It sounds like a simple task: build a trail next to a road by the beach, for walkers and cyclists.
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.
The 36-storey Whitehorse Towers apartments and hotel in Box Hill is almost complete but, if a plan to be put to the state government by the local council is anything to go by, locals haven't seen anything yet.
St Kilda hotel made famous by its drag queen culture faces wrecking ball as early as next week.
It is a 1968 office block that few would think screams out for heritage protection.
Hundreds of residents in Bulleen, Templestowe and Doncaster say new flood-planning rules proposed by their local council may cause their property values to fall and insurance premiums to rise.
City centre the focus of Melbourne's population boom
Melbourne's outer suburbs are booming, but it's the city centre that is growing fastest of all.
Premier Daniel Andrews has intervened in a squabble between VicRoads and a local council over bike lanes along St Kilda Road, appearing to pour cold water on a project to make cycling safer along the boulevard.
New plans for St Kilda Road bike lanes that would see cyclists riding down the middle of the boulevard are unsafe and should be dumped, Port Phillip Council says.
An 30-storey Moonee Ponds apartment tower has been approved by Planning Minister Richard Wynne, despite even the local Labor MP for the area saying it will be too high.
A popular student pub on Swanston Street could be one of the first business casualties of the Andrews government's $10.9 billion rail tunnel under the city centre.