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Barbara Carlisle

DONCASTER HILL–CITY OF GHOST APARTMENTS?

Vacant new dwellings won’t help to boost the country’s available housing stock. Reliable studies indicate that the number of empty houses and apartments is much higher than the previous estimates, with at least twenty percent of all investor-owned properties not being occupied. Doncaster Hill high rise apartments are now being sold off the plan through […]

PUBLIC COOLING ON ANTHROPOGENIC WARMING

The latest comprehensive research conducted by the CSIRO indicates that most people believe global warming is actually happening but only 45.9% thought it was  human induced. The study also found there was an increase in the percentage of people that didn’t know or thought global warming wasn’t happening. Not the sort of data you would […]

COUNCIL ON BOTH SIDES OF FENCE RE COVENANTS

The integrity of the restrictive covenants on land in the Glen Towers estate, limiting development on each block to a single dwelling, are now under threat from a developer who has consolidated three allotments in Gilmore Rd and is applying for their removal to enable the construction of a three storey apartment development to height of […]

POPULATION GROWTH IS NOT AN ECONOMIC PLAN

“It will not improve the living standards of you or I; nor will it reduce poverty and inequality or foster innovation and creativity. The only beneficiaries of high immigration are the immigrants themselves and while that is great, we can safely say that the government is not pursuing immigration for humanitarian reasons. Instead it is […]

CHEAPER TO PAY RENT THAN TO BUY APARTMENT

If you had purchased a detached house in Doncaster around December 2011 and sold it today the sale price could have doubled. In the same period apartment prices in the area have not increased which means many apartment owners wanting to sell this year would be lucky to redeem their initial outlay. If a couple […]

RAISING FAMILY IN HIGH RISE IS NOT CHILD’S PLAY

Pete and Beth Clark wrote…”I wish our son could have a childhood like mine, with an empty block next door to roam in with hours and hours of outside time, riding our bikes with gangs of neighbourhood children with no sense of time and no parents hovering. If we got hungry we’d go home for […]

MANNINGHAM MODE SHIFT A PIE IN THE SKY PLAN

“The achievement of mode shift is a complex issue, requiring a coordinated, long term approach across State and Local Government, developers and the community. The attractiveness, accessibility, reliability, efficiency and integration of sustainable transport modes such as public transport, cycling and walking are all considered key factors if mode shift is to be achieved. Actions […]

WORK ON DONCASTER RAIL STARTED IN SEVENTIES

According to Wikipedia, detailed planning of the long awaited Doncaster rail line, first proposed in 1890, began in 1969 and by 1972 a route from Victoria Park Station to Blackburn Road, East Doncaster was decided.  Property acquisition for part of the route was completed in 1975 and the excavation of a cutting north of Victoria […]

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 […]