DONCASTER MONORAIL A VIABLE TRANSPORT LINK

HIGH SPEED MONORAIL TO SOUTHERN CROSS STATION

Monorail Route & StationsEight-carriage trains every three minutes: Providing the long-awaited high-capacity public transport link to Doncaster from the Melbourne CBD.

The following travel time is likely: Flinders Street – Doncaster Hill: About 18 km in 18 minutes. (Click on Photos to enlarge)

Beats the Doncaster Rail Option: The high capacity monorail is more cost-effective than the $11 billion study option which ends near Greythorn more than 1.2 km away from Doncaster Hill.

Photo 2.This monorail link would use eight-carriage monorail trains from the outset to achieve a carrying capacity of over 15,000 passengers per hour per direction.The cost range estimate is less than $1 billion Continue reading DONCASTER MONORAIL A VIABLE TRANSPORT LINK →

NOBBLED FIRB CREATING RECORD HOUSE PRICES

FIRB IN LIMBO AS FIRST HOME BUYERS ARE FORCED TO CITY FRINGES   

Elephant in the RoomForeign Investment Review Board, under the control of politicians and bureaucrats and not equipped to curb foreign investment in established properties, is forcing housing prices out of reach of local purchasers.

The Australian has revealed that the FIRB had not prosecuted a single investor since 2006 for illegally acquiring property in Australia amid a wave of offshore buying. Australia allows foreign investment in new housing to stimulate supply, but  is supposed to prohibit foreigners from (click on photo to enlarge)   buying established homes in all but a narrow range of circumstances.                                                                           House Economics Committee Report On FIRB                                                     Boom or Bust,  in article 5/8/2014, wrote; Australia is in the midst of a chronic affordability crisis. Housing price inflation has outstripped both rents and household incomes for over a decade, leading to a residential property market considered unaffordable both historically and internationally. Yet, instead of helping to resolve the crisis, Australia’s political class is apparently Continue reading NOBBLED FIRB CREATING RECORD HOUSE PRICES →

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 word ‘Activity Centre’ is incorporated into any development plan residents should question Continue reading Draft Tunstall Square Structure Plan DeJa Vu, Meet Nov27th →

WHITEHORSE PARK LAST OPTION FOR SEWER MINE

Eram Park LocationEram Park (7.7 Hectares) under the jurisdiction of Whitehorse council, now appears the only  likely site for the location of Yarra Valley Water’s Sewer Mining Plant after Manningham Council refused to locate it

The challenge now for YVW is to convince                                  (Click on photo to enlarge)                                     Whitehorse it should agree to give up a large area of parkland for the construction of a Sewer Mining Plant, for the sole use of a municipality who have just rejected it, with no benefit whatsoever to its ratepayers. The function of the SMP will involve the removal and treatment of raw sewage Continue reading WHITEHORSE PARK LAST OPTION FOR SEWER MINE →

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 Manningham Planning Scheme schedule DDO8, by ruling that; “the design objectives clearly indicate support for two-storey townhouse style dwellings with a higher yield  within sub-precinct B. However, the design objectives in DDO8, fall short of saying three-storey developments cannot be contemplated”! Workroom Design Pty Ltd v Manningham CC [2014] VCAT 587 (16 May 2014)             MPS DDO8   

Resident Amelia Tang provides the following analogy; Continue reading VCAT SAY MANDATORY RULES ARE DISCRETIONARY →

SOS Poll Victorian Planning in ‘crisis’ – election candidates and community agree

Our RAIDID group are one of many,  many,  around the country, monitoring and challenging local governments on Planning and Amenity issues.

Save Our Suburbs (S.O.S,) is doing the Same, but at a State level – challenging the machine that is State Politics, VCAT, and other bodies that impact Amenity.

SOS have just released their initial findings gleaned from our prospective State Politicians, a Poll measuring how those that would represent us after the next elections, feel, understand, and would deal with issues close to our hearts & the livability of our great state.  Take Note, Challenge local members, and remember when it comes time to vote.

Victorian Planning in ‘crisis’ – election candidates and community agree

Save Our Suburbs Media Release  17 November 2104

A survey of Victoria’s election candidates has found overwhelming support for planning reform across the state and across the political spectrum:

  • Over 90% support political donations reform
  • Over 90% think that the Planning Minister should publish advice relied on and reasons for decisions
  • Over 95% say we need to improve transparency, accountability and integrity

Continue reading SOS Poll Victorian Planning in ‘crisis’ – election candidates and community agree →

JACKSON CT TOWER APPROVED BY DELEGATION

MINISTER DUCK SHOVED MAKING DECISION BEFORE ELECTION

CLICK ON LINK TO STATE PLANNING AUTHORITY APPROVES MITCHELL STREET

 Mitchell Street DevelopmentDespite 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 office and approve the Jackson Court proposal (amendment C95). Council officers had originally rejected the 19m height of this proposal but were prepared to approve a height of 14.5m and support an application to rezone the land for a mixed use category providing an area of at least 1300 m2 be reserved  for the exclusive use of a supermarket. However Manningham Coucillors were to reject their own officers advice by overturning the decision and moving that the 19m development proposal be accepted.                                             council rejection of 19m development                 Tunstall Neighbourhood Activity Centre                        Continue reading JACKSON CT TOWER APPROVED BY DELEGATION →

DONCASTER RD PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS UNLIKELY

Pedestrian AccessAlthough 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 gradient ramps. This is unlikely to be achievable at these locations because of the narrow road reserves which would make lead up entries, either side of Doncaster Road, too steep.

Apart from the pedestrian crossing at the main intersection at Tram/Williamsons Road, opportunities for pedestrians to cross Doncaster Road to the east will have to be compromised for the sake of maintaining traffic flow in Doncaster Road .

Already congestion is an issue at the Doncaster Road intersections with Frederick Street and Tower Street, in particular Continue reading DONCASTER RD PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS UNLIKELY →

VICTORIAN CORRUPTION BODY A PAPER TIGER

Tanberg 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, if the facts were found proved beyond reasonable doubt at a trial”.              Click to enlarge Tandberg cartoon

In contrast, ICAC’s jurisdiction is very widely expressed and it  is entitled to investigate “any allegation or complaint that, or any circumstances which, in the Commissioner’s opinion imply that … corrupt conduct … may have occurred, may be occurring or may be about to occur.”

“The IBAC must not conduct an investigation unless Continue reading VICTORIAN CORRUPTION BODY A PAPER TIGER →

DONCASTER RAIL MAYBE SOMETIME MAYBE NEVER

Proposed NetworkA 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 line to Doncaster Park and Ride, which (Click on map to enlarge)     means their combined cost could exceed $10 Billion.    

Disclaimer: The Department of Transport, its advisers and consultants do not make any representation of warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the information contained in these documents.

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The third stage of the plan is proposed for implementation within 15 years.

Stage 3 of the plan includes addressing the capacity constraints Continue reading DONCASTER RAIL MAYBE SOMETIME MAYBE NEVER →