The next monthly meeting of the Association is this Tuesday (19/11/2013) at 7.30pm. The venue is the Dewey Common, Bastow Institute, 601 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne (enter from Union Street to the west with access for all).
This is a very important meeting as the Linking Melbourne Authority will present on the East/West Link Proposal and the Comprehensive Impact Statement (C.I.S.) released earlier this month. Documentation etc will be available on the night.
The presentation, about 30 minutes, will be from Geoff Rayner Director and Chief Operations Officer at the Authority. One hour has been allowed for questions after the presentation. It is the only item on the agenda for the night.
If any member has a detailed or special question on this topic, they can provide it in advance to me and I will ask the Authority to provide a detailed answer on Tuesday night.
The NWMA has prepared a flyer with an alternative Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan. As residents, we have a very good understanding of what we have and of how growth can be achieved without sacrificing everything that we love about living here. The plan can be viewed here.
The minutes from the planning Committee meeting can be are here. The main discussions in the meeting were about the Arden-Macaulay Amendment C190, the City North Amendment C196. Other planning issues also discussed were the Woolworths project in Canning Street and the Baptist Church site.
The coming Council election is by postal vote only. You should receive two ballots (one for the Lord Mayor and Deputy and one for the election of 9 Councillors) between 9 and 11 October. You’ll need to return ballots by 26 October.
To help you understand who is running for the positions, there are two ‘Meet the Candidates’ meetings forums being held, one in Kensington and the other in Carlton. The details are as follows:
- The Carlton Resident’s Association will present ‘Meet the Candidates’ in the Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, (cnr Drummond St) Carlton at 7.30 pm Monday 15 October.
- The Kensington Association will present ‘Meet the Candidates’ in the Holy Rosary School Hall, Gower Street, Kensington at 7:30 pm Wednesday 17 October
Please take the opportunity to hear from the candidates to help you make an informed choice and encourage your friends and neighbours to attend.
On Friday November 4, Association Chair, Kevin Chamberlin, and Bill Cook met with influential members of the Planning Minister, Matthew Guy’s staff. They were Daniel Parsons, Ministerial Advisor and Adrian Salmon, Assistant Director, Statutory Approvals, Department of Planning and Community Development. The meeting covered issues that the Association has experienced in recent times about the operation of the planning scheme. These are covered in the following link Parsons3Nov11. The officials put forward Government policy, such as the promotion of the role of local government in the planning process. They appreciated the clarity of our position, which they agreed was different to their regular inputs and responses. They agreed to get back to us on the recommendations contained in our document.
We still need to see the Minister about outstanding issues and Kevin did meet with him as part of a delegation yesterday (15 November).
The local resident’s group RAID, Residents about Integrated Development, have organised two major meetings in their campaign to modify the proposed development for site at 101 – 117 Canning Street, North Melbourne.
The following link gives a brief report on these meetings and outlines the eight major questions the group wished to ask the Woolworth’s representatives at the meeting: Woolworth’s update20oct11
The Group has produced a poster which highlights what is and is not acceptable as development in our local area. The Association is supportive of the principles underlying this approach to planning: FINAL_RAID Poster