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Doris Tran

RESIDENTS IN THE DARK OVER SHADOWING POLICY

Residents in the lower scale development zone, abutting the Doncaster Hill precinct at 810 Elgar Rd, are questioning why council have prescribed such high buildings (32.5 metres) on their boundary line without there being an appropriate height step down to avoid overshadowing of their properties.  Shadowing Diagrams All buildings and works should be designed to avoid […]

FROM PLASTIC GARBAGE PATCH TO DINNER PLATE

Microplastics in sea threat to human health, United Nations warns http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39217985  (copy to browser to open) BBC Video link above captures the moment plastic enters the food chain Microplastics are created when larger plastic debris breaks down by sunlight and wave action into rice-sized bits that measure five millimeters or less.  They have turned the […]

COUNCILS TO REPORT ON COMBUSTIBLE CLADDING

APARTMENT OWNERS MIGHT HAVE TO PAY FOR CLADDING REMOVAL Manningham is among several Melbourne councils who have been asked to identify apartment buildings with flammable cladding, particularly those less than 25 metres (up to 8 storeys) high where there is no legal requirement to install a sprinkler system. This follows inspections previously conducted by the […]

SEWAGE PLANT WILL PROCEED DESPITE LAND BAN

Yarra Valley Water appears set to compulsory acquire council land to construct a Sewer Treatment Plant for the purpose of supplying water extracted from the main sewer line to all new dwellings on Doncaster Hill.  This comes after the Manningham Council had refused to issue a building permit and resolved that it would not lease […]

HIGH RISE APARTMENT FEAR AFTER LONDON FIRE

Australian buildings are cloaked in “millions of square metres” of flammable cladding, and authorities have been aware of the safety threat since at least 2010. In the aftermath  of London’s apartment tower fire, the AGE newspaper revealed the BCA’S Board were told seven years ago. “ONE SQUARE METRE OF CLADDING SAME ENERGY AS  FIVE LITRES OF PETROL” Thousands of […]

SAVING OF BACKYARDS AND BOOSTING LIVABILITY?

Garden Area Or Open Space? What Is The Difference?  “An uncovered outdoor area of a dwelling or residential building normally associated with a garden. It includes open entertaining areas, decks, lawns, garden beds, swimming pools, tennis courts and the like. It does not include a driveway, any area set aside for car parking, any building […]

YVCC REDEVELOPMENT FOR DOWNSIZERS+LOCALS

LUXURY THREE BEDROOM TOWNHOUSES ALONG THE YARRA RIVER Link Solutions executive director, Charles Pick, has taken the opportunity to inform our group about their redevelopment proposal at Yarra Valley Country Club (YVCC) in Bulleen, which is over 67 acres in size. The proposal has recently been supported by the City of Manningham to be referred […]

N.E. LINK MEANS MORE CARS….LESS TRAIN TRAVEL

NORTH EAST LINK TO SHIFT 25 K RAIL PASSENGERS A DAY TO CARS “The project would contribute to an increase in car trips and reduction in public transport trips across the network. Because of the location of the project, it competes most directly with sections of the rail network, principally the Hurstbridge, Mernda, Upfield and […]

KEW TO DONCASTER TRAIN HAD THE GREEN LIGHT

STANDING COMMITEE RECOMMENDED RAILWAY.LINE TO DONCASTER 1928 “terminating on the east side of Council street, opposite the shire hall” Reporting on its inquiry into the many proposals which have been made for the provision of railway facilities for the Doncaster and Warrandyte districts, the Railways Standing Committee yesterday recommended to the Legislative Assembly the construction […]

SOLAR INCENTIVE AFTER CLOSURE OF HAZELWOOD

SOLAR FEED-IN TARIFFS TO REMAIN HIGH  AS VICTORIA CLOSES POWER STATION The Victorian government has just made a move unprecedented in recent Australian solar history – they have moved to mandate a higher minimum solar feed in rate than what was previously on offer. From 1 July 2017, the new mandatory minimum rate for solar […]