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November 2011

RAIDID Petition Closed 1400 Strong

The RAIDID Over-development Petition is now CLOSED – 1400 signatures handed to Local MP Mary Wooldridge Nov 24th,  2011 for submission to state Government at the last sitting before end of year. A copy was also tabled at Manningham Council meeting 28/11/2011 by Cr Jennifer Yang. Thank you to Jennifer and Mary. Note: Council wouldn’t […]

Gag Cr Stephen Mayne & he votes to allow high-density development in street where he’ll inherit property

This first story was sent in about one of our vocal councillors. Feel free to comment and link in other stories you find about our council, at the bottom of this page. It is time to start thinking about what you would like to see in our next councilors, and who they should be… Mayne […]

Why the east-west road tunnel is a stinker – and Doncaster rail adds up!

THE EAST WEST TUNNEL   DISASTER   BY KENNETH DAVIDSON  YESTERDAY It might ease congestion on Hoddle Street, but it would mean gridlock in the city. Successive Victorian governments have been keen to extend the Eastern Freeway from its Hoddle Street end via a tunnel under Melbourne Cemetery and Royal Park to CityLink. It is a stinker. […]

Livable City Rankings have a message

Rankings have a message MELBOURNE the most livable city in the world? Too right. So, to all the planners, developers and councillors, why would you want to change it? And just where did those cities jam-packed with apartments, crawling traffic and block buildings abutting each other with no garden in between rank? All the way […]

A real plan that is sensible, solid, relevant and lasting – sustainable

This great submission was wriiten by Ming from East Doncaster and sent in to RAIDID – I hope you got your submission in, and the council takes our views seriously.. I would like to share with you my submission…. To: The Manager, Economic and Environmental Planning Unit Manningham City Council Dated: 25th November 2011 REF: […]

Stand up & be heard – Fri Nov 25th Deadline

We have been saying all along, don’t think your home and lifestyle is safe in “protected” zones, higher density is coming to all, unless we stand up.  Manningham council residential strategy – YOUR submission is due  by Nov 29th – you might not get another chance to say NO. This well rounded article from Peter […]

Growth, 2 homes become 3, NOT 30, to get the job done.

While reviewing the Draft Residential Strategy, I came across something I expect you found too…even though the target growth numbers have gone up, there is some good news.  The good news is that the targeted growth, in existing DD08 areas, can still be TOTALLY achieved by one in four sites developed into three residences.  Or […]

$200 billion plan for influx of two million people

Mary Drost from Planning Backlash sent this through today, it is from the Stonnington Leader. Very reminiscent of our story, and helped by Ian Wood, the town planner that worked with us on the Curlew Court Case. “I think they must fix up the stretched infrastructure we are suffering under now  before growing more.” Mary. […]

Manninghams Planning Director Retires…

Paul Molan is leaving Manningham on the 14/12/11 after 37 years service. Paul has attracted a lot of criticism while directing the very contentious realm of Planning approvals. He also must have done as lot of good during those 37 years, I’ll let others who have experienced it talk about that elsewhere. He has denied […]

The darker side of urban development

This topic was raised at the council Residential Strategy meeting, with a very unconvincing answer… How would you fell having paid for a solar hot water or electricity system, only to have a neighbours development shadow away it’s effectiveness ? The darker side of urban development The Age : Michael Green    November 6, 2011 What […]