Over 90,000 Empty Houses Amidst Housing Crisis

Karl FitzgeraldCampaigns, Hot Issues6 Comments

20 June 2012 There are 90,700 vacant houses in Melbourne – 5.9 per cent of the total – according to Earthsharing Australia’s 5th annual Speculative Vacancies Report. “Our lazy land use makes a mockery of the drive for affordable housing,” researcher Philip Soos said today. Vacancy hotspots include: Docklands 14.1%, Williams Landing 13.5% and Truganina 12.9% where construction has clearly … Read More

Lobbyocracy Rules

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Taken from today’s LIberal Donors Win Big from Rezoning by Royce Millar: The 100-hectare property was purchased as a bush block by the Carpenter family for $50,000 in 1967. Developer Watsons has estimated its developed value at up to $500 million. .. Yesterday Parklea chief executive Andrew Facey confirmed being an enthusiastic Liberal supporter. He said he had contributed thousands … Read More

Speculative Vacancies Report release

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Thursday June 21st, 6.30pm Presenter: Philip Soos Prosper rooms, 1/27 Hardware Lane, Melbourne RSVP – gold coin donations Exciting young researcher Philip Soos is set to release our 5th Speculative Vacancies report. In the past, this report has been a lonely voice shining a light upon the lazy use of land in prime locations. Phil has surveyed over 1 million … Read More

Windfall Welfare

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Planning Minister Matthew Guy has just handed his mates a conservative $420 MILLION dollars. The 7000 hectare expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary is the equivalent to a golden pen tick, turning those who are lucky enough to own land in the right locations into millionaires. Urbis calculates that a $60,000 windfall is delivered to each re-zoned hectare near the … Read More

Sinking Thailand

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Alex Stott I live in Bangkok, Thailand’s exciting, sweaty capital city. A fantastic urban mega jungle containing at least 12 million people, some of the best food in the world and sky scrapers as far as the eye can see. Construction is booming and everything is accelerating skywards and outwards. Office buildings, gigantic air conditioned shopping malls and high rise … Read More