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July 2013

Manningham East are the 3rd highest car users

Does Manningham need Public Transport ? In 2002 Manningham council as part of thier Doncaster Hill Strategy were planning to reduce car reliance in Manningham… Car use has mushroomed since the figures below were released back in October 2007. The chart below showed; Manningham East and surrounding areas as third behind Mornington Peninsular and Geelong […]

Changed Provisions Of DDO8 – Recognition of Small sites

189-191 Foote Street, Templestowe.   Council  are planning to  reject this proposal because it does not meet the minimum land area of 1800sqm for a three storey development. This will apply to all developments in Precinct A. Unfortunately this welcome change in direction cannot be applied in retrospect to the Queens Avenue and Talford Street proposals. […]


Thanks to Mary Drost for this one – Marvelous Melbourne Great Slogan  –    NO GAIN WITHOUT TRAIN.    This has been obvious for years.   Goes back to the birth of the failed  Government Strategy, the hated Melbourne 2030 brought in by the Bracks/Brumby Government about 12 – 13 years ago.    This plan was to increase the […]

Melbourne Transport Policy – East West Toll or Everything else.

This graphical representation shows how a massive list of public transport upgrades, including Doncasters’ rail, could be delivered for the same cost as the East West Toll Road. It is what Melbourne could get for $14 Billion rather than the East-West Tollroad, i.e. a dramatic upgrade of public transport for the entire Melbourne network Thanks […]

Bunnings/Westfield head to VCAT

Further to the Bunnings and VCAT story a few days ago – the Weekly Review Eastern has some more details in their article below…  It has been suggested that part of a compromise might have to come from Manningham council itself, re the residential content, otherwise the matter could be delayed indefinitely, given the resources […]


This in From Rodney, taking a look the combination of Excavation and Heights. There are so may loose ends to this amendment (C96 amendment to DD08 High Density Zones,) you have to question the wasting of resources, especially now that they foreshadow yet another amendment. If you read the attachment 4 of the minutes (not […]

Review cul de sacs and side streets within sub-precinct A of DDO8 – Council Agenda 28 May 2013

Not letting of the pressure, this letter has been sent to Manningham Council’s Mayor, Jennifer Yang, seeking the status of the outstanding issues from the C96 amendment that was recently passed. Dear Jennifer,  I would appreciate if you could advise me on where we stand with respect to: Action 2.3: Review cul de sacs and side […]

Bunnings Doncaster Appealed to VCAT by Westfield Shoppington

Bunnings Site VCAT Appeal At its May Council meeting, Council approved a planning permit application lodged by Bunnings for the site at 659-667 Doncaster Road, between Tower Street and Council Streets, Doncaster. The application proposes a three stage combined retail and residential development that includes 385 apartments and retail and trade supplies (Bunnings). Westfield has […]

Beverley St Doncaster East 51-53 Development Withdrawn !

In what seems like a nice win for the neighbors along Beverley st, the development proposal has been withdrawn from the Council ! 51-53 Beverley Street, East Doncaster 3109  :  Construction of 22 dwellings within a three-storey apartment building, with a basement car park. (All on a small 1,527m2 site.) This development has been under […]

Doncaster Federal Seat Might Vanish in 2013

Doncaster Electorate update The Victoria Electoral Commission is doing a redistribution and has released the draft boundaries. The VEC draft boundaries have abolished 2 seats – one of which is Doncaster. Essentially, Doncaster has been split between the seats of Bulleen and Warrandyte. There is still quite a process to go before the boundaries are […]