CAR DEPENDENCY THE DONCASTER HILL DILEMMA

 TRAFFIC CONSULTANT’S REMARKS AND RECOMMENDATION

“A strategy based largely on car dependency (or existing travel patterns) to service future development is likely to return back to pre-1997 congestion levels on main roads through the study area. However, the performance of these scenarios is unsatisfactory in the PM Peak periods and as such demonstrates the need to accept a lower development density if travel behaviour is not changed”.

Freeway Peak Hour
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2001 Volume Estimates
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“The clearest statement about how to achieve the broad aims of the Strategy are to change people’s travel behavior by encouraging increased public transport use and to reduce the level of car dependency. Council policies and guidelines will form a key element of this task, with Council acting as an advocate of change in travel conduct”.

Preliminary work by consultants had based their reports on there being an integrated transport  system for the centre which suggested that it would have all three modes of transport made available, the promise of a railway station on Doncaster Hill and an extension of the Tram line, however were never more than political skulduggery. As early as 2002, Continue reading CAR DEPENDENCY THE DONCASTER HILL DILEMMA →

CIRCULAR PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS WAS PROPOSED

PRECINCT 8, (Intersection of Doncaster Road and Tram Road), Pedestrian Overpass Council’s Draft Urban Masterplan suggests that this key intersection should have a strong pedestrian function. A pedestrian overpass is proposed as a means of connecting and unifying this busy node.

Doncaster Road/Tram Road Intersection Flyover

Overpass at Main Intersection
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Any overpass must be outstanding in terms of its design as this is the high point of the hill and therefore is key in setting the tone for the Hill. An overpass will be visually prominent from all directions and should have a strong visual form by day and night and so incorporate lighting of the structure. Continue reading CIRCULAR PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS WAS PROPOSED →

LUNAR ENERGY THE HARNESSING OF OCEAN TIDES

LEAST RELIABLE, LEAST ECONOMICAL AND LEAST PREFERRED 

Sihwa Barrage Plant
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Tidal Plant Off Maine
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The gravitational pull of the moon and sun along with the rotation of the earth cause the tides. In some places, tides cause water levels near the shore to vary up to 40 feet. People had harnessed this movement of water to operate grain mills more than a 1,000 years ago in Europe. Today, tidal energy systems generate electricity.  Several tidal power barrages operate around the world. The Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station in South Korea Continue reading LUNAR ENERGY THE HARNESSING OF OCEAN TIDES →

WARMING LIKELY CAUSING SEVERE POLAR VORTEX

“The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment project allocations, and the power of money, is ever present and is gravely to be regarded”. “Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become captive of a scientific technological elite”…. Dwight Eisenhower

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Scientists who have switched from global cooling are now saying that the severe cold spells do not disprove global warming. “It may well be that it could make the occasional bout of extreme cold weather even more likely”. Much of the U.S. when in the the grip of a Polar Vortex is pretty much what it sounds like a whirlwind of  extremely cold, extremely dense that forms near the poles. that usually the fast winds in the vortex—which can top 100 mph (161 k/h)—keep that cold air locked up in the Arctic. But when the winds weaken, the vortex Continue reading WARMING LIKELY CAUSING SEVERE POLAR VORTEX →

LUXURY APARTMENT THAT PROVED ANYTHING BUT

PROPERTY COMPANY NETWORK PACIFIC ACCUSED OF MANIPULATING PROXY VOTES TO KEEP LUCRATIVE MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS…Liz Hobday ABC 7.30

Jennifer Fletcher      Photo ABC News

When Jennifer Fletcher bought her luxury apartment in Melbourne, she never thought it would lead to a battle with one of the countries biggest management companies.

Upon buying into the Tiara development at Melbourne’s Southbank two years ago, she had to join Tiara’s owners corporation and pay fees of $4,300 a year.

“I thought it would be simple. Everything would be looked after for me, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case,” she told 7.30. Problems in the building included graffiti, urine and bloodstains that weren’t cleaned up, cracks in the plaster from level nine to level 30, Continue reading LUXURY APARTMENT THAT PROVED ANYTHING BUT →

MANNINGHAM STILL BACKER OF THE CAR STACKER

Despite their previous misgivings about the use of Car Stackers, even after the developer of a 15 storey development refused to install them, Council officers still recommended approval of a car stacker system for resident parking in a four story apartment proposal at 19-23 Bayley Grove, Doncaster.

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As far it can be ascertained this will be the first major development on Doncaster Hill that is likely to proceed using a car stacker system for its entire resident parking. Residents adjacent to the development have complained that they had no way of knowing the method of parking until after the period for objections had expired because the notice board on site did not reveal that stackers were proposed….this is standard practice according to the Doncaster Hill Residents Group. A leader of the Friends of Hepburn Group said there were three previous developments where council had approved mechanical parking, two did not proceed and the developer of the third went ahead without the use of stacker parking. With most councils car stacker parking systems are only acceptable where Continue reading MANNINGHAM STILL BACKER OF THE CAR STACKER →

BUS LANES TAKE CENTRE STRIP PLANNED FOR RAIL

“You can rule out Doncaster rail to the City via the freeway because Vic Roads want the the median strip reserved for dedicated Bus lanes”.  26/8/2016                                                   

No Railway– Buses Only

The release of the North East Link last Friday has officially ended any hope of a rail line being extended to Doncaster Hill after it was confirmed the freeway centre strip would be replaced to provide dedicated bus lanes.    northeastlink.vic.gov.au

Both Liberal and labor  governments had always regarded buses as the only public transport solution for Doncaster Hill and had repeatedly advised Manningham to “stop tugging in other directions”.  That didn’t stop an opposition party proposing a $6.5 Million study, as an election campaign ploy, which  was only half completed after it won office.

What surprised residents was how easily Council could be sucked into believing the politicians by providing a false hope to Doncaster residents and investors by embarking Continue reading BUS LANES TAKE CENTRE STRIP PLANNED FOR RAIL →

LESS POPULATION=LESS MEAT=LESS METHANE GAS

Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together. Burning fuel to produce fertiliser to grow feed, to produce meat and to transport it -and the deforestation and land clearing for grazing – produces 9 per cent of all emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas. And their wind and manure emit more than one third of emissions of another, methane, which warms the world 20 times faster than carbon dioxide. What makes animal agriculture so inefficient? In short, animals consume more food than they produce. Or put another way, Continue reading LESS POPULATION=LESS MEAT=LESS METHANE GAS →

RESIDENTS IN THE DARK OVER SHADOWING POLICY

Residents in the lower scale development zone, abutting the Doncaster Hill precinct at 810 Elgar Rd, are questioning why council have prescribed such high buildings (32.5 metres) on their boundary line without there being an appropriate height step down to avoid overshadowing of their properties. 

Shadowing Diagrams

All buildings and works should be designed to avoid casting shadows upon any adjacent properties (including public open spaces) outside the area covered by the DDO6 (Doncaster Hill Precinct) between 11am and 2pm on  22nd March or 22nd of September  (ACZ1 updated from amendment C33)

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FROM PLASTIC GARBAGE PATCH TO DINNER PLATE

Microplastics in sea threat to human health, United Nations warns

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39217985  (copy to browser to open)

BBC Video link above captures the moment plastic enters the food chain

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Microplastics are created when larger plastic debris breaks down by sunlight and wave action into rice-sized bits that measure five millimeters or less.  They have turned the world’s oceans into what scientists call a “plastic soup,” but their impact on the marine ecosystem in our oceans is not fully understood. A 2015 study had attempted Continue reading FROM PLASTIC GARBAGE PATCH TO DINNER PLATE →