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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 […]

MANNINGHAM PART OF SIX IN MELBOURNE’S EAST?

Manningham annual rates were among the highest in the state because it depended almost entirely on them for its survival during the nineties and had come very close to being carved up among adjoining municipalities, as part of the government’s amalgamation plan, before it agreed to build a high-rise activity centre as part of the Melbourne […]

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 […]

BOX HILL CENTRE A CITY OF TINY CONCRETE BOXES

This is for those interested in the future of Box Hill Major Activity Centre.  As far as I am concerned it is a total disaster and somewhere to stay away from.  Last time I went to check it I noticed there were two policemen on bicycles so I stopped and asked them what they were doing and they […]

NEW APARTMENT DESIGN STANDARDS IN VICTORIA

LIGHT, SPACE AND STORAGE FOR ALL NEW APARTMENTS? The long-awaited standards, announced on Friday, effective from March 17 next year, will put an end to apartments with small rooms without windows, borrowed light or “Gun Barrel” designs, where a window to a room is located at the end of a long corridor. With the new […]

WYNNE SHOWS CONTEMPT FOR PANEL AND PUBLIC

“Halfway through its term, Victorian Labor has joined the big-city development camp. Labor’s strategy is to side with vested interests while pretending to listen to rising resident concerns about rampant development. But packed public meetings across the metropolitan area are demanding greater development regulation, pitting residents against big capital, unions and compliant gov’t”. Michael Buxton […]

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 […]

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 […]

DONCASTER HIGHEST BUILDING WELL ADVANCED

The “Magnolia” a 15 storey apartment tower under construction in Hepburn Road, corner of Short Street will be the highest building in Doncaster when completed later this year. The maximum height of the project is proposed at 46.1 metres above the natural ground level to the highest point. This proposal  3D Views 20hepburn  on Doncaster Hill was […]

AUSSIE GROUP TO BUILD MITCHELL ST PROPOSAL

CBRE the sellimg agents have confirmed that Pace Development Group have purchased the land at Mitchell St in the Jackson Court Activity Centre for over $13 Million, approx $3,550 per sqm The sale to Pace Development Goup, its Managing Director Shane Wilkinson pictured left, comes more than 12 months after the Manningham Leader had reported […]