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by Jack Roach - Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 05:15 PM

The hall was overflowing with many standing. Each of the 3 panelists, David Davis (Shadow Minister for Planning) Prof. Michael Buxton (Environment & Planning RMIT) and Dr Bob Birrell (Australian Population Research Inst.) commented upon the current government's review of surburban planning under Plan Melbourne Refresh and the review by a government Panel of the residential zones.

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by Jack Roach - Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 02:49 PM

Are you "mad as hell" about having to make submissions to government on all the proposed planning changes being foisted upon us lately? Well we are.We feel like going to the window and screaming out "we can't take this anymore"

So we have arranged to hold a public meeting to give the residents an opportunity to be heard;  Sunday, 2.

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by Jack Roach - Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 04:20 PM

Melbourne is set to double it's population within the next 30 years and our governments of both political persuasions  are continuing to push population growth through continually increasing immigration. In 2000/2001 our intake was 80,000 and it is now around 250,000pa.

Our governments, both State and Federal, keep telling us that all this population growth feeds our economic growth, so do you really feel better off now than you did in 2000?

No, well the Productivity Commission tells that the actual benifit per head over the last 20 years is only around $380 in total.

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by Jack Roach - Monday, 30 November 2015, 10:29 AM

BRAG has been active fighting against unacceptable development in Boroondara for over 12 years and we can help you with your planning issues including preparation of objections to Council and VCAT.


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by Jack Roach - Tuesday, 10 November 2015, 04:42 PM

PLAN MELBOURNE REFRESH (PMR) is about the eighth plan for Melbourne over recent years and they have all been about intensification of Melbourne. Our urban planners have no real answers to the populion growth inflated by ever increasing immigration, they just want to cram, ram and jamb more development into our residential areas.

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by Jack Roach - Thursday, 17 September 2015, 03:31 PM

We have been inundated with residents concerned at the number of houses being demolished and replaced by fake "Georgian" & French Provincial" McMansions in Boroondara changing the local neighbourhood character. Many of these are built by foreign nationals using private Building Surveyors with some never occupied.

We have attached information on how this comes about detailing the requirements for foreign investors and how the rules have been rorted using private Building Surveyors.

See the attached items above for the full story. Two pages- 1. McMansions 2. Bulding Surveyors.

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New Bill to recognize the numbers of objectors at VCAT
by Jack Roach - Friday, 3 July 2015, 05:54 PM

The Premiers press release says the new bill will deliver on a key election promise to put the community's voice back into the planning process. BUT the reality is that it is drafted to ensure the opposite by providing discretion to VCAT to decide if and when it is appropriate to do so. It also hinges on discretion as to whether or not the proposal involves greater social, economic or environmental effects.

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BRAG to Review it's Strategies
by Jack Roach - Thursday, 5 February 2015, 04:24 PM

Currently BRAG is holding a workshop to review our operations with the aim of making us more effective. Members of BRAG's Committee plus  those who responded to our call for members who wished to participate, will be guided through the process by a professional strategist, Peter Robinson, who has  recently been co-opted onto the Committee.

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by Jack Roach - Sunday, 1 February 2015, 01:13 PM

A new report from Professor Kim Dovey & Ian Woodcock, Universiy of Melbourne, argues for INTENSIFYING MELBOURNE to cope with our fast and ever increasing rate of population growth. ( See post below on Immigaration numbers 2000-2014)

The report contains input from Rob Adams, City of Melbourne planner, Universities of Monash & Western Australia, State Government Departments of Planning & Transport as well as three councils.

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Australia's Immigration Intakes 2000 - 2014
by Jack Roach - Sunday, 1 February 2015, 01:10 PM

Australia's rate of population growth is 1.8% which compares with the world rate of only 1.1%. with Canada at 1.2%, US 0.7%. UK 0.6%, New Zealand & France at 0.5%.

Victoria's rate is 2.2%, so we are leading in the race to grow our population, which is pLacing real pressure on our infrastructure, public transpot, gridlocked roads, schools, hospitals, water and power supplies, etc.

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