Marvellous Melbourne aims to encourage people to be informed about issues related to urban development in Melbourne.

Feathers about to fly over future of Brighton's 'ugly duckling'

Luckily for this pub, looks aren't everything, writes Seamus Bradley.

Planners urged to cut urban sprawl

BAN the outer suburban housing estates to cut urban sprawl and be more like London and Rome.

Don't knock tank power

THERE'S been a lot of talk this week about water and how to get around the fact that our rivers and dams are drying up. As the author of a report to the State Government on the impact of using rainwater tanks throughout greater Melbourne, I care deeply about this.

Successful Council Meetings on Tuesday 26th August

Tuesday 26th August 27, 2008 was a successful day for our campaign against overdevelopment in Knoxfield. A meeting was organized by Cr Debbie Field with the Mayor, Jim Penna and senior representatives of the Planning Department at Knox City Council. Then the monthly council meeting provided success again for our lobbying of councillors.

Brighton 'blemished'

THE face of surburbia is changing with suburbs such as Brighton becoming "pockmarked" with obtrusive units, a population expert says.

Dumby Award #3: Tony Kelly, Yarra Valley Water !

Brumby SuperrmanThe Judges are pleased to announce that the third round of the Dumby Award has this week been won by the CEO of Yarra Valley Water, Mr. Tony Kelly.

Sea rise threats mustn't stop development on coast land

LAST month, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal handed down a decision that will influence the development potential of all low-lying coastal land in Victoria.

City's trains buckling under record demand

OVERCROWDING on Melbourne's trains has reached record levels, with almost every suburban line breaching recommended passenger limits during peak periods.

Liveability 'under threat'

MELBOURNE'S liveability is under threat because of excessive population growth, according to a contentious policy proposal due to be debated by the Liberal Party state council in Geelong this weekend.

Rooming tenants crisis flares

LANDLORDS have been accused of exploiting vulnerable tenants and establishing illegal boarding rooms to capitalise on the crisis in rental accommodation.

Landmark store reflects a suburb's changing fortunes

RICHMOND thrift store Dimmeys has been nominated for the Victorian Heritage Register and is poised to join local landmarks the Skipping Girl and the Nylex clock as sites of state significance.

Train trips exceed 200 million

MELBURNIANS are piling on to the city's trains in record numbers, but the State Government is not putting on enough extra services to deal with the patronage boom, new figures

Tower plans for Sydney road precinct

Moreland Council is considering plans for a 14 storey tower in Brunswick's Sydney Rd precinct, which has sparked concerns from some residents that the development will put a strain on local infrastructure.

Beware the backlash letters AUGUST 21st

So what's new? letters August 21st

Time for a real debate
AGE letters AUGUST 21st

System broken? Call an expert
AGE letter August 21, 2008

First Man Standing

Rod Quantock's comedy is delivered with lightning wit and an amiable absurdity.

Environmental study gives desal plant green light

MORE than 1.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas will be pumped out during the construction of Victoria's proposed desalination plant, and another 1.2 million tonnes emitted each year once it starts boosting Melbourne's water supply.

EES Reports are too late for the environment

 The Your Water Your Say Action Group is heartened to see that 12 months after the State Government announced it is to build the largest desalination plant in Australia on the Bass Coast, they have finally published the environmental assessments of the project.

The recipe for happy little Elthamites

WITH its tree-lined streets, rolling hills and water views, Eltham is known for offering the best of country living a short distance from the city.

Melbourne's best, but CBD gets the thumbs-down

MELBOURNE has been rated Australia's most liveable city, but its central business district is almost the worst place in the country.

Past time for scrutiny on public transport

THAT Veitch Lister's models are being used to develop and assess the Government's response to the Eddington report ("Second look at tunnel plan", The Age, 18/8), instead of the Government's own is somewhat puzzling — or perhaps not.

Brumby eyes ring road 'missing link'

PREMIER John Brumby has commissioned taxpayer-funded polling to gauge public reaction to the prospect of the Government building the contentious "missing link" in Melbourne's ring road.

What happened to PLANNING ????

Mr Madden please explain the reason your department is destroying the beauty that is/was Melbourne.
See your latest handywork……..

State seeks funds to defend against rising seas

THE Victorian Government is so worried about the impact of coastal erosion triggered by climate change it is already appealing to the Commonwealth for money to shift seaside towns inland.

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