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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.

Resident fury continues at lack of consultation on 'sky rail' plan

Clay Lucas and Benjamin Preiss Residents in Melbourne's south-east who live next to railway tracks to be elevated up to nine metres are outraged at the lack of consultation before Premier Daniel Andrews announced the $1.

Battle to save Russell Street's Total House leads to guidebook series

Clay Lucas Every guidebook publisher needs a good creation myth. The publishers of three new Melbourne city guides have got a good one.

VicRoads presses ahead with $110m Alphington bridge plan despite opposition

The Chandler Highway bridge over the Yarra, built in 1890 for trains, now carries 44,000 cars a day. VicRoads wants a new six-lane bridge adjacent to it.The old bridge will be used for cycling and walking.

Clay Lucas VicRoads has finalised the route it wants for a controversial six-lane bridge over the Yarra River between Kew and Alphington, to resolve one of the city's worst traffic choke-points.

Hundreds of trees to go in Northcote and Thornbury in $30m water pipeline works

Trees along the middle of St Georges Road in Northcote

Clay Lucas Hundreds of trees to be cut down on a major road in Melbourne's north may not be replaced when they go as part of a $30 million water pipe project.

Nylex silos $1 billion development thrown into disarray after heritage ruling

The Nylex clock

Clay Lucas A $1 billion redevelopment of the Nylex silos in Richmond has been thrown into disarray after the state's heritage authority banned developer Caydon's from demolishing buildings on the heritage...

Evicting renters for 'no specified reason' gives landlord too much power

Clay Lucas The ability for landlords to legally order tenants to vacate their house without a reason must be changed, an advocacy group says.

Booming Box Hill in desperate need of new railway and bus station: council

Metro train

Clay Lucas Melbourne's fastest growing suburb outside the CBD is in desperate need of a better railway, tram and bus interchange, Whitehorse Council argues in a new report it commissioned.

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Comment: Road can be justified, city exit ramps cannot

Off-ramps the government says will help

Clay Lucas It isn't clear how Melbourne ended up with plans for a sprawling $5.5 billion toll road through the west, given no politician mentioned it before the last state election.

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Transurban's tollway plan could choke the city with extra cars

An artist's impression of the Western Distributor tollway as it crosses the Maribyrnong River.

Clay Lucas Thousands of extra cars would be funnelled daily into central Melbourne through publicly owned land set aside for residential development, under the Andrews government's business case for a new...

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Environmental study for $5.5b road to start in weeks – but no final route set

An artist's impression of the Western Distributor tollway as it crosses the Maribyrnong River.

Clay Lucas Transurban's Western Distributor freeway does not have a final route, or even confirmed funding, but the Andrews government says it is pressing on with an assessment of the environmental effects.

Two more level crossings to go, bringing relief to drivers - and some residents

Mella Gigis bought next to the rail line in Preston in 2013 and says she has slowly been driven mad by car and train noise.

Clay Lucas Two of northern Melbourne's most hated level crossings are to be removed by the Andrews government, despite neither being considered urgently needed under a 2014 VicRoads assessment.

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Ray of hope or sting in the tail? Locals battle over Queenscliff harbour plan

Large stingrays gather in the slipway to feed.

Clay Lucas A plan to create a stingray-feeding tourist attraction at Queenscliff's harbour has enraged locals.

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Public transport authority and VicRoads join forces on Punt Road widening plans

Punt Road would be widened to six lanes under options put forward by VicRoads.

Clay Lucas The state's public transport authority has backed a push by VicRoads to widen Punt Road at key choke points, and eventually demolish homes to turn the heavily congested arterial road into a six-lane...

Flemington apartment development plan has serious issues: state architect

An artists’ impression of planned apartment towers at Flemington Racecourse.

Clay Lucas Plans for a sprawling high-rise apartment development on land at Flemington Racecourse – put forward by the Victoria Racing Club and a Chinese developer – have serious flaws, the...

Flemington rail won't be used - running trains will slow train system: Andrews government

An artist's impression of planned apartment towers at Flemington Racecourse.

Clay Lucas Neighbours fear gridlock as Andrews government says no to regular train services from Flemington Racecourse.

Booze on every corner: Melbourne comes full circle in alcohol policies

Clay Lucas These days, Melbourne's government marketing agencies promote the city to the nation and the world with a focus on its laneways filled with "atmospheric bars". But it was not always thus.

Scientology link to plan for Werribee super-city

Australian Education City's ambitious plan for public land in East Werribee.

Simon Johanson and Clay Lucas A little-known consortium that Victorian Finance Minister Robin Scott has awarded "preferred bidder" status to for a huge tract of public land in Werribee is backed by property figures with strong...

No strength in numbers: VCAT rejects test case on objectors legislation

Clay Lucas The first test of laws passed by the Andrews government to "give the community a voice" in controversial planning decisions has seen the comprehensive defeat of residents battling a development in...

Million-dollar apartment views will cloud Yarra River corridor, say objectors

Salta Properties' plan for its Victoria Street, Abbotsford, site next to the Yarra River.

Clay Lucas It will provide million dollar views over the Yarra at one of its narrowest points, but opponents say the latest apartment plan along the river's banks is another small step towards ruining the...

Billions go to train and tram operators with little improvement

The Andrews government has started negotiations on new contracts with Metro Trains.

Clay Lucas The past decade of private operators running Melbourne's trains and trams has done little to improve reliability and punctuality.

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