NEW APARTMENT DESIGN STANDARDS IN VICTORIA

LIGHT, SPACE AND STORAGE FOR ALL NEW APARTMENTS?

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The long-awaited standards, announced on Friday, effective from March 17 next year, will put an end to apartments with small rooms without windows, borrowed light or “Gun Barrel” designs, where a window to a room is located at the end of a long corridor. With the new regulations, all bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and studies will require windows that are visible and have access to natural light, not from light wells or reflected light, to all positions in the rooms.  

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Unfortunately the new provisions do not apply to approvals or applications received before March 17th 2017. Currently there is a backlog of more than the 50,000 apartments that would be exempt from the new regulations plus further applications pending that the authority might receive in the meantime before the new apartment provisions come into operation. New apartments will be required to have between six to 10 cubic metres of extra storage space. This reform was encouraged by the investigation into the fire at Docklands’ Lacrosse building (photo next page) that revealed residents were storing their possessions in fire hydrant cupboards and on balconies, due to overcrowding, that helped fuel the blaze.

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WYNNE SHOWS CONTEMPT FOR PANEL AND PUBLIC

“Halfway through its term, Victorian Labor has joined the big-city development camp. Labor’s strategy is to side with vested interests while pretending to listen to rising resident concerns about rampant development. But packed public meetings across the metropolitan area are demanding greater development regulation, pitting residents against big capital, unions and compliant gov’t”.

Michael Buxton is Professor Environment and Planning, RMIT University.

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In the Age Newspaper article, 11/12/16, he writes : No government ever asked the people of Melbourne if they wanted their city to become a high rise metropolis. No plan set such a goal. Governments decided for us.  One explanation for Labor’s approach is its addiction to land-related tax revenue – currently at about $7.6 billion annually – and its desperation to maintain the construction industry share of 7 per cent of state production. The construction industry wields enormous influence through its multi-layered development, business and service elements. Peak development groups lobby effectively. Unions are a powerful lobby group with Labor. One example of the government’s approach is the recent rules Continue reading WYNNE SHOWS CONTEMPT FOR PANEL AND PUBLIC →

VCAT REJECT THREE STOREY IN BEVERLEY STREET

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Tribunal Comments: “In reference to the height (10m), it is recognised that the desirability of providing some flexibility for design outcomes that might include, for example, the need to accommodate varied topographical conditions that are a characteristic feature in Manningham, pitched roof forms, architectural features or even a recessive third storey element”.  “Thus, I consider that the approach advocated for the applicant, said to derive from a strategic imperative to fill the building envelope by reference to its maximum height, is a flawed yardstick with which to measure the acceptability of this proposal”.

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VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY EMERGING HEALTH ISSUES

Nearly one third of Australian adults are suffering vitamin D deficiency according to a study involving more than 11,000 adults from around the country. This is the first national study to evaluate the vitamin D status of Australians. Greatest risk for deficiency were women, elderly and obese, people doing less than 2.5 hours of physical activity a week, and non- European background.

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 The results highlight vitamin D deficiency as a major public health issue for Australia that requires urgent attention, said study leader Professor Robin Daly, Chair of Exercise and Ageing within the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University, and honorary fellow in the Department of Medicine (Northwest Academic Centre) at the University of Melbourne.

“Vitamin D deficiency is emerging as a major health problem worldwide. It is clear from the results of our study that, despite an abundance of vitamin D rich sunlight, Australians are not immune from this issue,” he said. “Low levels of vitamin D can contribute to a number of serious, potentially Continue reading VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY EMERGING HEALTH ISSUES →

ELECTED COUNCILLORS SIGN THE OATH OF OFFICE

PUBLIC IMAGE AND WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

Mike Zafiropolous Koonung

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Koonung

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Dot Haynes
Koonung

Anna Chen Koonung

Anna Chen
Koonung

I recognise that Councillors play a key role, both individually and collectively, in maintaining a positive public image and in preserving public confidence in the Council.

I will: a) use my best endeavours to build and maintain sound and productive working relationships with fellow Councillors (b) refrain

Paul McLeish Mullum Mullum

Paul McLeish
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Sophy Galbally Mullum Mullum

Sophy Galbally
Mullum Mullum

Andrew Conlan Mullum Mullum

Andrew Conlan
Mullum Mullum

from actions that may damage the image of the Council and my Councillor colleagues (c) ensure that my communications do not contain remarks of a personal, derogatory, insulting or offensive nature directed at current and former Councillors or Council staff. (Communication mediums include but

Paula Piccinini Heidi

Paula Piccinini
Heidi

Michelle Kleinert Heidi

Michelle Kleinert
Heidi

Geoff Gough Heidi Ward

Geoff Gough
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are not limited to verbal, letters, faxes, emails, SMS messages, and any social media (d) ensure that any comments I make on social media are clearly identified as personal opinions that do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council (e) ensure that a any media statements are factual and devoid of comments that could reasonably be construed as being derogatory, offensive or insulting to any person Continue reading ELECTED COUNCILLORS SIGN THE OATH OF OFFICE →

CITY TO HILL TRAFFIC USE ELGAR RD SIDE STREETS

Distance and direction websites are now recommending Elgar Road via sides streets such as Frank, Hanke, Boyd and  Eildon Streets for inward bound vehicles accessing Doncaster Hill instead of via the more direct route on Doncaster Road because the high rise apartment towers have no alternative access exit facility other than from Doncaster Road, an arterial without service lanes.

Frank St a Collector Road

Frank St in 2006……. an unlikely  Collector Road

Several parking and traffic studies on Doncaster Hill indicated that with the number high rise developments being completed there would be corresponding capacity constraints in the road network with limited opportunities available to accommodate the projected growth in traffic volumes. Congested traffic conditions similar to inner Melbourne were  expected Continue reading CITY TO HILL TRAFFIC USE ELGAR RD SIDE STREETS →

MICRO CHIPS TRACK DOWN SOURCE OF BIN MISUSE

On board cameras can monitor the contents of each bin as it is emptied into the waste truck. The micro chips, located in the front of the garden and recycle bins under where the lid closes, then records and identifies the address of the bins contaminated with inappropriate material. 

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Industry experts had predicted that the vigilance would go further than just the truck cabin monitor (pictured left) and there would be need to introduce micro chipped bins to identify residents who were abusing the system. In the past, when there was excessive contamination of recycling and garden waste bins occurring, entire truck loads would have had to go to land fill. Using this new technology the contamination of garden and recycle bins can be detected and the resident advised of the issues. In addition a radio frequency receptor in the waste truck will be able to track lost or stolen bins Continue reading MICRO CHIPS TRACK DOWN SOURCE OF BIN MISUSE →

NEW CANDIDATES TO GIVE COUNCIL FRESH BLOOD

If your not happy with the performance of the Manningham Council over the last four years, and want a better representation and communication from your Councilloryou now have the opportunity to vote them out with a total of twenty four new candidates contesting October elections. 

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NINE NEW CANDIDATES FOR HEIDI WARD

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FIVE  NEW  CANDIDATES FOR KOONUNG WARD

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Click on link below for phone numbers and email addresses of  all candidates

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PREVIOUS STATEMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS SEEKING RE-ELECTION

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LOW INCOME LINK TO LACK OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Urban studies show that the lack of employment and shoddy public transportation service go hand in hand as obstacles to improving the economic and social conditions of low-income persons.

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Outer suburban areas are disadvantaged as the result of Melbourne’s poor public transport infrastructure. A high proportion of low-income households are needing to travel further distances in order to get to places of employment, services and activities. This is evident in Manningham, the third highest car user in the metropolitan area, where 67.8% of the its full time employed  persons travel to work outside of the municipality and will continue to escalate unless it can generate employment and improve its public transport Continue reading LOW INCOME LINK TO LACK OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT →

LOCAL GOVT BODY PROHIBITS HOW TO VOTE CARDS

The Legislative Council’s action in banning indicated preferences from how to vote cards, has put paid to the use of dummy candidates but have ignored the main cause of the problem being the “Donkey Vote” which had actually encouraged the use of dummies, (a candidate who gives away a second preference without reciprocation), for candidates drawn at the bottom of the ballot paper.

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A candidate who draws number one has a massive advantage. In point of fact, the last 2 Local Government elections held for Manningham Council, 90% of the candidates who had drawn number one at the top of the ballot paper were elected.

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Francis Day wrote to the review committee suggesting that the Robson Rotation of ballot positions be introduced in future local government elections.. “I thought it was really a “no brainer” to introduce the system because it allows each candidate an equal share of every position on the ballot paper. They acknowledged my letter but made no comment on my suggestion which has caused me to question the motives and the intent of the review panel. The only conclusion one can draw with this decision is that they want to make the election a lottery rather than making it possible for the best candidates to be elected and reaffirms my belief that both major parties together with the planning bureaucrats regard councils as obstructive to the future planning of Melbourne and want to replace their aldermen with commissioners as they did back in the late nineties. The Robson Rotation system is so obvious a Continue reading LOCAL GOVT BODY PROHIBITS HOW TO VOTE CARDS →