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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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by Jack Roach - Saturday, 18 July 2015, 02:34 PM

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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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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by Jack Roach - Monday, 14 July 2014, 02:41 PM

Boroondara Council has announced that the Minister has approved the new zones under Amendment C190. However, the Minister did not approve the zones as submitted (details attached above)

Council's proposed minimum lot sizes, site coverage, setbacks and open space proposals have not been approved, reducing the benefits of the proposed zoning.

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Update on the additional Growth Zones Hearing.
by Jack Roach - Saturday, 10 May 2014, 01:23 PM

The panel hearing commenced on Monday the 5th May with council presenting to the three panel members for most of the day. Council's Lawyer argued against the Amenmdment C199.

BRAG presented the next day for one & a half hours also arguing against  Amendment C199 which identifies additional growth zones as "requested" by the Minister for Planning.

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Alert - Changes to Boroondara's Residential Zones - More Growth
by Jack Roach - Monday, 5 May 2014, 09:16 AM

An Advisery Committee has been appointed to consider changes to the new residential zones which comprise  extensions to provide more Growth Zones followinga request from Planning Minister Matthew Guy.

Many of the new Growth Zones are around Boroondara's neighbourhood shopping centres but some have been applied to main roads such as Canterbury Rd.

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