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

  Whitehorse Still Wants Improved Transport                  Double Click to Enlarge

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 Wind Turbines
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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Sizzler Attached to Rail
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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 →

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.

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Doncaster Apartments  Selling In Asia
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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 finance. At that time, because we were resident overseas, the Foreign Investment Review Board required me to provide my British passport, our marriage certificate, my wife’s passport and birth certificate, and proof of finance before we were allowed to purchase the property Continue reading FIRB HANDS OFF POLICY ON OVERSEAS INVESTORS →

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 of construction and the current glut of apartments for sale.

Sliding Screen For bedroom ventilation Click to enlarge

Sliding Screen For bedroom ventilation Click to enlarge

“Coversign” a real estate salesman writes; “resale prices of the high rise apartments continue to plummet on the local market. A one bedroom apartment in a high-rise building close to Westfield Shopping centre, purchased for $359,000 in 2011-12, is now listed for sale in March 2015 for only $340,000 and another owner in the same development, who paid $559,000, will accept $550,000 if a buyer could be found… huge losses when you add agents commission and the legal costs involved etc”.

Some apartment developments are so dense they would not pass laws in major cities throughout the world, prompting the need for Continue reading DONCASTER HILL PLAGUED BY SMALL APARTMENTS →

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             

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Widening Gap Between House & Apartment Price
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High Rise Apartments Doncaster Road
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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 include Villa Units and Town Houses which accounts for the higher asking prices in 2009 when they were about equal to the number of apartments being Continue reading HOUSE PRICE BOOM AS APARTMENTS GET CHEAPER →

DONCASTER HILL BYPASS ROUTE TO BE CHANGED

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Clay Drive Residences
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Proposed Bypass Road
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Manningham Council had planned to create a bypass road through the residential streets south of Doncaster Hill to help ease congestion on Doncaster Road. Hepburn Road was to be extended across Clay Drive through to Tram Road via Frederick and Merlin Streets to carry south bound traffic but it now appears that the extension can only go as far as Clay drive because the area between Clay drive and Frederick Street, thought Continue reading DONCASTER HILL BYPASS ROUTE TO BE CHANGED →