Monday, October 25, 2010

Events coming up:
Fundraiser this Friday 29th Oct - 6:30pm at the Moonee Ponds Bowls Club. $50/$35 conc. Adam Bandt, Colleen Hartland, local artisits, Come along! RSVP to

Planning Debate: Nov 6th 2pm Ukrainin Hall, Essendon - All Essendon candidates invited

Early voting: starts Nov 15th

It's been busy! Visit us at our office at 728 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds. Office open daily.

Monday, October 11, 2010

France's planning rules - sound pretty straightforward
3.1.2. Planning Rules
This part of the plan will set out the general planning rules that will apply within each development area. In particular, it will set out rules on change of use, permitted height of buildings, building arrangement, any architectural requirements, and public utility services and requirements.
It will also set out the maximum permitted density of development on a site for new and existing buildings. These rules are called the coefficient d’occupation des sols (COS).Using these rules it is possible to calculate the density of permitted development on a particular site, e.g. on a 800m² site a COS of 0,25 allows construction of 200m² of net surface area, called surface hors oeuvre nette (SHON).
If the property is located on a lotissement (housing development) then, in addition to the general planning rules, there are specific rules that apply to the lotissement, which are set out in a cahier de charges.
If you are considering buying such a property then it is important you read and understand these rules as they govern the management of the whole development.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A script for changing the climate
Interviewer: So Mr Bumby, you have taken great action on climate change. Is that right?
Mr Bumby: Oh yes - without a doubt. Victoria is leading the way, not only in per capita emissions, but also in action. We are still on the move - moving forward and we are the place to be.
Interviewer: What have you done?
Mr Bumby: We have created jobs.
Interviewer: Anything else?
Mr Bumby: Yes - we have drought proofed the state. With our big desal swamp, it never needs to rain again. In fact, we don't want it to rain again.
Interviewer: But it uses lots of power doesn't it? Is that a problem for you?
Mr Bumby: We have taken care of that - we have renewed the power at Hazlewood. All that energy was renewable and we renewed it.
Interviewer: What about other renewable energy - like solar power?
Mr Bumby: Well, it might not rain again - and it might never be sunny again. It's climate change after all.
Interviewer: And transport - what about peak oil and carbon from cars?
Mr Bumby: We have absolutely looked after that - cars will never stop again as they go around on all the links we have linked - from Westlink to Eastlink and all the links we will link them with. Moving forward all the way will mean fewer emissions. No stopping. No stopping us at all.
Interviewer: Thank you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Council meeting tonight -
High lights and low lights: investigation into supersonic jet plan at Essendon airport; successful Notice of Motion to engage community in budget discussions and ten year capital works plan; dealt with two dreadful planning applications that contrvened at least ten ResCode standards (we need clear rules!! - shouldn't be looking at an application in a residential street for 75% site covergae when the standard is 60%); and finally supporting e-waste collection eighteen months after my notice of motion on the issue was lost. Lowlight - again being interrupted by the Mayor and told that what I was saying was wrong...