Melbourne Transport Policy – East West Toll or Everything else.

This graphical representation shows how a massive list of public transport upgrades, including Doncasters’ rail, could be delivered for the same cost as the East West Toll Road.

It is what Melbourne could get for $14 Billion rather than the East-West Tollroad, i.e. a dramatic upgrade of public transport for the entire Melbourne network

Thanks to the Carlton Residents Association for  sharing it, and  for preparing it.

East West Toll rd versus Public transport upgrades




YES to Doncaster Rail | NO to East West Toll Road



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Bunnings/Westfield head to VCAT

Further to the Bunnings and VCAT story a few days ago – the Weekly Review Eastern has some more details in their article below…

 It has been suggested that part of a compromise might have to come from Manningham council itself, re the residential content, otherwise the matter could be delayed indefinitely, given the resources and political clout of these two giants.

The article in the Age goes on to say, “But Westfield Corporate manager Julia  affairs said Westfield was in dialogue with Bunnings in the interest of resolving things outside the appeal process”. Continue reading Bunnings/Westfield head to VCAT →


This in From Rodney, taking a look the combination of Excavation and Heights.

There are so may loose ends to this amendment (C96 amendment to DD08 High Density Zones,) you have to question the wasting of resources, especially now that they foreshadow yet another amendment.

If you read the attachment 4 of the minutes (not previously discussed) and various comments from Lester Townsend this “strategy” seems further away than ever in being finalised. It has Continue reading PIECEMEAL PLANNING Heights & Depths →

Review cul de sacs and side streets within sub-precinct A of DDO8 – Council Agenda 28 May 2013

Not letting of the pressure, this letter has been sent to Manningham Council’s Mayor, Jennifer Yang, seeking the status of the outstanding issues from the C96 amendment that was recently passed.

Dear Jennifer,
 I would appreciate if you could advise me on where we stand with respect to:
Action 2.3: Review cul de sacs and side streets within sub-precinct A of DDO8 – Council Agenda 28 May 2013 which was identified as Attachment 4 of the Amendment C96 process and requires further action as it failed to be addressed within the Amendment C96 process. Continue reading Review cul de sacs and side streets within sub-precinct A of DDO8 – Council Agenda 28 May 2013 →

Bunnings Doncaster Appealed to VCAT by Westfield Shoppington

Bunnings Site VCAT Appeal

At its May Council meeting, Council approved a planning permit application lodged by Bunnings for the site at 659-667 Doncaster Road, between Tower Street and Council Streets, Doncaster. The application proposes a three stage combined retail and residential development that includes 385 apartments and retail and trade supplies (Bunnings).

Westfield has lodged an appeal to the development and the application will now be determined in the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

See the map at this link : Bunnings site is marked “18”, Westfield Shoppingtown is marked “5”


Beverley St Doncaster East 51-53 Development Withdrawn !

In what seems like a nice win for the neighbors along Beverley st, the development proposal has been withdrawn from the Council !

51-53 Beverley Street, East Doncaster 3109  :  Construction of 22 dwellings within a three-storey apartment building, with a basement car park. (All on a small 1,527m2 site.)

This development has been under consideration for many months, and had plenty of objections. ( 46 were registered in April.)

More details to follow.


Doncaster Federal Seat Might Vanish in 2013

Doncaster Electorate update

The Victoria Electoral Commission is doing a redistribution and has released the draft boundaries.
The VEC draft boundaries have abolished 2 seats – one of which is Doncaster. Essentially, Doncaster has been split between the seats of Bulleen and Warrandyte.
There is still quite a process to go before the boundaries are finalised (final boundaries released in October).

If you would like to look at the draft VEC maps go to:

The proposed electoral boundaries have been released. The proposed boundaries are on display at municipal council service centres and libraries throughout the State, and are also available at Information Victoria.

Key dates

Proposed boundaries released Thursday, 27 June 2013
Deadline for suggestions and objections 5.00 pm, Monday, 29 July 2013
Public hearings (possible) August 2013
Release of final boundaries Early October 2013


The Current Sitting member is: Mary Wooldridge MP
State Member for Doncaster
Minister for Mental Health

Minister for Community Services
Minister for Disability Services and Reform

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Doncaster East 3109
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Quiet streets to be a no-go zone for towers – AGE

This from the Age today highlights how important it is to define where our growth areas are to be… it also shows we need to have that argument with council about growth areas…

Leafy neighbourhoods in Stonnington and Boroondara will be the first to come under new eight-metre height limits and stricter rules for subdividing backyards.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy began the rollout of new planning zones for all Victorian councils on Monday. The changes are aimed at giving certainty to residents and developers about what can be built where.

Councils, residents and developers will have 12 months to fight it out over which streets will fall into the new ”neighbourhood”, ”general” and ”growth” zones, with differing impacts for property values and development potential in each.

Quiet residential streets deemed neighbourhood zones will be restricted to single and double-storey homes, with tighter rules for extensions on small blocks. There will also be rules to make sure new building design is in keeping with the streetscape, with no more than two dwellings per block of land.

Councils have a year to identify these protected areas,   Continue reading Quiet streets to be a no-go zone for towers – AGE →

Developers bank on investors to stave off Melbourne apartment glut

This story from the Fin Review, shows concern for the balance in the Apartment market presently…

Developers bank on investors to stave off Melbourne apartment glut


The 22,850 apartment units under construction in Melbourne has sparked fears of an oversupply, however developers are confident an increase in investor buying will see the units absorbed.

In Manningham council, there are also many apartment developments approved, but not so many going ahead,  over the next few posts we will look into the progress, costs and growth seen around Manningham apartments.

MacroPlan on apartments in Manningham and needs

Study results can be reasonably accurate but often expressed in a way which best enhances the desired outcome of the client.

Below is an example of how the MacroPlan data might have been written if to more clearly demonstrate the low demand for apartments: