Month: November 2014

WHERE ARE THE TOWN PLANNING INITIATIVES

Next Saturday, Victorians votes on their next State government so we’ve done a very quick review of the Liberal, ALP and Greens campaign websites as they refer to town planning – we could not find much under the topic. Unlike in past elections, town planning has been a relatively silent issue this time around with… Read more »

FINALLY MY PERMIT

There are some interesting statistics from the Victorian Planning Permit Activity Annual Report for the 2013 / 2014. 56,411 planning permit applications were lodged in Victoria, which represents a 9.1 per cent increase (or a 14.4 per cent increase for metropolitan Melbourne) from the previous financial year. The Municipalities of Mornington Peninsula and Boroondara had… Read more »

THE TIMES ARE CHANGING

The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Ken Lay, made an impressive case for policing change in an address to a Hume Business Breakfast on Friday 14 November. It was on this day exactly three years ago that Mr Lay was sworn in as Chief Commissioner. He took over the helm at a time of immense… Read more »

MELBOURNES CAFÉ CULTURE

I am a Melbournian and over the long weekend I read in the newspaper that in the 1980s the Melbourne CBD only had two sidewalk cafes; now there are over 500 – and it got me thinking how lucky I am to live in Melbourne and be spoilt with such a variety of vibrant cafes…. Read more »