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Doris Tran

CRUNCH TIME FOR COUNCIL TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT

HIGH RISE  TRAFFIC BEING DIRECTED THROUGH RESIDENTIAL STREETS Councillors have resolved that the Manningham Infrastructure Services Unit immediately undertake: 1. A new vehicle movement and parking study; and 2. An open space and community amenity study in the area of Doncaster Hill south of Doncaster Road and east of Tram Road. This was after the […]

LENDERS & INVESTORS SHY AWAY FROM HIGH RISE

NO CAPITAL GAIN FOR MAJORITY OF APARTMENT PURCHASERS According to market analysts two out of every three high rise apartments purchased off the plan during the last few years have achieved no financial gain. When existing owners of apartments fall into negative equity, property developers become a liability for lenders. When a real estate bubble […]

ARSON FEAR IF HIGH RISK CLADDING MADE PUBLIC

Apartment towers fitted with high-risk cladding could become a target for arsonists or terrorists if their locations across Melbourne are revealed, the city’s fire service warns. This warning comes as authorities complete testing to confirm the make-up of cladding on Spencer Street’s NEO 200 tower, rated a low risk, caught fire earlier this year causing […]

GLOBAL WARMING ONLY DURING EL NINO PERIODS

THE WARMTH OR COLDNESS OF INDIVIDUAL YEARS IS INFLUENCED BY WHETHER THERE WAS AN EL NINO OR LA NINA EVENT OCCURRING IN THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN.  2001 14.34 C                                     2008 14.29 C              […]

A NATURAL INSECTICIDE IN BOTH TEA AND COFFEE

A MORNING CUP OF COFFEE MIGHT ALSO BE YOUR MORNING CUP OF PESTICIDE Caffeine is a natural pesticide that protects plants by paralyzing and killing the insects that feed upon them. According to one study a known pesticide combined with a small amount of a synthetic caffeine compound was 10 times more potent than the […]

UN GLOBAL COMPACT ON WELFARE OF REFUGEES

   MOROCCO GLOBAL AGREEMENT NOT BINDING The first Forum will be convened in 2018. Subsequent Forums will be reviewed every four years, unless otherwise agreed by the General Assembly, in order to ensure sustained momentum and political will. Forums will be co-convened and co-hosted by one or more State(s) and the United Nations High Commissioner […]

PUSH TO ALLOW BIKES ON FOOTPATHS IN VICTORIA

Parking in residential streets is blocking bike lanes and forcing cyclists to swerve out into traffic or take the safer option by riding on footpaths. One of several reasons why the cyclist’s lobby want laws changed to allow anyone to ride on footpaths in Victoria and NSW. The two states are the only ones that […]

HILL PROJECTS ON HOLD AS UNIT PRICES DECLINE

Oversupply, poor transport, tougher lending conditions and higher mortgage rates, particularly for investor loans, are contributing to the free fall in Doncaster Hill apartment prices. Median property valuations in Melbourne and Sydney are expected to drop by up to $1000 a week this year with additional falls in 2019, Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital, […]

HERD MENTALITY, MOB MENTALITY & GROUPTHINK

 THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DRIVE FOR CONSENSUS AT ANY COST “It is the mode of thinking that happens when the desire for harmony in a decision-making group overrides a realistic appraisal of alternatives. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints”. Paul MacCrae. The overwhelming need for […]

CARRYING CAPACITY AND POPULATION OVERSHOOT

“We are dealing with two opposing forces, the scientific power of food production and the biologic power of human reproduction. … There can be no permanent progress in the battle against hunger until the agencies that fight for increased food production and those that fight for population control unite in a common effort.” .These comments […]