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There were delays to most of Thursday's posts. Yahoo has been taken over, and Marissa Mayer has been evicted. She was responsible for the unwanted changes which resulted in people fleeing from Yahoo in droves: most groups have been decimated.
170316Th Metro Twitter - 1980 La Trobe St. (PTV).
170317F Melbourne 'Herald Sun': [all with tdu]. - Snowy. - Nio Eve, electric futurology. - energy. - letters, Snowy & energy, plus the third airport. - Hazelwood.
170317F Melbourne 'Age': - 170316Th tram. (Malcolm Turnbull). - Church St at Victoria St (Richmond). - Webb Dock freight-link proposal. 170317F 'Sydney Morning Herald' - new Sydney tollroad?
Melbourne Express: Friday, March 17, 2017 . 7.44 There was also a crash at the corner of Victoria Street and Church Street in Abbotsford this morning, which has since cleared. A man was struck by a car just before 7am and has been taken to The Alfred in a stable condition with facial injuries. A photo taken from the scene Photo: Supplied . 7.07 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be doing an interview with Channel Seven's Sunrise program shortly. He just tweeted out a pic of himself on his way to Seven's Melbourne studio. "Up early and on the no 11 tram on my way to join Sunrise on 7 to discuss our big plans for Snowy Hydro - Malcolm Turnbull March 16, 2017 Someone in Perth cycled nearly 7 hours for 200 km just to form a goat. Ryan Hiscox. <www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-express-friday-march-17-2017-20170316- gv022k.html> PM on tram: pic.twitter.com/ApeqwC1RdY.
Andrew Bolt: Taboos just keep us all in the dark. with tdu Herald Sun March 15, 2017.
Metro Rail Project stirs up dust fears for North Melbourne car dealership. Herald Sun March 16, 2017. A PRESTIGE car dealer in North Melbourne fears dust and dirt from the Melbourne Metro Rail Project will damage his luxury vehicle fleet. Nick Theodossi Prestige Cars, which stocks Rolls-Royces, Lamborghinis and Bentleys valued at up to $750,000, is concerned about the potential impacts during construction of the new Arden Station. Mr Theodossi says his gleaming showroom, which includes his $20 million stock, was a strong selling point for the display of his top end cars City Square to shut for Metro rail works. He says the massive construction activities over the next eight years will attract a significant amount of dust, dirt and mud on roads around the planned Arden St station. While supportive of the transport improvements that the project will bring, the renowned philanthropist is demanding that both the showroom and stock must remain clean, dust free and pristine at all times. Melbourne Metro Rail - Overview. "Whatever is outside will get dragged into our showroom and being a big warehouse an enormous amount of dust gets through it," Mr Theodossi said. "The greatest thing for us is we will have to keep washing our cars. "We're also concerned about the noise factor and vibration and the other thing we are concerned about is traffic management. "Say there is 1000 truck movements a week, there's going to be a lot of traffic. "Of course any disruption is going to cost you customers." Mr Theodossi says it was his understanding that the tunnel beneath his showroom could be as low as 10 metres below ground compared to about 27 metres at City Square. More trees face chop during rail tunnel build Any construction management plans must ensure that dust, dirt, and debris is monitored regularly and cleaning procedures are put in place to ensure minimal disruption to his and surrounding businesses, he said. The $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro contract includes the excavation and fitout of twin nine-kilometre tunnels and five new stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain. MMRA spokesman Reid Sexton said proactive measures such as acoustic sheds and wheel washers will be used to address concerns regarding noise and dust in North Melbourne and elsewhere on the project. "The Metro Tunnel will transform this grey industrial precinct in Arden into a new community on the doorstep of the CBD," Mr Sexton said. "We have been speaking to local residents and businesses for well over a year, and will continue working with them while we build this massive project." <www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/metro-rail-project-stirs-up-dust-fears-f or-north-melbourne-car-dealership/news-story/2c5a7984ac886c28caa664d455b1a08 3> 10 comments, mainly cynical 'free advertising'.
March 16 2017 Port of Melbourne expansion could spark war with residents, experts warn. An elevated freight road could be built right through Fishermans Bends' new suburbs to cope with all the truck traffic in and out of the Port of Melbourne. The state government wants to boost the port's capacity and defer building a second port for another 50 years, which will increase congestion in the inner city. The proposed road, called "Freight Link", would snake for five kilometres from Webb Dock at the foot of the West Gate Bridge through Port Melbourne, across the Yarra River and join with the Western Distributor, Transurban's planned toll road. Indicative maps prepared for Infrastructure Victoria show the freight link running through Wirraway, an area the government has recently earmarked for a future "family friendly neighbourhood" in Fishermans Bend. graphic. The analysis by engineering consultancy Jacobs suggests the road will be needed within 25 years, depending on the pace of growth of container trade, and will cost $2.5 billion to build. But congestion around the port is likely to increase to problem levels within a decade "to the point where acceptable VicRoads conditions are reached by 2026 in the peak". Experts in planning and logistics said putting new roads and heavy truck traffic next to suburbia was a recipe for conflict, as seen in long-running battles between residents and freight operators in Melbourne's inner west. "Planning needs to get much more sophisticated when it's dealing with these intense potential conflicts between incompatible land uses," Jago Dodson, RMIT's Professor of Urban Policy, said. "If the port is going to intensify its operations and create increased demand for freight travel . that is something that needs very clear strategy and detailed consideration in terms of design so that we don't end up with very poor outcomes." Renders of the Fishermans Bend urban regeneration zone in Melbourne. An artist's impression of Wirraway in the Fishermans Bend urban renewal zone. Photo: Supplied. The Andrews government last year leased the Port of Melbourne to a private operator for 50 years, for the bumper price of $9.6 billion - billions above what it expected to get. It now proposes to roughly triple the port's capacity to between 7 million and 8 million shipping containers a year. This will have consequences for inner Melbourne communities, the advice for Infrastructure Victoria warns, including increases in congestion, noise and pollution in Port Melbourne and the inner west. "The possibility of the Port of Melbourne operating at two to five times its existing capacity would place significant pressure on transport infrastructure and reduce amenity for those living near the port," the analysis states. "If not managed appropriately, the negative congestion, noise and air quality issues of port-related truck traffic may influence the decision about when to invest in a second port." Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said last week that Victoria might not need to develop another container port for 50 years. Michael Kilgariff, from the Australian Logistics Council, agreed that Victoria should extract maximum value from the Port of Melbourne and keep it running for as many years as possible. But he said the government's long-term plans to house 80,000 people on the port's doorstep at Fishermans Bend would make this more difficult. "We are concerned that a lot of the development that is being undertaken around Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend doesn't infringe on the ability of the [port] to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Mr Kilgariff said. Moving more freight at night-time to avoid commuter traffic is seen as key to reducing congestion around the port. Freight Link could be built solely for trucks, or with rail, which would add an estimated $900 million to its cost, Jacobs estimated. It would also solve the problem of weight limits on the West Gate and Bolte bridges, where trucks heavier than 68 tonnes are not permitted. <www.theage.com.au/victoria/port-of-melbourne-expansion-could-spark-war-with -residents-experts-warn-20170316-guzpq7.html>
March 16 2017 Malcolm Turnbull to increase federal Snowy Hydro stake if NSW, Victoria won't fund expansion. with tdu. <www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-to-incre ase-federal-snowy-hydro-stake-if-nsw-victoria-wont-fund-expansion-20170316-g uzcpd.html>
Liberal leader Steven Marshall reveals his plan to solve the SA power crisis. with tdu. Adelaide 'Advertiser' March 17, 2017. <www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/liberal-leader-steven-marshall- reveals-his-plan-to-solve-the-sa-power-crisis/news-story/271b5d14a20537fc9d1 2898dd58a3a85> 53 comments, quite mixed.
March 17 2017 Gladys Berejiklian commits to Balgowlah to Warringah Freeway tolled tunnel . The Berejiklian government's proposal for a tolled motorway tunnel linking Balgowlah in Sydney's north to the Warringah Freeway has ignited a political brawl over priorities for transport funding after Labor said its focus was western Sydney. Weeks ahead of two by-elections in the northern suburbs, Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed on Thursday the preferred route for the "Beaches Link" project and that 71 property owners would be affected by preliminary work. Berejiklian announces northern beaches tunnel. The NSW government has committed to a tolled motorway tunnel linking Balgowlah in Sydney's north to the Warringah Freeway in an effort to relieve traffic congestion on the northern beaches. Vision courtesy Ten Eyewitness News. Those owners - the majority of whom are in Artarmon and Cammeray - were to be notified on Thursday, although the government said it was too early to confirm exact property acquisition details. Other owners affected are in Seaforth and Balgowlah. "We are absolutely committed to building this piece of infrastructure," said Ms Berejiklian, who had signalled the announcement weeks ago. Ms Berejiklian, who conceded people had a right to be "slightly cynical", declined to say how much the project would cost or when exactly it would be opened to motorists. The details about final costings, funding, route analysis and the timeframe for construction would be released by mid next year, following up to nine months of geotechnical investigations. But Labor's transport spokeswoman, Jodi McKay, accused Ms Berejiklian of electioneering and said people were justified to be sceptical given the lack of detail about the likely multi-billion-dollar cost and timing of the project. "The project hasn't moved forward at all. You can see [the announcement] is timed for the byelections," she said. "It will be just another toll road." The Spit Bridge, a lift bridge that spans Middle Harbour. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has committed to a road tunnel alternative to the bridge. Photo: James Brickwood . While not objecting to a new link to the northern beaches, Ms McKay said western Sydney was Labor's priority for roads and public transport because "that's where there growth is and where you see significant deficiencies around transport". The Beaches Link project also raises questions about the government's eagerness to push ahead with the proposed F6 motorway in southern Sydney. Premier Gladys Berejiklian (right) and Roads Minister Melinda Pavey at Spit Road in Mosman on Thursday. Photo: Kate Geraghty . However, Ms Berejiklian said "we are committed to all of our major projects". Under the government's plans, the northern beaches tunnel will connect to a planned "Western Harbour Tunnel" which will run underground to the WestConnex motorway at Rozelle. Ms Berejiklian said the Western Harbour Tunnel was "absolutely integral" to the Beaches Link, and were likely to be undertaken as part of a single project. The government will also begin "market soundings" with the private sector to decide on the best way to fund and deliver the project. It anticipates construction to take five years. Mosman mayor Peter Abelson said the council wanted the tunnel link but he questioned "to what extent it is a thought bubble three weeks before a by-election". The government said motorists were almost certainly have to pay tolls to use both the Beaches Link and the Western Harbour Tunnel once opened. The work over the coming year will consider what motorists are likely to have to pay in tolls. "I am expecting there to be a toll - I'll be honest about that - and that will be part of the funding solution," Ms Berejiklian said. "If we had this conversation 30 years ago, I think the community would be upset about a toll. Thirty years on, I think people expect when there is a new piece of road infrastructure that they will have to pay for it." She also foreshadowed that more property owned were likely to be impacted as work on the project progressed. Beaches Link will bypass up to 19 sets of traffic lights and reduce travel times between Brookvale and the CBD by up to 40 minutes. The announcement comes as campaigning ramps up ahead of the byelections in the North Shore and Manly caused by the retirement from politics of Jillian Skinner and Mike Baird. Successive governments have for decades been promising solutions to road congestion between Sydney's northern beaches and the central business district via the Spit Bridge. The so-called Beaches Link will cross under Middle Harbour and connect to the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation at Balgowlah. It will also involve the upgrade of the Wakehurst Parkway to two lanes each way between Seaforth and Frenchs Forest. The government has set aside $77 million for geotechnical work along the route, which will start just before Easter. The work will take up to nine months in suburbs including Balgowlah, Seaforth, North Sydney, Neutral Bay and Cammeray, and involve 235 borehole sites. NRMA said the $77 million in funding for preliminary work would start a long-awaited process to bring relief to motorists and bus commuters. "The endless delays experienced daily by residents along the Northern Beaches is simply unacceptable. We need this tunnel to make it easier for .... getting local residents home to their families on time each night," NRMA local director Tim Trumper said. The planned Beaches Link. Related Content: The Bays Precinct, where the government plans a high-tech hub as well as apartment development. The Sydney developments to be prioritised by the Premier . <www.smh.com.au/nsw/berejiklian-commits-to-balgowlah-to-warringah-freeway-to lled-tunnel-20170316-guzdqo.html>