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.