The Montague Precinct and Fishermans Bend – Have your say on Victoria’s largest urban renewal project

The Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) has released the draft Montague Precinct Infrastructure Plan (PIP) and draft Development Contributions Plan (DCP) for Fishermans Bend. These documents are on public exhibition until 23 February 2024 and will have a substantial impact on landholdings across the Fishermans Bend urban renewal area. The Fishermans Bend urban renewal […]

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The City of Melbourne Street Network is Changing – Have your say on the Future Streets Framework

The City of Melbourne (Council) has proposed the Future Streets Framework (Framework). The Framework seeks to implement the strategic directions of the Transport Strategy 2030, which seeks to reallocate more space to people walking and cycling in the Melbourne CBD, reduce central city through-traffic and transform precincts around major transport interchanges into pedestrian thoroughfares. New […]

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Minister intervenes in the ‘Great Wall’ of high rise development in Frankston

Last week the Minister for Planning approved Amendment C162, which applies the Design and Development Overlay Schedule 14 (DDO14) on an interim basis (until 27 October 2023), to land bordered by Nepean Highway, Kananook Creek Boulevard, Beach Street and Wells Street, Frankston (the Amendment). The Amendment amends Planning Scheme Map No. 4DDO and inserts a […]

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Build-to-Rent short series | Subdivisional solutions

The Gadens Build-to-Rent short series will focus on emerging property and development issues that affect Build-to-rent (BTR) projects – covering planning, subdivision structuring, fund through models and management issues. Click through the following links to read each instalment.  Build-to-Rent short series | Has the planning scheme caught up? Subdivisional solutions BTR Projects often seek to […]

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Planning agenda set for the suburban rail loop (If it goes ahead)…

The most contentious infrastructure project of the upcoming 2022 state election campaign is the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL). While construction is already underway on SRL East, Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy has promised that a Coalition government would “shelve the SRL”. In the lead up to the polls, this Gadens planning update provides an […]

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FMCG Express | September 2022 Edition

In the latest edition of FMCG Express, Partner Breanna Davies and the Gadens team bring you the latest developments in the consumer, retail and hospitality sectors in Australia. In this issue, our team delves into the issues surrounding positive obligations to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace; risks and solutions when dealing with commercial contracts […]

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Embedded networks live on as Victorian reform for residential embedded networks slowly takes shape

New embedded networks in residential apartment buildings will be banned from January 2023 unless 100% of electricity is sourced from renewable energy, with at least 5% being sourced from on-site generation. Existing embedded networks in residential sites, including apartment buildings, retirement villages, social housing and residential/caravan parks, will transition to a new regulatory regime, moving through […]

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Changes to Victorian planning law to support environmentally sustainable developments

The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment VC216 (Amendment), with the changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions taking effect from 10 June 2022. What does the Amendment do? The Amendment makes changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions and all local Planning Schemes to support environmentally sustainable development (ESD) outcomes. For the first time, all local […]

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VCAT Fast Track List for post-permit applications

From 1 July 2022, VCAT will establish a Fast Track List to expedite a number of post-permit applications. These changes are designed to improve the efficiency of VCAT’s procedures and to provide certainty to applicants and developers – particularly after a permit has been secured for a development site. The following applications under the Planning and […]

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Green loan financing – taking root in fertile soil

Green finance is financing where the proceeds are used by a borrower in financing projects that make a contribution to an environmental objective. This is an important way in which finance markets are contributing to the objectives of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, seeking to align finance with low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. […]

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Queensland’s Project Trust Account phased rollout delayed

Project Trust Accounts (PTAs) are currently required for eligible contracts for: State Government and Hospital and Health Services valued at $1 million or more (ex. GST); and since 1 January 2022, the requirement to have a PTA has been extended to the private sector and local government building contracts valued at $10 million or more […]

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Doing business in Australia

The Gadens Doing business in Australia guide provides foreign investors with an overview of the Australian business, economic and regulatory environment, as well as practical advice on how to go about setting up and doing business in Australia. Australia is an ideal investment location for foreign companies looking to grow internationally, benefitting from well-developed infrastructure, […]

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