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As an extension of the oh.yes.melbourne page, I will be updating this thread with news and gossip regarding our fantastic city. Comments and views are most welcome. This morning I attended a media briefing with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and couldn't help but feel excited about the introduction of permanent food trucks throughout the central city. Without further ado here is the media release:

Melbourne makes its love of food trucks official

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‘Pop-up’ dining will become a permanent feature in the City of Melbourne with five street eating food precincts opening up early next year under a new Council policy. Ensuring Melbourne remains Australia's culinary capital, the City of Melbourne is courting Victoria's best food trucks to sign up. Following a year-long trial across several locations, the City of Melbourne consulted with businesses, residents and 65 food truck operators to establish some new and long term sites.

Under Council's new 'Food Truck Policy' the permanent sites will be on:

St Kilda Road (NGV/Arts Centre)
Peel Street (Queen Victoria Market) and
three new sites along Flinders Street near the Yarra River: Lez Erdi Plaza, Rebecca Walk and at the underpass on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the new sites along Flinders Street will attract additional foot traffic to the area which will be a major boost for businesses in the vicinity. "Some of the 17 trucks will be fixed for several years and others will rotate monthly, offering diners a wide variety of cuisines," the Lord Mayor said. "Melburnians love food trucks and trying something new, which is why I'm sure this policy will be a success. "We also appreciate good food in Australia's culinary capital which is why we will only be accepting 17 of the best food trucks we can identify."

The City of Melbourne has already received more than 500 requests for a food truck permit. The 'Food Truck Policy' selection criteria will include healthy food options, high quality presentation, a commitment to sustainable practices and a strong social media following to direct food van fans to these precincts. Vendors will be chosen through the normal council process via a panel of five City of Melbourne staff.

Expressions of interest to operate at a food truck location under this new policy will open soon. Permit fees will vary from $200 to $1700/month depending on the location of the site. The fee is linked to pedestrian numbers at the site and the commercial rental costs of trading areas adjacent to the proposed food truck locations.

The Lord Mayor said all sites will operational by March 2017. "The 17 successful food trucks will be spoilt for customers during Melbourne's 'Marvellous March' with crowds from the Moomba Festival, Grand Prix, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival," the Lord Mayor added.​​

Councillor Kevin Louey, Chair of Council's Economic Development portfolio, said the new policy would help invigorate these precincts and ensure the city keeps pace with the food truck trend that is sweeping across greater Melbourne. "Visitors to Melbourne want variety and this is exactly what this policy provides. People can now visit any of these sites and know they will get to experience street food culture without having to leave the CBD," Cr Louey said.

Food truck locations from March 2017

St Kilda Road, outside NGV and Arts Centre:
2 permanent trucks and 2 rotational trucks
Open Sunday-Thursday 6am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 7am-11pm (may be extended during events)

Peel Street, adjacent to Queen Victoria Market:
1 permanent food truck and 2 rotational food trucks
Market days only – Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday, 9am-4pm

Lez Erdi Plaza, Yarra River north bank (near Signal):
1 permanent food truck and 2 rotational vans
Open Sunday-Thursday 7am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 7am-11pm

Flinders Street Rail Underpass (Rebecca Walk):
4 rotational food trucks
Open Mon-Wed 7am-7pm and Thursday-Saturday 4pm-10pm

Flinders Street Rail Underpass (northwest corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street):
1 permanent food truck and 2 rotational vans
Open weekdays 7am-7pm and weekends 10am-10pm

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QVM Munro site developer named

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The City of Melbourne today announced that it has appointed leading property developer PDG Corporation as the developer of the landmark Munro site in the Queen Victoria Market precinct.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the Council owned site, at the corner of Queen and Therry streets, would be transformed into a significant community hub for the northern end of the city.

“When Council purchased this parcel of land in October 2014 for $76 million, we had a clear vision to work with a property developer to deliver an exemplar mixed-use development that would complement our renewal of the Queen Victoria Market and benefit businesses and residents,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I am pleased to announce that we will be working with PDG Corporation to deliver a leading development that will include affordable housing units, a 120 place childcare facility, family and children’s services centre, community centre and kitchen, artist studios and city room gallery, market customer car parking and complementary retail.

“In addition, the intersection of Queen and Therry streets will be closed to traffic and transformed into ‘Market Cross’, a pedestrian-friendly meeting place that can host markets, festivals and busking, as well as more places to sit, eat and relax.

“We are committed to protecting everything that traders and customers love about the Queen Victoria Market, however we recognise the urgent need for renewal and we will be working in collaboration with traders to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“The reason that Council purchased this key strategic site was to ensure that no supermarket, fast food or retail chain or unsuitable development could be built next to the market.

“The renewal of the market, along with the development of the Munro site, will ensure that Queen Victoria Market remains part of our city forever.”

The Lord Mayor also said that Council was committed to honouring the Munro name and legacy as part of the project and was considering options to do so.

“It is also important to acknowledge that while Council was not the highest bidder for the site, the Munro family agreed to sell it to the City of Melbourne to secure its historical legacy.”

The proposed development will be a leading example of sustainable development targeting ‘Australian Excellence’ in sustainability including an overall average 8 star NaTHERS energy rating in addition to incorporating social enterprises and providing social employment opportunities. The Council facilities will be designed to a ‘WELL Building Standard’, an evidence-based scientific rating for human health and wellbeing; solar panels will also be included to the north façade of the new community building.

The City of Melbourne is now working with PDG Corporation on the preparation of a development application for consideration of the Minister for Planning as the Responsible Authority.

“With the contractual arrangement between the City of Melbourne and PDG Corporation now in place, we will progress the development application for lodgement with the Minister for Planning, at which time details of the design will be made publicly available,” the Lord Mayor said.

PDG Corporation’s Managing Director, Vince Giuliano, said that PDG was honoured to be given the opportunity to partner with the City of Melbourne on this landmark project that honours the legacy of the Munro site.

“PDG Corporation will draw on its extensive local experience, together with our exceptional team of architects and consultants, to deliver an exemplar community precinct,” Mr Giuliano said. “This project will enhance the City of Melbourne’s vision for the renewal of the Queen Victoria Market and will provide an opportunity for Melburnians and our clients to be part of this historic development.”

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Melbourne Development Firm Announces $1.7 Billion Business Park In Craigieburn

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Melbourne based construction and development firm JTX International has announced a $1.7 billion Craigieburn business park and homemaker centre development which will deliver nearly 150,000 sqm of retail, office, medical, hotel and entertainment facilities on a 32 hectare site.

Named Humex, the development will be located at 650 Hume Highway and Hume City Council is confident it will become an “iconic built form at the (northern) gateway to the city.”

According to JTX Chief Executive Anthony Elcheikh, Humex is designed to support the long term growth of the local community.“The city of Hume is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia and will be one of the largest growth corridors in Victoria over the next 10-20 years,” he said.

“That enormous growth will require a level of services equal to that of a large regional centre, and Humex is designed to deliver that.”

The development would also deliver a major economic boost for Hume with the creation of more than 5,000 jobs both during construction and with the opening of new Humex businesses.

The building materials display centre, according to Mr Elcheikh, will be the largest in the southern hemisphere with over five levels of more than 3000 demonstration and display suites offering fixtures and fittings, furniture, electrical, plumbing, hire equipment and gardening products.

The medical centre will offer four floors of state-of- the-art surgical and allied healthcare space while the circa 11,000 sqm indoor play and entertainment centre will also be the largest in the southern hemisphere with bounce, fly, climb and water play facilities, childcare, a bowling alley and indoor courts.

Mr Elcheikh said Humex had been seven years in the making, with Hume council granting a permit for the site in November in 2015.

“A project like this takes an enormous amount of planning but from the outset our philosophy has been about creating a sense of place and community as well as a distinctive, aesthetically pleasing, built form that adds to the liveability of the City of Hume whilst providing a national model for a state-of- the-art mixed use development.

“Ultimately we believe we have designed a unique, one-stop destination development that is worthy of landmark status, will support the needs of the rapidly growing local population, and that will attract custom from right across Melbourne and indeed the country,’’ he said.

The development will also offer key support to the local community by providing banks, a post office, service station and convenience shopping. Travellers on the Hume Highway will also benefits from Humex’s offerings as the plans involve providing the only fully signalised intersection, both north and southbound, on the Hume Highway.

Humex intends to reach completion by 2018.

Fast Facts

Humex will include:

A 56,000 square metre building materials display centre;
A massive indoor play and entertainment centre;
A 12 level, international hotel with 285 rooms;
A 7000 square metre medical centre including day surgery;
Mixed use commercial with supermarket, retail and offices components;
50,000 square metres of bulky goods and showroom retail;
40 “business nursery” warehouse units;
A convenience retail and service station, and,
Parking for 2756 cars and 252 bicycles.


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Infill Developments Strive To Curb Melbourne Urban Sprawl

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In an effort to combat urban sprawl across Melbourne, Cedar Woods Properties claims to have honed its acquisition process in recent years to focus on urban infill sites, rejecting the traditional developer instinct to develop vacant land in an outer suburb or build a high-rise tower in the CBD.

It is Cedar Woods’ intention to not only capitalise on the existing amenities of established suburbs, but to create a heightened sense of community through a mixture of low and medium density housing.

“By integrating a range of housing typologies and open spaces, urban infill projects work to create a sense of place and foster community relationships,” Cedar Woods State Manager Patrick Archer said.

The housing and amenities provided in each project are tailored to suit the needs of residents and the suburb’s existing culture, with factors such as demographics, transport connections, proximity to public open space and nearby employment opportunities all major considerations.

“We’re actually achieving about five times the density of the average suburb, but the difference is it’s not in a static high rise apartment,” Mr Archer said. “Usually it’s big houses or tiny apartments, but we’ve really focused on a model that includes a range of typologies, achieving densities of between 40 and 50 dwellings a hectare.”

At Jackson Green in Clayton South for example, a mix of detached, semi-attached, attached and townhouses are complemented by 170 apartments ranging from 50 square metre one-bedrooms to four-bedroom family town homes of up to 225 square metres.

At Banbury Village in West Footscray, the suburb’s unique cultural context, and high proportion of young professional have influenced the project design, leading to the creation of 18 different housing typologies.

“We’ve got larger houses, smaller houses, townhouses, big corner homes, and everything in between that actually starts to cater to different people in the market and makes it much richer,” DKO Architecture Principal Koos De Keijzer said.

“That’s the nice thing about having these communities. Where you do get 18 different types of dwellings, grandma and grandpa can live in on one street, and the grand kids can live on the other.”

The potential of quality small-scale infill housing in the middle suburbs is outlined in the 2013 report Infill Design Opportunities by Lee-Anne Khor et al.

“By improving the design and performance of infill dwellings, a range of individual and collective benefits can be achieved at the scale of the dwelling, site and neighbourhood.

“If small infill housing could be improved, the market’s propensity for this scale and type of project offers a potential vehicle for increasing the diversity and sustainability of future dwelling provision.”


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