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Regional Cities

HSR - High Speed Rail or Highly Sceptical Rip-off?

Like clockwork, the bi-annual debate on the merits of High Speed Rail is upon us again. Usually coinciding with elections (state and federal) the debate is policy gold for the Greens as it's a big ticket item that, as a minor party, they'll never have to fund. Likewise for the major parties, it will take so long to become a reality, it's never part of their forward estimates either. Notionally it sounds like a good idea - Melbourne to Sydney in...

Harnessing High-Speed Rail in regional cities

The Federal Government has made Phase 2 of its previous election commitment into the study of High-Speed Rail along Australia's East Coast public. Direct link to all the documentation here . Setting aside cost and the timeframe for implementation for the moment (as that's what the mainstream debate will focus on) - let me emphasise we must ensure the regional cities - those that have a mooted station - have proper structure plans in place to...

Development & Planning

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 06:00
The planning equivalent of a 'Days of our Lives' episode may be on the verge of a development resolution. Action Group Australia's very long and public bid to redevelop a prime slice of land opposite Station Pier has entered its latest phase, with plans now on display for a new design seeking grace the defunct site.

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 00:00
Melbourne now has a second vertical school campus under construction. McCorkell Constructions is in charge of the build that will deliver a new integrated educational and communal facility on the corner of Highett and Gleadell Street, Richmond. Designed by Hayball, Richmond High School as it has been labelled will be built for 650 students, and has an overall value of $43 million.

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).