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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

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 00:00
A rush of planning applications either side of the festive break are cumulatively seeking to add to South Melbourne's robust development scene, with four major apartment projects lodged. City of Port Phillip will now assess the respective merits of the fresh applications, along with a handful of other noteworthy towers already at planning that when combined, would provide the popular suburb with thousands of new apartments.

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, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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Transport & Design

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).