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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.

Proposed tower for Collins Street would overshadow south bank of Yarra

Clay Lucas A construction industry super fund wants Planning Minister Matthew Guy to approve a new skyscraper to replace the 1960s Suncorp building on Collins Street with a tower so high it would overshadow the...

Robert Doyle to fight plans for skyscraper that will overshadow State Library forecourt

Lord mayor Robert Doyle.

Aisha Dow & Clay Lucas Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle has vowed to fight plans for a skyscraper that would overshadow the State Library forecourt “all the way to the minister”.

East West Link will shave up to an hour off travel times, says Denis Napthine

Clay Lucas The Napthine government says its signature transport project, the East West Link, will shave almost an hour off travel times between the Eastern Freeway and CityLink.

State's public transport remains poorly co-ordinated: Auditor-General John Doyle

Metro.

Clay Lucas Victoria's public transport services remain poorly co-ordinated despite repeated promises from state governments over the past decade, the Auditor-General has found.

Dig up Royal Park for 1000 extra parking bays, says Melbourne Zoo

Artist's illustration of the proposed East West Link.

Clay Lucas The Melbourne Zoo wants large parts of Royal Park dug up to create 1000 extra parking bays, and indicated it wanted the plan included as part of the East West Link bidding process.

$18b East West Link 'requires special laws'

Denis Napthine.

Clay Lucas Legal advice from a constitutional law expert has placed a fresh focus on the pace with which the Napthine government is pushing through plans for its signature transport project, the East West Link.

Real estate agent blocked from offering mass viewing of rented property

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Clay Lucas Renters could get new protection from having large numbers of prospective buyers coming through their homes for "open for inspections" when the house they live in is put up for sale.

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City apartment boom not delivering for Melbourne, forum to hear

Melbourne CBD

Clay Lucas Melbourne’s apartment building boom is delivering poor outcomes for the city, with a third of new units badly designed and almost half too small, a forum on city planning will hear on Monday...

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

CBD

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.