Stonnington

Stonnington Council conceals plans to acquire 450 properties

Stonnington city council

Chris Vedelago Stonnington Council has blocked the release of a secret report that would reveal to hundreds of inner suburban home owners and businesses whether the city is planning to buy their properties to turn...

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Stonnington may compel hundreds of home owners to sell

Maria Sardellis

Chris Vedelago Stonnington council is set to take a landmark vote on a controversial policy that could eventually compel hundreds of home owners and businesses to sell their properties to the city for conversion...

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Stonnington council worker faces trial over $700,000 alcohol theft claim

Security threats at Victoria's courts are soaring.

Adam Cooper A council worker accused of stealing more than $700,000 worth of alcohol from the City of Stonnington and selling it for profit has been committed to stand trial.

Stonnington Council worker accused of stealing up to $1million

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Cameron Houston A former manager at Stonnington Council has been charged with almost 1000 offences.

City of Stonnington aims to create more open space

Stonnington park from car park

Carolyn Webb The City of Stonnington is flush with nightclubs, shops and socialites. What it doesn't have a lot of, is parks. And so it has set out to acquire some.

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Labor promises reform to consider planning objections

Protesters outside Tecoma McDonald's.

Henrietta Cook, state political reporter The magnitude of community opposition to proposed developments will be taken into consideration by the state's planning tribunal if Labor win the state election. 

New height limits on apartment towers by Toorak railway station to have no impact

Members of the Orrong Group protest at the site of the proposed development.

Clay Lucas One of Melbourne's most controversial major apartment developments has emerged as an election issue in the marginal seat of Prahran, held by the Napthine government, just weeks before the state goes...

Prahran candidates battle for the pink vote in state election

Voter Aaron Rowlands at Prahran Market.

Henrietta Cook A rainbow sticker graces the window of the Liberal MP's electoral office, the Labor candidate is gay and the Greens candidate campaigns in queer clubs.

More than half Melbourne's construction cranes fill suburban skylines

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Aisha Dow More than half the city's cranes are swinging over the suburbs as the high-rise development boom takes hold beyond the CBD. 

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Councils spend thousands to fight state election issues

An artist's illustration.

Jason Dowling Councillors at Moreland and Yarra have been labelled, "chardonnay-swilling, yoghurt-eating, bike-riding socialists", for opposing the East West Link by a Casey City Councillor.

Front-runners emerge for safe Liberal seat of Hawthorn

John Pesutto and John Roskam

Henrietta Cook, Josh Gordon MPs will be discouraged from nominating to take over Ted Baillieu's prized seat of Hawthorn, with the Premier's legal counsel and the director of a free-market think tank emerging as front-runners in...

Former premier Ted Baillieu resigns

Ted Baillieu

Josh Gordon and Henrietta Cook Former premier Ted Baillieu is expected to confirm his retirement ahead of the November state election.

Mystery in timing of Ted Baillieu's decision

Former premier Ted Baillieu.

Josh Gordon, The most curious question surrounding Ted Baillieu's decision to step down from his seat is why now? Why at this late stage in the political cycle?

South Yarra woman tied up, BMW stolen

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Rania Spooner Police are hunting a home invader alleged to have tied up a South Yarra woman with a phone charger cord and driven off with her BMW coupe.

Hunt on for Prahran High site

Education

Jewel Topsfield Imagine a high school in an office block on St Kilda Road. Or one that shares the Victorian College for the Deaf's magnificent bluestone buildings or is located within Essex Street or Horace Petty...

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Malvern Scout group celebrates after council abandons hall demolition plans

Bianca Villarosa A Scout group in Malvern is celebrating after Stonnington Council voted to abandon its demolition plans, and instead give it a four-year lease on its hall.

Islamic body denies 'mega mosque' plan for Balwyn, Toorak, Caulfield

An artist's impression of the proposed mosque for East Bendigo.

Jo Davy The group behind a proposed mosque in Bendigo has denied claims it is planning “mega mosques” for Balwyn, Toorak and Caulfield.

Planners warn new housing zones could make rich richer, poor poorer

City council coiffers are swelling thanks to the continuing influx of new central Melbourne residents adding millions of dollars a year to the council rates base.

Clay Lucas New residential zones risk pushing up house prices dramatically in Melbourne's most expensive suburbs, and depressing land values in less wealthy areas, according to a letter penned by 35 of...

Game of zones continues as councils warns residents to brace for development rush

Planning Minister Matthew Guy.

Clay Lucas Kingston council residents area should brace for a "slew of applications" from developers, the council's planning manager says, after Planning Minister Matthew Guy failed to sign off on new zoning...

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Not all going to plan in tale of two cities

Darlene Reilly of the Sunshine Residents and Ratepayers Association.

Karin Derkley This is a tale of two cities. A Melbourne of proud, heritage streetscapes. And another of streets ''ripe for renewal''.