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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.

Canberra may have to pay compo if East West cancelled

Adam Carey and Clay Lucas Tony Abbott's threat to take back $3 billion from Victoria for the East West Link if Labor cancels the project contradicts an agreement he signed with Premier Denis Napthine seven weeks ago.

Minister ignored business case when approving plans for $6.8 billion road

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy has been accused of politicising planning  by granting highly protective zoning rules to streets in South Yarra.

Clay Lucas Planning Minister Matthew Guy did not consider the business case for the $6.8 billion East West Link when he approved the road, instead relying largely upon Plan Melbourne – a strategy he...

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40-year plan for Melbourne watered down

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Clay Lucas Melbourne would be heading in a dramatically different direction if the draft of the 40-year plan for the city - written by six experts hand-picked by planning minister Matthew Guy - had been adopted.

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Melbourne Council gets new planning protections from Matthew Guy - but only in areas held by Liberal MP

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy has been accused of politicising planning  by granting highly protective zoning rules to streets in South Yarra.

Clay Lucas On his final day as planning minister, Matthew Guy granted new highly protective zoning rules to streets in South Yarra, in the marginal seat of Prahran, held by the Liberal Party.

Moonee Valley Council launches legal action against East West Link

Not wanted: Protesters at a demonstration this month against the East West Link that three councils are challenging in the courts.

Clay Lucas A third Melbourne council has lodged a legal challenge against the Napthine government's signature infrastructure project, the East West Link.

Victorian state election: Labor to clamp down on 'party pads'

Housing for all: If it wins the election next Saturday, Labor has pledged to trial inclusionary zoning on some government land sale sites.

Clay Lucas City apartments being used as "party pads" by people renting from sharing websites like Airbnb would be stamped out under a state election pledge by Labor.

Tim Costello objects to Frankston MP Geoff Shaw using him as endorsement on how-to-vote cards

Geoff Shaw.

Clay Lucas Controversial Frankston MP Geoff Shaw is handing out how-to-vote cards in his electorate that includes an endorsement from Tim Costello, something the chief executive of World Vision objects to.

Coalition pledges extra money for helipad, emergency room at new Monash Children's Hospital

Coalition promises money for helipad and emergency room at new Monash Children's Hospital

Clay Lucas The Coalition is promising to add a helipad and emergency room to the new Monash Children's Hospital if elected.

Super-tall skyscrapers overshadow Shrine from 2km away: report

Shrine of Remembrance

Clay Lucas The southern hemisphere's tallest residential tower - approved in Southbank by Planning Minister Matthew Guy this year - will overshadow the Shrine of Remembrance on winter afternoons, a new report...

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Melbourne Metro better for state than East West Link, government emails reveal

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Clay Lucas and Adam Carey The government pressed on with $6.8bn road tunnel plans, but planners say the Melbourne Metro project would bring much better returns.

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Monash, Mornington freeways closed after fatalities

Photograph Simon O'Dwyer. The Age Newspaper 171114. Photograph Shows. The Mornington Penninsula Freeway was closed off today due to a double road fatality. In the photograph is a ute and the car in which two people died after it caught fire is hidden from view.

Clay Lucas Two of Melbourne's busiest freeways were closed for several hours on Monday after three people died in fatal accidents.

Victorian government gives $5.4 million to Scotch College for land previously valued at $1 million

The sound barrier and South-Eastern Freeway over a section of Scotch College land for which the state government paid $5.4 million in a compulsory acquisition.

Clay Lucas The Napthine government paid elite private school Scotch College $5.4 million for a thin strip of land, taken for a road widening project, that was previously valued at just over $1 million by the...

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Birdwatchers object to plans for former Geelong saltworks

Critically endangered: Orange-bellied parrots live in the wetland where the marina could be built.

Clay Lucas A deal between the Napthine government and a developer wanting to build a $4 billion marina near Geelong is for wetlands that should be protected, an environmental group says.

Victorian election fact check: The East West Link

Labor's claim on technical schools is half-true.

Clay Lucas The East West Link will "bust congestion", Denis Napthine says.

Bayside Council given green light to stop new high-rises

Matthew Guy

Clay Lucas One of Melbourne's richest municipalities has been given the green light by Planning Minister Matthew Guy to virtually eradicate any new medium-density and high-rise housing development in its...

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Melbourne City Council to ask Matthew Guy to reverse decision on Collins Street site

Planning Minister Matthew Guy.

Clay Lucas Melbourne City Council will ask Planning Minister Matthew Guy to reverse changes he made to a Collins Street property title that enabled a developer with links to the Liberal Party to sell it for a...

Premier Napthine splurges on train, tram promises despite massive road spending

Melbourne trains.

Clay Lucas At the Coalition's campaign launch, Premier Denis Napthine chose to talk up spending on rail rather than focus on the next-to-be-completed East West road link.

Victorian state election: Coalition reboots train promises with $3.9 billion

Flinders Street station

Clay Lucas  A plan to build 75 new trains for Melbourne, 75 new E-class trams and 24 new V/Locity rail cars for V/Line will be a key policy promise at the Napthine Government's campaign launch in Ballarat.

Labor to review Coalition residential zones overhaul

Generic street scene taken on Bower Street, Northcote

Clay Lucas Planning Minister Matthew Guy's revamp of Melbourne's residential zones could be overturned if Labor wins this month's state election, with the opposition promising a major review of the new rules.

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Fishermans Bend rail re-routing runs into tower projects


State Premier Denis Napthine has raised the hackles of Victorian real estate agents and small businesses, who have pledged $1 million to an anti-Napthine campaign during the election campaign.

Royce Millar, Clay Lucas, Chris Vedelago The Napthine government's rushed re-routing of the new underground rail line to Fishermans Bend is disrupting plans for billions of dollars of residential and commercial projects in Docklands and...

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