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What's up in Melbourne this week - by Di Cachinnans

Surprise surprise. It is official. Overpopulation has overstretched Melbourne infrastructure. This week, areas of Hawthorn had no water because of the pipes being so old and overloaded. At Camberwell Junction after heavy rain you can smell sewer because the sewer lines are overloaded. Well we know about the hospitals and the schools not to mention the roads and the public transport.

Mainstream reporting catches up with old alternative news

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/public-transport-needs-billions-20120229-1u3ji.html

Surprise surprise. It is official. What we have been saying for years. The Bracks/Brumby government brought in a million people and kept telling us to pack in close together as there was plenty of infrastructure when we shouted to deaf ears that all infrastructure was overstretched. The new government has hardly done anything with it, and I hear it is because they have no money and now they say they will have to ask the Feds. Wonder if the Feds have any money either. Meanwhile keep bringing in more people and making things worse all the time. This week, areas of Hawthorn had no water because of the pipes being so old and overloaded. At Camberwell Junction after heavy rain you can smell sewer because the sewer lines are overloaded. Well we know about the hospitals and the schools not to mention the roads and the public transport.

The Age article above needs letter to the editor and comments online and on candobetter.net

Campbell Newman

On the news ABC 24 March 1, 2012, there is talk of Campbell Newman, ex Lord Mayor of Brisbane, now running against the Queensland State Premier, Anna Bligh, having strange communications from developers. This is a subject that Anna probably knows a lot about.

"Ms Bligh says Mr Newman is still avoiding legitimate questions about some dealings with developers while he was Brisbane's mayor.
"I think there's a very simple question here," she said.
"Why did this developer seek to use seven different names and companies to make seven different donations in a period of a matter of a days.
"If this is all above board, why not just make one donation in one company name of more than $70,000."" (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-01/more-allegations-raised-about-newmans-campaign-fund/3861442/?site=brisbane&section=news

Not relevant to Melbourne perhaps, but it does sound like it might be true.
Of course something like that could never happen here - well could it???

Immigration shortage!

Shucks, we need to increase immigration significantly and move everyone in Australia to Melbourne so we can take our rightful place as number 1 in the world!

Now that is a great idea ... what a great city we would have ... mind you we would not then be the most liveable - but we would be the biggest.

Uglification of Melbourne

And so our city is being ruined building by building ...
Everything goes

"THE proposed development in Wills Street in the city (''Residents' balconies would be enclosed in '100m hole''', The Age, 28/2) is an alarming example of just how far the current spate of runaway development has gone. The proposed 32-storey tower in a narrow CBD street will dwarf surrounding buildings, block out natural light and air from balconies of an adjoining building, enclosing them effectively in a 20-storey shaft. Such are the rules for development in the CBD, it appears almost anything goes. Our environment and amenity, not to mention our heritage, are being plundered. How long will we continue to allow developers to dictate planning policy?"

cheers all for now

Di Cachinnans

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If you are interested in the Doncaster Rail Study, this is a chance for you to make some input. Note the dates and times and places.

Doncaster Rail Study – Community Workshop/s

This is an important opportunity to provide feedback and input into this study. There is a choice of three workshops as follows:
Date: Monday 26 March 2012
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond

Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: 11 Marwal Avenue, North Balwyn

Date: Thursday, 29 March 2012
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Function Room 1, Level 1, Manningham City, Council, 699 Doncaster Rd., Doncaster

The workshops are intended to:

§ Present the options as developed to-date
§ Gain community input
§ Discuss key issues and opportunities.

RSVP: http://www.doncasterrailstudy.com/2012/01/youre-invited/#comments