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Swanston street wall - "Responsible" Authorities

posted 08.19 in news.

Swanston Street Wall 2010

Most of the authorities involved in the Swanston Street wall collapse site moved quickly to defensive positions. None have come forward with solid initiatives that might make a permanent difference to public safety. The responses of the council and planning department were disappointing, pointing fingers at one another and then clamming up.

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Swanston street wall - Prevention matters

posted 08.19 in news.

Swanston street memorial

The Coroner’s findings into the Swanston Street wall collapse suggested that a revised clause in the Building Act “adequately address” prevention matters. So I checked it out.

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Swanston Street wall - 5th anniversary

posted 03.18 in news.

wall collapse : twitter Jonathan Lian via ABC

A few people have asked recently what ever came of the investigations into the wall collapse. For those not familiar, a long section of brick wall fell to the footpath at the C.U.B. site in Swanston Street one windy day late in March 2013.

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The wall, two years later

posted 04.15 in news.

Swanston Street wall on April 4th 2013

An old brick wall collapsed in central Melbourne two years ago, killing three young students walking past on a busy footpath. I cobbled together a history of the wall and published it. Then time passed. Occasional news articles focused on fragments of the official investigations, but it was (and is) hard to get the big picture on what has happened since March 2013. In summary: not a lot.

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That fallen wall - part 3

posted 04.13 in news.

Perhaps read these first or things won’t make sense: FIRST POST SECOND POST Late last week I received a batch of photographs taken in 2010 and 2011. The sender wishes to remain anonymous. This was something of a relief as I had been scouring...

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That fallen wall - part 2

posted 04.13 in news.

A week ago three people died while they were walking down Swanston Street. One was a French research fellow at Monash. The other two were a young brother and sister on their way to the footy. I published a post about the wall that collapsed on...

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That fallen wall

posted 03.13 in news.

On Thursday afternoon two young pedestrians were killed by a falling brick wall in central Melbourne, and another 18 year old was ferried to hospital in a critical condition but died on Easter Sunday. This article tries to assemble some of the...

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Sparks

posted 02.10 in news.

Environment minister Peter Garrett is under fire tonight for not banning foil insulation from the $2.45B insulation rebate scheme. After the deaths of four young installers ( 1 2 3 4) became publicised, he did. It is still quite legal to specify...

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Asbestos in driveways

posted 08.09 in news.

A foul fact has been revealed in a new book by Matt Peacock about James Hardie, “Killer Company”. Until the ’60s, the company gave away asbestos waste to its employees to add to concrete mixes for driveways, paths, and garages....

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Bushbunker

posted 07.09 in resources.

“Bushbunker is an architecturally designed bushfire safety bunker concept that has been envisioned in response to the horrific Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. The design addresses the limitations of the Victorian Governments...

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