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6 March 2017

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A Star News Group Publication

Breakthrough from the mean streets of Afghanistan

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Covering Endeavour Hills, Doveton & Hallam

Race against time for Redbacks

Chicken tikka in a truck Sophie Stephens shows off what her curry carriage can cook up. See what more is on the menu on page 8. 165308 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

■ There’s no room left to expand, say experts…

Suburb squeeze urbs which have two ovals, massive clubrooms and courts. “In our areas, the planning requirements and the population in those days didn’t warrant it. “Unfortunately they’re land-locked now. There’s physically no room for them to expand.” Mayor Sam Aziz said the State and Federal governments needed to “pay attention” to the largest municipality in the state, which is set to grow to by more than 500,000 residents in 25 years. He pushed the case for Casey to be able to charge above the rate-cap because of the growth pressure.

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“It’s curious that on the one hand the Andrews government seems to be acknowledging the significant pressures on growth communities, but on the other robbing residents of vital council infrastructure through rate capping.” Narre Warren South MP Judith Graley said a hike in rates was the “last thing” Casey residents wanted. “They want their government to build and improve roads, upgrade our schools and provide the very best healthcare close to home and that’s exactly what the Andrews Labor government is doing,” she said. - Opposition plans to reduce growth, page 5

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Can Casey’s existing suburbs cope with another two suburbs to share its congested roads, trains and buses? The State Government recently announced fast-tracking of two suburbs for more than 35,000 people in Casey’s south-east. The new Casey suburbs - branded McPherson and Minta Farm - would help boost construction jobs and make housing more affordable, Treasurer Tim Pallas said. Casey council’s response was that the State Government should first “catch up - then keep

up” with the $4.5 billion transport infrastructure gap for existing suburbs. On the council wish-list is $1.2 billion for clogged arterial roads, up to $3 billion for a railway extension to Clyde and $50 million for bus service upgrades. Councillor Wayne Smith said that established suburbs like Doveton and Hampton Park are crying out for “renewal”. He said the backlog of infrastructure needs including inadequate sports facilities, road upgrades and bus links was “overwhelming”. “It’s embarrassing going to some sports facilities here in comparison to those in the new sub-

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