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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 […]

HIGH RAIL COSTS COULD STALL PHASE 2 OF STUDY

Whilst Manningham council should be supported in its intention to expand the evaluation conducted in the Doncaster Rail Study (DRS) Phase One, it should be noted that the study was completed in full. Further that it was confined by its terms of reference to consider only a heavy rail service, though it did make some recommendations […]

WORK ON DONCASTER RAIL STARTED IN SEVENTIES

According to Wikipedia, detailed planning of the long awaited Doncaster rail line, first proposed in 1890, began in 1969 and by 1972 a route from Victoria Park Station to Blackburn Road, East Doncaster was decided.  Property acquisition for part of the route was completed in 1975 and the excavation of a cutting north of Victoria […]

MELBOURNE’S RAILWAYS IN STATE OF DISREPAIR

The state government funding program for the maintenance of existing rail infrastructure and building the MMP tunnel and its proposed extensions, such as the lines to West Doncaster and Melbourne Airport, “is so fanciful that it may as well have had a dozen tatts lotto tickets attached to it”…analogy by previous transport minister Terrence Mulder The Victorian […]

PUBLIC BACKLASH AT PRIMARY SCHOOL REMOVAL

Parents and supporters had gathered at the Manningham offices and on the steps of parliament house, to express their anger at the prospect of losing their primary school for the sake of council’s high rise strategy. The Doncaster, Council Street, primary school land looked likely to be the first casualty under the state government’s rationalisation […]

PLANNING BILL GETS COMMUNITY THUMBS DOWN

Recognising Objections Bill 2015, now before state parliament, is so weak and watery it may have the opposite effect and limit resident objections.  10 storey next to a 2 storey zone The number of objections will only to be considered appropriate when the determining authority deems the proposed use or development may have a “significant […]

RATE INCOME BOOST – APARTMENTS GET SMALLER

 The higher yield from approving small apartments means more ratepayers for Council and higher profits for developers. The majority of the Manningham permit application reports indicate that council is allowing at least 40% of the total number of apartments in major high rise buildings to have only one bedroom. These buildings appear to be targeting […]

LIGHT RAIL – DONCASTER TO CITY VIA FREEWAY

The Victorian Transport Action Group (VTAG), an independent forum of transport experts from various disciplines, shares a vision of a highly mobile Melbourne with an increased population being effectively and sustainably serviced by a versatile, strategically expanded public transport network. In this paper VTAG proposes Route 100 as a solution for the car dependent and congested North-Eastern suburbs. Route 100 […]

TRAM WAS PART OF DONCASTER TRANSPORT PLAN

The presence of highly visible rails and overhead equipment of a Tram line on Doncaster Hill would have provided its residents with a stable, reliable and a symbolic connection to the entire metropolitan network. Buses, except on the dedicated freeway lanes which cater only for City bound commuters, were less preferred than a fixed rail […]

DONCASTER HILL PED&CYCLE PLAN ABANDONED

Despite being endorsed by Councillors and approved by council engineers, after years of promoting the shared path circuit plan with expensive brochures and consultation etc., Manningham council had abandoned the scheme in 2009 due to safety concerns thought to have arisen from the excessive slopes of the area. Unfortunately all that is left of the […]