by Kate Merryweather
Illegal short term lets are turning many of Melbourne’s apartment buildings into hotels, and making life increasingly difficult for long term residents, according to many attending Monday night’s forum to discuss high density living held by new lobby and advocacy group, We Live Here.
More than 120 passionate apartment dwellers gathered to hear insights about the future facing Melbourne’s high rise population, from David Davis MP, Shadow Minister for Planning, Local Government and Equality, Sophie Ismail, Federal ALP Candidate for Melbourne, Cr Rohan Leppert, City of Melbourne’s Deputy Chair of the planning portfolio, Ellen Sandell, State Greens MP for Melbourne and Professor Michael Buxton, RMIT’s Professor of Environment & Planning at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
"Victoria has some of the weakest rules about political donations in the western world. Big property developers can fill the coffers of the old political parties, hoping to get their developments approved in return. We want a city planned for people, not for property developers.
In December, the Labor and Liberal parties refused to debate the Green’s Bill to ban developer donations, but we won’t stop the fight."