Saturday, May 19, 2018

A glass box for all

Well, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle for all his apparent faults and his election funding by the property developer Central Equity, was a member of the Liberal (conservative) Party, and until the bad behaviour came out, he was generally judged to be a good Lord Mayor.

We now have a new Lord Mayor, Sally Capp and I hope she acquits herself well but I fear terribly for our city. Lord Mayor Sally Capp was, until she ran for Lord Mayor, an executive director of the Property Council of Australia. What is that, you wonder? This is a statement on its website.

The Property Council champions the interests of more than 2200 member companies that represent the full spectrum of the industry, including those who invest, own, manage and develop in all sectors of property, creating landmark projects and environments where people live, work, shop and play.
Led by a powerful board and strong executive leadership team, the Property Council’s vision is a thriving industry creating prosperity, jobs and strong communities.

Almost sounds benign, does it not? At least good for society. Let me describe it my words. It is a developers' lobby group. The tear down that historic building and build a highrise glass box wherever we possibly can and make mega profits while we do so, and cover every piece of fertile land on the outskirts of our city with cheap housing. (bad sentence construction, I know)

And she is now Lord Mayor of our city. Be afraid children, very afraid.

Photo from ABC News

10 comments:

  1. Sigh. We can hope... And watch carefully.

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    1. EC, fortunately while influential, she can't override a council vote.

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  2. Watch this space. Let's hope your worst fears aren't realised. Thanks for the mention inyour previous post.

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    1. Marie, brought to heel, I hope.

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  3. Mission accomplished. I am very afraid. Glass boxes instead of beautiful old buildings being converted? Yikes!

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  4. I did not vote for her. I can't remember who I voted for. I just remember reading the candidate blurbs and putting the more conservative people down the bottom of my list.

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    1. Ad Rad, well done, and she didn't win by a large margin.

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  5. Oh no Andrew, don't let her tear down any historic buildings, you and R might have to get out there and chain yourselves to the railings, or whatever is handy!

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    1. We've have tried attending public protests, but the forces of developers is very strong.

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