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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.

Freeway being fast-tracked despite lack of soil testing and drilling


Clay Lucas Transurban's plan to build a $5.5 billion freeway through Melbourne's west is being fast-tracked by the Andrews government despite the toll road operator not having done soil testing and drilling for...

Darebin Council CEO Rasiah Dev sues one of his councillors

Darebin Council chief executive Rasiah Dev.

Clay Lucas The chief executive of Darebin Council is suing one of his own councillors for defamation, in the latest sign of instability at the inner north municipality.

Lend Lease sued for $20 million over Austin leaks

Ambulances outside the Emergency entrance at the Austin Hospital.

Craig Butt and Clay Lucas Defective construction works at the Austin Hospital have caused extensive plumbing problems, a Supreme Court writ alleges, leading the Andrews government to sue builder Lend Lease for costs "in...

Making apartments better will make them pricier: architect

Craig Yelland, director of Plus Architecture, is a big advocate for apartment living. He is pictured in his Port Melbourne apartment, where has lived for five years with his wife and two children.

Clay Lucas New rules to ensure better apartments are built in Melbourne would improve living conditions but cost buyers tens of thousands of dollars more, the director of a national architecture firm says.

Charlize Theron promotion for South Yarra apartments cost developer $3 million

Charlize Theron with developer Larry Kestelman at the Grand Prix.

Clay Lucas Hiring Oscar-winning actor Charlize Theron to promote his luxury apartments in South Yarra cost developer Larry Kestelman $3 million.

Denis Napthine's $15m transport ad campaign soon forgotten: report

One of the outdoor ads that appeared during the $15 million Moving Victoria ad campaign.

Clay Lucas An ad binge may have failed to make the impact the Coalition sought because while transport was a hot-button issue in Victoria, it was not considered as important as unemployment, health, inflation...

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Attempt to buy votes with our cash shouldn't happen again

A still from the $15 million Moving Victoria advertising campaign.

Clay Lucas One of Victoria's biggest ever publicly-funded political ad sprees was a series of promises on transport, much of which turned out to be a mirage.

Conflicts of interest shut down council vote on big Mornington Peninsula project

Mornington Peninsula councillors have a conflict of interest over plans for a $135 million RACV conference centre at Cape Schanck.

Clay Lucas and Aisha Dow A $135 million hotel and conference centre at Cape Schanck has been put on hold after a number of Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors said they were members of the RACV, the group behind the...

Marriner refuses to give up on Forum Theatre tower plan

David Marriner wants to build a 32-storey hotel behind The Forum theatre in Melbourne.

Clay Lucas Developer David Marriner has gone to the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn a ruling by the state planning tribunal that destroyed his permit to build a 32-storey hotel behind Flinders Street's Forum...

Public transport crush predicted to get worse

Demand for public transport is expected to increase dramatically.

Clay Lucas Think Melbourne's trains, trams and buses are busy now? Just wait.

Group turns on Labor over huge South Melbourne tower plan approval

The towers approved by Planning Minister Richard Wynne in Johnson Street, South Melbourne.

Clay Lucas and Royce Millar A community group that has worked closely with Labor in recent years has turned on the Andrews government, saying it is disappointed that a massive development in Fishermans Bend has been approved.

Guerilla gardens: Yarra residents defend 'urban agriculture officer' position

A laneway garden in North Carlton, cultivated by local residents for a decade, was ripped out in March by Yarra Council after complaints.

Clay Lucas Paying a gardener to encourage urban planting has sown discontent at Yarra Council.

Melbourne road plan to cost double that of a similar Sydney project now underway

Congestion on the West Gate Bridge

Clay Lucas Tollway operator Transurban is building a freeway tunnel under western Sydney for half the price of a similar length tunnel and freeway it wants to build in Melbourne's west.

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A Forrest of towers: booming precinct goes from hundreds to thousands in decade

Forrest Hill resident Rebecca Roberts.

Clay Lucas A decade ago, a pocket of land next to South Yarra railway had 104 homes on it. Today, it has thousands.

Lack of detail on $5.5 billion freeway plan, as Tony Abbott moves to back it


Clay Lucas, Richard Willingham Neither Transurban nor the Andrews government are willing to identify how a proposed $5.5 billion freeway in Melbourne's west from the West Gate Freeway will link to CityLink – despite the toll...

Darebin Council under investigation after local government minister intervenes


Clay Lucas Darebin Council is under investigation over planning issues and its appointment of a chief executive on almost $400,000, with Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins putting the council on...

$1m to clear applications in central Melbourne off planning minister's desk

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11:  Victorian Planning Minister MP Richard Wynne addresses the audience at a PCA conference on March 11, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Richard Wynne

Clay Lucas An extra $1 million will be thrown at the state's planning department in a bid to clear applications from developers for central Melbourne.

Victorian State Budget 2015: Hoddle Street fix remains years away as other road upgrades get green light

Less than $2 million was set aside for a study into Hoddle Street's promised congestion fix.

Clay Lucas Hoddle Street's promised $60 million congestion fix, pledged by Daniel Andrews in opposition, will have to wait a few more years yet, after his government set aside less than $2 million for a study.

Transurban lobbyists were former advisers in previous Labor govt

Treasurer Tim Pallas, whose former roads adviser from 2010 is now a lobbyist for Transurban, which has proposed a $5.5 billion road through Melbourne's west.

Clay Lucas The role of lobbyists in the Andrews government is under scrutiny, after it emerged that the Treasurer's former chief of staff when Labor was previously in power is now a lobbyist for Transurban.

Daniel Andrews to put hundreds of millions into Tullamarine Freeway widening

The Tulla: To be widened along its entire 24km length, from Southbank to Melbourne Airport.

Clay Lucas Premier Daniel Andrews will pledge hundreds of millions of dollars for a promised widening of the Tullamarine Freeway in next week's budget, it has been reported.