CHINA HARASSES, STALKS NZ CRITIC

Don’t understand why the writer referred to Trump … because that tended to take the readers off on another tangent …

RECKON this comment sums it up!

“That corporate crook/bankster class which run this country prefer to focus on the money in one hand. What they don’t see is the knife in the other… .”

 

China has changed under President Xi Jinping.

 

 

China Harasses, Stalks NZ Critic

 

 

Via Peter Hartcher today:

After a quarter-century of researching China, Anne-Marie Brady is a veteran of Chinese government spying and harassment. “I was prepared for pressure in China,” says the 52-year-old New Zealander, a well-regarded professor of political science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. “But I always felt safe in New Zealand. So that changed.” Last week she wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seeking police protection.

…First came the pressure on her university. Chinese officials demanded that her immediate superior stop her research…Next, her office was broken into in December 2017…If she had any doubt that she’d been targeted, she got a detailed warning letter from a concerned friend in the Chinese community to let her know that an official campaign of intimidation against her – and others – was under way…Brady’s home was next. While she was on the phone to the NZ Secret Intelligence Service negotiating to give them the letter, her husband called to say that someone had broken in.

…Unfortunately for Brady, her country’s government is more interested in appeasing China’s rulers than protecting her, or protecting NZ’s democratic freedoms. “It’s very clear,” says Brady, “that my country’s government wants this story to go away. The Chinese Ministry of State Security operates in our societies unhindered and our governments just watch. It’s happening in Australia, too.”

The Mercury has this of course:

An Australian writer being detained in China has implored his friends not to risk their own lives fighting for his freedom. Novelist Yang Hengjun wrote the note in 2011 with the request it should be published if he were ever taken into custody.

His lawyer claims he has been charged with espionage and is being held in Beijing.

Defence Minister Christopher Pyne says Australia needs to let the Chinese justice system run its course. (CAAN:  WT*)

Welcome to your new great and powerful friend. As George Soros put it over the weekend:

I want to warn the world about an unprecedented danger that’s threatening the very survival of open societies.

The rapidly improving instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can produce are giving repressive regimes an inherent advantage.

For them, the improving instruments of control are a help; for open societies they constitute a mortal danger.

I’ll focus on China, where President Xi Jinping wants a one-party state to reign supreme.

Xi is trying to consolidate all the available information about a person into a centralised database to create a “social credit system”.

Based on these data, people will be evaluated by algorithms that will determine whether they pose a threat to the one-party state. People will then be treated accordingly.

But Donald Trump.

 

 

SOURCE:  https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/01/china-harasses-stalks-nz-critic/

NEW ZEALAND RESEARCHER HARASSED BY CHINA IN HER OWN COUNTRY … SHE NO LONGER FEELS SAFE!

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After a quarter-century of researching China, Anne-Marie Brady is a veteran of Chinese government spying and harassment. 

 

Chinese officials demanded her immediate superior stop her research however the University Vice-Chancellor intervened

her office was broken into in December 2017; then a detailed warning letter followed of an official campaign of intimidation; her home was broken into with laptops, phones and encrypted memory stick missing!

More break-ins … she then gave a testimony to Australia’s Parliament by video link about her research into Chinese Communist Party activities in Antarctica!

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ISN’t it time the safety and security of Australians became the Government’s Number One Priority?

No longer safe: Researcher harassed by China in her own country

 

After a quarter-century of researching China, Anne-Marie Brady is a veteran of Chinese government spying and harassment. 

“I was prepared for pressure in China,” says the 52-year-old New Zealander, a well-regarded professor of political science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

“But I always felt safe in New Zealand. So that changed.”

Last week she wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seeking police protection. It was her first direct appeal to Ardern, but her third in a series of pleas to escalating levels of officialdom.

China expert Anne-Marie Brady has been subject to ongoing harassment.
China expert Anne-Marie Brady has been subject to ongoing harassment.CREDIT:JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF

 

First came the pressure on her university. Chinese officials demanded that her immediate superior stop her research. It might have worked – the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the mayor of Christchurch backed them up in an effort to appease Beijing. 

They failed when the university vice-chancellor intervened on behalf of academic freedom. But it was just the beginning.

Next, her office was broken into in December 2017. As far as she could tell, nothing was taken. “I think it was meant to scare me, to show me people could come into my office.” If so, it worked: “I felt this great dread,” after the intrusion. “I reported it to security and there was no follow-up.”

If she had any doubt that she’d been targeted, she got a detailed warning letter from a concerned friend in the Chinese community to let her know that an official campaign of intimidation against her – and others – was under way.

 

 

Brady’s home was next. While she was on the phone to the NZ Secret Intelligence Service negotiating to give them the letter, her husband called to say that someone had broken in. “Cash, pearls, jewellery, other electronics were ignored,” Brady tells me.

The only things missing were laptops, phones and an encrypted memory stick from her last trip to China. Other memory sticks were left behind.

“It was very telling.”  She immediately reported the break-in to the intelligence service and the police. Brady went to her office the next morning to discover that it had been broken into. Again. It was February 15 last year. Brady was scheduled to give testimony to Australia’s Parliament that afternoon.

She gave evidence by video link to two committees keen to know about, among other things, her groundbreaking research into the Chinese Communist Party’s activities in Antarctica in the course of producing her book China as a Polar Great Power.

This is a vital interest for Australia, which has sovereignty over 42 per cent of the continent, as well as a vital area for NZ. And it turns out to be an area of very lively interest to China’s military too, as Brady’s research had unearthed.

Her work uncovered, for instance, that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army had built three military facilities on Australian Antarctic territory.

Illustration: Dionne Gain
Illustration: Dionne GainCREDIT:

 

So when Australian Liberal MP Julian Leeser asked Brady whether she’d encountered any personal difficulties from Beijing over her work, she replied “yes”, and summarised the various incidents.

*The Chinese government was deeply displeased that Brady had spoken out. “Soon after my testimony to the Australian parliamentary committees, some of my colleagues in Chinese universities were visited by the Ministry of State Security.

“They were very angry that I had spoken about the burglaries and break-ins. They were particularly upset that I had spoken it into Hansard,” the official record of proceedings of the Parliament.

Yet the NZ police didn’t take the matter seriously. And the incidents continue.

*In November, Brady’s car was tampered with. The NZ police treated the matter with familiar indifference and told the mechanic not to speak to the media.

 

*When Brady and her family returned home this month after a Christmas holiday, their phone rang at 3am. The caller was silent. The number is unlisted.

It’s not only her Antarctic research that Beijing wants to stop. She also unearthed the fact that a member of the NZ Parliament spent 15 years working for Chinese military intelligence but never disclosed it.

But the harassment in her own country seems to have been in angry response to her 2017 report in NZ, titled Magic Weapons: China’s Political Influence Activities Under Xi Jinping.

*The title is a reference to the fact that President Xi named three “magic weapons” of Chinese Communist Party power – the People’s Liberation Army, the party’s program to strengthen and build itself, and the party’s United Front Work Department that covertly spreads party influence through the overseas Chinese diaspora and elements of Chinese culture and business.

*This is the same Chinese Communist Party agenda that the Turnbull government sought to address with its foreign influence laws, which are just now about to take full effect.

China has changed under President Xi Jinping.
China has changed under President Xi Jinping.CREDIT:MARK CRISTINO

 

*The power of Brady’s work is that she meticulously reads original Chinese documents in the original Mandarin. It is her own “secret weapon”.

Australia’s John Garnaut, a Mandarin-speaking former Beijing correspondent for this newspaper, says: “Professor Brady is a first-rate scholar who has led the global conversation and almost single-handedly woken up NZ.”

*The chair of the Australian Parliament’s security and intelligence committee, Andrew Hastie, says that after listening to her evidence and other conversations, “it appears that she’s a target of interest for the Chinese Communist Party or apparatchiks of the Chinese state as a way of silencing her and intimidating her.”

 

Illustration: Andrew Dyson
Illustration: Andrew Dyson

 

*Unfortunately for Brady, her country’s government is more interested in appeasing China’s rulers than protecting her, or protecting NZ’s democratic freedoms.

*”It’s very clear,” says Brady, “that my country’s government wants this story to go away. The Chinese Ministry of State Security operates in our societies unhindered and our governments just watch. It’s happening in Australia, too.”

John Garnaut, who was commissioned by Malcolm Turnbull to write the classified report that informed his government’s foreign interference laws, confirms: “It would be naive and also reckless to assume that similar activities are not happening here.”

In the meantime Brady and her family are left to defend themselves. “It’s an uneven contest,” she says. “we are just an ordinary family facing down the Chinese Communist Party.” She is continuing her work regardless: “I haven’t changed. China’s changed.”

 

Illustration: Dionne Gain

 

Peter Hartcher is international editor.

 

Peter Hartcher is Political Editor and International Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

 

SOURCE:  https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/no-longer-safe-researcher-harassed-by-china-in-her-own-country-20190128-p50u1n.html

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URBANISATION MAKING AUSTRALIANS MORE VULNERABLE TO PANDEMICS!

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON THIS POPULATION PONZI SCAM!

FOR years we have been fed the developer lobby SPIN of transforming Sydney suburbia to fill the coffers of developers … storey upon storey for

-transport hubs to become secondary CBDs

-with towers 30, or 40 storeys … (and higher)

-that apartment living was the preferred option particularly in Asia … cough … cough …

-with access to services, security and value-for-money the drawcards

-the cost of a family home $400,000 more than an apartment

BUT what of the strata levy, lift levy, cost of the inadequate sinking fund?

AND … Infrastructure of Hospitals cannot catch up … not only a lot of deaths from Pandemics but from people who need a hospital bed and can’t get one!

CAAN:  Not only has this Ponzi Scheme robbed a Whole Cohort of Australians of quality affordable shelter but NOW there are major health risks!

PULL THE PLUG ON THEIR GREED!

 

Economists attack Coalition’s pensioner pork

 

 

 

 

Urbanisation making us more vulnerable to pandemics

Researchers found that a simulated influenza pandemic infected more people more quickly in 2016 than 2006. This image is day 46 of the simulation.
Researchers found that a simulated influenza pandemic infected more people more quickly in 2016 than 2006. This image is day 46 of the simulation.

 

Forget congestion and unaffordable housing, increased urbanisation has a less expected downside: it makes Australia more vulnerable to pandemics.

Concentration of our populations in major cities and increased international air travel are creating conditions ripe for pandemics to spread faster and infect more people, according to new research from the University of Sydney.

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University of Sydney research shows the Australian population has an impact on the spread of a potential flu pandemic.

Combining population demographic data from 2006, 2011 and 2016 with characteristics of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which caused the deaths of 191 Australians, researchers used computer models to predict how an influenza pandemic would spread in Australia in those three years.

 

In the simulation, a contagion starts at major airports, brought into the country by international travellers. It spreads into the surrounding areas, then to other households and neighbourhoods through work and school networks.

Air travel and Australians’ growing propensity to live near airports are increasing our population’s susceptibility to contagions, which has a significant impact on our health services, crisis response and pandemic preparedness,” said Professor Mikhail Prokopenko, director of the University of Sydney Complex Systems Research Group and one of the study’s researchers.

According to Professor Prokopenko, this is the first Australian research into infection that simulates movement and interactions on an individual level rather than modelling the population on average.

It calculates the likelihood of households and neighbourhoods being infected according to features such as age, sex, employment status and household size and composition.

For example, households with more elderly occupants would have a higher chance of spreading the contagion.

The way pandemics are likely to spread has also changed, according to the study.

The 2006 simulation spreads in two waves, first concentrating in major cities before spreading out to the rest of the country. Later simulations hit more parts of Australia at the same time.

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University of Sydney has put together a model of how the flu could spread in Melbourne based upon population figures in 2006, 2011 and 2016.

 

More than 90 per cent of Australia’s population lives in urban areas, with half the country’s population located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The more people living and working in closer contact, the faster the spread of infectious diseases, research shows.

Australians may feel relatively protected because of our geographic isolation, but our increasing rate of international air travel means the chances of infectious diseases being brought into the country are higher.

Smaller capitals and regional cities are also increasingly exposed to international air travel.

“You have airports getting a lot more traffic – in Adelaide, the Gold Coast, places that weren’t historically connected to the international air network,” lead researcher Dr Cameron Zachreson said.

The Gold Coast increased its incoming air traffic fivefold between 2006 and 2016, from 285 flights to 1435.

Under the modelling, Melbourne’s west is slower to be infected than the rest of the state in 2016. Dr Zachreson says the data indicates that the economy is becoming more insular there, with more people working locally.

“Although once it takes off there, it spreads just as quickly internally as any other place,” he says.

Melbourne’s west is the fastest-growing region in Victoria.

Professor Prokopenko says the shortening gap between outbreaks hitting major cities and other areas is worrying. Currently, rural hospitals unable to handle disease outbreaks often send patients to central hospitals.

“But if the gaps between the two peaks is shortening, this idea of sending people back to hospitals in major cities may not work,” he said.

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Equally concerning for the researchers are the implications that the time health professionals have to detect and implement mitigation measures will be shorter, and that more people will need hospital care at the same time.

Dr Zachreson believes Australia needs to increase hospitals’ capacity until they are routinely operating at under 85 per cent full capability, as proposed by the Australian Medical Association, to give health services the ability to cope with pandemic emergencies.

“If anything serious happens, there will be a nation-level hospital clog and you will not have enough hospital beds,” he says.

“A lot of the deaths we could prevent would not even be ones associated with influenza, they’d be associated with people who need a hospital bed and can’t get one.”

Yan is a reporter for The Age.

POPULATION PONZI DESTROYS OUR DEFENCE AGAINST PANDEMICS

WITH THE GROWTH OF BILLIONAIRES IN AUSTRALIA … predominantly Property Titans who reside in Harborside Mansions  …

AUSTRALIANS are now having to deal with even more consequences of their Ponzi Scheme … PANDEMICS … 

CURRENTLY Measles outbreaks are already happening.

“A big risk because the immunization schedule does not inoculate infants until they are 12 months old, but many infants are in day care from 6 months onwards due to financial pressures in our society. (from big mortgages, high rents and LNP privatised utilities)

KEY POINTS …

concentration of our populations in major cities

increased international air travel (real estate tours)

-creating conditions ripe for pandemics to spread faster impacting more people

airports heavily trafficked from international tourism; particularly from China and India where the bulk of immigrants come from

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Travellers are seen queueing Overseas Arrivals and Departures at Sydney's International Airport in Sydney on 17/12/18,

Photo SBS:   Travellers queueing at Sydney International Airport: December 2018

Population ponzi destroys pandemic defence

 

It’s the economic model that keeps on giving, via Domain:

Concentration of our populations in major cities and increased international air travel are creating conditions ripe for pandemics to spread faster and infect more people, according to new research from the University of Sydney.

…“You have airports getting a lot more traffic – in Adelaide, the Gold Coast, places that weren’t historically connected to the international air network,” lead researcher Dr Cameron Zachreson said.

Dr Zachreson believes Australia needs to increase hospitals’ capacity until they are routinely operating at under 85 per cent full capability, as proposed by the Australian Medical Association, to give health services the ability to cope with pandemic emergencies.

Good one Dr Zach. As Infrastructure Australia has modeled, under every single build-out scenario for hospitals access falls materially:

 

More sick, more dead. Go ponzi.

 

Researchers found that a simulated influenza pandemic infected more people more quickly in 2016 than 2006. This image is day 46 of the simulation.

Photo:  Researchers found that a simulated influenza pandemic infected more people more quickly in 2016 than 2006. This image is day 46 of the simulation.

 

CAAN selected these comments!

  1. Back in the 90s cities like Adelaide and the Gold Coast were at least two or three flights from the petri-dish of southern China. Now these places have multiple non-stop flights from cities in southern China every week. In the 90s it would have been Guangzhou – Hong Kong – Sydney/Melbourne – Adelaide, now it’s straight in.

    I’ve made this point with infectious diseases specialists here in Australia. Add to that the fact that the Chinese won’t announce to the world any medical problems until there’s people dying outside of China. In fact they won’t announce anything – it will take the WHO and other authorities to try to piece together just where the pathogen came from and who/where was the index patient (“patient zero”) while the Chinese authorities will deny everything and prevent access until some brave whistle-blowing doctor will announce the truth that hundreds have already died in China (just like SARS). For his troubles he’ll get disappeared (just like SARS)

    The next SARS will probably make its arrival to humanity known in some hospital in Australia, by which time thousands will have been exposed to it.

    Be ready.

  2. A case of measles.
    Photo:  A case of Measles:  https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/measles-alert-child-visited-chatswood-north-sydney-while-infectious-20190103-p50pdl.htmlMeasles outbreaks already happening. A big risk because the immunization schedule does not inoculate infants until they are 12 months old, but many infants are in day care from 6 months onwards due to financial pressures in our society.

    Measles can be very serious for infants, leading to brain damage or death in some cases.

    Nearly all the recent cases involved international travel.

    Spend 2 minutes scanning the background for the cases and you quickly get the picture:

    https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/measles-alert-january.aspx

  3. I have an even more depressing observation which has been related to me not long ago by a health policy professional from Canberra. This is not intended to be racially charged but is primarily an observation about the public health policies of Australia and its major sources of new immigrants and visitors.Australia has had a long policy of trying to prevent major diseases from coming to Australia – hence the quarantine arrangements which still exist.The nations which currently provide the bulk of our immigrants (China and India) and a very large component of our visitors do not attempt to quarantine anything, which is quite logical in their situation – they are both major population bases with primarily land borders, and on the Eurasian continent in which birds in particular can carry viruses a long long way.

    More importantly they are both societies in which it is quite common for people to be living in very close proximity to animals – particularly pigs, monkeys, chickens (birds), rats and animals which it is known that human affecting pathogens and viruses can exist in alongside affecting humans, or exist within for long periods without affecting humans and mutate within.

    For this reason the primary public health focus for many disease controls in those nations (and it is worth noting that there has been a far greater effort in China than in India for many) is on increasing community resistance to the disease or virus.

    This is not to say one approach is right and the other wrong – they are both right for the societies involved, but that the effect of taking large migrant and visitor numbers can, in the circumstances of a pandemic, mean that where Australia will attempt to start scanning passengers in planes and getting footwear dunked in disinfectant and whatnot, whereas health officials in those nations will have a primary focus on business as usual and a far greater tolerance for allowing movement (including to Australia) and that this can mean that viruses and infections which Australia is responding to may already be dormant or undetected within Australia.

    As has happened, in one instance about 4 years ago which is still being studied, an individual who passed into Australia (and two sets of passport control/customs) presented at a community medical centre in the burbs of Sydney within days of arriving resulted in others at the medical centre at the same time becoming infected (it was air/droplet borne).

    That isnt to say that we ban visitors or migrants, when a pandemic (particularly of the evolving H1 influenza types) but that there may be scope for a little more effective forward alertness and harmonisation.

     

    SOURCE:  https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/01/population-ponzi-destroys-pandemic-defence/

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Australia’s Billionaires Pocketed $100M a Day Last Year

Australia has a record number of billionaires, jumping from 33 to 43 last year … where have they come from?

 

-with a corresponding wealth increase of $36 billion

-worldwide the number of billionaires has almost doubled since the GFC!

-yet they and corporations are paying lower rates of tax than they have in decades

-the Oxfam Report suggests Federal Government introduce tougher Tax Laws

.a third of Australian companies paid zero into the public coffers over four consecutive years

 

Australia’s Billionaires Earned $100m a Day Last Year

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Australia has a record number of billionaires, jumping from 33 to 43 last year, and they raked in a collective $100 million each day in 2018.

 

The latest research paper by Oxfam Australia says these figures reflect a total increase of $36 billion in the wealth of 43 people.

“Australia is among the wealthiest nations in the world, yet the pervasive gap between the haves and the have-nots persists,” Oxfam Australia chief executive Helen Szoke said.

Inequality continues to climb in Australia and around the globe.

The global Oxfam report claims that billionaires now number a record 2,208 worldwide. And they’re growing $2.5 billion richer every day.

“The number of billionaires has almost doubled since the financial crisis, with a new billionaire created every two days between 2017 and 2018, yet wealthy individuals and corporations are paying lower rates of tax than they have in decades,” the report said.

Related: Indigenous Urban Design: ‘Not Just a Moral Choice but a Profitable One’

The number of Australian billionaires increased by a record number again last year, from 33 to 43, with a corresponding wealth increase of $36 billion, Oxfam said this is the equivalent to $100 million a day.

The number of Australian billionaires increased by a record number again last year, from 33 to 43, with a corresponding wealth increase of $36 billion, Oxfam said this is the equivalent to $100 million a day.
The latest Oxfam paper, which was released as political and business leaders gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, examines the growing gap between the rich and the rest. 

Australia’s top 1 per cent of the population continued to own more wealth than the bottom 70 per cent combined.

The report also said that the most disadvantaged, including many of Australia’s First Peoples remain trapped in an entrenched cycle of poverty.

“This inequality simply cannot, and does not need to, continue,” Dr Szoke said.

“The wealth of Australia’s 43 billionaires, who are mostly men, climbed to almost $160 billion in total – and the $36 billion wealth increase of this privileged group in one year alone is enough to fund about half of the Australian government’s total health budget this financial year.

“At the same time, the wealth of the bottom half of our community has not changed and ordinary workers’ wage growth has remained stagnant.”

Australian women continue to face economic disadvantage, earning 85 cents for every dollar earned by men and dealt a gender pay gap that continues to favour men in every single industry, highlights the report.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples also fell into the group that is being left behind, an ongoing issue Szoke describes as “shameful records”.

“The yawning gap between health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia, who face a devastating infant mortality rate that is double that of non-Indigenous women, and even worse in remote areas, is a symptom of this stark inequality,” Dr Szoke said.

To address rising inequality the report suggests federal government introduce tougher tax laws.

“Tax laws that require large Australian companies – a third of which paid zero into the public coffers over four consecutive years – to publicly report on their tax affairs by country,” Dr Szoke said.

 

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DEVE-LOPERS … of FAULTY TOWERS … And Having Ridden Roughshod Over Communities … with Rezoning for High-Rise, Fugly Fortresses and Flats … Workplace injuries and More!

DEVELOPERS …  Of Faulty Towers … Others that have Ridden Roughshod over Communities and their Rights!  With rezoning for High-rise Precincts, Fugly Fortresses and Flats in the midst of low-rise suburbs, Workplace Injuries and More!

All due to very poooor legislation!

This List will evolve further over time!

It follows in alphabetical order of the name of the Developer or Builder.

We hope to provide a ready reckoner, a good reference point for Australian First Home Buyers on what to watch out for!

BJ METROP PTY LTD:  BUILDER

16-30 Bunn Street, Pyrmont, Sydney

In 2009, the City of Sydney issued a rectification order for a 40-unit apartment block in Pyrmont, ordering residents out while the 2001 building was brought into compliance with fire safety requirements. …

The original builder, BJ Metro Pty Ltd, was deregistered in 2008 and its principals could not be found by a lawyer working for residents. All works were finally completed in 2015, a city spokesman said.

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BROOKFIELD MULTIPLEX

This Developer is included in “What are Australia’s Other Defective Towers Aside from Sydney’s Opal Tower?”

 Chelsea tower, 10-18 Railway Street, Chatswood, Sydney

Residents of the 22-storey tower built in 1998 sued builder Brookfield Multiplex for about $10 million a decade after completion for defects in the building including defective external rendercorroding metal cowlings on fire services shutters and a spa on level 1 that leaked into the function rooms.

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CEEROSE

For their developments at Alexandria and Pyrmont, The Harbour Mill

 

Ceerose Pty Ltd & DSF Constructions Pty Ltd Fined after Workplace Fatality

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Developer Ceerose Fined $300,000 Over Worker’s Spinal Injuries

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March 2017: Sydney Couple Paid $450K for Mould-Infested Flat

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/sydney-couple-paid-450k-for-mould-infested-flat/

And the “Harbour Mill” Development at Pyrmont A Beacon for Residential Development in Sydney
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IS There a Handbook, a Ready Reckoner to Alert APARTMENT BUYERS of what may lay ahead of them?

 

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Photo:  Foyer at The Harbour Mill flooded!

 

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Ceerose Transformation Of A Sydney Icon – Harbour Mill Complete

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COUNTRY GARDEN

“Ryde Garden” the experiment that led to HIGH-RISE PRECINCT overdevelopment across Sydney.

Chinese Property Developers turn to Liberal Lobbyists amid ICAC Storm

Despite the NSW LNP having passed the Lobbying of Government Officials Act in 2011, never before has Sydney seen so much overdevelopment … in fact with the Planning Law changes from 2012/13 to date throughout the terms of the O’Farrell, Baird and Berejiklian Governments Sydney has been trashed beginning with the NSW LNP Experiment … its first Precinct, that has become a blight on the village of North Ryde and surrounds … the North Ryde Station Precinct with Country Garden’s “Ryde Garden” dominating the site with its three towers …

It would seem that an independent investigation should extend beyond Mr Maguire’s dealings with property developers … to delve into that of other NSW LNP MPs, their politicised bureaucrats and all lobbyists during the terms of the LNP since 2011

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CAAN Photo:  Country Garden “Ryde Garden” one of three towers; the LNP NSW Government experiment with community consultation whereby a group of residents was picked and sworn to secrecy … that was the consultation process … when the wider community learnt of this precinct it was already fait accompli!

This set the “Precinct” developments in train; a blight on what was Beautiful Sydney …

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DEICORP

NOVEMBER 2015 DEICORP The Developer of Redfern’s Block being Sued for allegedly Shoddy Work in Another Project

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December 2015 … A Resident of ‘Star Printery’’ By Deicorp at Erskineville Ordered to Leave by Her Doctor!

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‘None of this is right’: Development plans spark fury at THE BLOCK

From a multi-tower development up to 16-storeys for 500 university students with a mere affordable housing for 62 Aboriginal families on Aboriginal land to escalate to 24-storey high towers to accommodate an additional 100 students … does not seem to add up, does it?

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How the LNP & Developer Mates have Depleted Western Sydney 2011 – 2018

Among them Deicorp …

Sydney-based developer Deicorp recently received approval for its $700m ‘Highline Westmead’ project comprising of 900 apartments over 10 buildings.

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ECOVE

The Urban Developer:  The Opal Tower:  What we Know so Far!

Key Points …

-independent experts investigating the cracked tower have recommended all residents remain in temporary accommodation

-the Opal Tower, part of the Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030 which is considered a State Significant site did not require council approval

-the worst of the damage was found on levels 10 and 4 with levels 3, 9, 16 and 26, and basement level 3 subject to investigation and potential structural damage

-structural failings had resulted above and below the “garden slots” – recesses in the facade where precast concrete panels joined structural columns

bracing has since been installed as a “precautionary measure” to prop up damaged areas

-NSW Government appointed engineers revealed concrete panels cracked due to their manufacture and assembly deviating from the original design

-and have questioned the location of reinforcing steel, a cut or incomplete steel bar in the area and overhanging precast panels

*-the engineers have outlined some matters which should be checked before residents are allowed to move back in

compelling evidence indicating that the wrong size reinforcing bars were placed in this area during manufacture of this particular panel – 20mm diameter bars were used instead of 28mm diameter bars

IN CONCLUSION …. contrary to the Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean quickly announcing a crackdown on rogue certifiers in an attempt to address the public’s concern about the state’s building certification process …there is no evidence that building certifiers have any link to Opal’s cracked concrete panels it is important to remember certifiers play no role in assessing structural integrity.

CAAN:  Remember … the “Deve-loper” has control, and holds the purse strings … all professionals, trades, suppliers and labour all work for the Developer!

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Photo:  The Urban Developer:  The Opal Tower Sydney Olympic Park Sydney

View CAAN Website for more about the Opal Tower, Ecove, Icon the Builder etc.

 

GREENLAND

Chinese Developers here to Stay, Unperturbed by Government Measures to Cool Foreign Buying

The Greenland Centre Sydney, which is due for completion in 2020, will be the tallest residential tower in the harbour city, sitting at 235 metres high or 67 floors.

The Greenland Centre Sydney, which is due for completion in 2020, will be the tallest residential tower in the harbour city, sitting at 235 metres high or 67 floors. Photo: Anna Anderson

WHAT THIS MEANS …
Both companies will proceed undeterred because the Sydney population is still growing through not only high immigration but VISA Manipulation – view our Website to find out more about gaining “permanent residency”.
It appears these two companies and other big developers have it all stitched up with new developers blocked from entering the Sydney market.Other countries are competing for their business but Australia remains a strategic investment destination … “One Belt One Road” and the “Silent Invasion” The May 2017 FIRB Budget Reg restricting the sell-off overseas to 50% is easily worked around through the Proxy Buyer. The restriction only applies to projects of 50 dwellings or more …

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CHINA’s largest Government State-backed Real Estate group is the developer of “Lachlan’s Line” Master Planned Community, a massive gated estate on the corner of Epping Road, Delhi Road and the M2, NORTH RYDE.

 

 

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CAAN Photo:  View of Lachlan’s Line from the corner of Epping Road and Delhi Road, North Ryde/Macquarie Park

 

Members of Ryde area community and environment groups including Engineering Professionals opposed this Greenland development sadly to no avail over a number of years!

This “bridge” is being built at a cost of $40 MILLION to connect the 5000 “new residents” of its 2700 dwellings in Lachlan’s Line to the North Ryde Station.

Its construction was opposed by Ryde Council and the local community because it threatens the Ironbark forest which has Ryde Council’s highest environmental protection.

It does not connect to the North Ryde village therefore it is of no benefit to the Incumbents, the original community! 

 

The steel used to create the bridge will be sourced and manufactured entirely in Australia.

 

UrbanGrowth NSW is the site master-plan developer behind Lachlan’s Line, and has been undergoing the required civil infrastructure, parks, roads, public art and play areas costing $150 MILLION.

Where were the $190 MILLION funds sourced? From NSW Revenue? From the NSW Sellergate Government?

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HICKORY GROUP – BUILDER

Builder Hickory Group put subsidiary H Buildings into voluntary administration in August last year, just days before it was due to face a $13 million tribunal claim to replace the combustible cladding on four residential buildings.

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LU SIMON – BUILDER

 Lacrosse Tower, 673 La Trobe St, Docklands, Melbourne

The Australian symbol of the combustible cladding crisis due a potentially catastrophic fire that raced up one side of the building in the early hours of 25 November 2014.

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MERITON

World Tower and other Sydney CBD towers

Apartment developer Meriton counter-sued World Tower’s owners when they claimed for defects against the developer between 2011 and 2013.

Defects included  flooding problems caused by shoddy work, malfunctioning lifts that frequently trapped residents, faulty fire systems, and defective swipe-card systems that locked residents out of the building.

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Meriton Towers Proposal Rejected by Ryde Council … What has it got to do with Urban Taskforce?

The City of Ryde has called on the NSW government to support its recommendation to refuse Meriton’s development proposal for 112 Talavera Road in Macquarie Park, citing community concerns about the proposal as well as the impact on overdevelopment in the region. 

Ryde has had a brief reprieve from the Medium-Density Housing Code of the Manor House … blocks of flats up to July 2019 (if the LNP returns) with the LGA annihilated by High-rise Precincts of North Ryde, Macquarie Park, Top Ryde, Meadowbank, and more high-rise developments in Gladesville, along Lane Cove Road …

Harry’s developments are described as: “It’s pretty awful stuff,” one former NSW premier told The Power Index, “with wind tunnels, dark corners and pocket-sized open space [citing a recent South Sydney development], but Harry alleges he builds what people want to buy, which is small apartments.

“Give the people what they want. … I’ve tried all my life to make housing affordable. The more affordable the house, the more money I make.”

How high can a fire hose shoot vertically?

 Between 75 feet and 100 feet straight up, depending on water pressure.  

 In practice, though, firefighters on the ground rarely attempt to reach higher than 40 feet with hoses. … The general rule of thumb is that ladder-and-hose setups are only effective up to about the 10th floor!! *

Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale said more than 400 submissions were received against the large scale development.

CAAN:  That is a hell of a lot of submissions bearing in mind Constituents have been writing this stuff since 2011/12 … allegedly to have their say with NSW INC …

The Urban Developer:  Meriton, Australia’s largest apartment developer founded by Harry Triguboff, initially sought to increase the building height to 63-storeys but this was lowered to 42-storeys following community concerns about the project’s height.

 

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MIRVAC

This is Marrickville, Not Mirvac-Ville: Sydney Councils take back Planning Powers!

A controversial plan to build thousands of apartments on industrial land in Marrickville may still proceed despite the NSW government announcing it will hand planning powers along the Bankstown rail line to local councils.

BECAUSE MIRVAC proposes to continue to revise its plans over many months;  to take a long view!

The Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, met with the mayors of the Inner West Council and the City of Canterbury Bankstown last week, and committed to allowing the councils to lead the planning for changing land uses along the rail corridor. …

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Doctor Warns of West Pennant Hills Mirvac Development Impacts

Dr Wansbrough … is not wrong … our forests, bushlands, flora and fauna are vital for our well being.  We have so little, a mere remnant remains of our Blue Gum High Forest.

Mirvac is proposing R4 high density residential zoning over virtually the whole site, including almost 10 hectares of remnant Blue Gum High Forest.

Residents have been opposing redevelopment for higher density of the IBM Site for years …

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Mirvac Launches Build-to-Rent with First Investor, Clean Energy Finance Corp

The developer lobby pulled off the biggest STING ever with the 100% sell-off of “new homes” to foreign buyers locking out Australian First Home Buyers … not only were they outbid, but with the overseas buyers lured by “Permanent Residency” following investment in education or our Real Estate the sell-off escalated …

Thus overseas buyers appear to be gaining ownership of once where Australians lived!

In response MIRVAC circulates the mythology … that renting has become “a lifestyle”… a choice for a much wider group of people … who want to be closer to work …

 That build-to-rent can provide renters with:

-better choice
-better quality
-better security of tenure

DOES it seem like this COHORT have “all bases covered”?

WHERE are the guarantees of affordable housing, security of tenure for Australians?

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PAYCE

The Dark Side of ‘Luxury Apartments’ with Mould, Water Leaks, Disconnected Fire Protection … And Court Battles

BACKGROUND BRIEFING:  John’s apartment complex, called Palermo, was finished in 2007. The owners found fire safety issues with the building soon after they moved in, and later, in 2015, the building sprang some serious leaks.  ….  almost three years after the owners commenced legal action, the developer, Payce Properties, announced that it was being placed into administration.

The parent company, Payce Consolidated, is still trading, and has plans to roll out more than 7,000 more apartments in the next five years.

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Defective Apartments … 85% Of ‘Em … Nightmare Build

The owners at Palermo (Developer:  Payce) were to discover that the building company Southern Cross Constructions had slipped into insolvency administration. They decided to pursue the developer, Payce Properties.

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Palermo, Baywater and Savona Drive, Hill Road and Nuvolari Place, Wentworth Point, Sydney

Owners at private developer Payce Consolidated’s Wentworth Point apartment complex Palermo in Sydney’s west – a complex with 245 units across four buildings – suffered defects including fire safety issues and water leaks after it was completed in 2007.

Palermo, Baywater and Savona Drive, Hill Road and Nuvolari Place, Wentworth Point, Sydney

Owners at private developer Payce Consolidated’s Wentworth Point apartment complex Palermo in Sydney’s west – a complex with 245 units across four buildings – suffered defects including fire safety issues and water leaks after it was completed in 2007.

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Parramatta Council Lacking in Notification and Consultation on the former Putt Putt/Melrose Park 3 X Site Redevelopment

 

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CAAN Photo:  Payce:  Melrose Park: Promoted as ‘The New Heart of Sydney’

 

The former mini golf site which provided entertainment for children has been lost to 5000 apartments to be built at the 30-hectare Melrose Park residential hub under a plan to build more housing and infrastructure close to proposed transport routes in Sydney’s west.

Ryde mayor Jerome Laxale says the influx of new residents will further strain the area’s services and infrastructure and his council has not been adequately consulted.

“City of Ryde residents and this council have made numerous representations to relevant planning authorities in relation to the size and scale of developments proposed, and approved, in the Melrose Park area and the impact these will have on local traffic and amenity,” Cr Laxale said in a mayoral minute at a council meeting.

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RAAD GROUP also known as Lansari.

Centenary Park, 81-86 Courallie Street, Homebush West, Sydney

One of the largest stratas in the country, with about 1000 units, Centenary Park is a sprawling gated community also situated in Sydney’s west, next to the Sydney Flemington Markets.

NSW Fair Trading issued the developer with a series of orders to fix gas water heaters, cracked tiles and facades and collapsing stairs between April and June 2017 with a deadline for compliance in August 2017.

*It acquired the site adjoining a former quarry pit from Telmet Ventures, whose directors are also Payce’s chairman Brian Boyd and his brother Garry.

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MIRVAC LAUNCHES BUILD-TO-RENT WITH FIRST INVESTOR, CLEAN ENERGY FINANCE CORP

 

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MIRVAC LAUNCHES BUILD-TO-RENT WITH FIRST INVESTOR, CLEAN ENERGY FINANCE CORP

ALERT!

The developer lobby pulled off the biggest STING ever with the 100% sell-off of “new homes” to foreign buyers locking out Australian First Home Buyers … not only were they outbid, but with the overseas buyers lured by “Permanent Residency” following investment in education or our Real Estate the sell-off escalated …

Thus overseas buyers appear to be gaining ownership of once where Australians lived!

In response MIRVAC circulates the mythology … that renting has become “a lifestyle” … a choice for a much wider group of people … who want to be closer to work …

That build-to-rent can provide renters with:

-better choice
-better quality
-better security of tenure

DOES it seem like this COHORT have “all bases covered”?

WHERE are the guarantees of affordable housing, security of tenure for Australians?

 

Mirvac launches build-to-rent with first investor, Clean Energy Finance Corp

It’s a slam dunk for Mirvac CEO Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, as she revolutionises housing in Australia. Eamon Gallagher

by Su-Lin Tan

ASX-listed diversified group Mirvac has launched its build-to-rent residential club securing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) as its first investor and kicking off the build-to-rent sector in Australia.

Just under a year ago Mirvac started looking into the sector, with plans to round up investors to put up a pool of funds to build apartments for rent similar to the multifamily housing concept in the US and Europe, where institutional investors hold large amounts of homes for long-term rental.

With fair yields notoriously difficult to achieve in Australia given the high costs of production and taxes, Mirvac pitched a 4.5 per cent yield to potential investors as it sought institutional interests with investment bank UBS, sole advisers and managers to Mirvac in the establishment of the club.

As the first mass-scale developer to take the concept to fruition, Mirvac has now secured CEFC for a 30 per cent interest in the club, of which the seed asset will be the new-build apartment building “Indigo” at Mirvac’s Pavilions housing project at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney.

Renders of “Indigo” apartment building at Mirvac’s Pavilions project which will be the first mass-scale build-to-rent or multifamily project in Australia. GRIMSHAW ARCHITECTS

With Indigo, the first purpose-built build-to-rent asset for Mirvac, the developer has out-raced other players such as US-based multifamily group Greystar and Macquarie Capital to take the first leap into the sector seen by the industry as difficult to achieve in Australia.

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“Renting has become a lifestyle choice for a much wider group of people who want to be closer to work and other lifestyle services and amenity. We believe build-to-rent can provide renters with better choice, better quality and better security of tenure,” Mirvac chief executive Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz said.

“Build-to-rent makes good business sense for Mirvac, by providing us with a new asset class and a secure revenue stream, as well as presenting us with a new and growing customer base. We are excited to drive the establishment of the build-to-rent sector in Australia, for which we see enormous potential over time.”

Sustainable and green

Like all traditional build-to-rent products, Indigo will have dedicated onsite leasing and management, high-quality amenities and a resident program. Mirvac, as opposed to real estate agents, will act as the development, investment and property manager.

Renders of “Indigo” apartment building at Mirvac’s Pavilions project which will be the first mass-scale build-to-rent or multifamily project in Australia. Supplied

Showing foresight in the future of housing where much of it will be dominated by tenants, according to research by Knight Frank and YouGov that shows half of tenants are willing tenants, and many are renting due to the unaffordability of home ownership in Sydney and Melbourne, Mirvac plans to grow the club and discussions with additional club investors are ongoing.

CEFC’s involvement means future homes built by the club will be sustainable and green.

“Indigo” will be designed to achieve a minimum of 40 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than a typical apartment building. Other features will include upgraded glazing to improve the building’s thermal performance, LED lighting throughout, energy-efficient appliances, solar PV, and water efficient taps, toilets and showers.

“Our investment in the club is about giving tenants the same access to clean energy technologies as home owners. It’s an immediate way to lower tenant energy costs, as well as tackle greenhouse gas emissions in Australia’s rental housing portfolio,” CEFC chief executive Ian Learmonth said.

“With almost one third of Australians now in the long-term residential rental market, it’s critical that developers and owners incorporate innovative sustainable design measures from the early planning stage.”

CEFC has already partnered with Mirvac on other projects, contributing $90 million in debt finance towards three of Mirvac’s proposed masterplanned communities in Brisbane and Sydney.

Construction on Indigo has commenced, with completion expected in 2021.

Mirvac’s share price dropped 2¢ to close at $2.28 on Tuesday, higher than the year’s low of $2.01 in February.

 

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DOCTOR WARNS OF WEST PENNANT HILLS MIRVAC DEVELOPMENT IMPACTS

 

Dr Wansbrough … is not wrong … our forests, bushlands, flora and fauna are vital for our well being.  We have so little, a mere remnant remains of our Blue Gum High Forest.

Mirvac is proposing R4 high density residential zoning over virtually the whole site, including almost 10 hectares of remnant Blue Gum High Forest.

The photo here depicts development not unlike the Mirvac at Harold Park of townhomes/terraces contained within an apartment block.  The community of The Crescent and Glebe are not happy with the Harold Park redevelopment;  it is stark and out of character with the terraces and cottages of Glebe.

Residents have been opposing redevelopment for higher density of the IBM Site for years …

 

 

Doctor warns of West Pennant Hills Mirvac development impacts

Artist impression of the proposed development at 55 Coonara Ave, West Pennant Hills.

A DOCTOR who has objected to a Mirvac development at West Pennant Hills labelled it an amoral move to destroy forests and warned it was dangerous for the community’s mental health.

 

Dr Robert Wansbrough spoke about the 600-dwelling development planned for 55 Coonara Ave, West Pennant Hills at The Hills Shire council meeting last week. He said said living in such a development could exacerbate mental health problems, including the breakdown of relationships, cause depression and violence.

“When close to nature our heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormones decrease, plus our endorphins and good health hormones increase,” Dr Wansbrough said. “Physical, mental and social activities are more enjoyable and more beneficial when they are done in a natural environment rather than in the jungle of buildings, roads, cars, buses and trucks of suburbia.

“Our society has a high incidence of mental illness which is increasing exponentially due to the stresses and pressures of life in these times. Depression, memory loss and cognitive dysfunction can spiral into social isolation, violence and suicide.”

Artist impression of the proposed development at 55 Coonara Ave, West Pennant Hills.

 

Dr Wansbrough said time spent in a forest such as the one at Coonara Ave could delay or prevent the onset of memory loss and mental disorders.

“It is unconscionable and amoral to allow a forest to be destroyed for commercial exploitation,” he said.

“If our State politicians, bureaucrats and the Hills Shire Council allow the Mirvac development at 55 Coonara Ave, West Pennant Hills to proceed, they will have to be accountable for the harmful effects that replacing 20- plus hectares of native Australian forest with bricks, mortar and asphalt will have on residents.

“If this forest is lost, so will the immense therapeutic and preventive health benefits that this natural resource affords.”

Research by beyondblue said the benefits for people who visited green, open spaces was vast.

Mirvac residential development general manager Toby Long said Mirvac built developments that left a positive legacy. “We focus on the health and wellbeing of those living in and around the communities in which we operate,” he said. “In this case, our proposal maintains the existing natural remnant forests and includes public access to the forest areas and dedication of open space for public recreation.”

The proposed two-storey houses as part of Mirvac’s proposal for Coonara Ave, West Pennant Hills.

REPORT SAYS HOUSING WILL SEND FOREST UP THE CREEK

WEST Pennant Hills residents’ anxieties over the future of the valley are growing after the State Government released a plan that shows the environmental significance of the site.

Mirvac plans to develop the site at 55 Coonara Ave where forest now stands.

Protecting Your Suburban Environment spokeswoman Jan Primrose said over 270 residents had sent letters voicing their objection to the proposal to the Planning Department, ministers, the developers and Hills Shire council.

Mirvac is proposing the development of 600 high and medium-density houses at the former IBM site.

Ms Primrose said key issues such as the Darling Mills Creek corridor, which was on this site, being included in Sydney’s Green Grid Plan were ignored.

“While there’s a lot of areas in Sydney that are under pressure from Priority Precincts and the resultant overdevelopment, this development is extraordinarily inappropriate,’’ she said.

The Greater Sydney Commission recognised the significance of the Darling Mills Creek as an important waterway for its ecological function and for greening and cooling the urban landscapes of the district in its Draft West Central Plan, which was exhibited in March.

“Many of the problems inherent in this proposal cannot be resolved after a Gateway approval,” Ms Primrose said.

“The problems should have been resolved before council sent the proposal off to the state government for determination — the Planning Department must not approve this development in its current form.”

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Residents Infrastructure and Planning Alliance representative Justine Smillie said the Greater Sydney Commission has indicated that a precautionary approach be adopted when considering rezoning employment land.

“It is recognised by planning experts that access to employment near the home is a key element of livability,” she said.

“An alternate option for the site would be an education precinct, noting that the population of the area is forecast to increase by approximately 30 per cent over the next 20 years, there will be a need for additional schools and tertiary education facilities. Both the location and facilities of this site make it ideal for use as an integrated secondary and tertiary campus.”

Mirvac Residential Development general manager Toby Long said Mirvac is working to understand and preserve the ecological importance of the surrounding environment.

“We have done extensive ecological mapping of the site, including the Darling Mills Creek,” he said. “While the planning is still underway, our proposal preserves Darling Mills Creek and the site’s natural remnant forest.

“Our plans sit within the existing footprint of the IBM buildings and roads, and protects the existing Blue Gum High forest and Sydney Turpentine Ironbark forests.”

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THIS IS MARRICKVILLE, NOT MIRVAC-VILLE: Sydney Councils take back planning powers!

A controversial plan to build thousands of apartments on industrial land in Marrickville may still proceed despite the NSW government announcing it will hand planning powers along the Bankstown rail line to local councils.

BECAUSE MIRVAC proposes to continue to revise its plans over many months;  to take a long view!

The Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, met with the mayors of the Inner West Council and the City of Canterbury Bankstown last week, and committed to allowing the councils to lead the planning for changing land uses along the rail corridor.

 

 

 

‘This is Marrickville, not Mirvac-ville’: Sydney councils take back planning powers

 

A controversial plan to build thousands of apartments on industrial land in Marrickville may still proceed despite the NSW government announcing it will hand planning powers along the Bankstown rail line to local councils.

The Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, met with the mayors of the Inner West Council and the City of Canterbury Bankstown last week, and committed to allowing the councils to lead the planning for changing land uses along the rail corridor.

The Sydenham to Bankstown corridor.
The Sydenham to Bankstown corridor. CREDIT:NSW GOVERNMENT

However the decision to hand responsibility for strategic planning along the rail line, which is to be converted to a higher-frequency ‘metro’ rail service by 2024, was met with alarm by developer groups, who said it could jeopardise future housing supply.

The Labor Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne said the return of planning control to councils would derail property giant Mirvac’s rezoning proposal for apartment towers along Carrington Road, Marrickville, near the Cooks River.

 

“We’ve fought long and hard to put an end to developer-driven planning proposals in this corridor,
and today we are thrilled to take back control of planning for Sydenham, Marrickville and Dulwich
Hill,” Cr Byrne said.

An artist impression of the proposed development in Marrickville.
An artist impression of the proposed development in Marrickville. CREDIT:INNER WEST COUNCIL

 

However, Toby Long, Mirvac’s general manager for residential development in NSW, said the company would continue to revise its plans, which he said would deliver a “world-class precinct” with a range of public benefits.

“We are looking at many months of work ahead before the proposal will be ready, but we take a long view and we are prepared to take our time to get it right,” Mr Long said.

The councils will still have to plan to accommodate growing housing supply, but will initially do so through preparing new local environment plans.

Cr Byrne said:  “Our new plans will be developed by the community, not multinational developers, because this is Marrickville, not Mirvac-ville,” he said.

Mr Roberts said the state government “welcomes the opportunity” to let local councils lead the planning for the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor.

“I am confident that with your advice and involvement, we will successfully address the key concerns raised in relation to the revised strategy,” Mr Roberts said in a letter to Cr Byrne.

Khal Asfour, the mayor of the City of Canterbury Bankstown, said the handing back of planning powers was “clearly a win for our community”.

The decision follows Mr Roberts’ announcement last week that the state government was considering charging developers a levy to help pay for new infrastructure in Sydney’s inner west.

Chris Johnson from the developer group, the Urban Taskforce, said the government had been spooked by community concerns.

“With an election nine months away it is clear that the government is happy to put the planning for new housing on hold,” Mr Johnson said.

Viral Peppa Pig video highlights China’s deep social divide ahead of Chinese New Year

27 January 2019

 

 

A video promoting the children’s cartoon Peppa Pig has gone viral and become a flashpoint on Chinese social media, spurring millions of netizens to reflect on the divide between the country’s rural poor and its wealthier urban dwellers.

Key points:

  • Peppa Pig is back in China after being blocked for its “gangster reputation”
  • Viral video What’s Peppa? strikes at the heart of China’s social issues
  • It’s prompted debate about the gap between working migrants and the rural poor

 

An upcoming movie in honour of the Year of the Pig marks a triumphant return for the cutesy British cartoon after it was blocked on a popular Chinese streaming platform last year and labelled “gangster”.

Peppa Pig then became an unlikely counter-culture icon among adults, with some even going so far as getting inked with pink pig tattoos.

 

But director Zhang Dapeng’s five-minute promotional video What’s Peppa? has made a splash ahead of the release of the film Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year for a different reason, and has even moved some social media users to tears.

The video centres on a caring grandfather who has spent all his life in a village in rural China.

He asks his three-year-old grandson, who lives in a big city, what gift he wants for Chinese New Year — and his grandson responds: “Peppa”.

Perplexed, and cut off from the internet due to lagging development in rural areas, the elderly man consults a dictionary before going from door to door trying to figure out what “Peppa” is.

Eventually, a woman who worked as a nanny in Beijing explains that Peppa is a cartoon pig; the grandfather then crafts a gift for his grandson from a piece of scrap metal, painted pink.

Rapid urbanisation leaving people behind

 

The producer of the movie from Alibaba Pictures, Yan Lu, said the company wanted to use the promotional video as “a cute way to remind people” there were both elderly people and young children left behind in China’s rapid development, according to state media outlet the Beijing Evening Post.

The video sparked a flurry of comments on Weibo, China’s Facebook, questioning the use of a “foreign pig” to celebrate a Chinese holiday while revealing some deeply-rooted social divides.

 

“Although it’s just a trailer, there are so many sad stories in our real life like this,” one netizen commented.

That sentiment was echoed by social commentator Yiming Liu, who told the ABC the grandfather’s tale hit a sore spot.

“The story reflected a bunch of social problems, including the one-child policy, rural-urban migration, and discrimination between urban and rural residents,” Mr Liu said.

China’s rapid urbanisation over the past 40 years saw the world’s biggest flow of migration from rural areas to urban centres.

According to the World Bank, China’s rural population dropped dramatically from 84 per cent in 1960 to 42 per cent in 2017.

Young men and women moved to the cities seeking out new opportunities, while their elderly parents — nearly 50 million people — were left behind.

 

Mr Liu said the social benefits from China’s growth often failed to reach migrant workers in cities, who could not access welfare outside their home towns.

“Basically the majority of wealth is owned by high-level government officials and business owners, but the majority of the society has only owned a tiny part of it,” he said.

 

In China, a city is tiered based on its economic development and population, prompting many to move to first or second-tier cities.

But Mr Liu said the imbalance of development between different areas caused a huge geographical discrimination issue.

Residents of big cities are entitled to much better welfare systems and the benefit of development, that’s why they have privileges,” Mr Liu said.

Those who had earned more money by moving to bigger cities were more highly regarded — and felt superior to their rural peers — when they returned home, he added.

The demise of China’s family values

 

In a culture where respect for parents and grandparents is paramount, China’s older generation often regard having children as a way to ensure they are looked after in their old age.

However, the geographical distances between families due to internal migration have led to a shift in China’s traditional family values.

China’s demographics, in part due to the former one-child policy, have also had an impact.

 

Associate professor at the University of New South Wales’ Social Policy Research Centre, Xiaoyuan Shang, told the ABC China was expecting an upcoming crisis in the face of its growing aging population.

Dr Shang said this was the consequence of unfair policy, as children working in cities were often unable to care for their ageing parents in rural areas.

“They don’t even have commercial or state-owned aged care facilities, and they bear the heaviest social costs as a result of the country’s unfair system,” Dr Shang said.

But it’s not only the elderly who are “left behind” — the next generation is also affected.

According to China’s official statistics, nearly 100 million children under the age of 14 remained in rural areas while their parents worked in cities.

One-third of the children didn’t grow up with their parents, [so] the traditional value of family has disintegrated,” Dr Shang said.

Dr Shang said the What’s Peppa trailer had gone viral because it aroused people’s sense of family.

Audiences were touched by the video because of the lengths the grandfather had gone to in order to please his grandson, she said.

Despite belonging to the one family, they existed in two different worlds.

“People can feel the sense of family connectionbecause that’s what we all have in common,” Dr Shang said.

 

Contact Bang Xiao

 

 

SOURCE:  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-27/viral-peppa-pig-video-highlights-chinas-deep-social-divide/10750586