Wednesday, 31 August 2011

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Lake Macquarie new Local Environmental Plan (LEP)

Planning 2011

Council is currently preparing a new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) in accordance with state legislation.  Council has also prepared an updated strategic plan called Lifestyle 2030 Strategy, and a new Development Control Plan (DCP) to complement the new LEP.

Draft Lifestyle 2030 Strategy

Draft Lifestyle 2030 (LS2030) provides the long-term direction for strategic land use and land management planning in the Lake Macquarie local government area.

The preparation of Draft Lifestyle 2030 followed a review of the performance of Lifestyle 2020 (LS2020).  This included:

a demographic analysis of the city over the past 10 years
a review of the supply of residential and employment lands in the city
a review of the status of the city’s biodiversity
Draft Lifestyle 2030 also incorporates regional and state government policy directions made since the adoption of LS2020.  These included the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy, Lower Hunter Regional Conservation Plan, The State Plan, and the Newcastle – Lake Macquarie Western Corridor Planning Strategy.

Draft LS2030 reaffirms the core values of sustainability, equity, efficiency, and liveability set out in LS2020.  These core values will continue to guide future development in the city. 

It is anticipated that the Draft Lifestyle 2030 Strategy will go on public exhibition in the second half of 2011 with the Draft LMLEP 2011 and Draft LMDCP 2011.

Draft Lake Macquarie LEP 2011

In 2006, the NSW Government gazetted a standard instrument for preparing new local environmental plans (LEPs), also known as the LEP template. New LEPs across NSW must now use the same terminology and a consistent format. An LEP establishes what type of development may be permitted on any parcel of land. Councils are able to include certain provisions specific to their area, such as heritage items, and development standards like building height and minimum lot sizes.

Things to Know about LMLEP 2011

LMLEP 2011 is being prepared to conform with the State Government's Standard Instrument.
As far as possible, LMLEP 2011 will be a conversion of the current LMLEP 2004 to fit within the standard instrument requirements.
This means that for most properties in the city, although the name of the landuse zone may change, there will be little difference to the nature of development that can be carried out on the land.
It is anticipated that LMLEP 2011 will go on public exhibition in the second half of 2011 and be finalised (published) in 2012.
Draft Lake Macquarie DCP 2011

Draft LMDCP 2011 has been prepared to complement Draft LMLEP 2011.  Draft LMDCP 2011 provides clear objectives and controls for the full range of development issues and articulates Council’s desired development outcomes in a user friendly and easily understood structure and format .  LMDCP 2011 sets out controls that apply to development applications and has been structured to align with landuse zone groups outlined in the Draft LMLEP 2011.  i.e. controls for development in rural zone, residential zones, and business zones etc.

The DCP applies to new development and is used by Council’s Development Assessment and Compliance staff when assessing a development application.

Draft LMDCP 2011 will go on public exhibition concurrently with Draft LMLEP 2011.

Want to Know More?

More information on Draft Lifestyle 2030, Draft LMLEP 2011, and Draft LMDCP 2011 is available via the links to the right of this page.

In addition, you can subscribe to the Planning 2011 eNewsletter to receive updates regarding the progress of these planning documents and other landuse planning matters in Lake Macquarie.

Friday, 19 August 2011


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Thursday, 18 August 2011

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Wollongong DA Compliance for exceptional projects

DA Compliance for exceptional projects – questions for candidates.

Posted by reformwcc on August 4, 2011
Reformwcc has received a copy of a message to Council from a concerned group regarding the apparent lack of compliance with a development approval for a business in the Helensburgh area.
As I do not know the facts I will not comment on that specific matter, but it appears (in general terms) to align with a similar situation in the Coledale area.
Opposition came from local Coledale-Wombarra people to a development proposal which provided for a comparatively enormous residence on land not zoned residential and on a previously development free platform area of the escarpment. The land was reportedly bought for a song (by the previous owner) probably due to the fact that it was not zoned residential.
The Trojan House was done in the name of a “manager’s residence” in connection with a comparatively modest proposed ecotourism accommodation business (some small cabins down at street level). This was, apparently, in keeping with the zoning. The Land and Environment Court overrode WCC and the business was approved.
The enormous manager’s residence has now been built but there is no sign of four cabins for the manager to attend to as shown on the original plan.
It may be that all is in order with a schedule of works and a timeline for the business to start, or there has been a proper modification of the original application, but how are members of the public to know? It does not appear on track as part of the area for the cabins looks as though it has been used for a large solar panel array.
But rather than raising specific cases, perhaps we can we add the issue of D.A. compliance into the discussional mix for candidates to address in the election campaign? There are several other well-known cases.
“Given the lack of resources for Council officers to ensure compliance with development approval consent conditions, how do you propose to address the compliance with conditions of consent issue if you are elected? Should consent be withdrawn, or other penalties applied, if the proposed business does not comply with conditions, and/or start on time or otherwise materialise?”
Or something like that. Let the candidates apply their creative talents to these bread and butter local government community issues and impress us with their answers.
Bruce Reyburn
(Note – is not part of any political party or group and has not endorsed or announced support for any candidates in the Wollongong City Council election.)

Monday, 15 August 2011


Highlights from the New South Wales event, with moderator and presenter Adrian Harrington, and panellists Peter Barnes (Commonwealth Bank), Campbell Hanan (Investa Property Group) and Geoffrey Learmonth (LPC Australia).


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Property Council of Australia CEO, Peter Verwer VIDEO

Mark Menhinnitt, John Schroder and Darren Steinberg respectively represent property giants Lend Lease Australia, commercial property Stockland and Colonial First State Global Asset Management property. 
Here they talk to Property Council of Australia CEO, Peter Verwer about the economy, business outlook, carbon tax and the state of Australian politics, at the Property Council’s Congress 2011.


Friday, 12 August 2011

Stock markets have fallen or hit a plateau. How does this effect the property market.


Stock markets have fallen or hit a plateau. How does this effect the property market.

Dear fellow Investors

This week I discuss the developments in world markets and how will they affect the Australian property market? I can tell you from looking back when stock markets have fallen or hit a plateau, we have seen an influx of investors run to fixed low risk assets with stability, either in the form of Gold or Property (bricks and mortar)

We have seen most of our major lenders this week drop their fixed rates with some lenders slashing up to 65 basis points off the previous fixed rate pricing. This is generally a fair expectation of where the lenders and their economists are pitching rates will be over the medium term. This is great news for investors especially if they are concentrated on active manufactured growth projects or positive Cashflow properties. Remember some of the best investing opportunities usually arise whiles others are fearful.

Property is resilient and many experts agree! When you look at property BOOMS of the past they tend to follow stock market crashes. So it’s not a bad thing for the Australian property market right now that the stock market is a little bit wobbly, and that world markets are feeling the pinch of economic times.

Yours in success,

Clint Ducat
Professional Credit Advisor & Finance Strategist
Investor Loans Network NSW

The ILM website has some great information. see below.

Frequently Asked Questions - ILM 

General Finance
LVRQ:- What is the Loan to Valuation Ratio (LVR) that most banks will give you on residential property?
A:- The debt to equity ratio that most lenders are happy with varies from lender to lender, however as a general rule for a single residential dwelling in an acceptable location or a block of up to four units you should expect to get at least 80% LVR. Depending on circumstances you could get up to 97.5% (net) LVR.

LENDING AMOUNTSQ. How does a bank determine how much money I can borrow?
A:- Each lender has a pre-set servicing criteria that they use to calculate how much they will lend you. This is just one reason why you need an informed Finance Strategist who knows the servicing percentages each lender uses to get you the maximum borrowings. Our Finance Strategists also understand what types of income sources the lenders will use as acceptable sources of earnings, thereby again maximising your borrowings. For example some banks do and some banks don’t take certain part-time jobs, allowances, Centrelink payments for some dependant children and other incomes into account. Each of the hundreds of Lending and Banking Institutions calculate your ability to service the loan (whether you can afford the repayments) differently so a qualified Finance Strategist who is active in the business of finding the cheapest and best money for you is essential.

AFFORDABILITYQ:- Does a bank take my personally earned income and my rental income from my properties into account when assessing whether I can afford a loan?
A:-   Yes they will, but they will only take into account a percentage of the rental income….usually 80% for residential   property.

LMIQ. What is LMI?
A:- LMI stands for Loan Mortgage Insurance. It is a once off insurance premium paid which protects the Lender for any shortfall or loss should the loan go into default and the Lender sells the security property as Mortgagee –in-Possession. It is important to note that it covers the lender’s situation and not the borrower.
Q. Who pays the LMI Premium?
A:- Ultimately it is the borrower who pays the premium. Whether the loan product states that the premium is to be paid at settlement of the loan, or that the premium is to be capitalised into the loan or that the lender pays the premium for the borrower, the borrower pays for it one way or the other. Usually if the lender pays it for the borrower the higher interest rate is reflective of this. For cash flow, tax or other purposes you will be advised by our Finance Strategists which method of payment is best for you and your circumstances.
Q. When is LMI Payable?
A:- Predominantly LMI is payable when the lender is providing funds over an 80% LVR (Loan to Valuation Ratio) and on all Low Doc loans above a 60% LVR and on No Doc Loans. However these parameters are slightly variable amongst lenders and do change from time to time. Our Strategists at Investor Loans Network are constantly seeking the best products on the market for our clients and keeping up-to-date with changes in the financial markets.
Q. What is LMI recovery and what does it mean to me?
A:- A lender will sometimes absorb the cost of the LMI insurance premium on a particular loan product. The loan documentation will then include a LMI recovery clause which allows them to recover a portion of the insurance premium from you if you pay out the loan within the first few years (typically this is within the first 3 years but you must check your loan documents to confirm the time frame). The amount they recover will be included in the figure they advise you when you request to satisfy the loan in full and will be pro-rated depending on how long you have held the loan.

LOC and RE-DRAW FACILITIES:Q. What is the difference between a line of credit and a redraw facility?
A:- A line of credit (LOC) is like having a big credit card. You are given an amount which you can use up to (ie. your limit just like a credit card). Your balance can fluctuate within the limit depending on your use of the funds. For example, your weekly pay goes in and your spending goes out (by use of a credit or debit card). A re-draw facility also has a capping on how much funds you can draw from it, however, the withdrawal of funds is by telephone banking or internet transfer rather than just by handing over a card at the supermarket. Having a line of credit requires a great amount of financial discipline. For this reason and so the use of the funds can be tracked more easily, many clients choose a redraw facility over a line of credit. Also a redraw facility usually attracts less fees to operate than a line of credit.
WHY USE A BROKER:Q. Why should I use a loan broker and not just see my bank manager?
A:- A loan broker has an array of lending products available to offer you, unlike a bank manager who will only offer his employer’s loan products. This gives you, the client, peace of mind that you are getting the best possible loan product on the market today suitable for you situation. In addition to this our finance strategists (aka loan brokers) at Investor Loans Network offer an objective viewpoint and suggestions on the right loan products and investment strategies, along with their knowledge and awareness of the importance of asset protection and tax implications. This all adds up to the very best for you in your continued education and financial gain as a property investor.
REFERENCE RATES:Q. What is the reference rate that the bank’s talk about?
A:- Each bank has a current reference rate. This is the rate set by the Reserve Bank plus the retail amount the lender adds. Think of it like a wholesaler and retailer – the retailer adds its “margin” to make its profit.


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Big News by TheTrish now has a keyword search. now has a keyword search.
Thats very cool type in your preference for property types.
look below "keyword search" . VERY GOOD NEWS thanks Trish.

Also it has some more options Premiere properties and Exclude Under Offer.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

BIS Shrapnel - report update

NSW heads to recovery but others catch the construction blues: BIS Shrapnel

By Larry Schlesinger
Monday, 08 August 2011
Building construction activity is expected to pick up strongly in NSW over the next two years, according to forecasts by BIS Shrapnel.
Growth of 15% and 14% is forecast in NSW over the next two years to 2013, compared with national growth of 8% and 1%.
“Very strong growth” in residential construction and a strengthening of non-residential activity – both coming off a very low base – will drive the recovery in NSW, BIS Shrapnel estimates.
In contrast, construction activity in Queensland will stagnate over 2011-12, growing by just 1% over the period, but will pick up over 2012-13, accelerating by 16%, according to the forecast.
A drop in residential activity in Queensland 2011-12 will be followed by a “sharp rise in residential construction in 2012-13, with both detached house and higher density projects contributing” the research group has forecast.
Alterations and additions will also support building in Queensland in 2011-12 as housing is refurbished after being damaged by floods and cyclones across the state in early 2011, the company says.
Non-residential commencements in Queensland are anticipated to weaken in 2011-12 as spending on education and health projects winds back to more historically normal levels, before showing a small rise in 2012-13 as commercial and industrial building improves.

Source: BIS Shrapnel
BIS Shrapnel forecasts the value of new residential building commencements to rise by 10% over 2012-13 on the back of an accelerating economy.
The research group attributes the 12% national decline in building activity over 2010-11 to the winding down of construction related to the “Building Education Revolution” program.
This fall-off more than offset the emerging recovery in commercial and industrial building, which is forecast to continue to underpin overall growth in 2011-12.
“The continuing recovery in commercial and industrial building – up 21% – will be a key driver of the improvement in building commencements in 2011-12, while increased construction in the health sector – up 73% – will also play a part,” says BIS Shrapnel managing director Robert Mellor.
“With the Australian economy largely recovering since the GFC, the environment has become more conducive for commercial and industrial development. There is also $7 billion in new hospitals and other health care facilities due to commence in 2011-12, particularly in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.”
According to Mellor, the contribution from residential building is forecast to be minimal in 2011-12 after being negative in 2010-11 due to the decline in activity after the expiry of the first-home owner’s grant boost scheme, as well as the winding down of the federal government public housing stimulus.
The decline is expected to more than offset an otherwise healthy rise in multi-unit residential starts. That rise is largely due to the improved financial environment that allows developers to be increasingly able to fund apartment projects.
Despite a weakening in net overseas migration inflows, which have fallen from a record 300,000 people in 2008-09 to an estimated 165,000 in 2010-11, Mellor says “construction nationally still remains below the level of underlying demand, although in some states the market is closer to balance”.
Gains are expected to be roughly felt equally across new houses and multi-unit dwellings, with the upturn concentrated in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales.
However, the residential building upturn is expected to be short-lived, with BIS Shrapnel forecasting the value of residential building starts to decline by 15% during 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Monday, 8 August 2011


YouTube is great for information
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This is the Perth Video but also has all June July 2011results for all Australia.

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Sunday, 7 August 2011

LIGHT RAIL INNER WEST Project Update 29 June 2011


Project Update 29 June 2011

Where is the project up to?

Planning approval for the construction of the Inner West Light Rail Extension and GreenWay was granted mid February 2011 and the Department of Transport (DoT) will carry out the project in compliance with the terms of the Minister for Planning’s approval.
The NSW Government and Metro Transport Sydney (MTS), the operator of the existing Light Rail, have signed an agreement in-principle for MTS to develop the design for construction of the Inner West Light Rail Extension. Work on the development of a design for construction tendering purposes has now begun. The project team has been consulting with key stakeholders including Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield Councils and the GreenWay Steering Committee in the development of this tender design. 
The community will see surveyors together with geotechnical investigations along and near the rail corridor, gathering further information to assist with the design.

What happens next?

A procurement process will then occur for the selection of a design and construction contractor.
Following the award of the design and construct contractor, detailed design will begin. The community will be consulted during the development of the detailed design. DoT will keep the community informed of opportunities for involvement together with key project milestones.
The community will be notified of all relevant details associated with construction activities before construction begins. During the construction period plans will be put in place to minimise inconvenience to local residents, businesses and commuters.

Further information

Please contact the Project Team via toll free phone line on 1800 636 910 or email Further information is also available at
February/March Community Update
Transport NSW have outlined the light rail stops and next steps in this brochure.
Download:  Februrary March Community Update
Submissions Report on the Environmental Assessment for the Inner West Light Rail Extension
Visit the Department of Planning's website to view the Submissions Report.


Following the announcement of the light rail, local residents, community group Friends of the GreenWay and local Councils lobbied extensively for the GreenWay, a walking and cycling path in the corridor, along with a number of bushcare sites, to be included in the scope of the project.
On Monday 19 July 2010 the Government announced that the GreenWay will be included in the project, giving Sydney its first environmentally sustainable, integrated transport corridor, which will run from the Cooks River to Iron Cove.
Restoration work has been completed including replacing the ballast, sleepers and rail track to ensure a reliable, safe and comfortable light rail passenger service. Local community information sessions(PDF) were held during August and September 2010,
The GreenWay Steering Committee,  GreenWay Sustainability Project and local community groups will continue to work closely with the Department of Transport to oversee the detailed design and implementation of the GreenWay and light rail.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Labor Government Being Investigated by Corruption Commission Over $12.2 Million Pittwater Sale, Sydney

Written by Marc Pallisco    Wednesday, 06 July 2011 00:00

THE INDEPENDENT Commission Against Corruption was told a former NSW Labor government executive rushed to approve the $12.2 million purchase of waterfront land to avoid risk of a deal falling through.

Under caretaker conventions that were in place at the time, the government was not meant to be executing contracts. The investigation – for the Currawong site at Pittwater – is for a transaction recorded on March 15 from developer Eco Villages.

According to the AFR which reports the investigation, Warwick Watkins, chief executive of the Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA) pushed to rush the sale through because the seller of the land was involved in a controversial development application.

Principal legal officer of Crown land Andrew Simpson told the hearing he was informed of the impending purchase decision on the Friday before the transaction took place

“On the morning of Monday March 14, the day before the transaction, Mr Watkins claimed the exchange had to be completed by the close of business the next day,” it was reported.

“It was very firmly put to us it needed to be done by then,” Mr Simpson told the corruption inquiry.

He added Mr Watkins had been in contact with Eco Villages chief executive Allen Linz. The hearing which started last week, continues.

Friday, 5 August 2011

New development for Sydney’s inner west Friday, 17 June 2011


Property development group Australand has announced plans for a new residential development in Sydney’s sought-after inner west.

In an announcement this week, Australand said it had acquired a 5.5 hectare site in Clemton Park, Sydney, with 750 new dwellings expected to be rolled out.

The $35 million site is located 15 kilometres south of Sydney’s CBD.

House prices are expected to range from $340,000 to $560,000

Australand’s executive general manager Rod Fehring expects the new residential site to be highly popular with home buyers due to its easy access to public transport and close proximity to Sydney’s CBD.

“We expect the project to benefit from the surrounding infrastructure and established urban precincts which will underpin buyer confidence,” Mr Fehring said.

Ideally positioned close to the city in Sydney’s Inner West, at Clemton Park Village, life is sweet.
Families will love the excellent choice of schools, parks and sporting amenities nearby. For day-to-day needs, just pop out to your local supermarket or specialty shops, located within Clemton Park Village itself.

Walk to Beamish Street, Campsie’s vibrant cultural quarter, or, the popular Roselands Shopping Centre is just a few minutes’ drive away.

Living at Clemton Park Village means being well connected to all that the Inner West has to offer. The M5 Motorway, conveniently located less than 2km away, provides direct and easy access to the city and Sydney Airport. There’s also a handy bus stop next to the village, and you’re just a short walk from Campsie Train Station.


LISTED institution Australand Property Group with partner LaSalle Investment Management, have paid about $35 million for a 5.5 hectare development site in Sydney’s south.

The Clemton Park site (aerial of the suburb, right) sold with a permit. It's expected to deliver about 700 dwellings over a five to six year period.

Construction company Parkview sold the site, some 15 kilometres south-west from the Sydney CBD and near Earlwood, Kingsgrove and Campsie and not far from the city’s international airport.

The consortium will build Clemton Park Village – an apartment complex with one and two bedroom apartments priced between $340,000 and $560,000.

About 100 dwellings will be targeted at residents over 65 years old at a later stage.

Australand has also been granted approval to build 9500 square metres of retail and commercial space, as well as a childcare centre on the site.

In May, Australand bought the 38-hectare Blacktown golf course, in Sydney’s west. According to the AFR, Australand will build 700 dwellings on that site configured as detached homes, townhouses and low rise apartment blocks.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Melbourne new suburb BRADMILL cost cheap $1 BILLION equals 1000 homes

Melbourne new suburb BRADMILL cost cheap $1 BILLION equals 1000 homes
watch video (this is for travis)


UPDATE 10.50am: ENCOURAGING people to live in regional centres and parts of metropolitan Melbourne would help prevent the city's population explosion creating urban sprawl, the Baillieu Government says.

Melbourne is experiencing a population surge, growing faster than any other Australian city, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal.
The figures show Melbourne's population boon accounted for one third of the nation's growth in 2009-10.
State Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the growth was sustainable if it was properly managed.
"It's sustainable if we manage population growth and we actually manage where people are living and the places where growth will occur," he said.
He said the government wanted to prevent urban sprawl by providing incentives for people to move to regional centres and metropolitan areas with good infrastructure and employment opportunities.

"I don't think anyone believes that the city can grow to Warragul for example or Seymour or beyond," he told ABC Radio this morning.
"We need to look at sites in and around the Melbourne metropolitan area and the city area clearly where there is very strong demand and where we can accommodate large population change and population growth around existing transport services, close to employment."
Melbourne's population increased by 79,000 last year to help push Australia's population up by 257,800.
On our outer-suburban fringes, Wyndham (up 8.8%), Melton (7.1%), Cardinia (6.7%) and Whittlesea (6.1%) were the country’s four fastest-growing areas.
Overall, the growth rate of Australian capital cities dropped from 2.2 per cent in 2008-09 to 1.8 per cent in the most recent study.
Darwin's growth slowed the most, followed by Perth.
The significant Melbourne growth rate now puts the city within 500,000 people of Sydney, that remains the country’s most populated city.

It is the first time in 30 years Melbourne’s population has come so close to Sydney’s, whose population increased by 75,600 people.

At June 30 last year Sydney had 4.575 million people to Melbourne's 4.077 million.
It comes amid revelations a new mini-suburb is being created in Melbourne's inner west.
About 1000 homes, a supermarket, library and medical centre will be built on the Bradmill factory site in Yarraville after the Baillieu Government fast-tracked a $1 billion development for an old industrial site.
The 26ha Yarraville Gardens Estate, 8km from the CBD and close to public transport, will form a new neighbourhood activity centre. It is bounded by Francis St, McIvor reserve, the West Gate Freeway and the Newport goods rail line.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said yesterday he had rezoned the project after long delays with the Brumby government.
"We believe this is a good site for inner-city urban renewal and we should get on with it," he told the Herald Sun.
"We brought it forward in an attempt to build the supply that's needed. It offers people on transport links close to the city the chance to live in a nice suburb with good facilities around it."
Other inner-suburban sites earmarked for housing include Fishermans Bend, VicRoads in Kew and E-Gate in West Melbourne.
A Bill to set up a new urban renewal authority is expected before Parliament soon.
Mr Guy said approval of the Yarraville site complemented the Government's move to increase land supply in outer growth areas.
"The Baillieu Government is delivering on its target to release 50,000 lots this year," he said.
Meanwhile, Australand yesterday announced a new public and social housing estate on an 18ha site in Westmeadows, 17km northwest of the CBD.
The Valley Park redevelopment will include 230 private homes, 110 social housing dwellings and 35 aged-care units.