Get soul into the city, landscape chief urges

Perth’s vast potential is being strangled by over-reliance on cars and poor use of public space resulting in bland, soulless suburbs, according to Australian Institute of Landscape Architects new WA president Greg Grabasch.

Mr Grabasch said Perth, with its abundance of natural beauty, had the potential to be a world-class city but years of leaving landscape and streetscape design to planners who had not been trained in creating effective public spaces was killing the city’s character.

Get soul into the city, landscape chief urges : thewest.com.au – TIFFANY LAURIE

Going green with a cycleway above the streets

LIKE the walkways built in the canopies above rainforests, North Sydney Council hopes to lift pedestrians and cyclists above the urban jungle, with an ambitious plan to build an elevated path running from the southern end of the Harbour Bridge to as far north as Falcon Street.

The path, still at the concept stage and estimated to cost up to $30 million, would run 2 kilometres from the deck level of the bridge to St Leonards Park and Falcon Street along the Warringah Freeway. The council hopes that by bypassing North Sydney’s hilly streets, traffic congestion and car pollution, many more people will walk or ride to work.

Going green with a cycleway above the streets – Environment – smh.com.au. Sydney Morning Herald

Plans wilt as RTA kills trees on William Street Sydney

A PICTURESQUE corridor of newly-planted trees was supposed help a run-down William St become a Parisian-style boulevard following the opening of the Cross City Tunnel.

But with the RTA bungling its planting and maintenance effort, up to 64 of the 73 trees are either dead or dying.

Plans wilt as RTA kills trees on William Street | The Daily Telegraph.

Recycled sewerage for Library landscape

Human waste from the new mega-library in Peppermint Grove will be recycled and used on a $1 million landscaped park around the building.

It will be the first time the technology has been used in Australia.

Harvested “brown water” will water the lawns and urine will be treated and added to the irrigation system on the site.

“The plants will love it,” landscape architect Matt Huxtable told the council.

POST Newspapers Online: Headline News.

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.

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