Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Minister for Tall Towers

The large Melbourne industrial area known as Fishermens Bend very close to the city is set to become another disaster, like Docklands is widely recognised to be. Planning Minister Matthew Guy is travelling the absurd path of 'recommended height limits' when redevelopment begins. To quote him, Mr Guy said the plan's recommended heights would guide developers for what to build where.

"The indicative heights give a good guide to what we'd like to see,’’ he said.

In other words, free reign for developers, probably overseas investors, to maximise their profit from a given site. If someone knows of an area that has recommended height limits without buildings taller than the recommendations, then I'll eat my hat. Recommended height limits are a farce, as anyone involved already knows.

Like Docklands, we will see the worst of laissez-faire capitalism, just as we have seen at Docklands. Such a development can not be reversed in the short to medium term and we will be stuck with what is built, a soulless forest of second rate tall towers with turbulent winds blasting down the wind passages of streets multiplied by several square kilometres.

I didn't think we would see a worse Planning Minister than the previous Justin Madden, but our current minister Matthew Guy has quickly earnt himself both titles of the Dodgy Minister, with the Phillip Island business which ended up costing we taxpayers, and the Minister for Tall Towers. And he has ambitions to be Premier of our state? Haha.

Whether property developer donations to political parties are to blame remains an unanswered question. 


15 comments:

  1. Self centred and often selfish greed has a lot to answer for. As does the 'greed is good' attitude which seems to be a life philosophy for many.

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    1. Yes EC. I hope I have not suggested that there is a direct connection between the Liberal Party and developers? But we must view how things appear.

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  2. Andrew, I don't like any politicians. Typically they are liars.Capitalism is much better than socialism.But I hate laisses- faire capitalism. The greedy one.

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    1. Gosia, I like the ideal of socialism, but a kind capitalist society is perhaps best.

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  3. Laissez-faire capitalism is redundant, I think. If politicians were interested in the community they serve rather than lining the pockets of the Top End of Town, they wouldn't be capitalists and they certainly wouldn't be laissez faire.

    Rock on the November election!

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    1. Hels, can we make Napthine's government the only one term Victorian government? Fingers crossed. I have no great love for the Labor Party now, but there is no alternative.

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  4. Cheers for Hels.
    Sad state of affairs down there. I believe the Sunshine Coast have a limit to 8 storeys and it must be law as you don't see them taller.

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    1. Diane, that is as it should be, a defined limit and developers built around the limit.

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  5. We have similar problems facing Adelaide. Inner or near city suburbs are being built up with developers wanting to put six to eight story apartment blocks along main thoroughfares. Residents are up in arms because of course their land values will decrease and they will lose views and sunshine as well as trees and valuable parking. Plus there just isn't enough infrastructure in place to handle potentially hundreds more people per apartment block. Many people would be satisfied with three stories, while others want no new building at all. I'm in two minds, Adelaide needs developing and people need somewhere to live, but why not build behind the current homes? Subdivide and use the large backyards, or something.

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    1. River, Melbourne has gone down the subdivision road, and it is not pretty. I am not against high rise per se, but it ought not to be excessive and needs to take surrounding areas into account. Summed up by appropriate development.

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    2. That's what I tried to say.

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  6. I think that if could ever take the best parts of socialism and capitalism, and combine them, that would be the closest we can come to a truly fair system.

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    1. Keith, that is kind of like I hoped Australia would be, but we are going down the wrong path now.

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  7. Two words Andrew.. Elizabeth Quay! I feel your pain.

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    1. Grace, because of its location, I think the EQ development will be embraced by Perthites. But I liked how it was.

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