Development rules change in Mackenzie – Local News – The Timaru Herald

Proposed plan changes will make it harder to build in the basin’s rural areas. But, nearly 70 areas have been identified where small five to 10 house developments, called nodes, may be permitted.

Gaining Mackenzie District Council consent would require meeting appearance, placement, size and design criteria.

Approval to notify the plan change was not granted at yesterday’s meeting because extra survey data was needed. The meeting reconvenes on Friday with the intention to gain approval.

Development rules change in Mackenzie – Local News – The Timaru Herald.

Banksia Environmental Foundation – Call for Entries for 2008 Awards

The Banksia Category Awards reflect those issues most relevant to today’s Australian in the ecological sustainability arenas.

Increasingly it is becoming more importandt for corporations, businesses, governments, communities and individuals, to be recognised for their environmental or sustainability credentials.

Entries must be submitted by Monday 5th May 2008. 

Banksia Environmental Foundation – Category Awards.

Noosa vows to keep fighting merger

The Noosa community is determined to continue the fight against council amalgamation despite the odds.

Figures released yesterday show an overwhelming 96 per cent of those in the shire, who took part in the recent voluntary merger ballot, voted against the government’s decision to combine Noosa with Maroochy and Caloundra in a “super council”.

Noosa vows to keep fighting merger |

Launch Of Sustainable Transport

Transport Minister Annette King has launched Sustainable Transport, a draft Update of the New Zealand Transport Strategy that outlines a vision for a sustainable transport future.

Ms King released the document in Wellington as the first step toward updating the Government’s 2002 New Zealand Transport Strategy.

Scoop: Launch Of Sustainable Transport.

Sydney addicted to cars

Sydney is being choked to death by cars and cut off from its best asset, the harbour, by a freeway and rail link, according to renowned Danish urban designer trying to rejuvenate the city.

Sydney addicted to cars – New Zealand’s source for motoring news on

Viridian still king of the hill

After winning a swag of awards for its stunning architecture, the first two completed stages of the $300 million Viridian Noosa development, including several architecturally-designed homes, have been recognised for excellence in landscape management.

Set on Noosa Hill on a former banana plantation that later became a weed-infested goat paddock, the project has taken out the Queensland Excellence Award for Land Management at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (Qld) awards.

Viridian still king of the hill |

On holiday at home

landscape architect –
Leo Jew
It’s amazing what can be found beyond a fence. Nestled away from public gaze, down secluded cul-de-sacs; private environments are created to transport their owners to other worlds the minute they pass through the gates.
People who wanted their own “paradise on earth” created the earliest known gardens. Centuries later, not much has changed. And paradise has certainly been achieved at one Pakuranga property – one of the first purchased in a new subdivision established in the early 1980s. more at Times New Zealand

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