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Article: "Trouble with the Neighbours"
Polly Swan

Hi All,

The Insight section of The Age for Saturday, September 13 has an small article of interest.

"Trouble with the Neighbours.
The battle between development and heritage has hotted up again, with all parties attacking an overloaded planning system."

It speaks of Michael Buxton's new report on the state of the planning system, the first since Labor cam into power in 1999.

General 13th September, 2003 09:48:13   [#] 

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Some links
Thanks Polly, they are online here:
Trouble with neighbours

Some political comments on Mary Delahunty, this: "The Government has also done away with "ad hoc ministerial interventions which were the bane of both residents and councils" is just not true. The minister still decides any development greater than (I think) 40,000 sq.m which (funnily enough) is how big any controversial development is these days. They may not be ad hoc (they are justified on Melbourne2030 grounds), but they still override residents and councils.

And, on the report: Planning system 'fails' its architects

"Planning Minister Mary Delahunty said the report reminded her that the Kennett government was a government of "planning vandals". "They were driven by ideology to get local democracy out of the planning system and replace it with a purely market-driven system," she said.

"But Ms Delahunty would not commit herself to a comprehensive review of the system."

Right, so who is dumber, the person who tries something that doesn't work or the person who knows it doesn't work but won't try to fix it?
Russell  13th September, 2003 13:29:49  

HI POLLY
Just writing to say Hieeeeeeeee! Russell thinks I am a tosser for not spending much time in this site so I thought I would just write some crap. Talking of neighbours, I hate the fucker next door. He's about 30 and he is an accountant. Now remember, I come from the old school where neighbours were like they are in Ramsay St. We used to have street BBQ's and we all would wave to each other as we drove up the street. Now, this dipshit next door won't even look at me. This disappoints me greatly. His name is Vinnie and he looks as about intelligent as a squashed banana. And I know how much you love bananas Polly. I've had my bitch now.
Anthony  24th September, 2003 20:35:31  


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