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Jason Dowling

Jason Dowling has been a reporter at The Age for more than a decade. After breaking a significant number of stories for The Sunday Age as state political reporter, Jason was appointed City Editor for The Age. Jason has rotated through various areas of the paper including sport, business and general reporting.

How will Plan Melbourne affect your neighbourhood?

Melbourne Skyline shot from the north. PHOTO JASON SOUTH AGE NEWS 4/2/2013

Jason Dowling How will Plan Melbourne, released last week effect you? Jason Dowling peers over the fence.

Local councils fear 'creeping cancer' of grants freeze

Jason Dowling A freeze on Commonwealth grants to local councils has been described as a ''creeping cancer'' by a rural mayor who said local government was already on a knife's edge.

Increasing CBD graffiti clean-ups fail to stop taggers and artists

Cleaning up graffiti.

Jason Dowling The number of graffiti clean-ups in Melbourne's CBD has soared more than 30 per cent in three years with Melbourne City Council's $1 million-a-year deterrent policy of rapidly removing graffiti...

Melbourne's oldest family home on the market

Robert Wuchatsch with family members Dorothy Kelly (left) and Betty Barba.

Jason Dowling One of the state’s earliest and most complete examples of rural German architecture and of Victoria’s early multicultural settlement is on the market.

State budget 2014: Love of housing, GST and payroll tax to swell Michael O'Brien's coffers

Healthy balance sheet: Michael O'Brien.

Jason Dowling A combination of positive economic assumptions and robust state tax growth has provided Treasurer Michael O'Brien a healthy looking balance sheet.

CSIRO monitoring Twitter to detect disasters

Jason Dowling Twitter could be faster at detecting earthquakes, bushfires, floods, cyclones and even terrorist attacks than conventional emergency sources with new CSIRO software monitoring tweets and...

CSIRO model tackles Elwood flooding

Broadway Stret, Elwood

Jason Dowling An artificial reef in Port Phillip Bay, water tanks in every home, reduced heritage controls and permeable footpaths are just some of the ideas being discussed to counter future flooding in Elwood...

New CBD suburb E-Gate

The 20-hectare E-Gate site on
Footscray Road.

Jason Dowling A new suburb the size of a regional city on one of the best development sites in Melbourne is expected to be announced soon by the state government.

Councils are being challenged by issues surrounding dangerous dogs and dog attacks

Jason Dowling The vexed issue of how to deal with dangerous dogs or dog attacks is challenging the legal, financial and policy capacity of local councils. 

Hang onto your seat: it's gondola be an after-dark ride to thrill

The proposed chairlift at Arthurs Seat.

Jason Dowling First we had the illuminated Melbourne Star wheel for a spin after dark - next may be a midnight ride to Arthurs Seat on new multimillion-dollar gondola.

Collingwood's Yorkshire Brewery plays trump card: spill-over space for guests

Martin Strode

Jason Dowling First it was guest parking spots. Then swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts, private dining rooms, libraries and concierges. Even private parks and gardens.

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Victoria's population soars faster than expectations

Melbourne CBD

Jason Dowling Victoria's population is surging much faster than the Napthine government has predicted and is at growth levels former premier John Brumby described as too fast.

Cutbacks compromise $5b Regional Rail Link

Train at Wallace

Adam Carey and Jason Dowling Victoria's biggest public transport project, the $4.8 billion Regional Rail Link, will not truly achieve its aim of untangling the tracks currently shared by Metro and V/Line trains, because of a...

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Planning Minister Matthew Guy sparks sprawl fears as Torquay land is rezoned

Locals at the Torquay site.

Jason Dowling Thousands of homes are expected to be built at Torquay, west along the Great Ocean Road, after Planning Minister Matthew Guy rezoned a large parcel of land for urban development.

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Culled kangaroos to be harvested in Victoria for pet food sale

Kangaroo.

Jason Dowling Kangaroos will be shot and processed for commercial pet food sale for the first time in Victoria under two-year trial.

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Bendigo Bank claims $1.5m from Crown for stolen funds

Crown logo.

Jason Dowling Crown Casino could face a $1.5 million bill if it is found to have known - or should have known - that a former bank employee was ''unlikely to have gained access to the sorts of funds she expended...

Metro rail tunnel plan will include Melbourne airport link

Denis Napthine.

Josh Gordon and Jason Dowling Long-demanded rail link to Melbourne airport will be included in an expanded Metro rail tunnel plan.

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Residents' amenity fears over Port of Melbourne projects

Fishermans Bend.

Jason Dowling Port Melbourne residents fear a perfect storm in traffic congestion from the $1.6 billion Port of Melbourne expansion and the 250-hectare Fishermans Bend urban renewal plan.

Shifting Melbourne Metro rail tunnel west a 'catastrophe': Doyle

metro

Adam Carey and Jason Dowling The proposed Melbourne Metro rail tunnel will still deliver passengers into the city centre, despite the Napthine government's recent decision to scrap plans to tunnel beneath Swanston Street.

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