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

How to diffuse The Delphi Technique

Three steps can diffuse the Delphi Technique as facilitators attempt to steer a meeting in a specific direction.

Runaway population growth heads for a smash into "peak everything"

Tim Fischer: 'Runaway population growth heads for a smash into "peak everything".'

Scarcity of jobs encourages bosses to take advantage

Roy Morgan Polls now says we have 2.2 million Australians under or un-employed,  the largest number ever, yet employers continue to claim they are short of willing workers.

IS THIS WHERE MELBOURNE IS HEADED?

Forty years ago  Jakarta was 3 million and it was liveable.  Now it is 12 million and a gridlocked polluted nightmare,  a developers dreamland and no added infrastructure.  We dont want Melbourne to go like this, but that is where we are heading unless we slow down increase of population, get  better planning and put in  more infrastructure.

 
 
 
 

WHY ARE WE SELLING OFF AUSTRALIA TO FOREIGNERS?

We are  already overdeveloping Melbourne and ruining our lifestyle.  Also we don’t have the infrastructure to cope.  

 
It appears that the Federal government has relaxed the laws to let
temporary visa holders  purchase property and they do not have
to go through the Foreign Investment Review Board.
 
See this link:
 
http://canberraliberals.org.au/NEWSROOM/MEDIA-RELEASES-HUMPHRIES/INTERVIEW-WITH-CHRIS-SMITH-MTR-MELBOURNE--2GB-SYDNEY.asp

Bureau of Stats: Oz Immigration off the scale?

NO WONDER the planning for Melbourne is not working, we only get development  without the planning and this is why  -  no one is capable of planning for this sort of growth – it is beyond human ability  and it is beyond the financial  ability of government to handle the necessary infrastructure.   Goodbye to MarvellousMelbourne
  
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says today  that Australia’s immigration rate is almost off the scale: 11.1 immigrants per thousand people per year. No other large country has anything like this figure. Even the other three Anglo-Celtic countries with pioneering complexes, Canada, the USA and New Zealand,  limp far behind, at 6.6, 3.3, and 3.1 respectively.
 

BECOME INVOLVED WITH THIS RESEARCH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Do you know that there is an Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) - http://www.acelg.org.au/aboutacelg.php?
The Australia Government has contributed R&D funding for academia to research for local government – this may be linked to our national declaration on Open Government which will emphasize a big push for using the Internet to deliver Open Government capabilities via the Government 2.0 (ie a web service capacity for eGovernment) - "The Australian Government now declares that, in order to promote greater participation in Australia’s democracy, it is committed to open government based on a culture of engagement, built on better access to and use of government held information, and sustained by the innovative use of technology."
 

Nick Minchin calls for Stable Population

Response of people to Nick Minchin’s call for  a Stable Population

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/nit_20111104_1900.mp3

Sydney's infrastructure not keeping up and see our world rating on infrastructure quality

THE AGE  HAS THIS REPORT ON  INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE STATES   BUT ESPECIALLY NOTE THE
LAST PARA  - THAT  IN THE 2010-11   WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM REPORT ON INFRASTRUCTURE  QUALITY WE ARE DOWN TO NUMBER 34 IN THE WORLD.
We know our infrastructure is way behind  and as the population grows and they don’t have the money to fix it up, we will get further behind.
 
 
PLUS THIS BELOW FROM SYDNEY

Three Orwellian Contentions

This is from Sydney but it sounds familiar in Melbourne
 
 
Hi SOS Members
1. The Department of Planning states ad nausea that its high-density policies provide housing choice.   But one or the reasons for SOS resisting high-density housing being forced onto communities that do not want it is that this reduces choice for the housing that most people want – family friendly single-residential housing.

OVERSEAS BUYERS HELPING DEVELOPERS AND KEEPING PRICES UP AND PUSHING US FURTHER OUT AND UP

 
 
No wonder the prices stay up and the developers keep developing and Melbourne continues to go up and go out.   This should be opposed but it seems government just want to keep the development going no matter  how it ruins our city  and our food security,
 

ROAM THE DOME

The people of Fitzroy want to have the Dome of World listed Exhibition Building opened to the public.   Read all about it.

Matthew Guy opposes development opposite Serendip Sanctuary

Celebrations at Lara about  Serendip Sanctuary.   Matthew Guy is not approving the amendment  allowing development which  could ruin the Sanctuary.  The people are delighted -  the developer if furious.
This has been people power in action  and congratulations  to  Planning Minister  Matthew Guy for listening to the people.  Democracy as it should be.  

THE RIGHT TO OBJECT

Please take note of a most significant point in the article – what the Master Builders said  that 7% of applications ended up in VCAT.  And he is complaining about  that?    What it says to me is that 93% go straight through.    They have nothing to complain about as far as I can see.
In addition  the Master Builders seem to think there is ‘excessive democracy’.    How much democracy is excessive?    What do they want to curtail  to silence us?
 

MATTHEW GUY IS FORCED INTO A HUMILIATING BACK FLIP

He might now understand that he should listen to the people and not the developers or the bureaucrats in the planning department. The MPs all put pressure on no doubt because of the emails sent to them by residents people power in action.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/baillieu-hit-by-island-debacle-2011092...

THE EAST WEST TUNNEL DISASTER

KENNETH DAVIDSON  YESTERDAY

SO MUCH FOR MAKING HOUSES MORE AFFORDABLE! It is a myth.

Then apartments are kept high by selling them overseas.
We local buyers are the losers.  Meantime our suburbs are being overdeveloped
 

 

AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE SHRINKS, AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS UP

Why this push for more population when it is the very thing that is making our cities less liveable and overcrowded because of poor planning?

http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2011/4692/

Australian Air is Clean - let's keep it that way

THIS IS what I have been saying for some time. All the hype about getting our pollution levels reduced when we have the cleanest cities in the world except Canada. Having lived in Jakarta for years, I know what polluted air is like and ours is shining clean. Here is it proved by World Health.

http://www.theage.com.au/environment/breathe-easy-australian-air-is-clea...

Proof that VCAT is a farce

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ARTICLE ABOUT 2 VCAT DECISIONS MAKING OPPOSITE DECISIONS ABOUT SIMILAR DEVELOPMENTS IN ONE STREET

It would be funny if it weren’t so serious. 
 
And in case you wanted any more evidence that VCAT is a farce, the decisions in these cases prove it - http://www.maribyrnongweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/maidstone-residents-rail-at-inconsistent-vcat-rulings/2246813.aspx
 

Carlton Gardens

Protectors of Public Lands Vic attempts to save Carlton Gardens which surround our World Heritage Royal Exhibition Building.

Election promises are slow to develop ...

Planning Backlash tried unsuccessfully to get seats on this powerful Committee set up to Review the Planning System.

There is no one there to represent the communities who are the ones effected by the Planning laws.

One has to question the outcome.

http://news.domain.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/election-promises-are-...

 

NIBMY’s, NIAMBY’s and DIMBA’s

This brilliant piece – a defence of community groups rights to object – was written by an objector after she was attacked in the paper for being a NIMBY.

This is her response...

 NIBMY’s, NIAMBY’s and DIMBA’s

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