May 2019

Stonnington council set their sights on stronger tree retention


Sophie Thomas.

Stonnington Council have introduced a mandatory financial bank guarantee on developers to prevent tree removal. 

Government to slash mortgage deposit for first time buyers


Sophie Thomas.

This article examines the circumstances surrounding the governments recent promised measures to help first home buyers.  

New leader announced for Planning and Environment list at VCAT


Sophie Thomas.

Deputy President Helen Gibson is retiring from her role as leader of the planning list.

Why the correct Minimum Garden Area is essential for permit approval


Sophie Thomas.

A recent VCAT decision saw a development rejected due to the fact the garden area was discovered to be 3.5 square metres short of the requirement.