EXPERTS DIFFER ON ARTERIAL TRAFFIC VOLUMES

The table below left, from a study first conducted in 2001, showed existing traffic volumes along Doncaster Road plus forecast volumes in future years leading up to 2021. Earlier, in November 2000, Manningham Council had released a high-rise strategy plan called Doncaster Hill Strategy 2021

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2001 Estimates Doncaster Rd at JJ Tully Drive
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Tram Rd Traffic 2015
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The study forecast Continue reading EXPERTS DIFFER ON ARTERIAL TRAFFIC VOLUMES →

DONCASTER HILL NOT FRIENDLY TO PEDESTRIANS

Doncaster Hill resident John Stanford wrote; “Pedestrians who reside west of Tram Road and wish to travel by Bus to Box Hill and beyond must either risk crossing Tram road to a bus stop opposite or take the safe option and walk up to the Doncaster Road crossing and back to a bus stop on the east side which could be some distance depending on how far south of Doncaster Road the commuter lives”.

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Bus Stops located opposite  ideal for pedestrian  crossing
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Tram Road, a four lane divided arterial road which bisects the Doncaster Hill Activity Centre, presents a hostile environment to walkers because it has no pedestrian crossings to enable safe access points to local zones for local retail and commercial facilities as well as bus stops. Despite all the material published by the Manningham Continue reading DONCASTER HILL NOT FRIENDLY TO PEDESTRIANS →

MEDIA INTEREST WANING ON WORLD WARMING

Media interest in global warming appears to have declined somewhat after it had peaked in 2009 when the UN Copenhagen Conference was held.  Except for a spike before and after the UN Paris conference in November, the graphs below show a declining number of news articles on the subject.

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Limited Coverage Japan
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The diminishing media interest appears to correlate with the majority of public opinion who now agree the planet is warming but believe it is a natural phenomenon.  The IPCC policy of exaggerating the consequences of global warming and blaming mankind, appear to have backfired. In an attempt to get the world’s attention its advocates have been competing with each other on who Continue reading MEDIA INTEREST WANING ON WORLD WARMING →

PEDESTRIANS A MEASURE OF IDEAL URBAN SPACES

“Artists, philosophers, urban planners and architects have been dreaming, writing about and drawing ‘ideal cities’ for hundreds of years…In most of these visions the pedestrian is the measure of ideal urban spaces.”  From European Cooperation in Science and Technology (Methorst 2010, p.34)

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Previous Ped&Cyc Plan 1.
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Revised Ped&Cyc Plan 2.
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Tracy D. Writes.. “Council have not provided the proper facilities for walking and cycling on Doncaster Hill which is a  fundamental requirement for an Activity Centre. The proposed walking path, shown in pink in plan two, was previously a widened footpath, shown in blue in plan one. It was to be shared with cyclists but has been “quietly” scrapped because it had failed to meet safety standards. Why it is now designated as a useless walking route on existing footpaths, is puzzling. I suppose it might be useful for those not familiar with the area who might want to walk around the Doncaster Hill perimeter or a more cynical explanation might be that it was hoped no one would Continue reading PEDESTRIANS A MEASURE OF IDEAL URBAN SPACES →

WHY HAS INACTIVITY BECOME SO APPEALING?

Inactivity has a  price tag

Inactivity has a price tag

Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, that if we all had “the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not to little and not to much, we would have found the safest way to health”. Unfortunately we have not heeded the advice from Hippocrates. Governments and local Councils should be doing more by developing environments that enable more people to be active – by locating Activity Centres in areas where it is easier to walk and cycle around, by ensuring there are lots of green space, and by carefully planning public transport and leisure facilities.

This Construction Worker Uses a Hoverboard To Do His Job …      (video link)

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Everywhere you look today there are new inventions on the market all towards an economy of effort. John Kimpton of Donvale sent this humorous video by Jack O’Doherty of how a Hoverboard could be utilised by a tradesman.

Doctor Nick  Kight says, “Physical inactivity has its price tags. It is linked to the development of chronic health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, dementia and cancer. It can make us feel bad about ourselves, guilty and frustrated, appeased only with the ever alluring reward of inactivity – comfort, rest and stress-free”. Obesity is a growing epidemic around the world–and often Continue reading WHY HAS INACTIVITY BECOME SO APPEALING? →

EVACUATION FROM HIGH-RISE APARTMENT FIRE

The risk of emergencies such as fires escalating into full scale disasters in Doncaster Hill apartment buildings are very real. Councils and Owners Corporations have a legal and moral responsibility to provide systems and procedures to ensure that minor incidents do not escalate into full scale emergencies, if and when they do, occupants can be warned and efficiently evacuated to safety.

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High Rise on Fire
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There have been growing concerns that current laws do not require fire-safety checks at the planning permit stage. Fire-safety elements are considered later during the building permit process, often once construction has begun. Even then, fire checks are usually conducted by building surveyors rather than by fire authorities. The MFB gets involved only when invited to do so by the developer or if it decides on an investigation. Unless you have a vigilant observer or a whistle blower, we would not know about dangers until it was too late. On one occasion  the MFB had to the use the freedom-of information laws to investigate the design of a high rise apartment complex on Doncaster Hill. After design flaws were found, the developer had to change plans until the fire brigade was satisfied that Continue reading EVACUATION FROM HIGH-RISE APARTMENT FIRE →

WHAT SITTING TOO LONG CAN DO TO YOUR BODY

We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average adult? Many things, says Dr Mercola, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.

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Mortality Rates of Sitting
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The average person spends more than half their waking hours sedentary, doing such things as working at a computer, watching TV or sitting in traffic. Physical effects such as a strained neck can also result by an incorrect sitting posture. If most of your sitting occurs at a desk at work, craning your neck forward toward a keyboard or tilting your head to cradle a phone while typing can strain the cervical vertebrae and lead to permanent imbalances. Sore Shoulders and Back: The neck doesn’t slouch alone. Slumping forward overextends shoulder and back muscles as well, particularly the trapezius, which connects the neck and shoulders. Continue reading WHAT SITTING TOO LONG CAN DO TO YOUR BODY →

COUNCIL OVERSTATED AVAILABLE CAR PARKING

The Council Newsletter posted on the Manningham website on 19/12/2015 announced that construction of Westfield’s five storey car park would start early next year. It went on to say that the multi deck, to be located in the north east corner car park adjacent to Goodson Street, would add 854 car spaces to Shoppingtown’s available parking tally. 
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However according to the council minutes Sep/14 the above statement published in the Newsletter is misleading.The car park will only be providing an additional 570 spaces after the 284 car bays it displaces have been deducted. This does not take into account the 368 temporary staff and customer car parking spaces, available on two privately owned development sites adjacent to Westfield, which means the total addition to it’s available parking could be reduced to Continue reading COUNCIL OVERSTATED AVAILABLE CAR PARKING →

DONCASTER HILL–CITY OF GHOST APARTMENTS?

Vacant new dwellings won’t help to boost the country’s available housing stock. Reliable studies indicate that the number of empty houses and apartments is much higher than the previous estimates, with at least twenty percent of all investor-owned properties not being occupied.

Doncaster Road High Rise 273 Apartments Click to enlarge

Doncaster Road High Rise
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The Pinnacle Donncaster 160 Apartments Click to enlarge

The Pinnacle Donncaster
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Doncaster Hill high rise apartments are now being sold off the plan through overseas agents mainly to Chinese citizens who regard Australia as a safe place to put their money. This has been called  “Land Banking” or “Bricks and Mortar banking” which has contributed to so many of Melbourne’s  apartments remaining empty after getting assurances of a high capital gain because of the strong Australian economy so they didn’t need the problems associated with renting them out. But locals are shying away from apartments particularly Continue reading DONCASTER HILL–CITY OF GHOST APARTMENTS? →

COUNCIL FLIP FLOP ON DONCASTER HILL PARKING

The current problems on Doncaster Hill can be traced back to years of indecision, flawed assumptions and bureaucratic bungling in the early planning of the activity centre that has contributed to the gross under supply of off street car parking we are experiencing today.

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A study conducted in 2002, found there was a need for six satellite parking stations across Doncaster Hill, each with an average capacity of approximately 850 car bays. This was based on the the assumption that all parking, including resident and staff parking could be catered for without car parking being provided in individual developments. It was thought that new apartments could be sold without the provision of on-site parking! In a report supporting parking stations “On-street parking, by virtue of  Continue reading COUNCIL FLIP FLOP ON DONCASTER HILL PARKING →