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Barbara Carlisle

LOW INCOME LINK TO LACK OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Urban studies show that the lack of employment and shoddy public transportation service go hand in hand as obstacles to improving the economic and social conditions of low-income persons. Outer suburban areas are disadvantaged as the result of Melbourne’s poor public transport infrastructure. A high proportion of low-income households are needing to travel further distances […]

LOCAL GOVT BODY PROHIBITS HOW TO VOTE CARDS

The Legislative Council’s action in banning indicated preferences from how to vote cards, has put paid to the use of dummy candidates but have ignored the main cause of the problem being the “Donkey Vote” which had actually encouraged the use of dummies, (a candidate who gives away a second preference without reciprocation), for candidates drawn […]

COUNCIL MISQUOTED THE HILL DISTANCE TO CITY

But the website of the “Nest at the Hill”, a major apartment development opposite Westfield shopping centre, at 642 Doncaster Road, Doncaster Hill, have made no bones about accurately stating that the complex is a 18.9 km driving distance from the Melbourne CBD (actually the GPO) and 2.4 km from Park and Ride,  on western […]

SEVEN ELEVEN STORE DELAYED HARDWARE GIANT

The construction of the Bunnings store had been stymied as a result of the proponent being unable to negotiate the termination of a lease agreement with Seven Eleven which is due to expire in 2022. In addition Bunnings were unable to find a joint venture partner to complete the development. As a result the building […]

INDEPENDENT EXCLUSIONARY FOCUSED STRATEGY

From BuzzPhrases to BuzzPhraser TM Doc Searls’ Buzz Phraser is an hilarious tool that lets you produce and share Mad Libs type phrases that come scarily close to sounding like all that gross overblown bumph and bafflegab written by bureaucrats. The original BuzzPhraser was created in 1992 as a spreadsheet, then a HyperCard stack; and […]

BACKLASH RELEASES A RESIDENTS BILL OF RIGHTS

RESIDENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS (RBR) Residents’ groups are being overwhelmed by the ever increasing planning issues and government strategies that keep us busy reacting  instead of us concentrating upon positive changes to maintain our liveable status. Meanwhile our residential areas are being plundered by developers only intent on exploiting every construction opportunity, regardless of the impact […]

COUNCIL EXEC WAGES ROSE 1O.8% IN TWO YEARS

The total wage bill for Manningham CEO and four executives had increased by $119,796, from $1,106,771 at June 2013 to $1,226,567 effective as at the 30th of June 2015. This was equal to an increase on total wages of nearly 11% in the space of two years!  A reliable source within Council expects this year’s […]

COUNCIL BANS SHOPPING TROLLEYS AT HIGH RISE

“If Manningham council are serious about a behavior change and want to encourage more people to walk on Doncaster Hill, they should provide areas near high rise apartments where shopping trolleys could be stationed and collected after use instead of shoppers having to wheel them all the way back, via unfriendly pedestrian crossings, 300 metres […]

VCAT COULD DETERMINE FUTURE OF TWO STOREY

The Council decision NOT to issue permit for 51 Beverley Street could be overturned at VCAT and spell the end of two storey development anywhere in the growth zones. While the proponent may agree to a plan revision to remove the roof feature and make the building less bulky etc., the developer is unlikely to […]

THREE STOREY BUILDING OKAY FOR BEVERLEY ST ?

Councillors are expected to endorse council officers recommendation NOT to approve the three storey contemporary building at 51-53 Beverley Street, East Doncaster at next Tuesday’s council meeting on the 29th of March. NOT because of it’s failure to meet the Objectives and Standards of Precinct 2 Sub-Precinct A of Clause 21.05 (Residential) of the Manningham Planning […]