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

NSW Government Forced to Finally Take Action on Political Donations.

Congratulaltions SOS Sydney for pushing for this in NSW.

When will the Victorian Government clean itself up?

 

Urban Taskforce claims NIMBY groups holds back development

This so called Urban Taskforce blames we Resident Groups for using our Democratic right to object..
Well  we blame them for wrecking Melbourne    
They want even more money. We want to save our lifestyle and Marvellous Melbourne. 
 
Urban Taskforce claims NIMBY groups holds back development

Published on Fri, 24/09/2010, 03:15:40

http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2010/09/24/article/Urban-Taskforce-claims-NIMBY-groups-holds-back-development/BYHCFEXJWG.html

AS USUAL WE THE TAXPAYER PAYS - THIS TIME FOR THE FRANKSTON PYPASS

This is the bypass that is going to wreck heritage Westerfield  and who  ends up paying  for years  -  we the taxpayer.
Maybe fine to have a bypass to save time and take the cars out of Frankston, but as what a cost. Would cost the same to have gone around Westerfield.
So we lose both ways  -  money and  heritage.   
 

Shock decision - Southern Ocean Beach House & good news from VCAT - surprise surprise

Bad News from Port Campbell.  Very disappointing when a Mayor does not know the accepted custom in Council  -   the casting vote must  keep the status quo.
The fragile sea frontage at Port Campbell is really under attack by developers who respect nothing. 
 
Media Release
29 September 2010
 
Council Divided
 
Shock Decision over Southern Ocean Beach House Permit Extension
 
 
Corangamite Shire Council narrowly passed a second permit extension for the Southern Ocean Beach House using the Mayor’s second vote despite Council’s Planning Officer recommending the extension be refused.
 

WINDSOR APPROVAL BETRAYS CITY

 
 
 
If our State Governments had had the foresight of Melbourne;s founding fathers and had kept the central square mile of Melbourne with all its grand 19th century buildings surrounded by world class parks and gardens, Melbourne would have been the greatest Victorian city in the world.  People would have come from everywhere to see it, the way people flock to Paris and Rome and Amsterdam and Vienna and so on.

Help Save Dimmeys from an eleven storey tower.

  This is an Icon in Melbourne and should be protected.

Heritage Victoria shamefully approved the tower.
Help put pressure on the Yarra Council to reject it.   
 
Save Dimmeys
Yarra Council receives planning application for Dimmeys
 
Feedback to be sought on Dimmeys proposal

   

Council posted on its website earlier today, 1st October 2010, news that an application had been made from the developer.

 

Dimmeys

HOW MUCH ABOUT YOU IS ON POLICE OR DEVELOPERS FILES?

 

 Jan Beer who has led the Pipe Line fight has taken the Goverment to court  about breach of her privacy.
 
The outcome will be of interest to us all.   How  free are we? 
How much freedom are we losing under this  Brumby  Government?
 
 

 

So the Truth is Coming Out

The Government  Encourage More and More to MIgrate to Melbourne and Encourage People to  Use Public Transport with NO PLANNING  FOR GROWTH - says ex connex boss.  
 

Pure Serendipity - Save Williamstown has impromptu meeting with Minister Madden

 
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Save Williamstown appeared and presented at the Public Hearing today of the Ports and Environs Advisory Committee. We presented a compulsive case for appropriate port buffer zones around the Shipyards and the Mobil Facility at Point Gellibrand, including safety around transferring Mobil's feedstock from tanker vessels to the pipelines for the refinery. We explained how Nelson Place Village's high-rise high-density residential proposal which would house 1000+ new residents was totally inappropriate and would compromise the buffer zone protections provided for existing residents. 

ABC Stateline Madden grilled by Upper House committee

 

ABC Stateline Madden grilled by Upper House committee from Marvellous Melbourne on Vimeo.

ABC Stateline 1 Oct 2010 Minister Justin Madden grilled by Upper House committee on Windsor Hotel ongoing investigation

DUMB SLUMS RISE UP IN SYDNEY.

Government and Developers want 50% high density, but only7% of people
want to live in flats.
We dont want this in Melbourne - the Government must listen or go.

SOS Members

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

BIG DAY ON JON FAINE TOMORROW FRIDAY

BIG DAY ON JON FAINE TOMORROW FRIDAY
 
10am Geoffrey Rush as Ambassador for UNICEF
 
followed by Mary Delahunty at 11am re her Book

Transforming VCAT - BRAG Submission

Submission from Boroondara Residents’ Action Group (BRAG)

 
The Boroondara Residents’ Action Group (BRAG)
is registered under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 No. A0054624J
 
Brag is a community organization representing the residents of Boroondara
with the aim of protecting what we love about our neighbourhood.
BRAG has a paid up membership of over 500 members. Surveys reveal that we enjoy additional support from the general resident Boroondara community.
 
Note : this submission concentrates upon the Planning & Environment List.
 
The planning system is seen as biased against the citizen” –
Prof. Miles Lewis, former Member of VCAT
 

BRAG & PLANNING BACKLASH Recommendations for VCAT Review

Recommendations for VCAT Review Submitted
to Justice Bell by  BRAG & PLANNING BACKLASH – meeting 14th July 2009.
 
These recommendations respond to the invitation of the President of VCAT, the Honourable Justice Kevin Bell, to inform his review of the operations and efficacy of the Tribunal. As previously indicated, our focus is on the Planning & Environment List.
 
1.      VCAT should be the appeal body monitoring proper implementation of prescribed planning requirements.

BRAG Submission to VCAT Review

V C A T      victorian civil & administrativetribunal
P R E S I D E N T’ S   R E V I E W
“The role of VCAT in a changing world
 A Submission from them Boroondara Residents’ Action Group (BRAG)
                         PO Box 1034 Camberwell 3124  
                                    www.brag.asn.au

Malvern East Group - SUBMISSION RE TRANSFORMING VCAT...JUNE 2010

Preliminary Statement
We applaud the vision Justice Iain Ross has for 'transforming VCAT' and sincerely hope that he is successful
MEG (Malvern East Group) is involved only with planning issues.   We seek to advise members re process both at Council and VCAT levels and to empower them as self-represented parties.
 
Key Issues
 
We support the following 5 items:-
 
1. Accountability...i.e. an effective complaints mechanism.
                                    enhanced disclosure.

SUBMISSION TO VCAT REVIEW JULY 2009

P L A N N I N G B A C K L A S H
Protecting our liveability today for tomorrow      
      
INTRODUCTION
 

TRANSFORMING VCAT

 

P L A N N I N G B A C K L A S H
Protecting   our liveability today for tomorrow

SUBMISSION TO VCAT REVIEW JUNE 2010

 

PLANNING BACKLASH Inc is a coalition of 150+ resident groups across city coast and country attempting to prevent the destruction of |Melbourne and Victoria by overdevelopment

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Kelvin Thomson: 2009 State of Australia’s Birds Report

Speech delivered to launch  Birds Australia,
State of Australia’s Birds Report 2009
Saturday 29th May 2010

Anti-corruption????

We know an election is coming when Brumby announces he will set up an anti-corruption committee (mind you not for 18 months) but he still won't let Peta Duke appear before the Upper House committee investigating the Windsor Hotel scandal.
What will the committee do now - have her arrested for contempt of Parliament?

See link. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/brumby-rejects-adviser-scrutiny-20100606-xn9r.html

MINISTERIAL INTERVENTION IN 173 AGREEMENTS IN STONNINGTON

670 Chapel St. Sth Yarra has an extensive planning permit history going back to 2004 when a permit was granted for a 3 level development with basement parking.  

Majority Against High Population Growth

The two items below emphasise the point that while the business community still favors high population growth, the Australian public (including even the relatively "New Class" audience of Radio National) is now increasingly against it.

1.  SPA member Dally Messenger has placed a reply in Business Spectator, chiding the editor Alan Kohler for his pro-population-growth take on last week's debate at the DAVOS "Future Summit":

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Conversations/The-Australian-economy-H7VMJ?OpenDocument

from Dally Messenger

27 May 2010 8:32 PM

Bushland devastated by freeway works

 

01 Jun, 2010 12:46 PM

A CHORUS of disapproval has met the destruction of Frankston bushland and its flora and fauna to make way for the controversial $760 million Peninsula Link freeway.

Bulldozers have cleared bushland between Skye and Robinsons roads, parallel to McClelland Drive, which is known as sectionC by Abigroup, the construction partner of road building consortium Southern Way.

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