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

THE DISGRACE KNOWN AS THE DESAL PLANT

Melbourne's wind powered desalination plant, which massive marine pollution to boot. The State Goverenment squandering money on environmentally destructive projects.

The Age
Desal plant a $570m-a-year drain
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/desal-plant-a-570mayear-drain-20100916...
Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders
 

Forced High Rise in Sydney and the results

Under its Metrostrategy the NSW Government plans to force high-rise onto communities so that 50% of dwellings will be high-density. This is in spite of the fact that surveys show only 7% of Sydneysiders would like to live in high-rise.

Last year I attended a Kensington/West Kingsford community precinct meeting which was addressed by the local member and then Minister of Planning, Kristina Keneally. The community was objecting to some huge high-rise developments that were being planned and gave existing Waterloo high-rise towers, known to many as "suicide towers", as examples of what they do not want. Ms Keneally however said these towers are wonderful developments and that she personally knows many residents there who are very happy and would not change that style of living for anything else.

A story by Josephine Tovey in today's Sydney Morning Herald (29 July 2010) paints a somewhat different picture. Click on

Do you want this vision for Sydney or Melbourne?

Does Maxine McKew know what it is like living in mega cities like Mumbai and Jakarta? Very obviously not!
Hi SOS Members

The massive reaction to Maxine McKew's opinion piece http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/how-sydney-can-get-its... is most encouraging. This shows that the forcing of high-density into our suburbs is rising fast in the public consciousness.

Read what Charles Purcell has to say on ‘Crowded Sydney’, http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/sydney-still-groovy-but-a-little-crowded-i...

Mark O'Connor (whose website is www.australianpoet.com ) writes:

Maxine McKew is a genius, and she has brightened my day.

24 sayings on politics

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more,
is Congress.
-- John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed,if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.
-- Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
-- Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift
himself up by the handle ..
-- Winston Churchill

5. A government, which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
-- G. Gordon Liddy

More Dodgy Decision Making in Justin Madden's Planning Department ?

The Ombudsman's recent Report on the Kew Cottages and St. Kilda triangle developments records that early in the Kew development process the then Executive Director Heritage Victoria, Mr. Ray Tonkin, recalled feeling some pressure from the developer (DHS) to advise them informally on the Heritage status of Kew Cottages, rather than to go through the public consultation and State Heritage nomination process required by the Victorian Heritage Act.

The Ombudsman concludes that, "the heritage issues led to uncertainty, considerable delays and significant additional costs for all associated with the project. It is unfortunate that a nomination was not made by the Department of Human Services (DHS) at the beginning of the exercise.." (295) and that
"in my view it was unfortunate that the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria, provided informal advice on the site early in the project." (297)

SAVE OUR SUBURBS NSW NOW CALLED SAVE OUR STATE

The NSW Electoral Commission has approved the change of name of the Save Our Suburbs party to Save Our State. This comes at a most opportune time in NSW politics.

“We can no longer ignore the shocking incompetence, sleaze and corruption shown by

Carlton Community Centre Rally

A rally organised by the Carlton Residents Association (CRA), on Saturday 11 September, in front of the vacant Kathleen Syme Centre, was part of a long-running campaign to acquire the historic building as a Community Centre/Library for Carlton.

Speakers included Cr Peter Clarke (City of Melbourne), Matthew Guy MLC (Shadow Planning Minister), Brian Walters SC (Greens candidate for Melbourne), Lloyd Jones (La Mama Theatre) and Mark Rubbo (Readings Bookshop). Apologies and messages of support were received from Lord Mayor, Hon. Robert Doyle, and Carlton Business Association President, Gino Francese. Speakers were universal in their praise and support for the proposal to develop the vacant KSC, Carlton’s first Primary School (Cnr Faraday and Cardigan Streets) as a long-sought Community Centre. Indeed all expressed complete dismay at the way in which the Brumby Government has failed to properly utilise this publically owned building for so long.

CITY HERITAGE BEING DESTROYED BY MADDEN AND HIS HERITAGE VICTORIA

TIME THAT THIS BRUMBY GOVERNMENT WAS HELD TO ACCOUNT.
Madden and Heritage Victoria are brick by brick destroying MarvellousMelbourne according to Rupert Mann President of Melbourne Heritage Action in the Age 13 September.

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/demolition-job-on-c...
 

Save our city

THE author of the letter ''Move on, naysayers'' should get some of her facts right. Geoffrey Rush has never talked about growing up in Melbourne. He grew up in Queensland and has lived in Melbourne for the past 22 years, long enough I think to give him the right to speak about Melbourne.
The comments about the authors of the opinion piece, ''Proof there's something rotten in our planning processes'' (28/8), are also way off. Mary Drost is certainly not Camberwell-centric or a ''nimby''. She networks constantly with more than 150 community and residents groups across Melbourne and Victoria and knows of the angst that communities all over the state are suffering from this government's appalling planning policies. Mary just happens to live in Camberwell, as Sonia Rutherford, who has been active for many years with the Broadmeadows Progress Association, just happens to live in Broadmeadows.

DIRE WARNINGS FROM TOP BUSINESS BODIES re population

Optimistic capitalists (sometimes known as Cornucopians) believe that growth of the economy and therefore of population can go on forever. They forget that the economy floats on an ocean of oil -- by which I mean, it is dependent on the almost free energy provided by oil (and natural gas). Without that cache of stored energy, left to us from plants that grew in previous geological ages, we could not feed much less employ anything like the world's current population, and most business plans would not work.

Growth ideologues, aka neo-liberals, aka believers in the infinite power of capitalism, brush aside talk of peak oil, claiming that science and growth itself will solve all problems. They brush aside the fact that scientific authorities disagree with this. So it is important to note that some of their own gurus and respected institutions now tell them that peak oil is real. That's why the two articles below, circulated by Bill Ryerson, matter.

Study concludes that population is a major driver of environmental change

Tim Murray here spells it out in a nutshell and below is an abstract from a major study on population and carbon dioxide emissions
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Tim Murray of Cananda uses some examples linking population and Green House Emissions

1.From 1990, the Kyoto base-line year, until 2006, Australia’s population grew by 30% while its GHG emissions grew by 30%.

2.From 1970 to 2004, America’s population grew 43% while its GHG emissions grew by 43%

Yet as Murray remarks, some never seem to grasp this---it is not just our footprint that counts, but the number of footprints.

Assessing the temporal stability of the population/
environment relationship in comparative perspective:
a cross-national panel study of carbon dioxide
emissions, 1960–2005

DIMMEYS WRECKING APPROVED BY HERITAGE VIC with an 11 Storey Tower!

ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER DISGRACE

Heritage Victoria again lets Victoria down as it panders to Maddens development at any price policies and wrecks an Icon - Dimmeys of Richmond. Never forget that Heritage Vic is in Maddens offices - how independent is that?
Is Government in the business of government or just business?

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/heritage-oks-richmond-tower-but-counci...

and here is how Alan Harris of Richmond spells it out

In Brief

DIMMEYS DECISION

HERITAGE VICTORIA - GRANTS PERMIT.

11 STOREY TOWER.

Heritage Victoria have posted the following information regarding Permit Decisions for August 2010 on their website.

 

UPROAR AS LABOR MP RESIGNS OVER FREEWAY PLANS FOR BANYULE

Back in 2001 Labor MP Craig Langdon announced in publicity flyers for a community meeting at Ivanhoe that “Labor’s policy is to not build any freeway through View Bank, Heidelberg and Bulleen.” It was followed by then Transport Minister Peter Batchelors’ statement to Parliament on 9 October 2001 that the Labor Government would never, ever “build a freeway through the Yarra Flats to link the Eastern Freeway with the northern metropolitan ring road.” On 8 December 2008 Premier Brumby released the Victorian Transport Plan, revealing proposals for the North East Link project through Banyule. Then in June 2009 Mr Langdon arranged for road authority SEITA to inform residents on construction of the Mullam Mullam Tunnel, part of EastLink, apparently intending to reassure people that no harm would come from a freeway-in-a-tunnel through Banyule. Since then Mr Langdon has remained silent about Government plans for the Banyule freeway. That is until today.

POPULATION, MELBOURNE’S PLANNING PUZZLE 7 - Mary Drost Speaks

This is what Premier Brumby has already done towards doubling Melbourne’s population :
• added Melbourne @ 5 million or is 7milliom or 8 million to
Melbourne 2030.
• Introduced government dominated Development Assessment Committees (DAC’s) to decide how much development in Activity Centres, taking our councils out of any decision making process.
• Continued ministerial intervention by stealth where the Minister
appoints a Planning Development Panel or an Advisory Committee
to advise him on proposals, removing council from any input.
• Introduced New Residential Zones to make intense development easier for the developers.
• Placed growth/economic development ahead of liveability. neighbourhood character, heritage and community wishes.
• ensured that VCAT follows his “compact city”concept as in set out in M2030

POPULATION, MELBOURNE’S PLANNING PUZZLE 7 - Kelvin Thompson Speaks

 Public Forum - Nov 2010 at Richmond Town Hall, speaker Kelvin Thomson MP, Federal Member for Wills speaks against Population increase for Melbourne

Population Forum 7 Nov 2010 Kelvin Thomson MP from Marvellous Melbourne on Vimeo.

 

POPULATION, MELBOURNE’S PLANNING PUZZLE - Andrew MacLeod Speaks

POPULATION, MELBOURNE’S PLANNING PUZZLE 7 Nov 2010 at Richmond Town Hall, speaker Andrew MacLeod, CEO, Committee for Melbourne speaks in favor of a Population increase for Melbourne

Population Forum 7 Nov 2010 Andrew MacLeod from Marvellous Melbourne on Vimeo.

Continued Growth Is Not An Option

From rural Nova Scotia to rural BC, the clichés of civic boosterism are as predictable as they are wrong. Sable-Spanish Rivers appears to be no different. Forum participants in the upcoming  township elections seem to be reading from the same script that growth-addicts in my own community are.

We need to bring in business to bring down taxes.” “Economic development is a priority...its not just about bringing new business...it’s about smart growth, maintaining the tax base.” “ New development will create needed jobs”. “We need to attract new families”. “We need to bring our kids back”. “There is nothing here for the kids”. “Once a school is gone a community begins to collapse.

How Australia is Selling off the Farm

This is a lose-lose situation. It destroys our own food security, and it encourages other (more overpopulated) countries to ignore their obligation to keep their own population in balance with their resources.  Australia can currently produce food for about 3 times the number of people who live here, but future scarcity of nitrate and phosphate fertilizers, plus salination, acidification and erosion make it doubtful it can in the long run feed even its present population of 22.5 million. We could yet see a situation where, as in the Irish potato famine, food was exported from a starving country to fulfill foreign contracts.

Complaints against ABC

Last June the ABC Complaints division, which is said to reject 97% of all complaints, upheld a complaint by Julian Holland against ABC Radio over successive news bulletins on Classic FM on 27 June.
These bulletins had misrepresented Aaron Gadiel's quaintly named "Urban Task Force" as an urban planning group, rather than as a propaganda unit run by some of Australia's biggest developers.  (This should not have been a difficult finding to reach, since the "Task Force's" website is explicit about its aims.)  The finding is reproduced below. It was supposedly circulated to all relevant sections of the ABC.

Yet last night, 18 October 2010, Gadiel got ABC TV News to run, without critical comment or alternative point of view, a highly partisan "report" of his, in which he claimed that skilled migration needed to be ramped up because of a shortage of skilled workers.

Armadale Group protest 16 story monster towers

Armadale Group protest 16 story monster towers from Marvellous Melbourne on Vimeo.

Armadale Group protest 16 story monster towers on Orrong Rd, Channel 9 news 20 October 2010

THE STABLE POPULATION PARTY ESTABLISHED

 

A NEW ALTERNATIVE PARTY HAS BEEN  ESTABLISHED
Have not heard of anyone standing as yet, but this could be for the future.   When will the major parties see that people dont want continual growth to destroy quality of life in cities.

 

 

Bastion Fight Comes to Inner-City Marginal Seats

WELL DONE BASITION POINT 
THIS FROM BASTION POINT     THEY HAVE IDEAS AND ARE ACTING      WANT TO JOIN THEIR  FIGHT?

 

Bastion Fight Comes to Inner-City Marginal Seats
 
With the application to build the breakwater now with Gavin Jennings, we are bringing the battle to the inner-city marginal seats, by beginning our sticker campaign, and by advertising in the Melbourne Times. Please assist with our three current actions below, and send this email on to three of your friends.
 
Action 1. Car Stickers
We believe it is vital to get as many stickers on cars around Melbourne and East Gippsland as possible. We have done a large run of Mallacoota printmaker Geoff Coles ‘Save Bastion Point!’ stickers.
 

Public Forum: Melbourne's population: How many is too many?

POPULATION: MELBOURNE’S  PLANNING PUZZLE
How Many Is Too Many ??
Melbourne's population is over 4 million
Brumby is planning for 8 million.

Is that too many?  How many is too many?
IS SUSTAINABILITY IMPORTANT ?
Infrastructure, who pays for it ??

PUBLIC FORUM
When: Sunday, Nov 7 2010 - 4PM
Where: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, RICHMOND

Speakers:

  • Andrew MacLeod, CEO Committee for Melbourne
  • Kelvin Thomson MP, Federal Member for Wills

Panel:

  • Melina Sehr - Stonnington City Councillor
  • Rupert Mann - Melbourne Heritage Action Group
  • David O’Brien - Planning Barrister
  • Mary Drost - Convenor Planning Backlash
  • Moderator - David Trenerry

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