Interesting take on Australia’s Growth Needs.

This was sent in to us, with the following comment:  (The sender was keen to point out they are not an ALP voter, just that they appreciated the content…)

It is worth reading through from Carbon tax to Education, Skilled Immegration to Boat people, Green Wedges to Traffic. See what you make of it.

“I hope that you have some spare time to read the attached speech from Kelvin Thomson,former Attorney General and an elite visionary.”


Speech by Kelvin Thomson to Malvern East Group Annual General Meeting
7 September 2011   Member for Wills
Residents like you who love and value the community in which they live and who don’t want to see it destroyed by developments in their street, neighbourhood or suburb get told, we have no choice- people have to be allowed to live somewhere. We have to accommodate Melbourne’s growing population.

And it is certainly true that Melbourne’s population is growing- 200 people a day, 1500 a week, 75,000 each year.

But it is wrong to think that growth is inevitable, that there is nothing we can do about it. Continue reading MELBOURNE’S POPULATION by Kelvin Thompson →

Public workshop on how to present to planning panels.

Are you interested?

Koonung ward councilors are asking what topics of  interest would be in a workshop to make sure you know how to get your point across to a planning panel…

Very important to our C96 proposal.

It could cover, references,  Planning speak, items that are or not taboo, presentation techniques …

what else would you like to include?

Please contact your favourite Koonung councilor. Manningham councilors

Thiele St 2-4-6 VCAT Practice Day.

Well Thiele St Doncaster, and it’s 50 apartments / four storey proposal had it’s practice day a VCAT last Friday. All told about 15 minutes, after sitting trough a couple of others at 10am.

The VCAT member checked that the developer, the council, and the unhappy residents were present, then asked if we were all will to have a mediation day.

Mediation is where the two disagreeing parties meet for three hours and try to come to an agreement. There is an arbitrator from VCAT, who will not make decisions, just help with the negotiations.

Continue reading Thiele St 2-4-6 VCAT Practice Day. →

Response to c96 Denisty changes – history lesson

Why is it important to be very clear and avoid abiguity when defining planning rules?

And why must we all make sure that we track and challenge the council? Well this history lesson from some-one who has been there before spells it out…

Despite all council’s undertakings and assurances it is unlikely we will have many two storey apartment developments, particularly in sub-precinct A, if at all.

During a Spring Street rally last year, we approached the then Shadow Minister for planning, who in the previous government had allegedly signed off on decisions pertaining to the DDO8, Continue reading Response to c96 Denisty changes – history lesson →

Donvale development plan bound for VCAT

This development site had previously been approved for ten townhouses, now they want to squeeze in 23.

The narrow single access street will suffer congestion at the best of times with no room for passing. The exit on to Carbine street lands on top of a bus stop, and a roundabout that is usually backed up with primary school traffic.

This would be an ongoing issue for all, particularly as the street it exits onto is already carrying it’s design capacity load.

A CONTENTIOUS development in Donvale has been rejected by councillors.

The planning application for 23 two-storey homes was dismissed as an overdevelopment of the Carbine St site.

Cr Stephen O’Brien said though council planning officers recommended a permit be granted,  the plan had many flaws.

“It has unsafe vehicle access, goes against neighbourhood character and doesn’t constitute an incremental level of change,” he said. Continue reading Donvale development plan bound for VCAT →

Efficient new council – Saves Residents Hours

Wow – You’d better not turn up to the Manningham council meetings late from now on… The new council had their first meeting tonight and were out of there in under an hour !

Much better than the drawn out meetings of old that wen’t to midnight.

Keep it up guys 🙂

Buy the way the High court is soon to hear the issue with the Mullum Mullum in-eligible  contender and the vote scandal at the Vic Electoral Commission. News on that as it happens.


Eastern Golf Club Development Public Info Sessions

Mirvac are seeking community involvement around their plans to develop the Eastern Golf Course into 800 dwellings.

Mirvac are holding “informal drop in style Community information sessions” in November.

Location : Eastern Golf Course  535 Doncaster Rd, Vic  ( Melways 47 B1)

Dates : Wednesday Nov 14th 2012 from 3pm to 5:30pm, & Sunday Nov 18th 2012, from 1pm to 3:30pm

No sales !  This is for community consultation about the plans and impacts to surrounds.

There are FAQs and other information on the Mirvac flyer here: Vision & status 2012-11-05 EGC Mirvac Public info sessions pg01     FAQs, Next Steps  2012-11-05 EGC Mirvac Public info sessions pg02

Manningham Council Illegal Candidate

As mentioned last week in our post election wrap up, there is a court challenge and review currently in progress due to David Muscat running for council while in-eligible.

The Weekly & the Age has now run an article on the topic, and if you consider the preference allocation discussed in the age to our graphs – you’ll see how close it was.

From the WeeklyReview – Online and in this weeks print edition: Page 4 – Query on Candidates Eligibility.

From the Age:  Illegal candidate’ claim rocks council

The Victorian local government watchdog is investigating whether the results of an eastern suburbs council election were compromised, following allegations that an “illegal” candidate influenced the result. Continue reading Manningham Council Illegal Candidate →

Two Major Developments for Reynolds Road Doncaster East

Spreading the developments around to the Pines area… this info sent in for you all.

It confirms that intensive property development is no longer isolated to the Koonung Ward with the Doncaster Hill issues, it’s rapidly spreading to Mullum Mullum Ward

We’ve found out that there are 2x planned developments for Reynolds Road Doncaster East, they are: Continue reading Two Major Developments for Reynolds Road Doncaster East →

Manningham Election Preference Vote review

Here is some analysis of the Manningham elections, the voting outcomes, and how candidates preferences helped them.

By the way there is a court challenge underway as one of the candidates ( Bob Beynon,) has stated another ( David Muscat,) had a criminal record and so was not eligible to be in the running, nor were his vote allowed to be distributed as preferences. It’s currently in the magistrates court.

Would you like to see who’s preferences paid off ? Continue reading Manningham Election Preference Vote review →