Developer two levels short of a car park

The developer of a 72-level tower in the city did not build the underground car parking it pledged to.

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Melbourne Express: Wednesday, November 2, 2015

Angus Holland 7:02 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Faster myki readers being trialled on new E-Class trams

Next-gen myki readers for trams. The Age. December 2, 2015. Supplied.

Adam Carey 6:12 AM   Tram travellers still won't be able to top-up their myki cards on-board a tram in 2016, but if it's any consolation, they might get to touch-on with a high-speed "next generation" myki reader instead.

Too much screen time is biggest health concern for kids, parents say

Excessive screen time has been nominated by adults as the biggest health problem for children.

Tom Cowie 6:07 AM   Worried parents have nominated excessive screen time as their biggest health fear for children, higher than drug use, asthma and cancer.

Arrest warrant issued for comedian Greg Fleet

Comedian Greg Fleet

Liam Mannix 3:29 AM   Comedian was due to show up in court on Tuesday on charges of stealing from a friend to fund his heroin addiction. He failed to appear.

Man in hospital after suspected shooting in Broadmeadows

A man is in hospital after an alleged shooting in Campbellfield.

Craig Butt 12:49 AM   A man is in hospital after a suspected shooting in Broadmeadows.

'The Gender Fairy': a new chapter in transgender education for kids

Jo Hirst launches her book with Evie, a 10-year-old trangender girl.

Miki Perkins 12:46 AM   Imagine your young child tells you they are transgender. You scour the internet for info and talk to experts, but find no books suitable for them. What do you do? This Melbourne mother decided to write her own, an Australian first.

Teenage boy in Somerton crash dies in hospital

The scene of the crash in Somerton.

Craig Butt 9:02 PM   A 15-year-old boy has died in hospital from injuries he sustained after a car he was in slammed into a truck in Somerton on Monday morning.

Fears Telstra phone tower jeopardises safety in fire-risk areas

Donna Kelly and Trish Dunlop in Glenlyon are concerned over the location of Telstra's proposed phone tower.

Darren Gray 8:18 PM   Residents of high-fire-risk areas near Daylesford are urging Telstra to reconsider the proposed location of a new mobile phone tower, amid concerns it will risk safety by not giving adequate coverage and that the decision has been made for economic reasons.

Call for bike safety fix after woman fined $1000 in death-dooring case

Alberto Paulon and the bicycle he was riding when he died. Photo sourced from facebook and verified by Clay Lucus

Adam Carey 6:57 PM   A Coburg mother who opened a car door into the path of a cyclist, knocking him beneath the wheels of a truck and killing him, has been fined $1000 in court, sparking calls for stiffer penalties and safer bike lanes to prevent more cycling deaths.

Residents punt plan to widen Punt Road

Punt Road, looking south toward South Yarra. The properties on Punt Road's eastern side (left) have had a state government acquisition option on them since 1954.

Clay Lucas 5:54 PM   A plan to widen Punt Road - in place for 61 years but now under active consideration by the Andrews government - has been criticised by more than 100 residents, businesses and property owners along the busy arterial corridor.

Swimming coach created punishment system to assault young student, court hears

Swimming coach Anthony Ronald O'Donnell has been charged with three counts of indecent acts with a child under 16.

Tammy Mills 5:43 PM   A suburban swimming coach allegedly created a punishment system to indecently assault a young student, a court has heard.

Jury in rape trial told that Daw's evidence was rehearsed

North Melbourne player Majak Daw arrives at the County Court.

Adam Cooper 5:10 PM   The jury that will decide Majak Daw's fate has been asked to decide on whether the evidence he gave denying rape allegations was scripted or truthful.

Former Cats player 'delusional, desperate and destructive', court told

Player manager Liam Pickering has been described in court as "delusional" and "destructive".

Mark Russell 5:05 PM   Lawyers for a Melbourne businessman suing high-profile AFL player manager Liam Pickering for more than $2.5 million have claimed the former Geelong player was "delusional, desperate and destructive" when he left one company to set up his own business.

Victoria's summer forecast

Photograph Simon O'Dwyer. The Age Newspaper. 061015. Photograph Shows. Connor Tzelios leads his mates into the water after a jump from the Frankston Pier during a hot spell that has hit Melbourne. The boys are in year 12 and will soon be back in a class room to sit VCE exams. #weather #summer #bay #heat

Marissa Calligeros 4:10 PM   Wild winds marked the end of spring yesterday. So what's in store for us this summer?

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Victorian towns face summer water restrictions

Nearly 50 Victorian towns are facing water restrictions.

Richard Willingham 3:24 PM   Nearly 50 Victorian towns across the state face water restrictions this summer due to a 23 per cent drop in water storages.

Police arrest five after drug blitz at Earthcore music festival

Victoria Police has hit out at festival culture.

Anna Prytz 3:00 PM   Five-day music festival sees a crackdown on illicit substances and a small whirlwind revellers dubbed the 'Doofnado'.

Playing pokies on the wane, but problem gambling is not

The number of pokie players has dropped but problem gambling levels have increased.

Alana Schetzer 2:24 PM   The number of Victorians playing the pokies has dropped significantly in the past six years but that hasn't stopped a surge in problem gambling, according to a groundbreaking study on the industry.

Man cheats death while trying to take photos of trains

The man managed to press himself against a fence to avoid being struck.

Marissa Calligeros 2:09 PM   Driver tried to stop train but was unable to before it reached man standing on tracks at underpass.

Parents wave goodbye to 'free' public education

Chronic education underfunding in the state school system is pushing the coast burden onto parents, according to Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy.

Timna Jacks 12:53 PM   Free public education comes with exceptions in Victoria.

Levy to improve public transport instead shuts car park in Fitzroy

Condell Street car park, Fitzroy

Clay Lucas 12:10 PM   It was a new tax on the city's parking that was meant to help unclog roads and improve public transport.

Your stolen car may be sold for $50 to buy ice

Cars are stolen, sold for scrap and then shipped to China and Africa.

Tammy Mills 11:58 AM   Police say many older model cars are being sold by ice addicts for between $50 and $300 to unlicensed scrap metal merchants on a no-question asked basis.

Riders doing it tough in the west with cyclists citing poor paths as a big turn off

Cyclists using a bike path on Shepherd Bridge, Footscray.

Adam Carey 11:51 AM   Report finds patchy network of safe routes compared with other parts of the inner city is driving many bike users to jump in their car instead.

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What caused Melbourne's crazy winds?

Liverpool and Elizabeth Street in Sydney.

Marissa Calligeros 9:11 AM   Little rain or lightning, but fierce winds came with Monday's thunderstorms.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:03 AM   Bringing you compelling content with our weekday live blog.

When should you put up your Christmas tree?

When is the right time to put your Christmas tree?

Deborah Gough 7:34 AM   So today's the day everyone puts up their Christmas tree, right? December 1. It's tradition. It is bad luck on your house if your tree is already up.

Duo nabbed with drugs, loaded sawn-off shotgun in car in Reservoir

The Police Association says officers are regularly finding guns in cars, including sawn-off shotguns, in Melbourne's north-west.

Marissa Calligeros 7:24 AM   Two alleged drug dealers have been nabbed in Melbourne's north with a cache of drugs and a loaded sawn-off shotgun in their car.

Melbourne weather: Bureau warns of severe thunderstorms

Winds of up to 90 km/h are ripping through parts of Melbourne.

Larissa Ham   You'd be forgiven for thinking Melbourne's weather - erratic at the best of times - swung even more wildly than usual this spring.

Daw tells court: 'We were both kissing ... she was very happy to be doing this'

Majak Daw arrives at the County Court on Monday.

Adam Cooper   'No I didn't,' says North Melbourne footballer when asked in County Court if he'd raped a 15-year-old girl in 2007.

Ram-raid thieves blamed for three jewellery store burglaries

The scene of the Greenvale ram-raid.

Marissa Calligeros   Police believe thieves who stole cigarettes from a Greenvale shop on Monday had burgled three jewellery stores earlier that morning.

Injuries, not deaths, the best indicator of road trauma: expert

The scene of the crash in Somerton.

Tom Cowie and Marissa Calligeros   Serious injuries, not just deaths, are the truest indicator of road safety and should be used to educate the community, a traffic accident expert says.


Andrews' port plan is a fraud on the west

Victoria is facing an infrastructure fiasco rivalling the desalination plant.

Indifference threatens a jewel in Victoria's heritage

In a crook of a hill outside Melbourne, a rare example of Victoria's heritage is crumbling.

A perfect storm led to hospital baby deaths

We must demand transparency and a change in attitude at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.

Hunt’s Melbourne 2200: on a road to nowhere

Environment Minister is still playing Abbott-style politics and his  proposals ignore fiscal realities.

The urban myth we just can't shake off

We have the world's most urban culture but  we see ourselves as red-dirters, outbackers, bushies.

Hail the fight for workplace safety

The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

A premier who keeps his promises? Really?

Premier Daniel Andrews has stuck to his guns, and his commitments.

Flash heatwave forebodes dangerous summer

In less than a week, the bushfire season has descended upon us.

Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.