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Victoria Planning Minister Approves Tallest Building in Southern Hemisphere

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2013

In an historic day for the Victorian development industry, planning minister Matthew Guy has approved a 108-storey apartment and hotel tower in Melbourne’s CBD – the tallest ever proposed in the city.

The proposed tower, known as Australia 108, will feature 664 apartments and 288 rooms in a six star hotel, and soar 388 metres above ground level, giving it the title of the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. If delivered, Australia 108 will eclipse Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and the Gold Coast’s Q1 buildings.

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Minister Guy, who came under scrutiny during the planning process due to claims the building would overshadow the Shrine of Remembrance, issued a press release later hailing the proposed development.

“I am proud to approve a tower that will define our city for many years to come and which I am sure will become as iconic a Melbourne landmark as Flinders Street Station or Federation Square,” he said.

“The Australia 108 mixed-use tower will be an icon both visually and for those who will live in it, stay at its hotel, dine at the level 84 Sky Lounge or visit the level 108 Star Bar.

“Towers such as Australia 108 are consistent with the Coalition Government’s drive to concentrate high-density development in defined areas and out of existing, quiet neighbourhoods.

“Every apartment in this tower is one less apartment in an existing quiet neighbourhood.”

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According to The Age, a consortium of private investors including Nonda Katsalidis, Benni Aroni, Adrian Valmorbida, Ian Fayman, Gary Caulfield and Mark Hopkinson are behind the development of the project.

The $600m tower will feature one bedroom apartments on Levels 12-39 and 41-65 priced from $425,000 and two bedroom apartments from $575,000.

A selection of three bedroom apartments will be available from levels 66-78 from $775,000 along with an exclusive offering of penthouse apartments.

It has also been revealed that the 388 metre tower will use prefabricated structural sections developed by Nonda Katsalidis’ construction company to deliver the tower in record time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepalese Participating in Pako Festa – the Biggest of its kind in Australia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 24, 2013


pakologosmapNepalese Community is going to participate first time in Pako Festa that will held on 23rd of February, 2013. Different organizations from Melbourne and Ballarat will join the festival and Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement effort will to introduce Nepal as the birthplace of Buddha. In the festival Miss Nepal Australia, 2012 Deepashree Shah will perform Kumari dance.

Pako Festa, now in its  thirty-first year, is Geelong’s much loved, award-winning, free,  annual community arts festival – the biggest of its kind in Australia. Managed by Diversitat and held on the last weekend of February in Pakington Street, Geelong West, “the multicultural heart of Geelong”, it incorporates an extravagant street parade featuring around ninety floats and hundreds of performers representing forty-five affiliated ethnic communities and around sixty other community groups and organisations. The street is lined with stalls selling traditional foods and arts and crafts, and nine separate stages in the precinct offer performances of music and dance as well as interactive workshops and exhibitions. Pako Festa has become Victoria’s premier multicultural event, attended by well over 100,000 people in each of the last three years and estimated to inject close to $2.5 million dollars into the local economy just over the course of the day itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Structural Awards 2012: West Gate Bridge Strengthening

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2012

Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence
west-gate-bridgeThe iconic 2.6km long West Gate Bridge over the Yarra River is an important part of the Australian national road network. It consists of an 850m long cable-stayed steel box girder with pre-stressed concrete box girder approach viaducts.

This $400m project involved strengthening and widening the bridge from four to five lanes. The work was extremely demanding, both analytically and physically. Design of the strengthening of the steel bridge needed complex non-linear finite element analysis, and the work involved access to very confined spaces. Strengthening of the concrete box girders involved additional external pre-stressing cables, and extensive application of carbon fibres.

 Judges’ comment

“This project is an exemplar of the vital contribution of structural engineering excellence in sustaining and extending the life of our critical aging infrastructure. The diversity of technical, management, environmental and construction challenges faced by the team on this landmark project were simply breath-taking. Its success is a testament to their structural engineering skill and tenacity. The teams’ ability to build upon  engineering first principles and pioneer innovative new strengthening techniques were fundamental to realising the objectives of the project.”


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Melbourne Multicultural Program

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 5, 2012

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Facebook Upshot: Facebook Postings by Laxmi Tamang

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2012

Laxmi Tamang is an optimistic human being having public health background with extensive experience working in different settings in Nepal and passion about improving maternal and newborn including sexual and reproductive health in Nepal. Currently, she is doing a doctorate at the University of Sydney and researching on the impact of the gender-based power in access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services among young people in Nepal. She is among few Nepalese utilizing Facebook for social change rather than posing photos or just to pass time there with unnecessary postings. Here given one of her important and informative postings for your information:

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My facebook friend, Anne Digby, Midwife from Melbourne, Australia is on the way to Nepal (now she is in Hong Kong came to know via fb) to help us in strengthening our Aadharbhut Prasuti Sewa Birth Centre ( It is really amazing how generous and grateful foreign friends are who are helping others without their any vested interest and prejudice. She is so much concern to support Nepali pregnant mothers and nurse-midwives in in providing and promoting social model of maternity care in Nepal.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Personality: Prabal Gurung

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 12, 2012

Prabal Gurung launched his first collection under his own name during New York Fashion Week in February 2009 at the FLAG Art Foundation in Chelsea. For Fall 2010, he staged his first runway show in the Tents at Bryant Park. Gurung’s designs have been worn by Michelle Obama, Demi Moore, Zoe Saldana and Oprah Winfrey. Gurung resides in New York City.

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The Queen Heads To Australia For 11-Day Tour

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 19, 2011

Australia is due to welcome the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for an 11-day royal tour that will embrace all elements of the nation.


The monarch’s visit is her first to the country in five years and comes ahead of her attendance at a major gathering of Commonwealth leaders in Perth.


The royal couple will be based for much of their time in the capital Canberra but will also travel to Melbourne and Brisbane, experiencing everything from a giant barbecue to a tram ride and a riverboat journey.


Some commentators have said the visit by the 85-year-old monarch could be her last to Australia, but similar views have been expressed about other royal tour destinations ever since she turned 80.

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World’s Most Liveable Cities: 2011 Economist Intelligence Unit Report (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 21, 2011

We need to add some more in the list.
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Sand Sculptures From Australia’s Creepy Crawlies Exhibition (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 28, 2010

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