the preferred partner for La Trobe University’s $5-billion university masterplan. The University City of the Future project will occupy La Trobe’s 235ha Bundoora campus in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Parts of the masterplan already delivered include a research and innovation precinct, a sports park 0 Comments
Landmark project hopes to put the Paris in Parramatta
Can a bright, modern, red community centre by an internationally acclaimed French architect do for Parramatta what Paris’ Pompidou Centre did for gritty Beaubourg or what the Opera House did for Bennelong Point? Parramatta’s Lord Mayor Donna Davis hopes so. And Western Business chief executive David Borger said Parramatta now 0 Comments
Birkdale Community Precinct draft master plan, including proposed Olympics venue, approved by Redland City Council
A draft master plan for a major new community precinct in the Redlands, east of Brisbane, has been approved by council, paving the way for a “South Bank-style” public lagoon, restoration of a 150-year-old heritage-listed farm, and new walking trails through a large nature reserve. Read more here 0 Comments
New US census data shows huge spike in movement out of big metro areas
Recently released U.S. Census Bureau population estimates emphasize that it was domestic out-migration that exerted an outsized demographic impact on large metropolitan areas during the prime 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates—for the period July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021—reveal an absolute decline in the aggregate size 0 Comments
Melbourne Racing Club pushes on with suburban $3.5bn Sandown redevelopment
Melbourne Racing Club is pushing ahead with plans for the $3.5 billion redevelopment of Sandown Racecourse, a major strategic urban renewal project in the city’s south-east. The racing club has submitted plans to rezone the historic racecourse, 25 km from Melbourne’s CBD, for residential use with the Greater Dandenong Council. 0 Comments
Mixed use tower for suburban Nundah Village, Brisbane
South-East Queensland property developer Gardner Vaughan Group will build in its own backyard with plans to reinvigorate an underused corner block in Nundah… It has now lodged plans with the Brisbane City Council for an 11-storey apartment tower with office space to accommodate its growing team. Full story here 0 Comments
The future of suburban retrofit
June Williamson, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia, shares insights on how new technologies, demographics, and climates will impact Suburban Retrofit projects over the next 25 years. Will emerging disruptions to private retailers and public agencies lead to new approaches to finance, zoning, and economic development? Which property types will fail next 0 Comments