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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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
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.
October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
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.
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…
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.