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February 2014

Forecast on the Hill

 Doncaster Hill was the focus of Manningham Growth and the jewel in the crown. However we seem to be getting further away from those expectations every time we review… From Francis Day After trawling through reports and studies regarding the Doncaster Hill strategy, we were amazed at the number of flaky assumptions and flawed reports […]

History Of Rail Endeavour Manningham 1890 to 2014

Bel Harris has been doing her home work – follow on from Rail Ad wasted funds… Addressed to Joe Carbone CEO of Manningham. Joe, Our politicians will not say , but our faceless bureaucrats have already decided that buses will be the transport solution for Doncaster Hill which might help explain the timing of the […]

Wasted Funds on Rail Ad – CEO response

Further to the letter from Belinda last week – we have the response from the Manningham CEO – See below. It seems Manningham still thinks there is an opportunity for Rail of some sort, even after the State Gov. published funding. Dear Belinda, I acknowledge your comment and view expressed in your email of 14 […]

Expanded bus Service and dedicated bus lanes

In case you were wondering just what is being planned for Manningham to Melbourne city commuters, here is a map and a press release on the topic. East West Link MAP  Doncaster Area Rapid Transit SmartBus

Manningham Still Addicted To Cars, Less Full Time Employment and Still No Cyclists

Any significant “Mode Shift” (cycling and use of public transport) is not reflected in the 2011 census data..  Work journeys TO Manningham : 83 per cent of work journeys to Manningham in 2011 were by car, compared to 84% in 1996, while 5 per cent were by public transport. an increase of 1% since 1996. […]

Wasted Funds on Rail Advertisment

This letter was sent into the Manningham CEO Joe this week; if there really is no hope for a train in Doncaster, why are we spending money on it… what do they hope to achieve? Joe, Spending $ 4,600 dollars this week on a full page advertisement “to keep our community’s hearts and minds focused […]


The timing of the government’s announcement about a beefed up bus service for Doncaster plus dedicated lanes in Hoddle Street and possibly Victoria Street has coincided with the Manningham’s campaign for a train service. See the Article from the Manningham Leader here. 2014-02 Doncaster Expanded Bus Service  

High Density Ammendment C96 now approved by state Gov.

The last stage of the C96 saga has now been completed, the state Gov has approved it. As you will find in the plethora of previous articles on this site, C96 amendment was an update to the Planning scheme particularly around DD08 overlay. It allowed higher buildings along main roads, and tried to enforce restricts […]

Doncaster Westfield Car Parking On Development Sites – 500 today

The five level Car Park, proposed by Westfield to accommodate 570 cars, will more than replace temporary off-site parking at three adjacent building sites currently being used to accommodate up to 500 cars. The three sites pictured below now have permits for high rise development. So after all is done – Westfield will have more […]

Westfield Doncaster to add 5 storey carpark $25M

If you live near the already huge Westfield complex , you might want to check this Application for Five Level Car Park at Westfield for 570 Car Spaces. Neighbors already get a tonne of “light noise” at night, and car noise all day from the high rise car parks. How ever most shoppers will confirm […]