Access to the outdoors from an apartment tower usually does not become an issue for parents until their child asks for the first time, ”Can I go out to play?” ”One study of children living in high-rises found that most were not allowed out to play by themselves until they were 10.”

Children At Play

Research has led to the consensus Continue reading MUMMY CAN I GO OUT TO PLAY? →


At present there appears to be too great an emphasis on increasing housing density without giving due recognition to the importance of high quality public transport services to ensuring this increased density does not end up being associated with reduced liveability due to continuing high levels of car ownership and private travel.

Urban expert Dr Ernest Healy said car numbers in the city could rise by up to a massive 46 per cent, or an extra 1.13 million, by 2031, based on current high migrant intakes. “It would be astronomical. Governments would never keep up with the required road infrastructure -something’s got to give,” he said.

Traffic Gridlock

For example, .. Continue reading CONTINUING INCREASE IN CAR OWNERSHIP →

Weekly Unit Asking Prices Since 2009 Indicate Zero Capital Gain in Doncaster

We had a great insight given to us when the SQMresearch website was sent our way… follow the link and enter your Post-Code

There is a wealth of national information on this website, in particular the unit asking price by post code since 2009.

It points towards a zero capital gain for Doncaster units in the 5 year period. Worse for apartments prospects when you consider they are statistically bundled with attached and semi detached housing (villa units & town houses) which have been performing very well. The asking rental figures are also interesting.

With the high number of apartments projects currently pre-selling, and a glut inevitable, you have to think there will be many that won’t proceed.

When looking specifically at Doncaster, over the last 3 years houses have broke even, but Units have dropped 5%-12% – see below. Continue reading Weekly Unit Asking Prices Since 2009 Indicate Zero Capital Gain in Doncaster →


Developers have advised us that most apartments purchased in Manningham are by locals. It has been stated for a long time that overseas buyers have been courted by focused residential marketing. The Australian Government only allow them to buy new properties, or buy to increase the quantity of housing – see attached guide below.   What is the best for Australia?

  • Investment keeps the building industry going – a key industry in Victoria.
  • External and Overseas interest & investment; increases demand, increases sales, drives up prices and damages affordability as they do not live in our economy.

buying_a_home FIRB Foreign Investors ( 2 Pages Overview)

What do you think?

Manningham New Gov Zones vs Old zones

There are more drastic changes to the Planning schemes and regulations coming, as discussed previously due to statewide rezoning by the government. Scary words like discretionary are being used again – for instance the GRZ zone below includes special allowances for extra height etc for current DD08 A & B areas.

Manningham Council have now approved / requested the state government to take the next step. see Continue reading Manningham New Gov Zones vs Old zones →

Banks measure Apartments smaller than builders !

BUYERS OFF THE PLAN SHORT CHANGED   Worth taking note of this if you are considering an apartment purchase…

“Banks usually baulk at bankrolling smaller apartments for fear of a reduced resale value”. – Herald Sun Continue reading Banks measure Apartments smaller than builders ! →

Term of Doncaster Supermarket Now in Dispute

This Concerning sidestep was sent in regarding the long running Jackson court shopping center rezoning request.

The panel hearing, held on 28/3 to 1/5, in relation to 3-9 and 11 Mitchell Street/Jackson Court, East Doncaster was to hear evidence and consider a planning scheme amendment C95. It was proposed, in return for having the land rezoned to a mixed use (MUZ) and council approving a planning permit for a development 19m high, the applicant would agree to provide an area of at least 1300m2 on the ground floor of the proposal for the purpose of a supermarket by way of a 173 agreement (enduring) to be registered on the title to the land. However, according to documents submitted to the panel on behalf of the applicant, there now appears a reluctance to be bound by such an agreement, notwithstanding it was the basic condition on which Councillors approved the amendment proposal be submitted in the first place. Continue reading Term of Doncaster Supermarket Now in Dispute →

Earliest High Rise Buildings

High rise buildings are nothing new, consider these in a city that alone has the population of Australia, where extremely few have a back yard, and high rise buildings have been around for 4000 years plus.

Giza Pyramids   A couple of interesting Cairo notes:

1. Buildings in the city usually remain unfinished – so they don’t have to pay tax on it.

2. There is around 22 Million people in the city of Cairo, the same as all of the Australian continent.

3. In the Giza area, the city and houses come within 500 meters of the Pyramids and monuments, you need to pick your angle to get a photo of Pyramids in the desert…

4. The tallest Pyramid here is 145 meters tall. roughly 42 storeys tall.

5. Made from 2,300,000 blocks of lime stone, each 2.5 tonnes.

6. Supposedly for just one tenant, Pharaoh Khufu


Just in case you are trying to fathom out some markings on a plan somewhere….

The Formula is as follows Continue reading DEGREES OF SLOPE TO FALL CALCULATOR – Including Gradient →

Fake Photography for Developers

Kim sent this in to keep us all weary of developers tricks…

The photo of Short Street on left is an example of how a severe slope can be made to appear flat when photographed from an elevated position. Residents in the area of Short Street were puzzled to see a photographer and his assistant taking photos from a very high ladder, early one Sunday morning.

The photo taken was later used in the consultant’s traffic report, accepted by council, and submitted as supporting evidence at a resident Vcat appeal against a 14 storey  apartment tower proposed on the corner of Short Street and Hepburn Road. There are planning issues, many still unresolved, including the development’s driveway to be located in Short Street, where it would have to cross a footpath with a gradient of approximately 1m in 6m..

Short Street Consultants photo Short Street Genuine photo Short Street Gradient  photo

Consultant’s photo  of Short Street,     Genuine photo of Short Street,          Gradient of Short Street