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Melbourne Metro Rail stations: more detail released & comment

The drip feed of information on the Melbourne Metro Rail project website continues, with a recent update featuring an interactive map to be used for consultation purposes, along with brochures providing increasing detail about each station and portal precinct. Perhaps one of the most important parts of the placement of a station on a rail line is how and where users will access the underground structures. The brochures now display proposed...

Greg Hunt's 2200 vision: why rebuild rail underground when we can expand? (Parts 2 & 3)

Following on from yesterday - Greg Hunt's Melbourne 2200 Vision is an expensive flop, but... - here is a summary and links to the subsequent episodes on Adam Ford's blog. Part two centres around looking at the blackspots in the current network and walks through projects which could extend the reach of the network into these areas. Upfield, Alamein, Glen Waverley line extensions and new lines through Fishermans Bend, Doncaster to Ringwood and...

Greg Hunt's Melbourne 2200 vision is an expensive flop, but... (Part 1)

Recently Greg Hunt appeared to throw off the shackles he was operating under in his role as salesman for one of the stupider bits of Coalition policy, issuing, seemingly a propos of nothing and having spent fully five minutes with responsibility for cities, a long-term infrastructure plan for Melbourne to the year 2200. Hunt's plan is certainly bold. In the sense that he appears to want to spend hundreds of billions of dollars of public money on...

Melbourne Metro CBD station details emerge

More details of the Melbourne Metro project have been drip-fed out of the Victorian Government this week. Yesterday, the Minister for Public Transport announced the scope of properties which will need to be acquired as part of the Melbourne Metro project: the total quote sits at 44 buildings with 94 individual titles. An apartment building in the CBD containing 49 apartments will be acquired along with houses located near the tunnel portals in...

Comment: Greg Hunt's "fix list" - nothing to see here

The Federal Environment Minister - who also happens to be a Victorian Member of Parliament - released a wish-list of projects to "fix" Melbourne's congestion which unsurprisingly read like a road-lobbyists cheat sheet, complete with a mention of Melbourne Metro for balance . Greg Hunt is the member for Flinders which covers the entire Mornington Peninsula, surrounds the shoreline of Western Port and covers both Phillip and French Islands; and it...

More people will cycle when everyone accepts cyclists' right to be on the road

Despite the health, environmental and social benefits of cycling, efforts to boost the number of people travelling by bike have hit a plateau. Recent data show no significant change in cycling participation across Australia between 2011 and 2015, and it now seems clear that the National Cycling Strategy goal of doubling cycling between 2010 and 2016 will fall short.

Melbourne Metro: new indicative alignment maps published

On September 22, the Victorian Government announced a period of consultation on the impacts of the Melbourne Metro project had begun. 21,000 letters were reportedly sent to residents and businesses along the alignment of the proposed new rail tunnel. The letters invited locals to go to an information session and find out where the tunnel will go, how it will be built and the planning process that will be undertaken. The Minister for Public...

1960s plans for Waverley Park expansion: South East Melbourne dodged a bullet

On Grand Final Day the Herald Sun ran an article about plans from the 1960s which would have seen the now defunct AFL Park - aka Waverley or Arctic Park - see its capacity rise to 157,000 patrons. The numbers are broken down into 126,000 seats and standing room for a further 31,000. Similarly the plans envisioned space for an eye-popping amount of cars: 25,000. These were truly the glory days of auto-centric thought-bubbles and planning. You can...

Are the Federal ALP really the 'public transport' party?

It was a one man show on Monday night's QandA . The Federal Leader of the Opposition was answering questions from a Ballarat audience and made a curious remark that the Australian Labor Party (ALP) are the public transport party. Fumbling through a list of large-scale public transport projects around the country, Bill Shorten looked to be in the most uncomfortable position all night. A follow up question on the feel-good grandiose infrastructure...

Public transport is always greener on the other side

Australians have very high expectations of their public transport systems. They consistently prefer investment in public transport over investment in roads. State elections have been lost when politicians don’t meet those expectations. As a researcher in public transport, I am frustrated by a narrative I see time and again. It comes up in comments in focus groups and pops up at the bottom of news articles.

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Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

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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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).