In the lead-up to the state election, there are several important events coming up addressing issues vital to the democratic planning and liveability of Melbourne. Our Full Article can be found here
- Accommodating population growth.
- Upgrading infrastructure assets and services.
- Living standards.
- VCAT fees have risen astronomically.
- The new Plan Melbourne strategy is unashamedly designed to facilitate development, not regulate it.
At the very least, we need a wide public debate on future planning for Victoria.
* The next Victoria First meeting is this Sat. 2 Aug. at 2 pm, at the Frankston Life Saving Club. Featuring Ian Hundley (PTUA) speaking on “The transport crisis in the Frankston area“
* The first of 3 big public events organised by IMPA (the Inner Melbourne Planning Alliance) on the planning crisis in Melbourne is on Mon. 4 Aug. at 6 – 7.30pm, Deakin Edge – “City in Crisis: Housing & Public Realm Challenges facing an Expanded Melbourne” – see attached flyer – no booking required: http://www.impa.org.au/city-in-crisis
(Also note the recent Age article on architects concerned about the Govt leaving apartment design standards up to developers: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/strict-design-standards-needed-now-for-melbourne-highrises-architects-20140727-zxf1n.html
* The Great Population Debate between Kelvin Thomson (MP for Wills) & Robert Doyle (Mayor of Melbourne) is on Mon. 13 Oct. at 5.30 – 7pm, Deakin Edge.
Ian Wood, President, Save Our Suburbs Inc. (Vic) Our Full Article can be found here