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Melbourne's west gathers some development momentum

It has arguably been a long time coming. Key suburbs across Melbourne's western region are beginning to unlock some of their development potential as a raft of new projects come to the fore. Whether they be commercial or residential, the new projects are a sign that Melbourne's western suburbs are front and square in the collective minds of many developers. Metrowest's initial build. Image: ABD Group The team behind Sunshine's Metrowest...

Doncaster East's apartment market rises to Prominence

Doncaster East has never been considered an apartment stronghold, although a raft of current projects are doing their best to dispel that notion. Gradually emerging from the shadow of 'big brother' that is Doncaster, Doncaster East is set to welcome at least 1,000 new apartments over the next handful of years. A sweep through the Urban Melbourne Project Database shows 13 dedicated apartment projects found within Doncaster East, with Baptcare's...

Essendon's high density development a model example

If Rob Adams were to nominate a prime example for his Transforming Australian Cities blueprint which was presented over the 2009-2010 period, I wonder if Essendon would be the most appropriate locale today? Advocating medium density housing along major transport corridors, with tram lines to the fore, the document was designed to address the pending population squeeze while also increasing patronage on public transport. Much discussion ensued...

Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 06:00
Although applications for substantially tall apartment towers have eased over recent times within City of Stonnington, two current development applications across Prahran and South Yarra represent the next sling of smaller sized towers for the municipality. A 14 storey apartment building at 10-16 Cecil Place is being sought by Bensons Property Group.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).