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Govt Pushes Forward 4 More Projects

Posted Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:42am AEST
Updated Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:41am AEST

The Victorian Government will intervene in four more delayed building projects, in a bid to stimulate the economy.

It will fast-track a controversial windfarm at Glenthompson, near Hamilton in the state's south-west, and a residential and commercial development planned for Southbank.

Two smaller projects in Melton and Maffra will also be called-in.

The Victorian Government says the projects, worth more than $371 million, will help create about 600 jobs.

Planning Minister Justin Madden says the Government is removing "unnecessary delays in the planning system".

"The Brumby Labor Government is committed to ensuring that jobs are not held up by unreasonable delays or blockages," Mr Madden said in a statement.

"Key building projects need timely decisions. This can still be achieved with transparency to the process, and giving people an opportunity to have a say."

The four projects are:

The Oakland Hills wind farm in Glenthompson - a 43 turbine wind farm. This project is scheduled to start in October 2009.

A mixed use development in Sturt Street, Southbank. The $150 million development is scheduled to start in February 2010.

A retail development project in Maffra. The project is scheduled to start in October 2009

The Burnside Neighbourhood Activity Centre in Melton.


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Ohh gotta love the Minister for Planning sometimes!
 

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If they pull the plug on sturt street, southbank, i am going to cry and also ripe their heads off.
if it will attract more people to that area and make southbank more beautiful, then do it :):):) im all for it
 

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If they pull the plug on sturt street, southbank, i am going to cry and also ripe their heads off.
if it will attract more people to that area and make southbank more beautiful, then do it :):):) im all for it
What a load of crap. Like a 20 storey apartment tower would attract people to an area. :nuts:

"Hey kids lets go to Southbank today, I hear there's a new shoebox apartment building overlooking the busiest freeway in Melbourne. Let's go and laugh at it."

There is an 8 storey height restriction on that street.

I'll be doing my level best to make sure they pull the plug on it. My head is very ripe :wave:
 

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Sorry for attempting to inject a dose of reality.

I wonder if the developers have conducted a noise assessment to ensure that all the units facing the freeway are subjected to less than 63dB(A)L10(18hour)?

There is no noise attenuation whatsoever in place around the Citylink tunnels, Kingsway offramp and Westgate Freeway and these units would be directly fronting onto the busiest freeway in Melbourne. It would be a horrible place to live.

Not that the developers or tax minimising negatively geared landlords who would ultimately own these shoeboxes would care.
 

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What a load of crap. Like a 20 storey apartment tower would attract people to an area. :nuts:

"Hey kids lets go to Southbank today, I hear there's a new shoebox apartment building overlooking the busiest freeway in Melbourne. Let's go and laugh at it."

There is an 8 storey height restriction on that street.

I'll be doing my level best to make sure they pull the plug on it. My head is very ripe :wave:
Hopefully it's just the first of many 20 storey plus apartment buildings in the area. Once there is a large enough residential population to support local stores/cafes the place will come to life.

The design could have been better but it is 100 times better than what's there now.

Do you remember posting this?

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Sturt St seriously needs some life breathed into it.
 

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Sorry for attempting to inject a dose of reality.

I wonder if the developers have conducted a noise assessment to ensure that all the units facing the freeway are subjected to less than 63dB(A)L10(18hour)?

There is no noise attenuation whatsoever in place around the Citylink tunnels, Kingsway offramp and Westgate Freeway and these units would be directly fronting onto the busiest freeway in Melbourne. It would be a horrible place to live.

Not that the developers or tax minimising negatively geared landlords who would ultimately own these shoeboxes would care.
Why wouldnt the developer noise proof that building ??
Have you been into the city to look at the Northbank project, by the rail viaduct in Flinders st ??? Very very very noisy area..

You wouldnt have a vested interest in this by any chance ??? say, veiws from your own place being built out ?? just guessing :)
 

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You wouldnt have a vested interest in this by any chance ??? say, veiws from your own place being built out ?? just guessing :)
I think your onto something.
 

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Why wouldnt the developer noise proof that building ??
Have you been into the city to look at the Northbank project, by the rail viaduct in Flinders st ??? Very very very noisy area..

You wouldnt have a vested interest in this by any chance ??? say, veiws from your own place being built out ?? just guessing :)
i was just about to mention northbank. the constant trains would creat much more nosie than a freeway, ther is double paned glass that blocks out shitlaods of noise that would most likely be built into every apartment tower near the freeways etc otherwaise no one would buy them, developers might be in it for teh bottiom buck but they arent gonna try sell a noisy appartment because they know once they get a bad rep they will go bust!
 

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Yes I do. I meant commercial life, not residential. Southbank is already 99.999% residential.

Commercial life will attract visitors and breathe life to the area (in terms of giving residents a reason to spend time OUTSIDE in the locality) as opposed to residential development which will attract nobody.

My vision for Sturt St is a pedestrianised Arts Precinct brimming with cafes, restaurants , theatres and a gateway to St Kilda Rd while also becoming the 'Main St' for Southbank residents. The current low rise streetscape is entirely consistent with this vision and provides an aesthetic break between the existing high rise between Kavanagh St and Dorcas St.

Look at the amount of commercial life in South Melbourne along Clarendon St compared to Southbank. There are already way more residents living in Southbank than South Melbourne, but there is no commercial activity on this side of the Kingsway. It's a ghost town. Plonking yet another high rise apartment tower onto Sturt St will do nothing to activate the area. Nothing.
 

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i was just about to mention northbank. the constant trains would creat much more nosie than a freeway,
Trains are not constant. they are intermittent. they dont run 24x7. unlike a freeway which is constant and 24x7.

ther is double paned glass that blocks out shitlaods of noise that would most likely be built into every apartment tower near the freeways etc otherwaise no one would buy them,
Which is great except that people need fresh air. And fresh air involves opening windows/doors which allows in all the noise.

The correct solution is to attenuate the traffic noise on the freeway by erecting noise barriers, not expecting people to live in hermetically sealed glass towers with their air conditioners running constantly because they're unable to open their windows at night to cool the place down because they would be unable to sleep because of the constant traffic noise and truck engine braking on the approach to the tunnel.
 

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You wouldnt have a vested interest in this by any chance ??? say, veiws from your own place being built out ?? just guessing :)
I'm a local resident which I've posted here before. This yoke will not build me out thank God, but thanks for asking :)

8 storeys, just like the Development Overlay says. Build away. Southbank needs more shoebox high rise like a hole in the head.
 

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Trains are not constant. they are intermittent. they dont run 24x7. unlike a freeway which is constant and 24x7.



Which is great except that people need fresh air. And fresh air involves opening windows/doors which allows in all the noise.

The correct solution is to attenuate the traffic noise on the freeway by erecting noise barriers, not expecting people to live in hermetically sealed glass towers with their air conditioners running constantly because they're unable to open their windows at night to cool the place down because they would be unable to sleep because of the constant traffic noise and truck engine braking on the approach to the tunnel.
Um, ive lived on Flinders st, the trains are 24/7, after the suburb trains stop the freight trans start up, beleave me they are way noisy than met trains.
Doesnt this apartment plan for Sturt st have street active commercial aspexcts ??
Sturt st will develop its own flavour in time..
 

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thanks for letting us know that you hate development. Why exactly did u join this site if you just wanted to bitch and moan about it?
Where did I say I hate development? I hate bad development. I'm a big fan of the new Elisabeth Murdoch recital hall. I like the ACCA. I like the new Art College building. I like the Grant St reserve thats currently under construction. I'm a big fan of the Southbank Plan and I want to see it all implemented.

Sorry for not being a salivating lapdog for every glass/concrete monstrosity that developers are fond of churning out without regard for planning regulations, the people who will inhabit them or the local community.
 

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I'm a local resident which I've posted here before. This yoke will not build me out thank God, but thanks for asking :)
Your views are a privilege not a right you numbat NIMBY. Fancy buying and living in a highrise unit then bitching and moaning about other highrise developments in the area. Talk about greed. It's you and your kind that are the greedy ones, not developers. :bash::eek:hno::nuts:
 

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No it wont if its entirely populated with more soulless apartment towers. This will set the precedent.
But isnt that the whole idea of Southbank to have high density apartments ???
Im sorry to say that you will not find the support you are looking for on this site, maybe you should go to walking Melbourne :)
 

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xman's point about noise is not without merit - I looked round Central Equity's Centurion tower just after it was complete and they had a show flat which faced the freeway. With the double doors shut it was fine, but with them open the noise was oppressive and for myself - as xman - on days when it's 25-30 I want to throw open the doors and have fresh air, not be sealed with A/C on. Fortunately here at Vic Point I can do just that. But traffic noise is probably much less of a factor if you are younger, renting (so don't expect to be there for ever) and out at work, as compared to myself working from home so at home most of the time.
 
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