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Manningham Council

VCAT SAY MANDATORY RULES ARE DISCRETIONARY

MANNINGHAM MUST MAKE PLANNING SCHEDULES MORE VCAT PROOF. Here is another example of where a Vcat member has upheld a developer appeal by overruling a council decision to reject a three storey townhouse proposal, at 88 Whittens Lane, Doncaster, despite it not conforming to the mandatory provisions (cannot be varied with a permit) of the […]

JACKSON CT TOWER APPROVED BY DELEGATION

MINISTER DUCK SHOVED MAKING DECISION BEFORE ELECTION CLICK ON LINK TO STATE PLANNING AUTHORITY APPROVES MITCHELL STREET  Despite assurances from the office of the minister for planning, Matthew Guy, that community submissions received by his office would be thoroughly examined prior to any resolution, the state planning authority had already been authorised to bypass his […]

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 […]

VICTORIAN CORRUPTION BODY A PAPER TIGER

 A promise was  made before the 2010 election, by the then opposition leader, that an Independent- Broad-Based- Anti corruption – Commission (IBAC), closely modeled on the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), would be established. The IBAC  has very little power by comparison, containing a narrow definition of corrupt conduct. For example,  “being conduct that would, […]

DONCASTER RAIL MAYBE SOMETIME MAYBE NEVER

A Railway Station on Doncaster Hill was not even considered in the report’s recommendations below due to its impracticality and the huge costs involved. The reports do not mention the cost of deviating the South Morang line, required before the Doncaster line could be connected, estimated to be about the same as building a rail […]

MORE GRIDLOCK FOR CAR DRIVEN DONCASTER

Motorists are at standstill almost a minute for every kilometer traveled according to VicRoads peak hour time delay data in the article by Aleks Devic of the Heraldsun. Doncaster motorists could find themselves stationary for even longer periods due to the lack public transport options with Manningham being the only metropolitan municipality without a train […]

Building Next Door – what should you put up with? Blocked Driveways ?

If you have a significant development going on next door, and they do go on for many , many months, how tolerant would you be? Is it OK for them to place safety bollards over the entire street blocking residents from parking for months on end ? Even on Sundays when they are not working? […]

WESTFIELD TO PROVIDE MORE ONSITE PARKING

A parking tower development will compensate for the closure of  temporary offsite parking areas and help relieve pressure on side streets and the Municipal grounds.  Westfield have a planning permit to develop the land on the eastern side of the Westfield Doncaster shopping centre at 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster with a new freestanding five level car park […]

REMOVAL OF DONKEY VOTE NOT RECOMMENDED

No mention of  the Donkey Vote in Local Government Electoral Recommendations  Tasmania removed the problem by adopting the Robson Rotation System which reduces the impact of linear voting by creating a number of versions of the ballot paper, each with a different order of names giving each candidate an equal share of all positions on […]

COUNCIL FUNDING DOOMED RAILWAY CAMPAIGN

 Manningham council are wasting a further $20,000 of municipal funds in a futile rail  campaign, in addition to the $40,000 spent last year, to keep the dream of a railway to  Doncaster Hill alive, promote local and overseas investment and give a false hope to  Doncaster commuters. Council had already been advised that a railway […]