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Nine moves key shows to Docklands

October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Nine network will shoot its Melbourne-based productions from the Melbourne Docklands Studio from next year.  

Nine has signed a five-year deal to move productions including Millionaire Hot Seat, The Footy Show and the coming National IQ Test from their traditional Richmond base to Docklands’ Sound Stage Four and then Sound Stage Five in a year after it is re-fitted with motorised lighting systems, control rooms and storage facilities.

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Power price shock hits households

October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment


Electricity bills have shot past $3200 a year for some Victorians amid soaring prices and blowouts in energy use.

And annual costs could hit a shocking $10,000 for big households in five years if a carbon tax is introduced, an analyst warns.

Exclusive research on the state’s residential power bills reveals the biggest are in Guys Hill on Melbourne‘s eastern outskirts, Mickleham, Curlewis, southeast of Geelong, and Merricks North on the Mornington Peninsula.

Areas with the lowest median bills include Flemington, Golden Beach in Gippsland, Jacana in Melbourne’s north and Carlton.

The cost of bills are influenced by price, location, how large and energy-efficient homes are, how often people are at home and whether there is electric or gas heating and hot water.

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Luxury home prices drop

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment


The bubble at the top end of Melbourne‘s property market has burst.

The latest Real Estate Institute of Victoria figures show median house prices fell in many of the city’s wealthiest suburbs in the September quarter.

Prices slumped by more than 10 per cent in 14 of Melbourne’s 40 million-dollar suburbs, with South Yarra, Brighton, Albert Park and Kew among the hardest hit.

Hawthorn fared the worst, with the median dropping 26.9 per cent to $1,197,500 in the three months to October 1.

Overall, million-dollar suburbs decreased in value by 1.6 per cent during the period.

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North Melbourne graffiti crackdown

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment


Social media websites have been blamed for turning North Melbourne into a graffiti hot-spot attracting under-age taggers from across the state.

Sergeant Monique Kelley said some local traders were believed to be selling spray-cans to the youths, which is illegal if the buyer is under 18.

And she said it was likely the sales were being promoted online, as kids were travelling from as far afield as Echuca. “Word of mouth can’t travel this well. They (the businesses) must be advertising on Facebook or another social site,” Sgt Kelley told Melbourne Leader.

The increase in the amount of tagging in the suburb has prompted police to launch Operation Blackwood at and around North Melbourne train station. Police have swarmed the precinct twice in the past month and issued seven $587 on-the-spot fines for possession of spray cans without a valid excuse. Officers have also confiscated 120 aerosol cans, including one car-load containing 70 cans.

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Canberra and Darwin are Australia’s most expensive cities to rent

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment


Darwin and Canberra remain the most expensive Australian cities to rent a home.  

This is occurring as the government and resource sectors, coupled with a shortage of housing stock, continue to push the cost of accommodation higher, The Australian reports.

Rents in Darwin and most other capital cities were steady for the three months to September.

But resource projects in the Northern Territory and tight supply are expected to trigger more increases in the Territory capital, where some residents have been seeking commercial warehouses as an affordable housing alternative, according to real estate agents.

The RP Data rent report showed Darwin’s average house rents were $520 a week, followed by Canberra, where rents had risen 3.1 per cent in the past three months to $495 a week.

RP Data analyst Cameron Kusher said while the biggest rises in the coming months would be in Sydney and Melbourne, rents in those cities would still not overtake Canberra or Darwin, which had transient populations. Read more… 

ANZ Centre is Australia’s Largest, Greenest Office Building

October 1, 2010 § 1 Comment


The newly christened ANZ Centre is an exceptional eco office complex located in Melbourne‘s Docklands precinct in Australia. It may be the greenest office on the continent as it has earned a 6 Green Star Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia – the highest level attainable.

The huge complex takes a robust design approach that couples great interior design with the smart use of on-site renewable resources. The 6500 occupants are kept comfortable by an innovative state of the art heating and cooling system which keeps the expansive daylit interior comfortable. Water conservation technologies, solar and wind generators, a green roof, and a healthy indoor environment is only a partial list of the building’s sustainable deeds. The ANZ Bank knows a good investment when it sees one – it anticipates that the building will cut carbon emissions by 70% over its lifetime.

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