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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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Largest earthquake in three decades rocks Victoria

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2012

  • Erin Michael 
Melbourne earthquake

Source: Herald Sun

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Items were shook off shelves at the Chemist Warehouse in Morwell, Victoria. Source:Supplied

A MAGNITUDE 5.3 earthquake shook homes, cracked windows and walls, and threw residents from their chairs.

Millions across Victoria felt the tremor, which had an epicentre 16km south-west of Moe, at theLatrobe Valley in Victoria’s east.

The quake struck at 8.53pm and lasted for 30 seconds, Geoscience Australia spokesman Chris Thompson said.

Up to four aftershocks have been felt surrounding the earthquakes epicentre in the La Trobe Valley in the states east, he said.

”We’ve had reports from central Melbourne and as far as right up the top of the state. Most people would have felt it,” Mr Thompson said.

 SES spokesman Lachlan Quick said 25 calls for assistance had been lodged to the emergency service for low-level damage.

“We’ve been called to residential properties with minor damage from Mt Martha to Preston; Morwell to Moe,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia Summer Marked By Snow, Heavy Flooding (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2010

Can our scientists justify this? If not, I will go to Eastern astrologis­t.
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