Capping off a big week for land use policy in Melbourne
It's now time to breathe.
Has there been a more intense week for land-use policy announcements? We are counting down to the annual state budget in a few weeks so one would naturally expect snippets to filter through in the pre-budget period. But not like this.
From Wednesday to Friday, each day brought a carefully orchestrated announcement from closing the book on the East West Link, shifting focus to Public Transport with a reminder that the planning work for Melbourne Metro Rail was rebooted and to the expansion of the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area.
It could only have been topped if the Government had announced that they had selected a site as a long-term replacement for the Port of Melbourne. Alas, they didn't, so the world didn't turn completely upside down this week, the axis just tilted more to the left.
Here's a link to a selection of media reports from this week along with some of my own commentary.
East -West Link: Andrews Government 'dead' over axing, predicts Tony Abbott, Josh Gordon, The Age. One must wonder if Tony Abbott's aware of his own disastrous polling in Victoria at the moment?
Media go beserk as Victorian Labor effectively closes the East West Link file, (Cr) Stephen Mayne, Crikey [paywall]. The councilor with an opinion on everything, one of the better analysis pieces.
Daniel Andrews' East West Link compensation shame, Editorial, HUN. The poor dears at the HUN were razzled when St Kilda Road got bike lanes (most likely the route HUN honchos drive to their offices on City Road), now they've surpassed stratospheric rage and have entered the Flogosphere. It's worth giving the HUN a pageview or two for the shits and giggles.
Melbourne Metro/Swanston street announcement
Melbourne Metro: challenge of tunneling underneath Yarra River still unresolved, Adam Care and Clay Lucas, The Age. In this piece, Fairfax have published a 2 year old video they obtained under FOI during the Ballieu Government era.
A decade of disruption for Melbourne's CBD with $11billion rail tunnel, 9News. Links to the 9News report broadcast on TV that night. A decade of disruption in the CBD? Far fetched.
Fishermans Bend Announcement
New plan for Melbourne's Fishermans Bend, 7 News. Includes report broadcast on TV on the night of the announcement.
Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area expands, interim height limits applied. Our report from Friday.
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