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BRAG to Review it's Strategies
by Jack Roach - Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 09:28 AM

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.

The review is necessary because of the increasing pressure from the Development Industry, Politicians, Planners, Architects, etc. who want to Intensify Melbourne (see the item below).


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by Jack Roach - Sunday, 18 January 2015, 12:19 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.

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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Population Growth
by Jack Roach - Sunday, 18 January 2015, 10:19 AM

It is no wonder Australia is headed for a massive jump in the rate of our population growth. When asked a question about how the rate of growth was having an effect on our infrastructure and environment, Minister Hunt (the Minister for the Environment) said that "setting a fixed growth target can mask the complexities of the issue".

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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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Must Melbourne Keep Growing
by Jack Roach - Thursday, 19 June 2014, 04:59 PM

A public meeting on Saturday June 14 organized by Sustainable Population Australia and Victoria First, discussed Melbourne' s population future. The main speaker, Kelvin Thomson M.P made the point that Melbournes's population has taken off - growing at an unprecedented rate - 200 a day, 1500 a week, 75,000 a year more or less year in year out.

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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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Suggestions for submissions to the Growth Zones Advisory Committee
by Jack Roach - Sunday, 6 April 2014, 10:18 AM

Many Residents have sought assistance in preparing their submission to the Advisory Committee so we have complied a list of suggestions.

Click on  the attachment above.

Please use these as a guide and make your submission in your own words.Do not just copy as the Committee will disregard any submission that appears to be pro-forma.

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Victoria grows by 100,000 a year.
by Jack Roach - Monday, 31 March 2014, 01:53 PM

The rate of growth seems to increase every year and most of the new arrivals end up wanting to live in Melbourne. No wonder we can't keep up with all the infrastructure upgrades necessary to cope with this influx. Melbourne's population is set to double in the next 37 years to over 8 million. Yes double, and we wonder how long we can absorb all this growth.

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More on Plan Melbourne and the New Residential Zones
by Jack Roach - Saturday, 1 February 2014, 10:39 AM
"Plan Melbourne" has been criticized by the planning expert, Professor Roz Hansen, hand picked by the government to draw up and provide advice on the strategy. We criticized her appointment because she was one of this city's planners who were advocating unlocking the potential in the existing residential areas for massive development as a response to the record rate of our population growth which, on a population basis, is well above all other OECD countries.Read the rest of this topic(645 words)...
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