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“Featureless” design atop heritage building slammed

“Featureless” design atop heritage building slammed

By David Schout The City of Melbourne has criticised a “plain” design directive from Heritage Victoria for a development atop the heritage-listed former Melford Motors building. An application for a nine-storey mixed-used atop the Elizabeth St building, built in 1928 as a showroom for Ford vehicles, is set to be sent to the state planning

Aboriginal history in the Hoddle Grid

By Meg Hill A recently-released City of Melbourne heritage review is likely the most extensive study of the inner city’s Aboriginal history ever conducted. At the April 2 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, Cr Rohan Leppert described the effort as “completely new in local government”. The meeting discussed volumes three, four and five of the six

Questions still loom over Fed Square

By Meg Hill  Following Heritage Victoria’s decision to reject a demolition permit for the Yarra Building, Apple and the state government conceded that plans for a flagship store in the square had become untenable. The government has also announced a review to examine the square’s financial and governance arrangements. Planning Minister Richard Wynne called the

Heritage owners exploit tax loophole

By Meg Hill A growing number of CBD buildings have had their official values slashed as a result of a heritage land valuation loop hole, saving owners hundreds of thousands of dollars in land tax. The General Post Office (GPO) building was the first to be decided, with a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

“Watch this space” on panel

By Shane Scanlan Lord Mayor Sally Capp’s heavily-spruiked residents’ panel is suffering a long and protracted labour and, if born, may resemble an entirely different child. First revealed at the Soutbank Residents’ Associaton’s (SRA) annual general meeting (AGM) last July and talked up to Residents 3000 last September, the panel concept hasn’t really progressed. The

Cervical cancer research trial

A world-first clinical trial is running in Melbourne with the help of a swathe of CBD-based practices and doctors. The Compass Trial is the largest clinical trial ever to be conducted in Australia, aiming to recruit 82,303 women. The trial researches the most effective strategies for optimising cervical screening in human papilloma virus-vaccinated women. City-based

VCAT cladding decision sets “roundabout” precedent

By Meg Hill Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s (VCAT) Lacrosse decision is both a win for apartment owners and an absolution for builders, despite its convoluted legal expression. The VCAT Lacrosse fire decision in February hit consultants with the bulk of damages, despite finding the builder was primarily liable. The indirect allocation of blame, however,

Cladding an emergency: Bandt

By Sean Car Flammable cladding dominated discussion at the March 7 Residents 3000 meeting, with Federal MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt labelling the issue an emergency.  Mr Bandt was a surprise inclusion at the Kelvin Club meeting, after Greens State MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell and Reason Party leader Fiona Patten MP were both forced

Pollution fine

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) fined CDL Constructions $8000 in early March for pollution in Franklin St late December last year. Streams of sediment, turbid water and a haze of excavation dust were created by hosing the street and footpath next to the site. The water entered stormwater drains, likely ending up in the Yarra

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