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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.

Victoria's chief architect Geoffrey London to leave without bedding down apartment rules

Geoffrey London.

Clay Lucas Victoria’s state architect will stand down next month despite long-awaited design rules for the design of high-rise apartments remaining incomplete.

Opponents challenge Arthurs Seat chairlift plan, and aim to make it central election issue

Clay Lucas Opponents of a $14m chairlift plan at Arthurs Seat have gone to VCAT to stop the project, and want the new ‘‘skylift’’ at the centre of a council by-election next month.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy gives green light for skyscraper city at Fishermans Bend: critics

The area that will become the new suburb of Fishermans Bend. Image supplied

Clay Lucas Planning Minister Matthew Guy has given the green light to developers for a proliferation of skyscrapers on prime land bordering the CBD, planners and the state opposition say.

Strict design standards needed now for Melbourne high-rises: architects

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Clay Lucas Architects have demanded that strict design standards be enforced on new apartments or risk a generation of residents in new high-rise towers being forced to live in substandard homes.

A beautiful new home for architects? Decide for yourself

Tim Leslie (left) of Open House Melbourne and Tom Kvan,  dean of Melbourne Uuniversity's Faculty of Architecture

Clay Lucas Ever wondered if the city’s new architects get the benefit of learning in a beautifully designed building?

Boathouse for elite school cost us space on river: dragon boat association

Yarra River boat houses.

Clay Lucas A community boating association says a new $2.5 million city boathouse on the Yarra – for use by one of Melbourne's elite private schools – has come at the cost of it having somewhere to...

Strict new rules for high-rise apartments on table

Student Kenneth in his rented apartment in Lygon Street, Carlton.

Clay Lucas and Timna Jacks New high-rise apartments in Melbourne would be subject to strict new building rules under guidelines being considered by Victoria’s state architect.

Evicted Dog's Bar boss David Carruthers given another chance by VCAT

St Kilda's Dog's Bar.

Clay Lucas The Dog's Bar in St Kilda, a well-known local landmark in the suburb, has been closed and the man who has run it for over a decade has been locked out - until this afternoon at least.

Long-derided Docklands acknowledged as economic powerhouse

Docklands development.

Clay Lucas For more than a decade Melbourne has derided Docklands as a failed planning experiment, but Docklands has quietly become one of the nation’s economic engine rooms.

New operators hope to resurrect 1980s yuppie haven in Flinders Lane

The interior will go under the new office block plan.

Clay Lucas Rosati pioneered Melbourne’s avant-garde dining scene when it opened in 1986. New operators hope to renew the buzz.

Home owners given notice on East West Link despite uncertainty over route

Matthew Guy, Victorian Planning Minister.

Adam Carey and Clay Lucas Dozens of Melbourne homeowners who live in the path of the proposed East West Link have been told the Napthine government intends to acquire their homes by early October, despite recent changes to...

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Moreland Council votes to take legal action against East West Link

Artist's illustration of the proposed East West Link.

Adam Carey, Clay Lucas Moreland Council launched a strike against the Napthine government's signature major project on Friday night.

$5m road 'beginning of end' for Mount Stirling

High-country horseman at Craig's Hut, Mt Stirling

Clay Lucas A move by the Napthine government to decide behind closed doors on a controversial new road linking Mt Buller to Mt Stirling could be the first step in the development of the mountain as a new ski...

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'The epitome of ugliness': Designs emerge for Docklands tram bridge over Yarra River

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Clay Lucas Is it a piece of much-needed, city-shaping infrastructure or is it, as Lord Mayor Robert Doyle describes it, ‘‘the epitome of ugliness’’?

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Shiite mosque approved next to Assyrian Christian church, triggering tension

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Clay Lucas A proposed Shiite mosque next door to an existing Assyrian church in Coolaroo has been approved by the state planning tribunal.

40 trucks a day - how's the serenity?

Jamie Cartwright

Clay Lucas When he bought his block in Sunshine North’s River Valley Estate 13 years ago, Jamie Cartwright paid a premium to be near the dramatic old basalt quarry outside his front door.

Solomon Lew firm lodges writ in Supreme Court over heritage building

Dustday Investments applied last year for a demolition permit to knock down the warehouse.

Clay Lucas, Chris Vedelago Is this warehouse part of Melbourne’s heritage – or a bombsite that should be knocked down?

Canberra to keep East West Link business case secret

East West Link.

Clay Lucas The Abbott government has pushed back an attempt by federal Labor to obtain the secret business case for Victoria’s East West Link tollway.

Remaining member of Plan Melbourne committee appointed to government board

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Aisha Dow and Clay Lucas The only member of a high-profile committee who did not resign in anger at the direction of the Napthine government’s Plan Melbourne strategy has been appointed to the board of the...

Economic case for East West link may be shaky

State Treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Josh Gordon, Clay Lucas The economic case for the East West Link could be shakier than first thought, with the government’s own modelling work suggesting the benefits could be overshadowed by towering costs.