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July 2015

MELBOURNE’S RAILWAYS IN STATE OF DISREPAIR

The state government funding program for the maintenance of existing rail infrastructure and building the MMP tunnel and its proposed extensions, such as the lines to West Doncaster and Melbourne Airport, “is so fanciful that it may as well have had a dozen tatts lotto tickets attached to it”…analogy by previous transport minister Terrence Mulder The Victorian […]

PUBLIC BACKLASH AT PRIMARY SCHOOL REMOVAL

Parents and supporters had gathered at the Manningham offices and on the steps of parliament house, to express their anger at the prospect of losing their primary school for the sake of council’s high rise strategy. The Doncaster, Council Street, primary school land looked likely to be the first casualty under the state government’s rationalisation […]

APARTMENT BUILDINGS ON LARGE BLOCKS ONLY

“If a lot has an area less than 1,800m², a townhouse style development proposal only will be considered but should be a maximum of two storeys” Manningham Council say they will no longer allow three storey apartment developments on land under 1800 sq m. (usually three house sites) . This applies to precincts A & B of the DDO8 […]

PLANNING BILL GETS COMMUNITY THUMBS DOWN

Recognising Objections Bill 2015, now before state parliament, is so weak and watery it may have the opposite effect and limit resident objections.  10 storey next to a 2 storey zone The number of objections will only to be considered appropriate when the determining authority deems the proposed use or development may have a “significant […]