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

Planning Panel scathingly critical of City of Melbourne Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning at the City of Melbourne does not appear to be going very well.  Just read the following decision.  The Planning Panel appointed by the Victorian State Government was very unimpressed.  You do not see decisions and comments like this very often.  
 

Guy - Planning powers for Tooronga given back to Boroondara

Media Release from Matthew Guy.  This is good, but pity it had not been done about 4 years ago.   Hulls  when Planning Minister  took it over himself and  council was out of it.   It has been a disaster.  Hope the council can salvage a bit out of it.
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/4030-planning-powers-for-tooronga-given-back-to-boroondara.html

Heritage Win for Clifton Hill

IT IS GOOD TO HEAR ABOUT A WIN FOR HERITAGE - IT DOES NOT HAPPEN OFTEN BUT HERE IT IS SO CLIFTON HILL IS REJOICING

http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/hot-topics/heritage-win-in-clifton-hill/

Kelvin Thomson MP: Enterprise Migration Agreement

Kelvin Thomson does not agree with bringing in extra migrants  to work the mines when so many Australians are losing  their jobs.  He wants migration reduced   and that would certainly be good for the pressure on Melbourne re the high density development that is happening  everywhere.  

High Noon on Melbourne's fertile fringe

The people of Melbourne should be worried and demand of the  government that our lush fertile farming  areas around Melbourne are protected from this perpetual push for housing for yet more and more people migrating here.    Protect our precious  land, our lives may one day depend on it.  Slow the growth,  only third world countries grow like this  and we have the ability to slow it down.  Tell the government to stop it.   
 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/city-sprawl-hits-food-bowls-20120525-1zaeq.html

Melbourne Rushes to Meet Urban Renewal Targets

This is the Study by the Property Council about Urban Renewal. Be alarmed as they want to RENEW us, especially where they can a make the most profit. Time to tell the government we dont want all this development in our suburbs. We want to keep out city liveable.

http://www.propertyoz.com.au/Article/NewsDetail.aspx?p=16&id=5814

 

Kelvin Thomson on gloomy high-rise

Great letter by Kelvin Thomson on battery kids  versus free range kids:
 
THE article ''Chasing the sun among high-rises a heated issue'' (20/5) raises very important issues about Melbourne's headlong rush to high-rise.

The loss of sunlight is a very important point. As is the fact that high-density high-rise buildings have big carbon footprints, consume more energy, generate more pollution and detract public amenity through the large shadows they cast. The proliferation of high-rise development is threatening not only our environment, but also our social fabric.

Planning news from Sydney SOS and would you say it is the same here in Melbourne?

We have achieved astonishing success with our long-running campaign against the practice of political donations in New South Wales.  Legislation now only allows donations by individuals and up to a maximum of $5,000 per annum.
 
Surprisingly there has been little change in planning policy actions.  The New South Wales Department of Planning continues to force high-density onto communities.  Its staff regularly call on local councils to pressure them to continue to comply with its unwanted destructive policies.
 
We believe a major part of the explanation is that Members of Parliament are captive to the bureaucracy.  These unelected officials (whose salaries are paid by us) drive administration policy to a much greater degree than we like to think.  They may be termed “civil servants” but they are neither civil nor our servants.  The boot is on the other foot.

So Much For High Rise/High density - proven bad for the environment

From the ACT government's report on carrying capacity and footprint. See pp. 33-34 at  http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/downloads/reports/CCEW06%20Ecological.pdf

The ISA 2007 study and the Australian Conservation Foundation Atlas clearly show that, in each state and territory, the population in the centre and inner suburbs of the capital city are contributing the most per person to the ecological footprint.77 For instance, within Canberra the ecological footprints of the householders of the inner suburbs of Braddon [Mark's comment: medium density] and Yarralumla [big old houses and gardens, embassies]  were 8.59 gha pp and 8.05 gha pp, respectively, and the outer areas of Tuggeranong and Banks were 6.15 gha pp and 6.07 gha pp, respectively.78

A SOLUTION FOR OUR OVERPOPULATION

By Ray Smith Retired. Formerly Area Specialist with the Australian Science Education Project and Senior Lecturer at the Regional Educational Centre for Science and Mathematics. Malaysia. Co-author of the series of Headstart Science books.

The tallest woman on Earth, Yao Defen, died because she didn't stop growing. The cause turned out to be a cancer in her pituitary gland There are stages in the growth of all people. The first is physical growth to the early teens. During that period there is much learning of facts and a mental growth through what are called "concrete" stages of learnings. After that, the physical growth should stop, and be followed by a mental growth - that which psychologist Jan Piaget calls the "formal" thinking stage. As in Physical growth, there is a need for challenges and exercises in mental growth to achieve this formal level of thinking*.

Australia's GDP per capita is stationary, and resources are falling

 
The real problem we have which is causing the most damage to Melbourne is the increasing population.  It is not increasing our GDP per capita.  The small stable population countries have the highest GDP per capita.
William Bourke has published a severe critique of Australia's economic policy on ABC's the Drum.

He notes that while total GDP has risen, this is almost entirely due to population growth.  Per capita GDP, which is what really matters to most of us, is stationary. And Australia's abnormally rapid population growth brings many economic ills (as well as the obvious environmental and resource ones).

IF THEY ONLY BUILT THEM WELL AND PROPERLY SOUNDPROOFED BUT OBVIOUSLY THESE DEVELOPERS TO MAKE MAXIMUM PROFITS DONT GIVE QUALITY

IF THEY ONLY BUILT THEM WELL AND PROPERLY SOUNDPROOFED BUT OBVIOUSLY THESE DEVELOPERS TO MAKE MAXIMUM PROFITS DONT GIVE QUALITY

Stack-'em-up flats erode quality of life I WONDER how many politicians/developers ever live in the apartments they approve/build. Not too many, I think. The Age's Domain apartment guide is full of happy stories about people who have downsized from spacious suburban homes. But these people are living in top-dollar dwellings. For the majority of Melburnians the story is quite different.

Foreign Ownership ... Good news and Bad

THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR BRIAN WALSH OF KEW COTTAGES COALITION WHO HAS BEEN DEMANDING THIS FOR YEARS -  let us hope  it really happens

DOCKLANDS PAST AND PRESENT AND WHAT OF THE FUTURE??

 

 
the past -  Kennett desperate to get Docklands going.   BargainBasement prices.   What a massive killing those developers made.
 
And what a mess they made of it.
 
 Will they ever put it right??    And will they do the same in Fishermens Bend?   Why do they get it so wrong?
 

 

Spending your money is not hard work....

This photo is tagged as the US legislators at work passing a budget.
US House Minority Leader pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleagues play as the House considers a new budget. The guy sitting in the row in front of these two....he's on Facebook, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores.
These are the folks that couldn't get the budget out by Oct.1, and are about to control your health care, cap and trade, and the list goes on and on.
Should we buy them larger screen computers - or -a ticket home, permanently? This is one of their 3-DAY WORK WEEKS that we all pay for (salary is about $179,000 per year).

Is it so different in Australia ?

Developers mislead pubic with images

 

It happens in Sydney – it happens in Melbourne too
 
Developers mislead pubic with images downscaling real size of overdevelopment
 http://www.smh.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/inaccurate-images-anger-residents-20120220-1tjox.html 

 

More on Andrew McLeod

Letters Editor Herald Sun,  Melbourne (by email).  16th February 2012.

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