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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.

Residents punt plan to widen Punt Road

Clay Lucas A plan to widen Punt Road - in place for 61 years but now under active consideration by the Andrews government - has been criticised by more than 100 residents, businesses and property owners along...

Levy to improve public transport instead shuts car park in Fitzroy

Condell Street car park, Fitzroy

Clay Lucas It was a new tax on the city's parking that was meant to help unclog roads and improve public transport.

Widening Punt Rd plan could damage parks, riverfront: Melbourne City Council

VicRoads is considering options to improve traffic flows on Punt Road.

Clay Lucas Bulldozing scores of homes on Punt Road to create a major highway could involve "the highly unacceptable loss" of parkland and open space on the Yarra riverfront, Melbourne City Council has told the...

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State trying to turn $110m bridge project into yuppies versus puppies: residents

Residents protest VicRoads' plans for the Chandler Highway bridge.

Clay Lucas Residents whose homes will be badly affected by a new bridge unlocking one of Melbourne's worst traffic chokepoints say the Andrews government is trying to turn their fight to protect their houses...

Melbourne's most expensive park: public pays $19m to developer who paid $4m

The new plan for Melbourne's most expensive park.

Clay Lucas Welcome to Melbourne's most expensive park: a small playground to be created in South Melbourne that, thanks to Opposition leader Matthew Guy's rezoning of the Fishermans Bend urban renewal area,...

Political donations from property developers a bad look, says Ombudsman

Clay Lucas and Richard Willingham Donations from property developers to political candidates creates a perception that politicians can be bought, according to Victoria's Ombudsman Deborah Glass.

Richmond housing commission violence and drugs so bad state must step in: Yarra Council

Richmond Public Housing Estate resident Tony Reck has seen his share of violence in the towers.

Clay Lucas Writer Tony Reck lives in the ideal place to gather source material for his work.

Zero parking for South Yarra apartment fine, but not Brunswick, VCAT rules

Brunswick's Nightingale development, which was knocked back because it had no parking.

Clay Lucas Zero car parking for apartment buildings located around vibrant commercial centres is acceptable, Victoria's planning tribunal has ruled in a new judgement over a South Yarra tower.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne rejects plan for Mount Buller to Mount Stirling road

Mount Buller: The proposed three-kilometre road between the two Alpine mountains had outraged green groups.

Clay Lucas A proposed road that would have linked Mount Buller to Mount Stirling has been ruled out by the Andrews government because of concerns over how the link would be built.

Decontamination work starts on languishing Maribyrnong defence site

Groundwater at the former Maribyrnong  defence site is contaminated.

Clay Lucas The decontamination of a massive inner-city site dormant for more than a decade has begun, but owner the Defence Department isn't answering questions on its long-term plan for the land.

Ban property developers from donating to council candidates: Greens

Greens MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell says property developers should be banned from donating to local government candidates.

Clay Lucas Property developers would be banned from giving cash to council candidates under laws the Greens will attempt to introduce into state parliament next month.

Fears as French nationals return, while Melburnians show their compassion

Brigitte and Jean-Michel Torres left Melbourne on Sunday, headed for Paris and then their home of Avignon, after visiting daughter Camille in Australia.

Konrad Marshall and Clay Lucas Saying farewell at the airport was tougher than usual for people about to fly toward the famed City of Light, bathed in blood.

Donations fine if rules followed, says Doyle as he announces he'll stand again

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.

Clay Lucas Political donations are no bar to good governance according to Robert Doyle, who announced on Thursday he would seek re-election for a third term as lord mayor next year - and take campaign funds...

Robert Doyle to run for Melbourne lord mayor again

Robert Doyle.

Clay Lucas Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has announced his intention to run for Town Hall's top job again in elections due late next year.

Werribee development bidder given 90 days to perfect its vision or they're out

The consortium's plans include 50-level skyscrapers.

Clay Lucas and Simon Johanson A consortium led by a multi-millionaire property investor has been given 90 days by the Andrews government to prove it can build a new city on Melbourne's fringes.

Lendlease wins $338 million refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena

An artist's impression of the new entrance

Clay Lucas A massive refurbishment of Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena will include a new eastern entrance and loading bay to drastically cut down on loading times between concerts.

'Something has to give': Car-free day for Melbourne CBD proposed by city councillor

Under the plan, cars and motorcycles would be banned in the 'Hoddle grid', bound by Spencer, Flinders, Spring and Victoria streets.

Clay Lucas Cars would be blocked from entering Melbourne's city centre under the latest vehicle-free proposal to be put forward by a city councillor.

Donation to lord mayor Robert Doyle sees him step aside from council decision on controversial CBD apartment tower

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.

Clay Lucas Lord mayor Robert Doyle will not vote on Tuesday on whether a developer that failed to build underground parking required for a 72-level apartment tower did the wrong thing.

Explainer: How Melbourne's suburbs were ranked

The Liveable Melbourne study is now in its third edition.

Clay Lucas In a first-world city like Melbourne, the difference between the best and the worst suburb is often not that extreme.

Liveable Melbourne: The shades of Melbourne leave much to be desired

Princes Park, Carlton

Clay Lucas In the 1960s, an avenue of trees along Geelong Road in Footscray was torn down for a road-widening project.