Minister ignored business case when approving plans for $6.8 billion road

The Age: Minister ignored business case when approving plans for $6.8 billion road. November 26, 2014. Clay Lucas, City Editor

Planning Minister Matthew Guy did not consider the business case for the $6.8 billion East West Link when he approved the road, instead relying largely upon Plan Melbourne – a strategy he himself signed off – to give the project the nod.

Yarra and Moreland councils on Monday filed an outline of submissions in their Supreme Court case against the road.

The court case is at the centre of this Saturday’s state election – which Prime Minister Tony Abbott has deemed “a referendum on the East West Link”.

Labor has promised to dump the massive road tunnel under Carlton and Royal Park if elected, by relying on the two councils winning their case in December against the Planning Minister.

Lawyers for Mr Guy, as part of the case, have detailed the material the minister relied on before approving the controversial road in June. Continue Reading…

40-year plan for Melbourne watered down

The Age: 40-year plan for Melbourne watered down. November 24, 2014, Clay Lucas, City Editor, The Age

Melbourne would be heading in a dramatically different direction if the draft of a 40-year plan for the city – written by six experts hand-picked by Planning Minister Matthew Guy – had been adopted.

Their never-before-seen report was the first take of the Napthine government’s Plan Melbourne, the long-term strategy for how the city will grow over the next four decades.

But the August 2013 draft plan produced by the government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee over more than a year, with resources and support from the transport and planning department, was drastically watered down.

The group was established in July 2011 by Mr Guy to “direct the development” of Plan Melbourne. Their work included exhaustive public consultations to tap into the concerns of everyday people.

Their draft report was never released but former Brumby government adviser Andrew Herington requested it under freedom of information. Continue Reading…

Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. (PPL VIC) – Charter On Public Transport For Incoming Victorian State Government

Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. (PPL VIC) –  Charter On Public Transport For Incoming Victorian State Government

Presentation of Charter on Public Transport for Incoming Government at Rally 16 October 2014  

This Charter on Public Transport for the incoming Government will be presented to the public and to present Government and Opposition parties at a rally scheduled for Thursday 16 October 2014 on the steps of Parliament at 12:45 pm for a 1 pm start. The rally has been timed for the last day of the term of the 57 th Victorian Parliament before we head for the 29 November 2014 election. (We are circulating this document beforehand.)

Overview/ Context of Production of a Charter on Public Transport

According to Plan Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Strategy May 2014, which “sets out the government’s vision that will guide the city’s growth to 2050”, public transport should play a much greater role in future than it has in the past, with reliance on public transport needing to increase (i.e. a greater proportion of all trips will need to be taken by public transport). (Plan Melbourne, p. 84)

In spite of this telling observation in Plan Melbourne, Melbourne is at crisis point because of the failure of successive governments to provide for integrated transport and land-use planning. Continue Reading…

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