China calling for Hunter student

Expat: Jack Treston is considering studying linguistics at Australian National University when he returns home and working in translation. Picture: Marina NeilWHAT started as an Anna Bay teenager’s curiosity about an upcoming family holiday has turned into the opportunity of a lifetime.
Nanjing Night Net

Jack Treston, 18, is the first Westerner to beinvited to visit the A Rong Qi Number One Middle School in Inner Mongoliaand will stay for a year,helpingstudents improve their conversational skills.

The school has 3000 students –1000 in each of the years 10, 11 and 12 –its own policeman, medical centre, supermarket and gym and is located in a city the size of Newcastle, which is rural by Chinese standards.

The temperature drops to minus 40 degrees in winter and the record is minus 52 degrees.

“I’m a bit nervous and am going to miss my creature comforts –it’s all squat toilets and group showers –as well as my family and friends and the beach,” he said.

“But I’m really excited, it’s going to be amazing.”

Jack bought a Mandarin phrasebook before the family spent a week in China in 2012.

“I only spoke a little bit, but it was exciting to be able to understand another person’s culture through their language, it was quite an experience,” he said.

“I always got looks of surprise when I heard people talking about me and could tell them ‘I understand you’.”

When Jackreturned to Hunter School of the Performing Arts, he became the only person in year 10 to enrol in the subject.

He completed it through The Open High School using online resources, worksheets sent by postand a weekly lesson by phone and received a Higher School Certificate mark in thehigh 80s.

“I like the challenge and I like the fact that I can write it,” he said.

“Learning languages can be hard, but as long as you put the effort into it it’s not as much of a struggle as it might seem to be.

“As long as you have a passion for it, you’ll be able to do well.”

Jack also spent one hour a week with tutor Josie Yan, whogrew up inA Rong Qi and whose cousin is principal of the school.

“I was right on board when she suggested it, I was planning on travelling for a few months anyway,” he said.

“They learn English through spelling and writing, but I will be speaking with them and immersing them in the language.”

Jack will receive accommodation, food and an allowance and ishoping to travel to other parts of China while living in the country.

Call to return ‘true democracy’

ONLINE Direct Democracy wants to reintroduce democracy – true democracy – back into Australia’s political system.
Nanjing Night Net

FREE SOCIETY: Robert Walker says democracy should be by the people, for the people. Photo: Barry Smith 210616BSD21

The party’s New England candidate, Robert Walker, said democracy as it’s meant to be was not practised in the nation today.

“Democracy is for the people, by the people,” he said.

“In a democracy, the government is subordinate to the people. Today, it’s the reverse.”

The party has its own website, PollyWeb, where people can vote on every bill presented to Parliament.

Online Direct Democracy MPs and senators will then vote according to the direction of the online majority.

“We will recommend to our constituents how they should vote, but it’s up to them,” Mr Walker said.

“They can still override that and say no – that’s democracy.”

Electronic voting is a “natural transition” for the nation and Mr Walker said it would be widespread within five years.

“Eventually it will all be electronic voting – it should be in now, the only reason it’s not is because the current system suits the incumbents,” he said.

“It’s what the people want, they can talk to the member and lay down the law. It’s true democracy and I don’t apologise for that.”

Jobs and infrastructure

“HOUSING is the glue of society – you get everyone owning their own home, they’ve got a stake, they’re content, they’re secure.”

Robert Walker said the housing crisis had to be addressed in order for the nation to move forward.

“I was brought up in an era where housing was available to all – now it’s not, and I apologise to the current generation for that. We’ve let them down in the worst sort of way,” he said.

Mr Walker said Australia needed to create a federal government body that constructed more houses in areas suffering a housing shortage.

“Housing is so important to every level of society that it has to be done by one entity that is charged entirely with that and with that alone,” he said.

“It needs to be government-funded but autonomous. It could take five or 10 years, but we need to do it.

“We could cancel a couple of those billion-dollar submarines and use that money to generate housing.”

Mr Walker said the government had to invest in rail, particularly with all the road infrastructure “rotting away”.

“The rest of the world is going for rail. Why are we widening roads for more trucks?” he said.

“Cross another couple of submarines off and you could afford a decent rail system to interconnect all our towns.”

The nation has to value-add in every industry it possibly can.

“Live cattle exports – why wouldn’t you value-add?” Mr Walker said.

“Instead of value-adding to our exports, our mining, our iron, we’ve just sold it and imported back the value-added product. We’ve got to get away from that.

“We’ve got to change that stupid farce that a quick quid’s a good quid.”


DAVID Gonski is the prime mover in getting the nation’s education back on track, Robert Walker says.

“He was hired by the government to decide what we should do to get our people prepared for a global market,” he said.

“He came back with the answers and these morons are thinking about not even implementing it. I don’t know why they would reject a decision that was made by somebody they paid.”

Mr Walker wants to see the government commit to the full Gonski reforms, supporting the needs-based education funding until 2019.

He said many of Australia’s Asian neighbours had a higher standard of education and were ranked better than Australia on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) education index.

“Our education system is leaving us vulnerable,” he said.

Coal mines andrenewable energy

MR WALKER said it was hypocritical of Australia to sell fossil fuels to other nations, while trying to reduce its own emissions.

“I don’t like the idea – we hand it over to these countries that are going to burn it, but we say it’s not our fault because we are not the ones polluting with it,” he said.

The world only has a finite amount of resources and should be moving away from fossil fuels, he says.

Mr Walker said Australia should take a two-pronged approach to renewable energy – start investing in the sector and create renewable technology, such as solar panels and windmills, to export to other nations.

“We’ve got more sunlight in this country than most places in the world,” he said.

“We should have a solar panel-generating scheme in the middle of Australia, the size of Tasmania.

“That would supply the whole of Australia for free, once you take out the cost of building it.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Greens care about mental health

A CHRONIC under investment in the mental health sector by successive governments has failed thousands of Australians and contributes directly to increased suicide rates across the country – particularly in regional areas.
Nanjing Night Net

Currently mental health problems account for 13 per cent of Australia’s recognised disease burden, yet receives less than 9 per cent of all Federal health funding, with more than 80 per cent of this pittance allocated to supporting those with highest needs.

Only the Greens will invest $1.4 billion in Australia’s mental health over the next four years, to not only meet immediate needs but also with a plan to reduce the need for high intensity services into the future.

The new Primary Health Networks must play a role in advocating for and facilitating linkages between providers in the social services sector at a local level, in program development and policy and so the Greens would provide an extra $400 million to the flexible mental health funding pool.

It is estimated that 45 per cent of Australians will experience mental illness over their lifetime, yet the stigma remains and often drug and alcohol use is related to further isolate and compound issues.

An extra $800 million needs to be dedicated to drug and alcohol support services, $40 million for innovative harm reduction initiatives aimed at better informing choices and providing links to peer-based and other health services.

On top of this a $40 million anti-stigma strategy will challenge misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the lived experience, especially in relation to at risk groups, including ATSI, LGBTI as well as culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Lifeline reports that currently seven Australians die every day from suicide, yet there is no target for reducing this horrendous statistic.

The Greens’ plan sets $38.3 million aside for a National Suicide Campaign, aimed at engaging and educating communities about the complexity of suicide and addressing the stigma.

Finally, the Greens would invest $150 million over three years to establish an overarching supervisory body for mental illness research in Australia which would co-ordinate the development of innovative clinical treatments and provide expert advice to government.

Jane MacAllister,

Gol Gol

To subscribe to our Digital Edition Click here

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Joshua’s kicking many goals

JOSHUA Rumsby’s passion for his local football club was recognised on Wednesday.
Nanjing Night Net

GREAT HELP: Newcastle Permanent’s Muswellbrook-Scone branch manager Vanessa Muddiman, Scone Mustangs Football Club’s Joshua Rumsby and Hunter Valley Football operations manager Sarah White at the Bill Rose Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) announced the born and bred local as Hunter Valley Football’s Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month for May.

Rumsby was nominated by the Scone Mustangs Football Club for his ongoing commitment and dedication to the code over so many years of service.

And, he was overwhelmed to receive a volunteer jacket and bag, courtesy of Newcastle Permanent, at the Bill Rose Sports Complex to help him continue his valuable role at the club.

“I’m shocked,” he admitted.

“And, very humbled to be selected – you don’t do it for the recognition.”

Rumsby, who coaches the under-8s to under-10s, is determined to lead the Mustangs into the future.

“I love the club – it’s family-orientated,” he said.

“My wife, Heidi, looks after the canteen and undertakes a number of other roles.

“And, two of our boys, Logan, 8, and Cooper, 5, play for the Mustangs.

“We don’t want to see the club fold; that’s why we’re all involved.”

NNSWF community football manager Peter Haynes praised Rumsby for his contribution.

“Joshua has shown true dedication to the Scone Mustangs Football Club for a significant period of time and the Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award is well-deserved,” he said.

“The commitment that he demonstrates goes a long way to ensuring the club is a great place to play football and highlights how valuable he is to the organisation.”

Newcastle Permanent’s Muswellbrook-Scone branch manager Vanessa Muddiman congratulated Rumsby on becoming the recipient of the Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award.

“We are delighted a local volunteer has received this honour – and been recognised across Northern NSW for the incredible commitment they make to community football,” she said.

Newcastle Permanent’s Muswellbrook-Scone branch manager Vanessa Muddiman and Scone Mustangs Football Club’s Joshua Rumsby

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Our protectors need protecting from Labor

If the CFA is to continue to protect us, it needs our support now.
Nanjing Night Net

Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy with Member for Mildura Peter Crisp.

Daniel Andrews says he values the CFA and the 60,000 Victorians who risk their lives as volunteer firefighters, but his actions don’t match his words.

Mr Andrews wrote in this newspaper last week about the “lies” surrounding the CFA dispute. He claimed “the role of volunteer firefighters in this state is sacrosanct. At no stage has our government questioned it or jeopardised it.”

He says there is no problem with seven paid firefighters having to be sent to supervise CFA volunteers before they can attend a fire.

But independent experts don’t agree.

The former CFA chairman John Peberdy said on radio last week this demand was concerning and that this deal means “career firefighters only report to career firefighters. They don’t report to volunteers.”

Mr Andrews also claims the United Firefighters Union’s veto powers over the CFA under this deal are a “lie”.

Yet Mr Peberdy says there are in fact some 50 different provisions in this deal which give the UFU the power to veto decisions made by the CFA.

Daniel Andrews has bullied out his female Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett, he’s bullied out the female CEO of the CFA Lucinda Nolan, he’s bullied out the CFA board and now he is trying to bully 60,000 volunteers out of the CFA.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has told him his deal discriminates against women, his Government’s own Senior Crown Counsel has said his deal is illegal and the CFA board and chief executive have all tried to tell him that his deal will hurt volunteers.

But Daniel Andrews isn’t interested in hearing independent advice, he’s only listening to the United Firefighters Union, which is hell-bent on taking over and cannibalising the CFA.

Matthew Guy,

Leader of the Opposition

To subscribe to our Digital Edition Click here

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Band rocks on after 46 years

Herb Jurkiewicz, Peter Van Loggerenberg, Ron Clayton and Mike Fenton played songs by The Who and originals about travelling written by camping enthusiast Ron Clayton.A Perth based band who rockedin the1960sreunited in Bunbury on Wednesday,to jamafter 46 years of being apart.
Nanjing Night Net

Mike Fenton, Herb Jurkiewicz, Peter Van Loggerenberg, and Ron Clayton got together at Rock n’ Roll High to see if they still had the goods to belt out a tune.

The four men performed as Rebound back-in-the-day,but dispersed on military duties and went their separate ways after the Vietnam war.

Mr Fenton said they travelled from around the countryto reunite buttheirfifth member lives in the United Kingdom andcouldn’t make the reunion.

It’s beengreat to pick up the old instruments again and have a jam, music really speaks to people and it’s good we can be reunited with music,” he said.

Mr Van Loggerenberg said he wasonly disappointed they couldn’t spend a few extra days and play a gig at a local venue.

“We’re not together long enough to play together as a band on stage,but the people here at Rock n’ Roll High were kind enough to let us use their rooms here to play,” he said.

“The whole reunion is very much a spur of the moment thing, Iflew from Tasmania to be here.”

The group said they’ll be making the jam session a traditiononce a year to reminisce.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Party defends communities, candidate says

Nanjing Night Net

RECONNECTING: Stan Colefax says there is a spiritual dimension no one is thinking about.

THE Christian Democratic Party advocates on behalf of the three forgotten pillars of society – family, community and the church.

The party’s New England candidate, Stan Colefax, is a Newcastle-based reverend who has known Christian Democratic Party leader Fred Nile for more than 35 years.

He said the Christian Democratic Party was “all about the people”.

“We want to help people see they need to have a relationship with God,” Mr Colefax said.

“The difference between humans and animals is we worship. Religion is the number one thing for all people throughout the world – every group of people worship something.

“There is a spiritual dimension no one is thinking about.”

The Christian Democratic Party rejects any redefinition of what a family is, and believes in protecting religious freedoms and the ability to preach openly.

The party sees itself as a defender of local communities, which are under pressure from big government and big business. Mr Colefax served as a warden of a bush hotel at Mungindi on the Queensland border and as a senator of an Anglican church in Armidale.

“I got to know something about country life,” he said.


THE Christian Democratic Party recognises the future of the nation lies in the hands of the children of today and sees education as a key area that must be addressed.

It believes higher education plays a vital role in society and is a big supporter of TAFE, promising to protect the organisation.

It proposes to work with education and trade skills providers to reduce the burden of red tape, regulation and reporting, which would allow the sector to concentrate on delivering results and services.

The party also wants to invest further in advanced job skills training, increase funding for Christian schools, improve the education skills of teachers, and put parents, principals and school communities in charge of how their school is run – not bureaucrats.

Stan Colefax said while it was important children were highly educated, they must also be morally educated.

“We must teach them right from wrong,” Mr Colefax said.

“I know a lot of well-educated people in jail.

“There are strange things taught in schools these days – how many know about God the creator? What are we going to do if we don’t know how to worship God?”

The Christian Democrats want to work with state governments to aim to have 40 per cent of Year 12 students studying a foreign language, preferably an Asian language, within a decade, to equip them with the skills necessary for the jobs of the future.

Coal mines and education

“GOD gave us our land and we must remember we have to look after the land.”

Mr Colefax said there had to be a balance between the agricultural and mining industries.

“We must find some way to do two things: produce coal to export and to make money for country, but never lose the best parts of our country,” he said.

“We have these great depositories of coal, so we might as well use them.” He said farming was mentioned all throughout the Bible.

“If the land is to be productive, we’ve got to do it God’s way,” Mr Colefax said.

“Our farming community has done marvelously well with a lot of new innovations.”

While the Christian Democratic Party remains agnostic about climate change, it does encourage the development of economic alternatives to fossil fuels and cleaner coal mining technologies.

Mr Colefax said renewable energy “seems to be the logical thing to do”.

“I’ve seen in Western Australia renewable energy is going quite well. These things have got to be looked at and not brushed off.”

Infrastructure and jobs

THE party rejects the idea of cutting workers’ penalty rates.

It says attacking penalty rates will impact the most vulnerable in the workforce, as any reduction or removal will disproportionately affect low-paid workers and their families, who would then need to work extra hours to receive the same income.

Furthermore, cutting penalty rates will have a detrimental impact on family time, especially on Sunday, which is a day of rest and worship for many. Those compelled to work on weekends should be compensated accordingly.

Stan Colefax said employment was “always important”.

“It’s not good to be giving out money all the time – I’ve done social work with many people who have hardly ever worked and always been on the dole,” he said.

The Christian Democrats acknowledge regional Australia is vital for the prosperity of the nation.

The need for good rural and regional infrastructure “can never be understated” – not just for the local community, but for the nation as a whole, he said.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

World’s fastest probe, Juno, raring to unravel mysteries of Jupiter

An artist’s impression of Juno sweeping in front of Jupiter. Photo: NASA/JPL-CaltechOne of NASA’s most daring and dangerous missions is under way, as the Juno space probe makes its final approach to the king of planets, Jupiter, after a tortuous five-year journey spanning almost 3 billion kilometres.
Nanjing Night Net

Travelling at a record 257,000km/h, the craft will soon begin a series of acrobatic braking manoeuvres for the first of 33 highly elliptical polar orbits – threading Juno between the gas giant’s cloud tops and the innermost of two equatorial radiation belts that could fry unshielded electronics.

At its closest approach, Juno, named after Jupiter’s sister and wife in Roman mythology, will skim as low as 4660 kilometres above the lemony-orange haze of swirling clouds, streaked with bands of red.

When it reaches Jupiter on Monday, the hardy probe, with a titanium vault protecting its innards, will be the first to have a shot at polar orbiting a giant gas planet. Its year-long goal is to help unravel multiple mysteries including the structure and chemical composition of the solar system’s biggest and fastest-spinning orb.

Peering deep beneath the multicoloured cloud cover, Juno’s eight sophisticated instruments will interrogate the depths of Jupiter, which is basically a giant gas ball that has been compressed over eons into a liquid, then perhaps a type of solid, with increasing depth.

The wealth of data Juno collects is expected to confirm that the 50-kilometre-deep clouds consist of ammonia crystals, ammonium hydrosulphide and a mixture of ice and water.

Previous missions have found that temperatures at the cloud tops are about minus 110 degrees. Temperatures then rise with depth, resulting in a core measuring well over 20,000 degrees – more than three times as hot as the sun’s surface.

“If it has one, Jupiter’s core, which may once have been 10 times the mass of Earth, is currently a mystery,” said Swinburne University astrophysicist Alan Duffy.

“At a guess, it’s probably hydrogen crushed down until it becomes a metal in the form of a superconductor, in which an electric current could travel inside the core forever. Juno can help us test this idea.”

The craft will also scrutinise the stunning Jovian display of blue streamers, aka the auroras, emitting a ghostly glow like the gas in a neon tube.

The luminous lightshow is produced when charged particles from the solar wind are trapped by the planet’s magnetic field and collide with atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere.

“Unlike Earth’s auroras, which are most prominent during a peak in the sun’s activity, Jupiter’s are permanent features caused largely by the particles spewing from volcanic eruptions on the Jovian  moon Io,” said University of Western Australia theoretical physicist Dr Ron Burman.

All this will reveal how Jupiter got to be so big, as well as shedding light on the solar system’s beginnings more than 4 billion years ago.

“Juno is important for filling in the gaps of what we understand about Jupiter’s interior,” said NASA senior scientist for planetary atmosphere research Amy Simon. “As we find many more exoplanet systems, most of them with very large Neptune and Jupiter-class planets, current theories suggest they play a key role in how and where smaller planets can form.”

So scientists want to know as much as possible about our own giant orbs.

“Learning about their interiors and composition, especially water abundance, tells us a lot about where and how they started out,” Dr Simon said. “I am particularly interested in the water because that drives some of the weather phenomena in Jupiter’s clouds of ammonia ice.”

The hexagonal spacecraft – at 3625 kilograms, one of the heaviest unmanned probes ever built – is almost as remarkable as the planet it’s visiting. By rotating on its axis twice every minute, the spin-stabilised craft enjoys excellent pointing stability, with each instrument getting a chance to face the planet.

It is also the first outer-planetary probe to be powered entirely by solar energy. (Jupiter, on average, is 778 million kilometres from the sun – about five times further away than the Earth – so it gets roughly 25 times less sunlight than we do. Most craft venturing that far generate power from the decay of radioactive elements.)

“As the biggest planet, Jupiter has played a critical role in the solar system’s evolution,” said Dr Duffy. “We can understand more based on what Juno reveals in the weeks and months ahead.”

Science-writer Peter Spinks goes on long-service leave next week. During this time he may be contacted at [email protected]南京夜网

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

NBA draft 2016: Controversy over Milwaukee Bucks star Thon Maker’s age reignites

Fresh doubts: Milwaukee Bucks rookie Thon Maker with fellow draft pick Malcolm Brogdon during their introductory news conference at the Milwaukee Bucks’ training facility. Photo: Sam CaravanaDelly commits to Rio for BoomersWhat to make of the Thon conundrum
Nanjing Night Net

An amateur investigation into Australian Thon Maker, who was drafted 10th overall in the NBA draft, has claimed the new Milwaukee Buck was in Year 11 in 2009, casting fresh doubts over his age.

The most recent information posted by a Reddit user includes newsletters from Perth’s Aranmore Catholic College, which noted students’ birthdays each month.

A newsletter from February 2009 places Maker alongside other students with February birthdays in Year 11.

The confusion initially sparked after a photo was posted online of a Thon Maker featured amongst a ‘Graduating Class of 2010’ in a school yearbook.

Students usually graduate between the ages of 17 and 18.

While being in Year 11 in 2009 doesn’t mean Maker was a specific age at that time, another newsletter from the same year congratulates Matur Maker on his birthday, but lists him as being in Year 7.

Matur is the same name as Thon Maker’s brother, who is supposedly only one year younger than his NBA-drafted brother.

If the claims are proved to be true and Thon Maker really is four years older than his brother, it would push the budding star’s age closer to 23 or 24 – much older than the 19 he is listed to be.

Maker told US media last week the rumours about his age were wrong but he also had a slip of the tongue.

“It did get to me in terms of me hearing about it, but it didn’t get to me personally because if it were true, I’d probably be like sideways about it, but it’s not true, so I’m comfortable,” Maker said.

“I’m not pissed off or – oh, I’m not angry or anything. [Laughter]. I’ve got to learn what I can say and what I can’t say now.”

Aranmore College was unable to shed any light on the situation due to privacy reasons, saying it would not confirm – or deny – the authenticity of the photograph without the “express consent of Thon Maker.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Melbourne Metro rail: Iconic landmarks at risk from tunnel works, council warns

Princes Bridge. Photo: Craig AbrahamMelbourne’s Town Hall building, its refurbished City Baths and the iconic Princes Bridge over the Yarra all risk being left in structurally unsound condition by planned rail tunnelling works, the Melbourne City Council warns.
Nanjing Night Net

The celebrated view of St Paul’s Cathedral, framed between the eastern and western “shards” of Federation Square, would also be ruined by a proposed new railway station entrance and should not be built, the council argues.

The council has detailed a long list of concerns about the impact the planned $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro rail tunnel will have on the city environment, in its submission to the project’s Environment Effects Statement.

These include the unknown and “not acceptable” effect on traffic from planned road closures, permanent damage to public parklands along St Kilda Road and the avoidable acquisition of people’s homes and business premises in Kensington.

The council states in its submission, to be confirmed by councillors at a meeting next week, that it remains a firm supporter of the planned rail tunnel, which will include five new underground stations in the municipality and relieve growing pressure on the City Loop.

But it also details many “deficiencies” with the proposed design of the tunnel and stations that could leave some pockets of the city worse off.

The Melbourne Metro is not due to open until 2026 but construction work will start early next year, when huge shafts will be dug at station sites.

Key parts of the city, including the City Square, and Franklin Street between the City Baths and RMIT, will be excavated.

The council fears the vibration could damage some of the city’s most treasured buildings and structures.

Its submission says there are concerns over “potential impacts from the proposed excavation and tunnelling works on the structural integrity of the City Baths, Melbourne Town Hall and Princes Bridge”. Other buildings and structures along the project’s alignment down Swanston Street may also be affected, the council notes.

The structural integrity of Melbourne City Baths could be impacted by Melbourne Metro Rail works. Photo: Craig Sillitoe

The submission also argues that pre-emptive remedial works must be done on the City Baths, because of worries over damage from “vibration and settlement due to construction activities”.

Other heritage buildings on Swanston Street that could be damaged by the project, the submission says, are Young & Jacksons Hotel and the Manchester Unity Building.

The Young & Jackson hotel on the corner of Swanston and Flinders streets. Photo: Ken Irwin

The report warns that the planned closure of A’Beckett Street to cars is not acceptable, the closure of Grattan Street underestimated in its traffic impact, and that emergency exit tunnels to be built near the La Trobe and Swanston street corners may ruin a plan the council has approved for a new laneway.

The submission also says that, in the City Square, a series of three ventilation structures must not be built because they would have “a significant visual impact” and get in the way of pedestrians, especially those using a busy tram stop on Swanston Street.

And it voices concerns over a new entrance to be created to the Metro from Federation Square, saying there are “significant concerns about the location of any new structure within this important civic space”.

There are also concerns that “perceived and actual safety may decline” late at night when construction begins in the CBD, particularly around the City Square.

Many students and young people who currently use the area within the planned construction zone will instead go to what the submission calls particularly vulnerable streets “such as Elizabeth Street where there are existing concentrations of fast food outlets” that “are already hot spots for Victoria Police”. This street in particular has crowded footpaths at night and crime and anti-social behaviour is already occurring.

There are two options in play for the western tunnel entrance in South Kensington, one of which will involve the compulsory acquisition of nine homes and 13 business premises, the other is a more expensive option that would claim just one home.

Melbourne City councillor Rohan Leppert said that the council would “be advocating strongly” for the western entrance to the Melbourne Metro to be designed so that fewer homes in Kensington need to be compulsorily acquired.

“I’m not sure what the cost differential is going to be but it’s crucial council is advocating for that,” he said.

And Cr Leppert said that there was real concern over the loss of trees at Kings Domain and in Fawkner Park. He said the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority had pledged to “assess the significance of each and every single tree, and that is all that we can ask for”.

Jacinta Allan, the Minister for Public Transport, said the council’s submission will be formally considered through the EES process.

Some trees in Fawkner Park may need to be removed for the Melbourne Metro rail project. Photo: Eddie Jim

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Previous Posts