Have your say on changes to Queensland’s planning system

Last year the Queensland State government introduced a new Planning Act which will come in force on 3 July this year. As part of these changes, subordinate statutory documents are also being updated and some are currently out for public consultation: The Planning Regulations which elaborate on the workings of some aspects of the Act…

Postcard from the Kimberleys

Towards the end of last year I put my hand up to facilitate art activities for the elderly Aboriginal residents at Guwardi Ngadu Frail Aged Hostel in Fitzroy Crossing, WA for a couple of weeks in January 2017. I’ve just completed the first week and it is truly an expansive experience on so many levels….

Update on Tiny House on Wheels Decision

The recent Tiny House on Wheels decision has sent a ripple through the planning community. Brisbane City Council is currently reviewing its approach to the phenomena of Tiny Homes, not just in terms of regulations but also in the broader context of alternative housing options for Brisbane. There is still work to be done.  We advocate the development…

Buildings that breathe

At a recent industry forum, Brisbane City Council advised of a new prelodgement service called DesignSMART. The service is “a series of prelodgement meetings focused on a collaborative design process” with the development industry with the intent of ensuring that building designs embrace the key considerations which Brisbane City Council have identified and captured in a document…

Landmark precedent for the Tiny House on Wheels

The decision This week the Queensland Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committee (the Committee) established to hear the appeal against the enforcement notice issued by the Brisbane City Council (BCC) to the owners of the Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) “formed the view that the THOW does not constitute building works as defined under the Building…

Changes to EPBC Cost Recovery Fees

On 1 October 2016, new changes to the EPBC Act cost recovery fees came into effect. Cost recovery fees were introduced two years ago in line with the Australia Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines which establishes that those who create the need for regulation should incur the costs, rather than the costs being borne by the…

Flutter, flutter

Have you noticed the thousands of white butterflies fluttering around Brisbane these last few days. They are Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java), a species which migrates (although not annually) from western Queensland to the south-east. They migration tends to coincide with the first heatwave of the season. They are named after the host plant species…

Busy weekend!

Saturday 15 October was a busy day for esc Consulting! Rikki attended the Community Coffee event with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad at West End and had the opportunity to discuss appropriate development and provision of affordable housing within the area. It was a great opportunity to offer comment and support for better design and community planning…

Small is beautiful. Tiny Houses.

We are proud to provide our assistance and support to the Tiny House Company (www.tinyhousecompany.com.au) in their endeavours to make tiny homes an alternative solution to the design of infill developments and to the affordable housing problem. Their beautiful tiny home is currently challenging the planning and building concepts that regulate property development in Brisbane…

Quote to inspire

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” ― Chinese proverb

Here we go!

We are launching our new business – esc Consulting. Feel free to browse the website to find out about Rikki and Valerie, the services we provide and how to get in touch with us. Hope to hear from you soon!