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Clay Lucas

Clay Lucas is city editor for The Age. Clay has worked at The Age since 2005, covering state politics, urban affairs, transport, local government and workplace relations for The Age and Sunday Age. Clay won a Quill with Age investigative reporter Royce Millar in 2009.

Welcome to Richmond Hill: traders try to reverse struggling strip with new name

Clay Lucas It should be one of Melbourne's premier retailing strips - close to the CBD, brimming with cafes, lots of young residents with disposable incomes - but instead it has for years languished,...

Grollo Group demolition of historic city building enrages heritage groups

The York Butter Factory, that has been retained in the plans.

Clay Lucas The Grollo family have again enraged heritage activists after demolishing the last vestige of the 130-year-old Robbs Building complex on the corner of Collins and King streets.

New plan for Transurban's western suburbs toll road enrages locals


Clay Lucas A revised design for a $5.5 billion Transurban tollway through Melbourne's west has enraged locals, who had cautiously welcomed the original plan for the motorway.

St Kilda Triangle site: build new NGV gallery here, Port Phillip Council says

The St Kilda Triangle site, next to the Palais Theatre and Luna Park.

Clay Lucas The long-dormant "triangle site" on St Kilda's foreshore has been put forward by Port Phillip Council as a potential site for a new contemporary art centre for the National Gallery of Victoria.

Jack's Magazine: Mining ideas for forgotten explosives store on Maribyrnong's banks

The old ammunition site named Jack’s Magazine situated in Maribyrnong. Ross Turnbull acting CEO of working heritage will host a launch to find a new use for this abandoned explosives store.

Clay Lucas From the outside, it looks more like a whiskey distillery, or a perhaps a gold vault.

Developers oppose Planning Minister Richard Wynne's changes to CBD building laws

Melbourne has one of the highest skyscraper densities, but new restrictions are likely to significantly reduce the height of future towers.

Clay Lucas Developers and the property industry have turned on the Andrews government over changes they made on Friday to the heights and densities of CBD buildings.

New CBD rules clamp down on excessive skyscraper heights and densities


Clay Lucas, Aisha Dow The right of developers to build extremely dense and tall skyscrapers in Melbourne's central city has been dramatically restricted by the Andrews government under new planning rules.

Save the Toorak tram says Liberal campaign, but experts dismiss it as scaremongering

One of the late culprits, the number 8 tram (right).

Clay Lucas The Liberal Party has jumped on a plan by the state government to remove direct trams from Toorak into the heart of the CBD by launching a campaign to save the route 8 service.

The Stokehouse: almost no work done despite promise of spring 2015 reopening

The Stokehouse burns down in January 2014.

Clay Lucas and Cameron Houston More than 18 months after it burnt down, the $12 million rebuild of St Kilda's Stokehouse restaurant is yet to begin – despite planning approvals being fast-tracked a year ago, and a...

Concreting under the Yarra: how it will work

Twin 9-kilometre tunnels will be dug under the Yarra River to take trains from the city to the new Domain station.

Clay Lucas Large amounts of concrete will have to be injected into the ground beneath the Yarra River to make it stable enough to build the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel.

Concrete mix to be pumped beneath Yarra to stabilise ground for Melbourne Metro

100th anniversary of the Hurstbrige rail line next week. Wednesday 13 June 2012 Picture by Craig Abraham 
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City Loop Melbourne Central Station Metro

Clay Lucas Large amounts of concrete will have to be injected into the ground beneath the Yarra River to make it stable enough to build the Melbourne Metro, documents filed with the federal environment...

Charlton's pool hall and club in CBD fined $25,000 for disabling fire alarms

Generic fire pic

Clay Lucas An increase in the number of city businesses disabling their fire alarms to prevent being billed thousands of dollars by the fire brigade for false alarms has led to the first prosecution under laws...

Long-term plan to widen Punt Road revealed in VicRoads report

Adam Carey, Clay Lucas VicRoads has published long-term plans for a six-lane highway through the heart of South Yarra in what would be a departure from strong hints Labor gave before last year's election.

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Melbourne: a most liveable city, but only for some

Rhiannan Tones, a Rowville childcare educator, was surprised to hear Melbourne was the world's most lievable city.

Clay Lucas Melbourne might have topped the Economist's liveable city rankings for the fifth year in a row, but is life here really getting better?

House prices hurting Australia and nation's policies making it worse

The cost of buying or renting a house is putting an intolerable strain on many Australians.

Clay Lucas and Rachel Browne Australia's housing market is becoming increasingly unaffordable, and the massive jump in the cost of buying or renting a house is having a profoundly negative impact on Australia, according to the...

Community group may shut following $5500 VCAT ruling on Caltex station stoush


Clay Lucas The state planning tribunal has hit a community association with a ruling that could cost it $5500, after the group tried to stop a Caltex petrol station being built on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Melbourne named world's most liveable city, for fifth year running

Melbourne has been named the world's most liveable city in The Economist's annual study for the fifth year running.

Clay Lucas Melbourne has topped The Economist's liveability rankings for a fifth consecutive year.

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Crime author Shane Maloney questions whether Brunswick is getting stiffed

Shane Maloney is amazed at the amount of construction underway in his neighbourhood:

Clay Lucas Author Shane Maloney has lived in the same Brunswick East house for 35 years.

Growing pains put Labor minister Jane Garrett under pressure in Brunswick

Labor minister and Brunswick MP Jane Garrett is facing pressure over apartment developments in her electorate.

Clay Lucas The cranes on inner Melbourne's skyline make clear the city is changing.

Being born on city fringe must not disadvantage, says planning minister Richard Wynne


Clay Lucas Those growing up on Melbourne's fringes must not face lesser opportunities than those living in the city's inner and middle suburbs, Planning Minister Richard Wynne says.