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by Jack Roach - Monday, 3 December 2018, 03:41 AM

Dear Members and supporters, enjoy a very Merry Christmas for the New Year will not bring much joy ( see the two posts below).

BRAG Christmas Card attached above.

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by Jack Roach - Monday, 3 December 2018, 12:24 AM

In the post below we forwarned that should Labor win the election,Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, would force 70 % of new residential development into the middle suburbs.

This is now a reality and multi- story development will negatively change the streetscapes in Borondara as Minister Wynne has made it clear that he is targeting Boroondara for special attention.

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Dramatic Changes being Planned for Development in our Suburbs
by Jack Roach - Thursday, 11 October 2018, 06:41 AM

BRAG has always tried to remain unaligned politically but the plans the Andrews' Government has for centralizing planning  if and when it is re-elected require us to take a stand.

Right now there are plans being developed in secret by Labor to ensure that massive changes can be rammed through to push at least 70% of new medium and high density housing into the middle suburbs with the leafy Eastern suburbs targeted for more than most.

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There is an election coming & we have an Annual General Meeting
by Jack Roach - Thursday, 30 August 2018, 06:19 AM

Wednesday 29th August

BRAG and other Boroondara Groups met with David Davis (Shadow Planning Minister) and John Pesutto (Shadow Attorney General) to encourage them to consider our recommendations for changes to planning regulations, if elected, to overcome the unacceptable and damaging changes made by the Andrews' government.

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by Jack Roach - Thursday, 9 August 2018, 04:27 AM

Instead of relying on the property bubble pretending that our economy is strong, Australia needs real structural change in the way we grow our economy.Chinese money is creating this gigantic property bubble here and in other countries around the world but it is not doing us any favours.

We have gone mad building houses and apartment blocks, mainly for the new arrivals and Chinese investors,  but this cannot go on indefinitely.

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New Planning Laws to Save Our Suburbs.
by Jack Roach - Monday, 18 June 2018, 04:04 AM

A new developmnet proposal in Glen Iris for a three storey block of nine flats was the site of a press release from the Coalition promising to introduce stict new plannig rules within its first 100 days of office if elected at the November election.

A full copy of the release is attached above...

This development proposal currently before the Boroondara Council is the result of the Andrew's government changes to the residential zones intruduced last year which increase heights and allowed for deveopment of more than two dwellings per lot.

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The Election and Our Problems with Plan Melbourne
by Jack Roach - Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:24 AM

Plan Melbourne 2017 - 2050 introduced by the Andrews' government has stripped away many of the protections against over-development that were put in place by the previous Coalition government. The General Residential Zones (GRZ) height has been  inceased from 9 metres to 11 metres, the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) from 8 metres to 9 metres and the cap of two residences per block has been removed completely.

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by Jack Roach - Saturday, 28 April 2018, 03:59 AM

We have noticed many more letters to our newspapers raising the issue of high population growth mainly due to immigration. A recent survey by The Australian Population Research Institute has reported that "74% of voters thought that Australia does not need more people". The fillowing points set out some of the reasons why we should be demanding better immigration controls by our governments:

  • The main reason why many people feel they haven't benifited from Australia's long stretch of economic expansion is because they haven't.
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by Jack Roach - Sunday, 8 April 2018, 02:22 AM

Infrastructure Australia has announced plans to intensify Melbourne by forcing high rise development into our suburbs from Sunshine to Box Hill to cope with the predicted future population growth.

Because the Andrews' government has already changed our planning guidelines to remove our notification, objection and appeal rights, your first indication will be when a developer starts building an 8 storey block of flats next door and you and your council will not be able to do a thing about it.

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Restore Residents' Rights Rally on the steps of Parliament.
by Jack Roach - Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 04:19 AM

This report has been updated (see below).

Our "Restore Residents' Rights Rally on 8th June, held on the parliament steps, was well attended with groups from right across Melbourne and beyond supporting the speakers criticising the negative effects of PLAN MELBOURNE 2017-2050 recently announced by the government.

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