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EVACUATION FROM HIGH-RISE APARTMENT FIRE

The risk of emergencies such as fires escalating into full scale disasters in Doncaster Hill apartment buildings are very real. Councils and Owners Corporations have a legal and moral responsibility to provide systems and procedures to ensure that minor incidents do not escalate into full scale emergencies, if and when they do, occupants can be […]

COUNCIL OVERSTATED AVAILABLE CAR PARKING

The Council Newsletter posted on the Manningham website on 19/12/2015 announced that construction of Westfield’s five storey car park would start early next year. It went on to say that the multi deck, to be located in the north east corner car park adjacent to Goodson Street, would add 854 car spaces to Shoppingtown’s available parking […]

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 […]

COUNCIL FLIP FLOP ON DONCASTER HILL PARKING

The current problems on Doncaster Hill can be traced back to years of indecision, flawed assumptions and bureaucratic bungling in the early planning of the activity centre that has contributed to the gross under supply of off street car parking we are experiencing today. A study conducted in 2002, found there was a need for six […]

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 […]

NO CAPITAL RETURNS FOR APARTMENT INVESTORS

Clearly, without overseas buyers, many off-plan projects on Doncaster Hill would not be proceeding. However if overseas buyers wish to sell they will incur heavy losses because of the difference between the prices paid through overseas intermediaries and what they will fetch on the falling local market. According to SQM research, asking prices for 2 […]

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 […]

PROS & CONS OF HIGH-DENSITY VERTICAL LIVING

The amount of energy used by tall buildings, the energy in their building materials and the mental health and social impacts of living and working in high-rises are being questioned by current research. A 2010 Allen Consulting report to the Victorian Building Commission found ‘no conclusive evidence that vertical living was more sustainable than conventional […]