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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.

Myki number one for complaints to Public Transport Ombudsman

Jason Dowling and Rania Spooner Complaints about the myki ticketing system remain the single highest cause of cases to the Public Transport Ombudsman, but have fallen from half the total number of complaints to a third.

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Councils spend thousands to fight state election issues

An artist's illustration.

Jason Dowling Councillors at Moreland and Yarra have been labelled, "chardonnay-swilling, yoghurt-eating, bike-riding socialists", for opposing the East West Link by a Casey City Councillor.

Labor would review Metro's station skipping policy

Metro trains

Clay Lucas and Jason Dowling Labor says if it wins government in November it will review Metro's policy of skipping train stations and locking in passengers in order to make up lost time.

Metro asked to give warning before skipping stations

Some peak-hour trains skip stations.

Jason Dowling and Richard Willingham Commuters should be warned before a train switches to express and starts skipping stations and locking in passengers, Victoria's Public Transport Ombudsman says.

Tourists may prefer to foot it to the many attractions outside free tram zone

Some attractions outside the Hoddle grid will require a Myki.

Richard Willingham and Jason Dowling New free CBD tram travel may confuse visitors when it is introduced next year as key visitor sites are outside the zone.

Arson sparks bushfire wave

Jason Dowling More than one in 10 bushfires in Victoria's national parks last year were deliberately lit a new report has revealed. 

It's raining cash: Melbourne Water revenue surges by $458 million

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Jason Dowling Melbourne's water wholesaler collected an extra $458 million in revenue from "increased water, sewerage and drainage prices" last financial year.

Environment Protection Authority reviews performance after Hazelwood mine fire

Hazelwood fires.

Jason Dowling The Environment Protection Authority has begun an internal review "to improve its understanding of successes and areas for improvement" in responding to large-scale emergencies, following the...

Cyclists need more bike lanes to prevent rapid rise in injuries

Road sign warning cyclists

Jason Dowling The number of serious injuries caused by road accidents in Victoria has not budged for a decade despite the road toll falling 26 per cent with road safety authorities admitting they are struggling to...

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Labor should act to put Crown deal on hold until after election

Jason Dowling

Jason Dowling Labor leader Daniel Andrews is risking hundreds of millions of dollars in potential compensation payments for ending a potential $8 billion East West Link contract, but has backed away from action on...

Labor will honour Crown deal

The latest Crown expansion deal  has been pushed by the Napthine government without the social and economic impact assessment  that was required for the last casino expansion.

Richard Willingham and Jason Dowling A $910 million deal to expand gambling at Crown Casino has been pushed by the Napthine government without a social and economic impact assessment that was required for the last casino expansion,...

70-metre seawall to be built at Portsea

Portsea

Jason Dowling A new 70-metre seawall and walking track will be built on the Portsea foreshore in time for the summer peak after pummelling waves caused major erosion at the popular holiday spot.

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.