FOREIGN BUYERS RAISING THE BAR IN DONCASTER

The Government’s proposal to impose a foreign ownership property tax had not impeded overseas investment in Doncaster. The tax is now being reviewed after it emerged there were potentially unintentional consequences for first home buyers and larger developer companies that have significant foreign ownership.

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Foreign Investment
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Planning Application
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A property at 21 Clay Drive, Doncaster (931 M2), recently sold at auction for $2.350 Million, has set a new benchmark asking price of $2,524 per M2 for properties in Sub precincts A & B in Precinct Two. At this rate an average block of land of 700 m2 could fetch more than $1.766 Million in either of the two Sub precincts. A planning permit application for seven (7) two storey townhouses has been lodged
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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.

David Graham  Ex Manningham

David Graham
Ex Manningham   Now GTA

Unfortunately all that is left of the original plan, according to the One Step At A Time attached document, is a 250 metre shared path from the Civic grounds through to the Westfield Car park. David Graham who helped design the plan is now a director at GTA Consultants. During his tenure at Manningham City Council between 1999-2004,  David was involved in the implementation of the Doncaster Hill Strategy and associated plans. He also prepared scoping reports for a variety of projects including Doncaster Hill Pedestrian and Cycling Strategy Manningham Arterial Road Improvement Strategy  blackspots and bicycle treatments, project managed road improvement projects, developed and implemented LATM schemes and provided advice to Council regarding Continue reading DONCASTER HILL PED&CYCLE PLAN ABANDONED →

Japanese Ingenuity – Save your plastic – Run your Car, Heat your House.

Man Invents machine to turn household WASTE plastic into oil, IN YOUR HOME !

And save 80% of CO2 Emissions compared to burning the rubbish.

When an invention like this is already up and working why don’t our governments have them installed everywhere….instead of taxing  us  on emissions?

Japanese Ingenuity — Save your plastic, bags, foam, bottles, wrappers ~~~ This is one of the most amazing break-through’s in Technology both in it’s potential impact, and its small scale.
Why aren’t we doing this now????  If you look around the web there are others doing this too, different qualities and scales, but this kit is neat enough for any one to have, or perhaps everyone to have..
I think we should all do what we can to save what we are destroying!  We shouldn’t be surprised at this at all, just a case of Japanese ingenuity and perseverance.

What is more important would be the marketing and very low cost to make it mandatory to have one of these in every home.
The sound is all in Japanese. Just read the subtitles and watch. What a great discovery! Continue reading Japanese Ingenuity – Save your plastic – Run your Car, Heat your House. →

CITIES ON THE VERGE OF A LIGHT RAIL REVIVAL

“Light Rail Transit (LRT) provides cities with a high quality, medium-capacity public transport technology with higher performance, capacity and passenger comfort than traditional street Bus and Tram systems, but at lower per-kilometre capital cost than heavy rail” by Scott Martin, Track Signal Magazine

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The Victorian Transport Action Group’s (VTAG) detailed plan for a Doncaster Light Rail Transit (LRT)  between the CBD and Doncaster Hill, via the Eastern Freeway and Doncaster Road, is expected to be submitted to the Manningham Council later this month. The high capacity, rapid transit service is estimated to cost around $1.5 billion, including rolling stock. The Track Signal magazine have indicated it will be publishing details of the proposal in their July edition.

“Unlike other modes of mass transportation, light rail offers the ability to closely integrate into the community and bring people into the very centre of high density activity areas”.

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Building Next Door – What Should You Put Up With? Crane Safety?

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 Legal for them to crane large items across your property, when they haven’t enough room on their site? NO – but they do…
  • What protective barriers or exclusion zones are required around cranes unloading from Streets to work sites?
    • I expect the barriers should be out wide enough to make it impossible for public to get under the crane.
  • The builders seem happy enough to walk underneath the crane’s mobile load, but I don’t think  public should, I certainly wouldn’t.

If they are doing this, like at our house, the council won’t touch it, instead they will tell you to refer it Worksafe.  Contact details for the Victorian branch are below.

Have you seem anything like this around you?

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APARTMENT GLUT HINDERS RESALE PROSPECTS

Apartment resale results on Doncaster Hill are unlikely to improve with the neighbouring Box Hill Activity High Rise Centre, with its superior infrastructure including Train, Tram and Bus interchange, a world class public Hospital and Tafe College, now under construction.
Whitehorse Wants Improved Transport

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The lack of infrastructure and the large number now being sold overseas are among the contributing factors undermining the resale prospects of Doncaster Hill apartment owners.  You would expect that apartments purchased in 2011-12 on Doncaster Hill would at least fetch the prices they were purchased for but unfortunately this has not been the case. Losses of up to $192,000 and $147,000 were recorded on larger apartments. Smaller units fared better but most were still unable to redeem their original purchase price plus commissions etc. According to researchers asking prices for units have fallen by approximately $50,000 since October 2011 while house prices more than held their own in the same period Continue reading APARTMENT GLUT HINDERS RESALE PROSPECTS →

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.

Subterranean Apartment Doncaster Hill Centre Click to enlarge

Subterranean Apartments
Doncaster Hill Centre
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No Solar Panels
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The following propaganda article published in 2009 by the Manningham Council, was to portray how a resident, living and working in Doncaster Hill, would describe their improved quality of  daily life: I wake up in the morning to views across metropolitan Melbourne, pleased with my contribution to the long term sustainability of this City because I live in Continue reading HILL SMART ENERGY PLAN NOW A BLURRED VISION →

A COW EMITS ANNUAL GHG EQUAL TO FAMILY CAR

SIXTEEN KILOS OF CO2 TO GET ONE KILO OF BEEF ON THE TABLE CANNOT BE SUSTAINED

Sixteen Kilos of GHG  For One Kilo of Beef

Sixteen Kilos of  CO2
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Excerpts from a segment on Horizons. Michael Mosley seeks to establish the truth about meat. Every year humans raise and eat 65 billion animals, nine animals for every person on the globe. We are eating twice as much meat as we were 50 years ago, but it comes at a price. The average British citizen consumes 80 kilos of meat every year and 120 kilos is eaten in the USA. China who once consumed four kilos of beef per head per year are now averaging 55 kilos. What is the environmental impact if we want to eat meat? Is there a way to do so without destroying the planet? 300 million cattle are slaughtered every year, 1.4 billion pigs, one billion sheep and goats, 5 million horses, two million camels, 3.5 million ducks and Continue reading A COW EMITS ANNUAL GHG EQUAL TO FAMILY CAR →

TUNSTALL SQUARE FOUR STOREY PLAN OVERDONE

“FOR THE MINDLESS PURPOSE OF PROVIDING EVEN MORE APARTMENTS” 

Tunstall Square Draft Structure Plan

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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 levels above each shop, would detract from the village atmosphere resulting in increased traffic, noise, overcrowding, additional parking issues and rubbish etc.

Tracy D. would like Tunstall Square to remain pretty much as it is, she wrote; “Tunstall Square will struggle to cater for the high density DDO8 three storey strategy that surrounds it without building more apartments on top of shops. Maybe a limit of two storeys where the Continue reading TUNSTALL SQUARE FOUR STOREY PLAN OVERDONE →

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.

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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 have limited space on their balconies, can now enjoy this luxury thanks to the latest grillers and tables designed especially for very cramped areas. Living in a detached home certainly has many perks but it does not mean that everyone has the luxury of boundless green gardens and varnished oak decking to enjoy their outdoors so we need grillers and tables that are portable and can be used on an a small balcony. Continue reading BALCONY BARBECUES FOR HIGHRISE APARTMENTS →