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HILL SMART ENERGY PLAN NOW A BLURRED VISION

The Doncaster Hill Vision, “The Jewel In The Crown” of the failed 2030 program, originally hailed as a futuristic 21st century urban precinct with local investors expected to flock to it, is now being bailed out by foreign developers using their overseas intermediaries to sell small apartments. The following propaganda article published in 2009 by […]

TUNSTALL SQUARE FOUR STOREY PLAN OVERDONE

“FOR THE MINDLESS PURPOSE OF PROVIDING EVEN MORE APARTMENTS”  Only seven of the fifty three submissions council received from residents, regarding shop-top residential development, were totally in favor of the concept. The majority of submitters did not support  increasing building heights to four storeys because the large increase in the number of apartments, up to three […]

BALCONY BARBECUES FOR HIGHRISE APARTMENTS

The high rise housing trend comes accompanied by socialising around the balcony barbecue; whether it’s kids from the far flung suburbs, or their empty nester parents who’ve downsized to an apartment. It’s nice to enjoy this great Autumn weather to get outside and fire up the barbecues even those who live in apartment towers, who […]

FIRB HANDS OFF POLICY ON OVERSEAS INVESTORS

“ALL THAT FIRB HAVE TO DO IS TO REVERT TO THE RULES IN FORCE IN 2007/8”  Below is a letter we received from Arnold who preferred to remain anonymous. We bought our property in Richmond in early 2008. I am a British citizen married to a born-and-bred Australian. We bought the house jointly and without […]

DONCASTER HILL PLAGUED BY SMALL APARTMENTS

COUNCIL APPROVING ONE BEDROOM APARTMENTS AS SMALL AS 43 SQM.  The high cost of construction and the hefty sums paid for blocks of land on Doncaster Hill are among the factors being blamed for Council allowing developers to skimp on the size of apartments, not to mention the risk factors of falling prices during the long period […]

HOUSE PRICE BOOM AS APARTMENTS GET CHEAPER

INVESTORS WHO KNOW THE LOCAL MARKET WILL NOT BE INTERESTED MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE FALLING APARTMENT RESALE PRICES              The latest SQM Research data shows all unit/apartment asking prices in Doncaster 3108 have fallen from a median high of $675,000 in August 2009 to $521,100 in March 2015. These figures […]

PARKING DEARTH A BLIGHT ON DONCASTER HILL

“Cars are everywhere. They take us to work, shop and play. They monopolise our streets and roadways and mould the landscape to their insistent demands” ….Graeme Davison The shortage of off- street parking spaces on Doncaster Hill is proving to be a nightmare. Manningham council, who have limited parking spaces available in its own parking areas on […]

THREE STOREY TOWNHOUSE SCHEME WITHDRAWN

“three storey townhouses are not supported by the Municipal Strategic Statement” Residents of leafy Beverley Street, East Doncaster 3109, breathed a sigh of relief when they were informed by the the Manningham Planning Department that a recent application for a three, partial fourth storey apartment/townhouse development at number 51, had been withdrawn. This was after […]

Draft Tunstall Square Structure Plan DeJa Vu, Meet Nov27th

I am sure you are all mindful of this, but as a resident living near Westfield Doncaster that went to the first public meeting held by Manningham Council on its “vision” for the Doncaster Hill Activity Centre I would recommend that residents be vigilant on what the final outcome will become. As soon as the […]

DONCASTER RD PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS UNLIKELY

Although Manningham City Council, had planned  grade separating the pedestrian crossing at Frederick Street and/or Council Street in the planning of the Doncaster Hill Activity Centre, it was never feasible due to design and funding constraints. Any construction of new pedestrian overpasses would have to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) which requires low […]