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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 March 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2016 5 NEWS most vulnerable Katsalidis’ twin towers approved Architect Nonda Katsalidis continues to reshape Melbourne’s skyline The Victorian government has given the nod to a vast $750 million two-tower project at 350 Queen Street, designed by Melbourne architectural practice Fender Katsalidis. A collaboration with Cox Architecture, the Queens Place development near the Queen Victoria Markets will comprise 1,600 apartments and 8,000 square metres of office and retail space. State planning minister Richard Wynne, who approved the plan on 12 March, said the project was "well-designed" and necessary to help meet Melbourne's growing population. Minister Jenny Mikakos MP is launching a program of $83.7 million to support kindergartens’ transition in improving staff to child ratio requirements from January 2016. "This is quite unique for the central city of Melbourne and it speaks to the change in demographics," he said. "No longer do we have couples or downsizers wanting to live in apartments in the CBD, we actually have families who want to live in apartments in the CBD and Docklands as well." our culture puts extra emphasis on its supportive mechanisms. What you are saying, though, is that we are slowly moving away from this core principle of our cultural understanding of family. JM: Unfortunately that is true and I have a bit of a theory about why this is happening. I think the very close ties that existed in our community, like with extended family, in the first and second generation have broken down, and I now see alarming levels of third and fourth generation kids getting into trouble with the police, with drugs, with a whole range of things. I think that's because all the protective factors that we had as a community when we were a little bit more insular have broken down. We lost those protective factors. To be fair, I think there were a lot of women who had been in very unhappy marriages in the first generation, who just would never have thought about leaving and were victims of family violence. There was a lot of that hidden away back then. I am not glorifying the ‘50s and ‘60s saying all was perfect back then. But I think the stronger extended family networks, community networks, just made the families more resilient, and these are breaking down. I am disappointed seeing this. We as a community aren't quite aware of it yet. It's complicated but it is certainly happening. What does the future hold in this area? JM: I cannot pre-empt the budget, but the premier has said that we will implement all the recommendations of the royal commission. That makes it pretty clear of the direction the government is going. The premier has made clear that this is the number one social policy area that we are going to respond to. I see it as being very closely linked to the challenges that the child protection system is experiencing. This is a generational thing; you're never going to be able to eliminate family violence in 12 months. This is going to take a whole lot of effort by both community and government, to acknowledge that we have to work together on this issue. And I say to men, who might recognise that they have a problem, if you don't do it for yourself, do it for your children, think about the impact you are having on the next generation and your children. It is now time to break the cycle. It has been left under the carpet for too long. Queens Place will be about 30 metres shorter than the city's current tallest building, the 297-metre Eureka Tower - Katsalidis' most famous Melbourne landmark to date - and 50 metres less than the architect's controversial Australia 108 tower (319 metres) which is already rising in Southbank and set for completion in 2020. Fender Katsalidis has also recently completed one of the skinniest skyscrapers in An artist’s impression of the twin towers at 350 Queen Street, Melbourne. IMAGE: COX ARCHITECTURE/FENDER KATSALIDIS. Australia, Phoenix on Flinders Street, which has the remarkable aspect ratio of 1:13 at 88 metres tall. While Katsalidis' continuing impact on the Melbourne skyline is getting the most attention since the Queens Place approval, the architects say the public domain strategy which underpins the project is their primary concern. "Rather than treat the public space as the space left over from the development, the design team approached the task from the opposite direction, designing the public realm first, responding to existing conditions, through site connections and solar access and then placed the buildings around this space," their architectural report reads. "The design process has given rise to a concept that enriches the ground plane with new connections and an enhanced public realm within the Queen Victoria Market Precinct." Along with apartments, the towers will contain four swimming pools, saunas, spas and gyms, a home theatre, communal kitchens, karaoke rooms and a yoga studio. Serious threat to independence of ethnic community broadcasting Despite strong opposition from ethnic community broadcasters and many others within the community broadcasting sector, the CBF has announced it will go ahead with a new governance and structural model. "The changes will have a dramatic impact on how ethnic community broadcasters continue to broadcast in Australia. The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC) will maintain its campaign against the disempowering changes being implemented by the CBF," said NEMBC president Dr Tangi Steen. "The NEMBC represents all the ethnic stations and programs, reaching supporters and audience of over 5 million people throughout Australia," said vice president of the NEMBC Nick Dmyterko. "The CBF's new model will mainstream and dilute ethnic funding that will mean ethnic radio stations will lose funding, ethnic language programs jeopardised and metro and regional stations will lose their incentive to attract and broadcast new language programs," said Mr Dmyterko. "We are concerned that ethnic community broadcasting will be controlled by a small group of people - the CBF board - that will hand-pick its own organisation. Under the CBF's changes, democratic processes will be abolished and the NEMBC will be excluded from any say in how funds are to be distributed to ethnic community broadcasting. The new CBF board will make decisions and determine new guidelines without democratic ethnic community representation," said Dr Steen and Mr Dmyterko. "The NEMBC is asking all ethnic community broadcasters and stations to boycott the CBF's new model and boycott the call for nominations for any of the positions on the board or committees," stated Dr Steen.
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