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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Effects of Sitting
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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.

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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 →

TWO STOREYS BUT HEIGHT LIMIT ALLOWS THREE

“I would have thought that if the situation is to be cut and dried in terms of limiting the height of buildings to no more than two-storeys, then the DDO provisions should be drafted to reflect this. Indeed, there are examples of such controls in other planning schemes”Comment from VCAT rejection of a council decision.
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Manningham council’s DDO8 and Municipal Strategic Statement prescribes a maximum height of up to 10 metres where developments are limited to two storeys a height that can also accommodate a three storey of contemporary design. The minimum height needed for a two storey contemporary building is 6.5 metres and the minimum requirement for a three storey of similar design could be contained in less than 9.5 metres.

In requesting the C96 amendment in 2012 council had admitted ….”The current controls do not provide sufficient guidance Continue reading TWO STOREYS BUT HEIGHT LIMIT ALLOWS THREE →

PUBLIC COOLING ON ANTHROPOGENIC WARMING

The latest comprehensive research conducted by the CSIRO indicates that most people believe global warming is actually happening but only 45.9% thought it was  human induced. The study also found there was an increase in the percentage of people that didn’t know or thought global warming wasn’t happening. Not the sort of data you would want released on the eve of the December climate change conference in Paris where Australia could be asked to contribute billions to the Green Climate Fund which is expected to collect $100 billion a year by 2020.

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The study results are compelling when you consider that it comes from CSIRO, the very pioneers of the climate science in Australia. The goal of this fund is to subsidize green energy and pay for other climate adaptation and mitigation programs in poorer nations–and to get buy-in (literally) from those poorer nations for the final Paris agreement. Climate negotiations leading up to the Paris conference called Continue reading PUBLIC COOLING ON ANTHROPOGENIC WARMING →

COUNCIL ON BOTH SIDES OF FENCE RE COVENANTS

The integrity of the restrictive covenants on land in the Glen Towers estate, limiting development on each block to a single dwelling, are now under threat from a developer who has consolidated three allotments in Gilmore Rd and is applying for their removal to enable the construction of a three storey apartment development to height of 11 metres by providing the minimum land area of 1800m2.

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Glen Towers Estate          South of Doncaster Road
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Manningham had stated they could not foresee any further development on the estate and had continually reassured the beneficiaries that there was no intention to remove the covenants even though council, being the proponent and designer, had already provided the catalyst for their removal by zoning the estate in the sub Precinct A for redevelopment. The then Manningham CEO had sent a letter to beneficiaries which said in part; “we advise that Council has never discussed any intent; holds no plan or desire; and, has not Continue reading COUNCIL ON BOTH SIDES OF FENCE RE COVENANTS →

POPULATION GROWTH IS NOT AN ECONOMIC PLAN

“It will not improve the living standards of you or I; nor will it reduce poverty and inequality or foster innovation and creativity. The only beneficiaries of high immigration are the immigrants themselves and while that is great, we can safely say that the government is not pursuing immigration for humanitarian reasons. Instead it is creating an illusion of growth while hoping you don’t realise the reality”. Excerpt from The Big Australian Illusion by Callum Pickering for The Business Spectator.

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We thank Mary Drost AOM,  Convenor of Planning Backlash for forwarding this article.  “Backlash have repeatedly called on the state government to moderate population growth.  Melbourne is being forced to grow at an alarming rate but clearly at the expense of infrastructure which has remained stagnant.”

Callum Pickering wrote; Australia has the highest population growth in the developed world. But what are our immigration policies trying to achieve? Continue reading POPULATION GROWTH IS NOT AN ECONOMIC PLAN →