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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.

Architects and investors hope to revolutionise apartment living in Melbourne

Clay Lucas A group of architects and investors wants to create a great apartment culture in Melbourne like that in Europe and North America.

Free Melbourne tram ride may lead to overcrowding warns transport group

myki system.

Clay Lucas The Public Transport Users Association has questioned whether tram travel will become so popular that many will be unable to board a CBD tram on weekdays.

Metro skipping stations 15 times a day must be reduced: minister

DIGITALLY ALTERED IMAGE: Speed blurred Metro Train

Clay Lucas Victoria's public transport minister has promised to cut Metro Trains' controversial practice of station skipping to avoid penalties.

Brunetti cafe in Lygon Street is still without toilets two years on

toilets to open

Frances Vinall, Clay Lucas Two years after it moved into grandiose premises in Lygon Street, Brunetti's has still not installed toilets for customers - despite a flood of complaints.

Is Melbourne an intense place? Nowhere near intense enough for planners and architects

level crossing

Clay Lucas A major, federally funded report – written by architects, urban designers, councils and several state government departments – explores why little has changed in how Melbourne develops.

Authority behind East West Link ditched

East West

Clay Lucas The authority that was responsible for the former Napthine government's dumped East West Link road project is to be disbanded.

Metro train strike threat: rail union letters raise safety concern doubt

Both parties have long lists of public transport promises.

Clay Lucas Melbourne's rail union made threats against Metro over an issue unrelated to safety and faulty trains, letters to the operator received three days before Christmas show.

Myki: now it's paying you to travel

Clay Lucas It costs $6 to replace and annoys tourists and locals who forget their smart card because myki vending machines won't provide single-use tickets. But trainspotters have discovered an upside to the $1.

Ad blitz on Napthine transport plan cost Victorians $15 million

Artist's impression of the East West Link.

Clay Lucas The Napthine government's unprecedented ad blitz of the airwaves, newspapers and websites to promote its transport plans cost Victorians more than $15 million.

Andrews must outline Flinders Street Station plan: opposition

Premier Daniel Andrews

Clay Lucas The Victorian opposition says the Andrews government needs to outline its plans for the crumbling Flinders Street Station, after it distanced itself from a design competition run under its...

Apartment construction hits new record in Melbourne

Apartment blocks in Docklands.

Clay Lucas, Craig Butt Melbourne has never seen a building boom quite like it, with new skyscrapers sprouting from virtually every city street.

Linking Melbourne Authority to be kept despite having no roads to build

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the East West Link business case on Monday.

Clay Lucas The Linking Melbourne Authority, the agency that was to oversee the East West Link, has virtually no work to do after the Andrews government dumped the $6.8 billion project.

Metricon ordered to rebuild four-year-old cracking Melton West home

Shelley and Earl Softley

Clay Lucas It cost them precisely $199,897.01, and in return they were meant to get the house they'd been planning for years.

Planning minister Richard Wynne recovering from surgery after minor heart attack

Planning Minister Richard Wynne is recovering after a minor heart attack.

Clay Lucas New Victorian Planning Minister Dick Wynne has had a minor heart attack and is recovering in hospital after surgery.

Toll motorists to pay for rail tunnel, expert says

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Adam Carey and Clay Lucas Professor Stanley of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies said the revenue could go into a transport fund that would help the government deliver a long-term plan for Melbourne.

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East West Link authority warned off accepting gifts after bad publicity

Adam Carey and Clay Lucas Linking Melbourne Authority criticised by public service commission for accepting gifts and hospitality from private firms

East West Link work continues despite Daniel Andrews’ pledge to kill it

Progress: The East West Link is set to be abandoned, however early works continue.

Clay Lucas Early works continue on East West Link despite government's pledge the $6.8 billion road won't be built.

Triple R's Architects show signs off after decade of sound design

Radio ratings.

Clay Lucas The Architects debuted on community radio station Triple R in 2004. Over the 441 shows that aired over a decade, it gathered a wide following among the industry, and among planners, designers and...

Raise skyscraper balcony heights in wake of death, building group says

Clay Lucas The height of balcony railings on residential skyscrapers should be increased markedly to stop falls, a building group has said, in the wake of a young man's death.

Andrews talks up possible federal infrastructure funding, repeats pledge to release East West Link documents

Premier Daniel Andrews and his deputy leader James Merlino.

Clay Lucas Premier Daniel Andrews says he has made a "positive and professional start" with Prime Minister Tony Abbott over federal government funding for major infrastructure projects.

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