UNIT PRICES FALL BY 15.8% IN THREE YEARS

Data shows widening gap between the price of apartments and established houses.

Latest from SQM Research data for the week ending 30th September, shows vendor asking prices for apartments in Doncaster (post code 3108) had fallen by 15.8% since October 2011, including a drop of 6.1% in just 12 months.  While asking prices for 3 bedroom houses had increased by 16.4% in the last year.

Post Code 3108 October 2014                             (Enlarge bottom right corner)

The unit price fall in Doncaster is similar to what is happening across Melbourne where prices fell between 7% and 12% last year.

Last month agent First National Lindellas sold Continue reading UNIT PRICES FALL BY 15.8% IN THREE YEARS →

REMOVAL OF DONKEY VOTE NOT RECOMMENDED

No mention of  the Donkey Vote in Local Government Electoral Recommendations 

Tasmania removed the problem by adopting the Robson Rotation System which reduces the impact of linear voting by creating a number of versions of the ballot paper, each with a different order of names giving each candidate an equal share of all positions on the ballot paper.

    Robson Rotation System                                                                         Key Recommendations

Ex Mayor Bob Beynon

Ex Mayor Bob Beynon

Bob Beynon, who would surely be qualified to comment after more than 13 years as a Manningham Councillor, including a period as Mayor, has welcomed the review but is disappointed that the important issues, including the “Donkey Vote”, were not addressed. He agreed that the Robson Rotation of Ballot papers system was an obvious and simple solution and was surprised it had been overlooked.

In his analysis of the current voting system he refers to its bias and makes a number of suggestions to improve it,  He writes;

The State Government’s decision to review the Local Government Act is commendable. However on reading the initial report there appears to be some glaring omissions in the recommendations that surely should have been included.

After the last elections where I was an unsuccessful candidate in the  Mullum Mullum Ward in the City of Manningham I appealed the inclusion of an ineligible candidate to the Magistrates Court.

The Court hearing over three sitting days served to highlight several inadequacies in the act itself not the least of which was the ability to remove and ineligible candidate prior to the preparation of ballot papers. The Court was advised that only the ineligible nominating candidate could remove him or herself from a ballot prior to the election on application to a Magistrate. The responsible authority in this case the VEC had powers only Continue reading REMOVAL OF DONKEY VOTE NOT RECOMMENDED →

COUNCIL FUNDING DOOMED RAILWAY CAMPAIGN

Joe Carbone, Jim Grivas left and right. Manningham council are wasting a further $20,000 of municipal funds in a futile rail  campaign, in addition to the $40,000 spent last year, to keep the dream of a railway to  Doncaster Hill alive, promote local and overseas investment and give a false hope to  Doncaster commuters.

Council had already been advised that a railway to Doncaster Park & Ride could not be  justified due to the high cost. Manningham executive said; “we were surprised by the  recommendation to terminate the rail line at the Doncaster Park & Ride and not extend it to Doncaster Hill”. “Also given previous estimates, we were shocked by the magnitude of the $11 billion price tag that has been attached to the project by the URS study, with the addition of the South Morang line deviation”.    

Doncaster Rail Study Phase One Draft

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STUDY SHOWS WHY EAST WEST LINK IS NEEDED

A new travel time study has revealed the extent of congestion across the north of the city

East West Toll Road

The study carried out in May 2014 included 400 trips along the East West Link project corridor over a two week period, to provide a detailed understanding of existing travel times. Traffix Group Pty Ltd, who carried out this study, is accredited with VicRoads with nine pre-qualifications.

East West Link travel time savings

The key May 2014 findings from the study follow.. Continue reading STUDY SHOWS WHY EAST WEST LINK IS NEEDED →

APARTMENT GLUT COULD DELAY BUNNINGS STORE

The current flood of apartments for sale in Doncaster could hold up the commencement of construction of the Doncaster Hill Bunnings store till well beyond 12 months if the obtaining of high rise apartment pre-sale quotas continue to be hampered by oversupply.

Because the land is prescribed a mixed use zone, with a high proportion of residential content, Bunnings are required to construct 385 apartments. The first of the three stages of development will include the Bunning Store plus 124 one and two bedroom apartments.

Bunnings Corner of Tower Street and Doncaster Road

Bunnings will not finalise a building permit until…… Continue reading APARTMENT GLUT COULD DELAY BUNNINGS STORE →

ARE WE BUILDING THE SLUMS OF THE FUTURE?

Doris Tran writes to ask….. Could we be building the slums of the future on Doncaster Hill?

A recent study has estimated that the majority of the tallest apartment buildings in Melbourne’s major activity centres, such as Doncaster Hill, are of a very “poor” quality, with common design flaws such as cramped layouts and a lack of natural light. Bedrooms without windows exist in over 40% of new residential developments studied, commonly described in the industry as “gun barrel” apartments, a long narrow design with one window in the living area.

Example of Gun Barrel Apartments                Floor Space Comparison               Good and Poor Design

(Click bottom right corner to enlarge)

The general feeling among designers is…. Continue reading ARE WE BUILDING THE SLUMS OF THE FUTURE? →

APARTMENT BUILDING LIKE STACK OF PANCAKES

Above Pancake Building                                                  Pancake Building

                                                 Double click to enlarge images

Here’s the answer to London’s booming population: The Endless City project.

Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a futuristic skyscraper which could Continue reading APARTMENT BUILDING LIKE STACK OF PANCAKES →

JACKSON CT BACK FLIP COULD SET PRECEDENT

 

Balloon Top Centre 19m,

Balloon Top Centre 19m,

Developments up to a height of 19 meters could occur in and around other Neighbourhood Activity Centres throughout the metropolitan area if the state minister for planning approves amendment C95 as submitted by the Manningham Council.

Councillors have approved the C95 amendment, for a 19m high mixed use development at Jackson Court,  after Manningham Officer’s had back flipped and supported the application, despite there being little or no change to the proposal.

 Click to enlarge photo. Arrow indicates 19m height, as seen from abutting residences.

council minutes 27 august 2013 – full

They had previously stated; “It is considered that the degree of change including the height and scale of the building, is excessive and does not provide a suitable transition to the adjacent residential properties.

Furthermore the proposed height of the development does not……

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A TOWER AT OUR BACK DOOR

June and Graeme’s unit is one of seven dwellings that could have a 19m high development at their back door if councillors endorse the panel’s recommendations at the next council meeting to be held on Tuesday the 26th of August. The proposals narrow rear setback of 3 metres will ensure a claustrophobic outlook for these unfortunate owners, Council’s original suggestion of wider setbacks and a reduced height of development, though still repressive, could be more acceptable if councillors were to amend the recommendations.

PDF Graeme and June     Click bottom right hand of page to enlarge.

Above link to photo from Weekly Review showing Graeme and June outside their unit indicating the height of the 19m development in relation to their home with forefinger left hand.

The following part includes a summary of events, the Jackson Court Urban Planning Analysis and the outlook for owners of single storey dwellings immediately behind the 19m proposal…….  Continue reading A TOWER AT OUR BACK DOOR →

STACKER PARKING SCRAPPED FROM HIGH RISE

The new owners of the land at 20-24 Hepburn Road have rejected council approved plans for the use of mechanical parking units in the 15 storey development. Instead will be including an  extra basement to accommodate the short fall in the parking tally requirement as a result of their removal. This a wakeup call to some members of the Manningham planning arm, who had hoped, by approving the use of stacker parking, developers would be attracted to the cheaper but inferior concept thereby creating more developer interest in its high rise strategy.

Two Car Stacker

According to a neighbour in close contact with the developer…….

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