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 25, 2015

Express sunrise

Deborah Gough 9:10 AM   Bringing you compelling content with our weekday live blog.

Victoria braces for fire danger with day of high temperatures and strong winds

Temperatures are expected to soar across Victoria on Wednesday.

Tom Cowie 8:49 AM   Victorians are bracing for a day of extreme and severe fire danger, as high temperatures and strong winds put the state on alert.

Damaging winds to lash Melbourne

Wind gusts of up to 100km an hour are expected.

Anna Prytz 7:43 AM   Melbourne is expected to be lashed by damaging winds on Wednesday as severe weather makes its way across the state.

Millions blown on bungled freeway-port link that would worsen gridlock

The view of the current Webb Dock redevelopment from Williamstown.

Adam Carey 7:14 AM   Melbourne faces "localised gridlock" on the West Gate Freeway after new roads into the Port of Melbourne are built, with average peak-hour speeds on the city's busiest road forecast to fall to a glacial 11 km/h along some stretches.

Daniel Andrews tackles threesomes, tolls and firefighters in first foray into Reddit AMA

Ask him anything: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Timna Jacks 2:34 AM   The Premier asked for it when he became the first Victorian Premier to front Reddit's 'Ask Me Anything'.

Man with crossbow arrested in Castlemaine


11:22 PM   A man armed with a loaded crossbow has kept police at bay for more than three hours in central Victoria.

Victoria Police bikie gangs taskforce Echo arrests three people

Three people have been arrested by Echo Taskforce detectives.

Anna Prytz 10:15 PM   Victoria Police's bikie taskforce Echo has arrested three people in the state's north-east.

'He hurt me': why woman waited to make rape allegation against Majak Daw

Former North Melbourne player Majak Daw outside  the County Court on Monday.

Adam Cooper 10:11 PM   The woman who has accused Majak Daw of raping her when she was 15 has told a trial she contacted police years later because "he hurt me".

New skyscraper for super-dense Southbank block

A tower with 597 apartments has just been approved at 54-68 Kavanagh Street in Southbank.

Aisha Dow 8:39 PM   Melbourne's most densely populated suburb, Southbank, just got more crowded, with another 597 apartment tower approved for the booming inner-city area.

Road verges are a risk to lives in bushfires, report warns

Mavis Crump a resident near Lancefield who is concerned about fuel building up on road verges.

Darren Gray 12:15 AM   Victoria's road verge management policies are a threat to human lives, because they "fail to adequately recognise" that roads are sometimes the only escape route from a bushfire, according to a new report done after the Lancefield fire.

Psalm things are off limits at schools, but not Christmas carols

The Andrews government has released detailed guidelines for special religious instruction in state schools.

Henrietta Cook 6:27 PM   State school students can sing Christmas carols in class time, but they can't sing hymns.

CFA brings Bangholme fire under control

The Country Fire Authority brought the blaze under control on Tuesday evening.

Timna Jacks 6:12 PM   An out of control grassfire burning through Aspendale Gardens, Bangholme, Keysborough and Waterways.

Melbourne traffic: Toorak Road open again after fatal crash

Toorak Road is partially closed after a fatal crash.

Anna Prytz 6:01 PM   Traffic is moving again on Toorak Road after peak hour delays following the death of a motorcyclist.

Tough sentencing provisions under review

Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula says the tough baseline sentencing provisions are ''unworkable''.

Richard Willingham 5:19 PM   Judicial criticism of Victoria's baseline sentencing regime has led to a review to ensure serious offenders are properly punished.

Bail to get tougher for accused terrorists

Tough new bail conditions are on the way for accused terrorists in Victoria.

Richard Willingham 5:17 PM   Alleged terrorists will have to show exceptional circumstances to be granted bail under a suite of tough bail reforms being introduced in Victoria.

VicRoads searches for answers to untangle Springvale Road spaghetti junction

Traffic movements at the Springvale Road intersection are considered to be confusing for some drivers.

Tom Cowie 5:11 PM   The state's worst traffic black spot could soon undergo a radical transformation, as VicRoads searches for ways to untangle the notorious Springvale Road intersection.

Melbourne Zoo penguins back after fox massacre

The penguins are back after the installation of an electric fence.

4:57 PM   The surviving members of the little penguin colony massacred by a fox at Melbourne Zoo will return to their public exhibit on Tuesday.

15-year-old girl tried to fight off Majak Daw before rape, court told

Former North Melbourne player Majak Daw appears at the County Court with his family.

Adam Cooper 4:38 PM   A woman who accuses Majak Daw of raping her when she was 15 tried to fight him off while she was held down and sexually assaulted, a jury has been told.

Women out of the frame for top legal appointments

Women make up more than half of Law Institute of Victoria's membership and are 46.6 per cent of the overall number of solicitors in the state.

Alana Schetzer 4:34 PM   Just two women are among the 19 Victorian barristers named as senior counsel next year.

Labor's tech schools grow new stems

Education Minister James Merlino talks about STEM with students.

Henrietta Cook 4:09 PM   Have Labor's tech schools been given a STEM makeover?

Six National Trust Victoria board members exit in spat over future

Como House South Yarra Thursday 23 December 2010. Picture by Craig Abraham. The Age cma

Carolyn Webb 3:42 PM   The National Trust of Victoria is reeling after six of its 12 board members resigned or were voted out in a showdown over its future direction.

'It's cheap, but it's not worth it'

Jordy Hurdes in his emotional video on Facebook.

Marissa Calligeros 2:43 PM   A three-minute video showing a young Victorian man stuttering and shaking uncontrollably as he struggles to tell the world how a cheap thrill almost took his life has been watched almost a million times on Facebook.

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Ricky Nixon's tell-all book describes St Kilda schoolgirl as 'temptress, wicked woman and seductress', court hears

Ricky Nixon arrives at the Court of Appeal on Lonsdale Street on Tuesday.

Mark Russell 11:49 AM   KIm Duthie's barrister says disgraced former AFL player agent's autobiography is a 'farrago of lies' trying to justify the unjustifiable.

Bids for Melbourne Metro Rail project's first major contract to open this week

Mininster for public transport Jacinta Allan at Fawkner park to announce the Melbourne metro proposed work packages.

Richard Willingham 11:38 AM   Bids for the first major contract to build the Melbourne Metro Rail project will begin this week.

Teen passenger killed in Wyuna crash

Victoria Police

Marissa Calligeros 10:42 AM   18-year-old from Malvern dies in crash near Echuca, while the driver walks away with grazes.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Express sunrise

Deborah Gough 9:22 AM   Bringing you compelling content from The Age and beyond via our live commuter blog.

Manhunt continues for duo who led police on high-speed Hume Highway chase to Melbourne

Manhunt continues for two men over high-speed chase.

Marissa Calligeros and Nino Bucci   A hunt continues for two men who led police on a high-speed chase in and around Melbourne on Monday.

Getting lost in St Kilda Triangle planning jargon

Port Phillip Council has  a vision for the St Kilda Triangle to become an iconic tourist attraction.

Aisha Dow   Up to $400 million will be spent transforming the St Kilda Triangle into a world-famous "selfie" destination that screams "Hey – look at me, I'm in St Kilda".

The woman who stores 18-months' of rubbish in one jar

Erin Rhoads has stored all her rubbish over the past 18 months in a jar.

Suzanne Carbone   Erin Rhoads doesn't measure her household rubbish in wheelie bins but jars. Make that one jar.

Sniffer dogs, drug testing under review

Party-goers at some festivals in Europe have been warned against using a particular batch of pills after on-site testing of the drugs.

Benjamin Preiss   A review of Victoria's drug laws will examine the use of sniffer dogs at events and the potential for drug-testing facilities at festivals to determine the purity of illicit substances.


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.