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The radical plan to split Sydney into three

April 12, 2018

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A plan to reshape the Sydney region aims to capitalise on its rapid growth by breaking the pull of the harbour. But will it work? Poet Kenneth Slessor called it a “dispersed and vaguer Venice”; journalist John Birmingham, a “Leviathan”. From its earliest days, Sydney has wrestled with its history as an “unplanned” but naturally blessed city, where […]

How to get started in property development

March 16, 2018

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Property development can be a daunting yet highly rewarding challenge. WHY PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT? When you become a property developer, you: Save money – your project could cost 20% below market value Make money – you could make large development profits Get better rental returns – which helps pay the mortgage Obtain easier finance – on […]

200 years of Sydney - a collection of historic photos

February 7, 2018

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From a tiny trading port to a bustling metropolis with towering skyscrapers: Historic photos of Sydney reveal the secrets behind some of the harbour city’s most iconic landmarks over 200 years. Vintage photos of Sydney’s harbour region show how the city has changed over 200 years As the first area of the harbour city settled, […]

The next 10 years of Sydney

January 23, 2018

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Let’s see what new things are coming to Sydney in roughly the next 10 years. Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park – Opening August 1, 2018 To be known as Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park, the new hotel will be located within the western tower of the Foster + Partners-designed DUO mixed-use […]

The future of Sydney: a tale of three cities?

January 15, 2018

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Sydney’s future is under constant scrutiny. Planners, politicians, landowners and developers constantly discuss and decide how and where growth should take place – and how that growth should best be managed. Currently, a spurt of new neighbourhoods are being built toward Sydney’s west. These mushrooming developments have become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy: each new development spurs […]

Inner west labelled ‘developer’s playground’ as rezoning proposals pledge almost 5900 new units

December 4, 2017

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INNER West Council has warned it is “powerless” to determine plans for more than 5800 units across the region under laws leaving local authorities sidelined from the approval process. The council’s planning department has been tasked with assessing an “unprecedented” 15 private rezoning proposals which aim to turn swathes of commercial and industrial land into […]

Castle Hill Showground Station precinct — why this is Sydney’s future

November 27, 2017

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HILLS residents have been ‘locked in limbo’ for almost three years as NSW Planning work to finalise the Showground Station Precinct plan — but the proposed redevelopment to increase density and housing could impact residents across the entire Sydney Metro line for up to 20 years. WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR SYDNEY’S GROWTH? THE Plan […]

Where should you develop in Sydney? Follow the latte and avocado trail

November 20, 2017

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Residential developers wondering where to buy next in Sydney should follow the latte-and-avo trail to suburbs likely to draw in Millennials. Analysis figures shows a line of suburbs in the NSW capital’s inner-west – including Dulwich Hill, Canterbury and Hurlstone Park – that have yet to join the club of suburbs with 3000 people aged between 25 and […]

NSW government reveals plans for new school, 3600 new homes in Rhodes East precinct

September 20, 2017

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Up to 3600 homes will be built in the already jam-packed inner-west suburb of Rhodes under new plans unveiled by the state government. A 20-year plan to further transform the heavily-developed suburb was announced by Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts on Friday. A mix of apartment towers – up to 38 storeys high – and terrace houses have been proposed as […]

Sydenham to Bankstown redevelopment study: developers could add 25,000 more homes

September 14, 2017

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Developers will have appetite for 60,000 new high-rise dwellings along the controversial Bankstown rail line redevelopment, or nearly 25,000 more than the community has been told will be constructed, according to a previously unreported study commissioned by the state government. The state government maintains only about 35,000 dwellings will be built in the Sydenham-Bankstown redevelopment over […]

Prime Sydney harbourside site open for development

September 7, 2017

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AN area of prime harbourside and a key part of Australia’s maritime history shut off from Sydneysiders for the last 150 years was unveiled to the public today. Chief executive of the Harbour Trust, Mary Darwell, said parts of the site will be opened to the public from as early as mid 2018, while restoration […]

10 developments that'll change the face of Sydney by 2027

August 30, 2017

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Melbourne may have been named the most liveable city for the seventh year in the row, but let’s not get hung up on the past. Who knows? Maybe Sydney will improve its ranking in the next decade. We’ve picked out ten upcoming building sites that’ll shape the way we live, commute and play by 2027. 1. Walsh […]


What you need to know about Parramatta light rail

August 24, 2017

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PARRAMATTA light rail is right on track, said Transport Minister Andrew Constance today as he visited Centenary Square and outlined more information about the development and its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Here is all we now know about light rail: ■ Stage 1 of the project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia […]

Sydney's master plan to get bigger and better

July 13, 2017

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In various city towers, bureaucrats are pondering to whom and when they should gift hundreds of millions of dollars, perhaps even billions, by the stroke of a rezoning pen. Meanwhile, ex-bureaucrats in developers’ offices are focused on how to become the main recipients of their former colleagues’ gifts, trying to second-guess the public servants and […]

Population surge has one half of Sydney’s inner west growing faster than the other as region tops 400,000 residents

July 7, 2017

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THE  inner west has emerged from the Census 2016 as one of Sydney’s leaders in population growth, confirming the need for investment in transport, infrastructure and local services. From Tempe to Homebush, the inner west’s 28 postcodes added 40,849 residents since the last census in 2011 — taking the region’s population to 406,559. The results […]

Sydney councils will cash in if they offer fast housing development applications

May 18, 2017

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SYDNEY councils are so slow to approve development applications the Turnbull government is going to start offering them tens of millions of dollars in cash to fast track homes and rezone land. Treasurer Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister Angus Taylor will today announce a cash-splash for Western Sydney councils who can outline a plan to […]

How Understanding Human Behavioural Patterns Can Redefine Urban Development Approaches In The Era Of Smart Cities

April 28, 2017

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Globally, cities are now drawing on the likes of big data and trend analysis to solve urban problems both at reactive and preventative levels. Whilst our cities currently aren’t at a genius level yet, the momentum in which they are getting smarter is building. Developers, consultants and governments now have a series of data and […]

Before and after images show how much Sydney’s big transport projects have changed the city

April 21, 2017

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YOU don’t need to tell Sydneysiders that a construction boom is taking place across the city. The number of closed roads and bulldozers roaming is sign enough. But new a batch of aerial before and after photographs have shown just how much the city has changed as $33 billion worth of new rail lines, light […]

Central Station to be transformed into ‘mid-town’ with apartments, hotels and shops

April 11, 2017

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THE first steps in the transformation of the Central Station precinct into “mid-town” were confirmed today. Units, offices and even a hotel are set to spring up above the rail lines in a project that will dwarf the $6 billion Barangaroo precinct. Along a 3km corridor from Central to Eveleigh, where more than one million […]

From Precinct To City; Inside The Opportunities And Challenges For An Evolving Macquarie Park

April 7, 2017

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Widely regarded as Australia’s Silicon Valley, Macquarie Park is on a course to expand rapidly as a commercial and technology centre over the next 50 years. With over 855,000 sqm of commercial office floorspace, Macquarie Park is Sydney’s second largest office market, second only to the CBD. The 200-hectare employment area was formed in the […]