Monday, September 29, 2008
· Visibility of a building from neighbouring properties is not the test to determine whether a new building is acceptable or not.
· Narrow areas between buildings and side boundaries are typically used for utility and access purposes as opposed to being areas of high amenity.
· Windows on the sides of dwellings with an outlook towards side fencing or structures on neighbouring properties tend to have a daylight function as opposed to providing any meaningful outlook.
· In urban settings, it is commonplace that side windows will be overshadowed to some extent by existing buildings, fencing and or vegetation.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
He spoke at the graduation of the 12th group of HEAT students about the down and difficult times he had experienced in his career.
It is fantastic how Guy has embraced the life of this community since opening Mirka's at Tolarno.
The HEAT programme will be moving to the former infants school on Pickles St later in the year.
Valued partners in this project are William Angliss, the Victoria Police, the Local Learning and Employment Network, and the City of Port Phillip.
In previous years, the cycle path and the timber wall were put in.
Residents will meet with me and staff on Tuesday 30th September at Ada Mary a Beckett childcare centre at 6.30 pm (entrance off Batman Rd) for a peliminary consultation meeting.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Money [$400,000] has been set aside in this year's budget to making these parks more drought tolerant.
The area around the gym at Beacon Cove has recently been re-landscaped to better withstand the foot traffic.
I will strongly support the implementation of the work already underway on making the small parks of Beacon Cove more drought tolerant.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
- 54% of children came to school by active means last month (bike, scooter, skateboard) - a huge change - and up from 48% at the previous count
- 40 km signs installed in Poolman St - a notorious rat run according to Poolman St locals
- a 'kiss and go' zone has been introduced in Clark St to enable busy parents to drop their children off safely. This has created more order in a very unruly traffic area.
I will built on the support already given by Council to Port Melbourne Primary to encourage active travel to school.
Safer routes to Port Melbourne Primary are already in the planning phase, across Garden City Reserve and Poolman St to the school.
Princes Pier aroused the most feeling in the room. Martin Foley explained that the Minister is seeking further funding to continue the demolition work and restore and refurbish the Gatehouse. Princes Pier is managed by Major Projects Victoria, not the Port of Melbourne Corporation.
Other hot issues were:
- the 'third world conditions' around the restaurants presenting to cruise ship visitors (and locals)
- great frustration over the length of time being taken to move Beacon Cove over to the full control of the City of Port Phillip
- concern about B doubles and whether they would access local roads
- getting freight onto rail. The representative from the Port of Melbourne Corporation spoke of a 40% target - higher than the government's commitment to 20%
- Plummer St (24 hour traffic volume) 7,500 vpd
- Plummer St trucks 1,468 (20% of all vehicles)
- Williamstown Road (near Page St) 17,500 vpd (down from 25,000 vpd)
- Williamstown Road trucks 2,208 or 12% of all vehicles (down by >3,500 vpd)
I will work to make the Plummer St bypass the route of choice for trucks through better signage and education.