NEW ZONES COULD REDUCE SIDE STREET DENSITY

Given the form of multi unit development already established in the area and the costs associated with the acquisition of three sites to enable apartments, it is likely that most redevelopment in the DDO8 area will be two storey townhouse developments in courts and side streets off main roads.

Two Storey TownHouse Development 7.7 m height
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The Reformed Residential Zones will mean the current DDO8 will be subject to the terms and conditions of the General Residential Zone (GRZ). It will remain intact except that the height criteria will be more defined. Maximum heights and number of storeys, (11 metres and three storeys), will now apply to apartment proposals on allotments 18oo m2 or more in sub-precinct A. A lower height formula (9 metres and two storeys) will apply to townhouse developments in sub-precinct B and on allotments of less than 1800 m2 in sub-Precinct A. Continue reading NEW ZONES COULD REDUCE SIDE STREET DENSITY →

ALL DAY PARKING FOR CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES

If Manningham is genuinely concerned about relieving the pressure on the 400  parking spaces available at the Park and Ride facility, which also caters for City bound commuters from neighbouring Boroondara area, it must provide alternative areas for long stay parking. One method could be to allow long stay parking in side streets adjacent to the Doncaster Road Bus route such as what is currently being extended to construction vehicles associated with apartment development.

All Day Side Street Parking for Construction Vehicles                                                             Photo J. Stanford

A multi deck car park at Park and Ride needs to be erected as soon as possible especially if a future rail line is to be Continue reading ALL DAY PARKING FOR CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES →

KEW TO DONCASTER TRAIN HAD THE GREEN LIGHT

STANDING COMMITEE RECOMMENDED RAILWAY.LINE TO DONCASTER 1928

“terminating on the east side of Council street, opposite the shire hall”

Kew Railway Station 1928        Click to enlarge

Reporting on its inquiry into the many proposals which have been made for the provision of railway facilities for the Doncaster and Warrandyte districts, the Railways Standing Committee yesterday recommended to the Legislative Assembly the construction of a line from the present railhead at Kew to a point opposite the Doncaster Shire Hall. The proposed ex- tension will be six miles 29 chains long.

Assuming that the land for the line is provided free of cost by the people of the district, the estimated cost of the line is £494,970, of which £438,500 represents the cost of the actual construction and equipment of the line and stations, and £56,456 the cost of the necessary rolling stock. Argus 1928
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SOLAR INCENTIVE AFTER CLOSURE OF HAZELWOOD

SOLAR FEED-IN TARIFFS TO REMAIN HIGH  AS VICTORIA CLOSES POWER STATION

FiT and Retail             Click to enlarge

The Victorian government has just made a move unprecedented in recent Australian solar history – they have moved to mandate a higher minimum solar feed in rate than what was previously on offer. From 1 July 2017, the new mandatory minimum rate for solar feed into the grid will be 11.3c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) however this not a fixed  rate and will be subject to review every year. Victoria will lose 20% of its power generation with the closure of the Hazelwood power station which has prompted a steep surge in electricity prices. Solar PV owners in Victoria had been receiving a paltry Feed in Tariff (FiT) rate of around 5-6 cents/kWh for their surplus electricity going back into the grid. This was then on-sold to neighbours, sometimes travelling only a few metres down the poles and wires, for 29c on average Continue reading SOLAR INCENTIVE AFTER CLOSURE OF HAZELWOOD →

POLLUTANTS THAT COME OUT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

The major car pollutants are carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrous oxides, carbon dioxide and particulates. Most pollutants come from the exhausts but brake pads, tires, oil, grease, anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, and a number of cleaning agents can also contribute pollutants to the environment

Toxic Air Pollution Worse in Stop/Start Traffic
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While the government does monitor pollutants, these measurements bear little resemblance to the pollution you and your family experience while moving through daily life. EPA also requires that measured concentrations of regulated pollutants be averaged to determine compliance with standards. Especially in the case of Particulate matter (soot), for example, which can damage health.

Although we have grown to accept the smell of engine exhaust pollution as a part of our everyday life. This is Continue reading POLLUTANTS THAT COME OUT OF MOTOR VEHICLES →

BOX HILL CENTRE A CITY OF TINY CONCRETE BOXES

This is for those interested in the future of Box Hill Major Activity Centre.  As far as I am concerned it is a total disaster and somewhere to stay away from.  Last time I went to check it I noticed there were two policemen on bicycles so I stopped and asked them what they were doing and they told me they have to be on bicycles to move fast to try to stop the sale of drugs going on openly. Mary Drost

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Dear Mary Drost – I am passing this on as some may be interested to hear Senior Whitehorse Planning officers explain the proposed amendment of building guidelines for Box Hill Major Activity Centre: http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Amendment-C175.html     

Nine precincts are Continue reading BOX HILL CENTRE A CITY OF TINY CONCRETE BOXES →

HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO KEPT ON WEARING HATS

BARE HEADED—-THE BRAVE NEW ERA

Hats were more than fashionable they were required

When ever you see a photo of a crowd from around the turn of the last century, up until the 1960’s, it seemed that practically every man and most women were wearing a hat regardless of their economic status or profession. When did the wearing of hats become unpopular? After about 1964, nowadays, if you walk down Flinder Street, travel by Bus or Train or attend race meetings you will see very few people wearing a wide brimmed hat. They have became so rare you might have thought that the hat itself was the cause of diseases – like skin cancers. The reason we wore hats, like other clothing items, was to protect our skin. In addition, less exposure to the sun delayed the development Continue reading HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO KEPT ON WEARING HATS →

SECOND HAND APARTMENTS CHEAPER THAN EVER

High Rental Ratio To Purchase Price But No Capital Gain

SQM research. Apt Prices in Red/Yellow  Houses in Blue. Doncaster 3108    Click to enlarge

Apartments may seem an attractive purchase because of their higher rent yield to purchase price ratio but the short term gain is nullified by the absence of any long term capital gain. In the period since 2011, Doncaster asking prices have fallen by as much as $50K. This is one of the reasons why Australian lending authorities are revaluing off-the-plan dwellings, sold up to two years beforehand, well below the initial purchase price. As a result, ­purchasers are ­required to cover any shortfall ­between the sales price and what banks are willing to lend. Depending on the amount of money paid, their have been instances where purchasers have defaulted, walked away and forfeited their deposit. If the trend continues it will be financial trap for owner occupiers who will have Continue reading SECOND HAND APARTMENTS CHEAPER THAN EVER →

LONDONERS SKATED WHEN THAMES RIVER FROZE

FROM DESERTS AND GLACIERS TO GRASSLANDS AND FORESTS

The world has continued to get warmer since the Little Ice Age (about 1400-1700 AD), the period when they skated on the Thames River, and will likely continue to warm for another 200-300 years, in stops and starts, towards a max temp roughly matching the Medieval Warm Period when Icelandic Vikings raised cattle, sheep and goats in grasslands on Greenland’s south western coast.

Londoners Skating on the Thames River 1684                             Photos British Museum

U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who do no original research of their own, but instead periodically assess and summarise published scientific literature on climate change, have done their best to exaggerate the rate of warming by the way they produce their charts.

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NO GRADE SEPARATION IN WESTFIELD EXPANSION

LACK OF PLAN TO SEPARATE BUSES COULD STYMIE AMENDMENT REQUEST

Westfield Extension 1.
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Westfield Extension 2.
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In June 2013, Manningham engineers advised that a grade-separation of Buses through Doncaster Hill would be required. “Plans have yet to be completed but it is likely, given the area topography, a combination of both bridges and tunnels would be needed to achieve the desired grade separation, without this, road-based public transport services will fail to operate successfully on Doncaster Hill due to the delay and impact, primarily to buses, caused by ongoing development and increasing traffic congestion in the activities area and the surrounding road network”

“There will also be Continue reading NO GRADE SEPARATION IN WESTFIELD EXPANSION →