Adelaide | The State Government’s ousted infrastructure chief says he “doesn’t understand” why $90 million of taxpayers’ money is being kicked into Labor’s flagship “vibrant city” project – the Festival Plaza rebuild.
Rod Hook, who was involved in negotiations with the developer chosen to upgrade the plaza and carpark, says private capital was only sought for the plan because the Government couldn’t otherwise afford to fund the project, and if authorities had the money, “why wouldn’t we just rebuild the carpark?”
“I find it difficult to see what’s happened,” he told InDaily.
“I don’t understand the elements of the deal that have been done, and don’t understand why the Government is putting $90 million on the table, when I thought the deal was to reacti Full Story »
adelaide | Detailed plans for the long vacant Le Cornu site have finally been lodged with the state’s Development Assessment Commission (DAC).
After months of negotiations with the State Government’s Design Review Panel, the development application from the Makris Group is now ready to be considered by the state’s peak planning body (you can find the design documents here).
If you have comments to make you need to be quick – the plans are only out for consultation until this Friday (1 May). However, as it’s a “category 2″ development, only people within the immediate proximity of the site have the right to make a formal submission. Consideration of any other comments is purely at the discretion of the DAC.
The development application includes Full Story »
Comment | For some time scientists have realised that the Kathmandu valley is one of the most dangerous places in the world, in terms of earthquake risk. And now a combination of high seismic activity at the front of the Tibetan plateau, poor building standards and haphazard urbanisation have come together with fatal consequences.
The magnitude-7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal struck just before noon, local time, on Saturday around 77km north-west of Kathmandu. The Indian tectonic plate is driving beneath the Eurasian plate at an average rate of 45mm per year along a front that defines the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This force created the Himalayas, and Nepal lies right along that front. The quake was shallow, estimated at 12km depth, and devastating as the Indian crust thrust beneath Tibet Full Story »
AFL | I’m glad this happened.
I’m actually perversely pleased about it.
Normal service has been resumed.
We suck again. Thank God for that – I was starting to get carried away for a minute there.
All this triumphal zeal and pie-eyed optimism is all very well for a few weeks, but here at Fumbleland we’re really more your glass-half-empty sort of supporter.
More Eeyore than Tigger.
We do a better line in despondency than hyperbole.
Indeed, I sometimes wonder what it’s like for supporters of teams like, say, Hawthorn, or Essendon in 2000, or Geelong any time from 2007 till about three weeks ago – teams that the rest of us would just expect to win, and would pencil in our respective match-ups against them as a routine shellacking.
I’ve always envied those supporters, but Full Story »