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COUNCILLOR DIVISION NOT RECORDED IN MINUTES

 COUNCILLORS WHO REFUSED TO SUPPORT TRAFFIC STUDY SOUTH OF DONCASTER RD Councillor Gough, despite the childish interruptions from one particular Councillor, a cheer leader for the administration, and challenges to its relevance while speaking to his motion, was still able to obtain a majority vote determining that the Manningham Infrastructure Services Unit immediately undertake: 1. […]

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 […]

OWNERS TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL CLADDING REMOVAL

REGULATORS WHO APPROVED BANNED CLADDING WILL WALK SCOT-FREE Owners will be charged via their rates over a minimum period of ten years, with costs transferred to the new owners if the property is sold. The arrangement will be between owners, lenders and local councils – providing long-term, low-interest loans to pay for building work to rectify […]

CAR DEPENDENCY THE DONCASTER HILL DILEMMA

 TRAFFIC CONSULTANT’S REMARKS AND RECOMMENDATION “A strategy based largely on car dependency (or existing travel patterns) to service future development is likely to return back to pre-1997 congestion levels on main roads through the study area. However, the performance of these scenarios is unsatisfactory in the PM Peak periods and as such demonstrates the need […]

RESIDENTS IN THE DARK OVER SHADOWING POLICY

Residents in the lower scale development zone, abutting the Doncaster Hill precinct at 810 Elgar Rd, are questioning why council have prescribed such high buildings (32.5 metres) on their boundary line without there being an appropriate height step down to avoid overshadowing of their properties.  Shadowing Diagrams All buildings and works should be designed to avoid […]

COUNCILS TO REPORT ON COMBUSTIBLE CLADDING

APARTMENT OWNERS MIGHT HAVE TO PAY FOR CLADDING REMOVAL Manningham is among several Melbourne councils who have been asked to identify apartment buildings with flammable cladding, particularly those less than 25 metres (up to 8 storeys) high where there is no legal requirement to install a sprinkler system. This follows inspections previously conducted by the […]

MANNINGHAM PART OF SIX IN MELBOURNE’S EAST?

Manningham annual rates were among the highest in the state because it depended almost entirely on them for its survival during the nineties and had come very close to being carved up among adjoining municipalities, as part of the government’s amalgamation plan, before it agreed to build a high-rise activity centre as part of the Melbourne […]

HIGH RISE APARTMENT FEAR AFTER LONDON FIRE

Australian buildings are cloaked in “millions of square metres” of flammable cladding, and authorities have been aware of the safety threat since at least 2010. In the aftermath  of London’s apartment tower fire, the AGE newspaper revealed the BCA’S Board were told seven years ago. “ONE SQUARE METRE OF CLADDING SAME ENERGY AS  FIVE LITRES OF PETROL” Thousands of […]

BOX HILL CENTRE A CITY OF TINY CONCRETE BOXES

This is for those interested in the future of Box Hill Major Activity Centre.  As far as I am concerned it is a total disaster and somewhere to stay away from.  Last time I went to check it I noticed there were two policemen on bicycles so I stopped and asked them what they were doing and they […]

NEW APARTMENT DESIGN STANDARDS IN VICTORIA

LIGHT, SPACE AND STORAGE FOR ALL NEW APARTMENTS? 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 […]