The forgotten people, Victoria’s 1 million renters

Dear DADA folk, Here is a link to an article in today's age highlighting the plight of renters in our state. The over-development of our city is reducing the availability of affordable housing despite what the developers would like us to believe. Please think ... [Continue Reading]

Rezoning wash up for Darebin, only 10% NRZ!!

Here it is folks! At last somebody is willing to tell us the wash up for Darebin of the state government rezoning. According to The Age article today only 10% NRZ!!! Much worse than even I predicted. Only 10% of our suburban streets protected under the ... [Continue Reading]

New Residential Zones | Amendment C144

Dear DADA Folk, Below is the latest information on the planned changes to zoning in Darebin. Another round of submissions are being called for. Not enough of our streets are protected from over-development with only around 36% in the NRZ. If you are tired of fighting ... [Continue Reading]

Darebin Satisfaction Survey Dumped

I was asked to comment for an article in the Melbourne Times/Weekly about Darebin dropping a feedback survey. I am concerned that the council seem to be pulling back from their promises of a more transparent, responsive and consultative council. If you are also ... [Continue Reading]

Developer plans 18-storey apartment building for Preston Junction

A towering development of 18 storeys is planned for Preston Junction - and Darebin Council says the proposal does not exceed height regulations. Developer Design Consortia Australia has applied to build what would be Darebin's tallest building, comprising 209 ... [Continue Reading]

Smorgy’s Site Planning Approved

It was reported in TheAge newspaper on Wednesday 18th September 2013, that objections to the Smorgy’s Restaurant site had been settled and that planning authorities had approved 378 units  in five buildings for the 1091 Plenty Road, Bundoora. Smorgysbord of ... [Continue Reading]

Darebin Mayor discusses VCAT

Dear DADA Folk, If you have had experience with the VCAT process and missed comments made by Tim Laurance on the ABC a week or so ago here is a link where you can watch. ABC news report on council anger at VCAT powers: Cheers, ... [Continue Reading]

Melbourne Planning Strategy Survey

The State Government is proposing to introduce a new planning blueprint for Melbourne to manage the growth for the next 30 to 40 years and has appointed an Advisory Committee, chaired by Professor Roz Hansen, to develop a planning strategy. The Committee has produced ... [Continue Reading]

DADA Letters

Morning DADA folk, At Tuesday's meeting I was given the go ahead to send of 2 letters on behalf of DADA. Letter 1 - Against VCAT Fee Increase One is a submission relating to the proposed increase in VCAT fees. I adapted an example from the Malvern East Group, ... [Continue Reading]

Darebin Council Plan Survey

Hi DADA friends, In 2012 Darebin Council had a go at developing a plan through some flawed workshops and attempts at consultation. They have gone back to the drawing board and we can again have our say, this time via the survey at the link below. Here's the ... [Continue Reading]