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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.

Ship emissions rile residents living by port

Clay Lucas Residents at Port Melbourne’s Beacon Cove, whose apartments face onto Melbourne’s busy Station Pier, are concerned they are being badly affected by fumes from tourist ships burning highly...

Australian cities boom as Melbourne closes in on Sydney

Melbourne grew by almost 100,000 people in the last year alone.

Clay Lucas Melbourne is closing in on Sydney as the nation's biggest city, growing by almost 100,000 people in the last year alone, new data from the  Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

Matthew Guy approval for CUB site tower leads to windfall profit for Singaporean investor

Matthew Guy's approval of a huge apartment tower for CUB site has resulted in a $30 profit for a Singaporean company.

Clay Lucas The Singapore-based owners of a prime chunk of Swanston Street’s CUB site have made a massive windfall profit - just seven months after Opposition leader Matthew Guy gave planning approval for...

Stonnington Council: secret list of properties to become parks angers Armadale residents hit by acquisition bid

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Clay Lucas Armadale residents whose homes are among the first selected by Stonnington Council from its secret list of 450 properties it wants to buy and turn into parks are outraged at the lack of transparency...

Richard Wynne 'gets the band back together' for new version of Plan Melbourne strategy

Minister for Planning Dick Wynne in Royal Park, Parkville.

Clay Lucas A group of senior advisors to the Napthine government who quit claiming political interference in their work writing Melbourne's 40-year planning strategy have been reappointed by the Andrews...

Moonee Valley racecourse apartment plans pared back by planning minister Richard Wynne

Richmond Labor MP Richard Wynne.

Clay Lucas In opposition they tried to quash the scheme entirely, but Labor will now approve a less drastic version of the plans.

Residents rarely win, says seasoned VCAT campaigner

Charlize Theron flew in to Melbourne's Grand Prix to promote the $300 million, luxury Capitol Grand apartments.

Clay Lucas Lynette Stewart is a regular at the state's planning tribunal. Usually, she loses.

15,000-person float down the Yarra cancelled because of safety concerns

The original Inflatable Regatta.

Clay Lucas Organisers of a planned float down the Yarra that went viral on Facebook – leading more than 15,000 people to say they were coming – have cancelled the event.

Melbourne's 'appalling legacy' of poor apartments

Melbourne needs new apartment standards, a Sydney city councillor says.

Clay Lucas, City Editor Melbourne's wave of new apartment towers is leaving the city with an appalling legacy of sub-standard housing, a Sydney councillor with long ties to Victoria has told the state's Planning Minister...

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Yarra River: still badly polluted despite decades of talk about cleaning it up

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Clay Lucas Despite decades of effort to clean up the Yarra, a report to be released at a forum on the river's health on Wednesday shows high levels of pollution still flowing into its waters - these days...

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Inflatable Regatta 2015: when a trickle of inflatable boats on the Yarra turns into a flood as social media responds

Clay Lucas Courtney Carthy invited a few friends to paddle the Yarra with him. Now, 15,000 say they are coming, reports Clay Lucas.

Crown sky bridge set to link casino's exclusive hotels

Crown's most recent plan, released in February, of their proposed new 82-level hotel and apartment tower.

Clay Lucas Crown's new hotel skyscraper is set to include a controversial footbridge above a busy  Southbank street, designed to connect guests between the casino's two exclusive resorts.

David Marriner's Forum Theatre project on Hosier Lane faces mounting legal challenges

The Marriner Group's proposed tower behind the Forum Theatre.

Clay Lucas A skyscraper planned to tower over Flinders Street’s run-down Forum theatre has led some of the city’s leading business and philanthropy figures to join a legal bid disputing the planning...

St Kilda Triangle: 16 years, $9 million down the drain, zero result

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

Clay Lucas For 16 years, Melbourne has been talking about what to do with a prime chunk of land on its foreshore.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne makes first major approvals for Melbourne projects and suburbs

Clay Lucas Planning Minister Richard Wynne has signed off on five new "activity centres" in middle and outer Melbourne to generate more jobs and higher density residential development.

Tears for Italian dooring victim

Alberto Paulon and his fiancee Cristina Canedda.

Clay Lucas Alberto Paulon had planned on marrying fiance Cristina Canedda and settling in Australia.

Tougher dooring penalties call rejected after death of Italian cyclist Alberto Paulon

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Adam Carey and Clay Lucas The introduction two years ago of tougher penalties against motorists who open car doors into cyclists' paths has failed to have any impact on the sometimes deadly offence, the Andrews government...

Italian cyclist Alberto Paulon killed on Sydney Road, Brunswick, remembered by work colleagues and memorial ride

Alberto Paulon and his fiancee Cristina Canedda.

Clay Lucas Cycling groups have organised a memorial ride on Friday for Italian chef Alberto Paulon, who was killed last week cycling on Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Melbourne's planning disaster: jobs grow in CBD while housing booms on fringes

Clay Lucas The CBDs of Australia’s largest cities have become the engines of the nation’s economy, attracting most of the jobs growth.