Melbourne’s Death Wall Rebuilt Even Higher

Melbourne’s “Swanston Square” construction hoarding has been rebuilt on the site of the fatal wall collapse.  The new wall is over 3m tall, taller than the maximum height of 2.4m listed in the City of Melbourne Construction Management Guidelines.

It is unclear if developer GroCon has obtained a permit for the new construction as required under the City of Melbourne Local Laws or if Gorcon has special permission to bypass building controls within Melbourne or if the City of Melbourne has once again turned a blind eye to building site safety.

Yesterday, funerals were held for two of the victims of the March 28 Swanston Street wall collapse. The monument to those that died left standing,

The nearby pedestrian  sign, that is about to collapse in an unstable state left for over a week by the City of Melbourne. A reminder of the City’s “commitment” to pedestrian road safety


The Fisherman Doyle rejected

Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle’s, land grab deal has come under fire with local representatives rejecting the City of Melbourne’s proposed land grab bid to transfer land from Fishermans Bend from the City of Port Philip

State Member for Albert Park Martin Foley, who represents the State seat of Albert Park and the Fisherman’s Bend precinct, has criticised the deal calling on the State Government and Planning Minister to commit to “inclusive and effective consultation”.

The City of Melbourne can not even manage a building site on Swanston Street not to mention problems associated with traffic management and Melbourne’ bicycle network.  Why make them think they are best to take over control of the Fishermans Bend redevelopment?

Confidence in the City Council is in decline. the Council holds most of its meetings behind closed doors and its minutes of meetings are not accurate or true. It’s failure to ensure public safety on the Swanston Square project site are just a few of problems facing the Council.

Port Phillip Mayor, Amanda Stevens, said ‘The City of Port Phillip is outraged at the Lord Mayor’s suggestion that over 200 hectares of our city should be transferred to the City of Melbourne”

In the absence of rational debate about a possible merger between the two cities and  the establishment of a Greater Melbourne the best solution for the redevelopment of the Fisherman’s Bend site is an independent development authority that includes representatives from both Municipalities and the State Government.