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
After ten years of effort by both the NWMA and CoRBA to obtain a review of the structure and electoral processes of the City of Melbourne, we have at last achieved some success. The State Government has announced a VEC review of the City of Melbourne, particularly focussing on wards and voter numbers. This is a good first step toward looking at other important issues that affect the way the Council works and relates to its communities and stakeholders.
We congratulate the Melbourne Leader on the support that it has provided to raise awareness of these issues around the performance of the City of Melbourne.
Please refer to the following links:
On Saturday 20th November 2010, a crowd of over 80 attended the protest rally at 577 King Street, West Melbourne. It was great turnout and many attendees held placards to inform both the Zagame staff and the passing traffic of the issues relating to this ten storey high rise development located in a Design and Development Overlay zone that is supposed to be limited to four. Unfortunately, the media failed to arrive but some active discussion and questioning took place during the rally, reflecting the serious concern of those attending.
Marchers pacing up and down in front of the car showroom clearly made the point that we would not be going away. Car horns sounded their support. A resounding “No” was sounded by attendees to the following statements: Did we like the development including ten storey boomerang and 259 units? Should the authorities allow the proposal to go ahead? Has the City of Melbourne done enough to support the West Melbourne Structure Plan? Does this proposal respect the requirements of DDO29, keeping the height limit to four storeys?
Emphasis was made of the need to be prepared to attend the Central City Standing Advisory Committee, possibly on the 21 of December at 5.00pm.
The group in West Melbourne who are opposing the ten storey development on the Zagame site at 577 King Street, West Melbourne are organising a pre-election protest rally on the site on Saturday 20 November 2010 at 10.30 am. Interested Association members are invited to attend.
Have a look at their website www.nohighrise.com