Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc.
MEDIA RELEASE 29 JULY 2010
PLANNING CATASTOPHE FOR MELBOURNE AS VC 68 PASSES PARLIAMENT
This morning Planning Minister Madden’s revised Planning Amendment, now re-badged VC 68, was fast tracked through Parliament with the support of the coalition – Liberals and Nationals – who had, over the past year, held out against inducements to approve this toxic planning amendment. (Only the Greens and DLP MP’s stood firm.) This represents a catastrophe for Melbourne as it will see rezoning of land from rural to residential on the City’s fringe and so extend our notorious urban sprawl.
Brian Walters SC, President of Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. comments:
” The community opposes these changes. Extension of the urban growth boundary will destroy green wedges, the lungs of Melbourne. This amendment will take 43,600 hectares out of the western, northern and Cranbourne South green wedges for housing development, freeways and freight terminals. The losses include: 5,000 hectares of environmentally significant Western Basalt Plains grasslands; the grassy woodlands of the Maribyrnong and Merri Creek catchments, with their magnificent red gums; and 4,000 hectares of the South East food-bowl, where highly productive market gardens using recycled water double as Southern Brown Bandicoot habitat. Our Green Wedges have been sacrosanct for generations. There was no mandate from the people to dispose of this legacy.”
Julianne Bell Secretary of PPL VIC: points out :
“It is also forecast that extension of the urban growth boundary will result in the creation of numbers of “dormitory” settlements without advance provision of infrastructure and services. It will greatly increase car dependency with people needing several cars per family and so worsen Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions. (This is ironic given the Brumby Government’s recent announcement of work to control carbon emissions by the part closure of Hazelwood power station.) Monash University Centre of Population and Social Research forecast that from 1.97 million cars registered in Melbourne in 2006 there will be over 3 million by 2036. Our city will then be in permanent traffic gridlock.”
Community groups are now waiting for another bombshell from Planning Minister Madden – he is reported to be attempting to put through another planning amendment which will approve high rise (22 stories plus) along tram, bus and light rail routes as a means of accommodating the expected 1.5 million more people in Melbourne by 2036. This will result in further congestion of the major transport routes and condemn the population of flat dwellers to ill health. (Anyone who lives within 500 metres of a main road is threatened by developing asthma and cardiac-respiratory diseases.) The Brumby Government is fast turning Melbourne into one of the great unliveable cities of the world.
Inquiries: Julianne Bell Mobile 0408 022 408 Brian Walters SC Mobile 0411 020 967
The City of Melbourne is holding a consultation on the MSS at the Melbourne Town Hall.
This is a matter of great importance to the planning regime that will exist in the future for North asnd West Melbourne and for the whole municipality. See the City of Melbourne Website www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/BuildingandPlanning/Planning/planningschemeamendments/Pages/C162.aspx
Information sessions will be held at the Yarra Room, Level 2, Melbourne Town Hall, 120 Swanston Street, Melbourne, on the following dates:
Wednesday 21 July
6pm to 7.30pm
RSVP by Friday 16 July to email@example.com
Planning professionals and all businesses
Wednesday 28 July
8.30am to 10am
RSVP by Friday 23 July to firstname.lastname@example.org
In line with the recent announcement of major transport plans, an NWMA member (and
presumably others in Railway Place) received in the letterbox on
Monday 13 July a further update about the Regional Rail Link. Items of
• the two new tracks between Southern Cross Station and Sunshine will
be built at surface level largely within the existing rail corridor
and through the Footscray area
• a new rail bridge will be built over the Maribyrnong River
• there will be new dedicated rail tracks from West Footscray to Sunshine
• existing V-Line track will be used between Sunshine and Deer Park
• some privately held land will need to be acquired for the rail
• major works are expected to begin in 2010
Information sessions are being held at several locations between 15
and 20 July.
Our local one is at North Melbourne Town Hall next
Friday, 16 July, between 3.30 and 7.30pm. Regional Rail Link team members will be in attendance.
The community is encouraged to attend and to provide feedback on the project at the information sessions. There will be feedback forms there. We can also make written submissions by
Thursday 19 August 2010, addressed to:
Mr Corey Hannett, Executive Director
Regional Rail Link
Department of Transport
PO Box 2797
Melbourne Vic 3001
More info from:
P: 1800 107 925
Please disseminate this information to everyone you think should know
Department of Transport Website www.transport.vic.gov.au
We also draw your attention to an article in the Melbourne Leader indicating that the status of the East-West tunnel link between the eastern freeway and Footscray is not dead as the Government had led us to believe, but is the Stage 2 follow-on for the currently being planned Westlink project proposed to link West Footscray under the Maribyrnong River to the Port ( somewhere between Dynon and Footscray Roads). We encourage members to express their opinion on the Leader’s blog, which can be done at the end of the article.
Meeting of NWMA and LaTrobe Close Collective to discuss future action re LaTrobe Close. The meeting is to be held at BRISK, 364-366 Victoria Street North Melbourne at 6 pm on Thursday 27th May 2010.
On Thursday 3 December 2009, the NWMA in conjunction with the Latrobe Close Group, convened a public meeting at the Castle Hotel, attended by 24 people.
Latrobe Close is bounded by Chetwynd, Courtney and Howard Streets North Melbourne, where the State Government, with Federal Government funding propose to construct a seven storey block of residential units. This proposal has been opposed by the Council of the City of Melbourne.
As a result of public protest and pressure applied to the local member, the Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne has agreed to defer a decision on the this development to allow further consultation to take place between Monday December 7, 2009 and closing on Friday January 15, 2010. The public meeting has appointed a sub-committee where further members are welcome, to prepare a community submission.
This sub-committee will be meeting on Wednesday 9th at 6 to 7,30 pm at the Castle Hotel, first floor, corner of Wreckyn and Courtney Streets North Melbourne – all welcome.
It is important that members of the community make their own submission on this development to the Minister for Housing, with copies to local MP’s Bronwyn Pike
Members are invited to attend the PPL AGM on Saturday 5th December at 2.00 pm at the North Melbourne Library. Further details as follows:
Dear PPL VIC members and friends
Here is the reminder notice of Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. AGM 2009. I am sending this out to members and contacts.
Dr Paul Mees is the guest speaker. He has been a great supporter during campaigns opposing the East West Link which would have devastated inner city Melbourne and Royal and JJ Holland Park. Our joint community action helped ensure that the East West Link – the extension of the Eastern Freeway – with its super size road tunnels was deleted (albeit temporarily) from the Victorian Transport Plan. We hope groups can show support for PPL VIC by attending. We would be pleased if you can advertise the meeting amongst your members.
Here are the details of our meeting:
Time: 1:45 pm for a 2 pm start
Date: Saturday 5 December 2009
Venue: Meeting Room 1 Upstairs North Melbourne Library 66 Errol Street North Melbourne. It is one building along from the Town Hall and Post Office on the south east corner of Errol and Queensberry Streets. Tram up Elizabeth Street from Flinders Street Station to Errol Street. Parking in surrounding streets. Disabled parking in front of Library.
Guest Speaker: Dr Paul Mees, senior lecturer in transport planning at RMIT, will speak on “The Cars that Ate Melbourne” – Public Transport Solutions for the State.” Stay for afternoon tea and make contact with other groups, including transport action groups.
Background Note: See below link to Dr Mees’ Age article of 22 November 2009 “We can keep our leafy suburbs and still save the planet”. This was presented on 18 November as a paper at a “State of Australian Cities” Conference in Perth. His book “Transport for Suburbia: Beyond the Automobile Age” will be released in December.
Contact: Julianne Bell Secretary Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. email@example.com Mobile 0408022408
Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc.
26 November 2009
North & West Melbourne Association thanks the membership for the responses received. In the light of further information that has recently become available the Committee maintains its level of concern about this proposal. The further information consists of:
- Cost of admission to the event is to be $75-00 per head.
- The target audience is to be 25-30 year age group, plus, and not orientated to youth or families.
- The event is not part of the open day family multicultural activity which is proposed to be on the 14th February 2010.
- Aussie Rock on Arden is a stand alone commercial event proposed for Saturday 20th March 2010 between 2-00pm and midnight.
- The main performers are Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham – chosen to appeal to an older audience.
Whilst the above information is confirmed, the Melbourne City Councillors appear to have only been briefed on this issue at a private meeting at the Town Hall. The matter has not been to a Council committee meeting where normally a detailed report would be available for public scrutiny. The Association is concerned about the process to date.
A number of issues are still unresolved:
- Proper standards for the conduct of the event including, infrastructure protection, public safety and health issues have not been defined.
- The Rock concert is not part of the opening and is actually being held 5 weeks later.
- It is a commercial event and it appears no opportunity exists for local youth to perform.
- Is the event consistent with the lease between the Council and the football club?
- Is State Government approval required for this event.?
- Are the Melbourne City Councillors going to make the decision on this proposal at a public committee and council meeting, or just leave it to the administration?
- What impact will the event have on the grassed surface and other recreation areas and facilities?
- What is the expected attendance of this event and what is the expected impact on the surrounding area?
- Will this event create a precedent for similar events in future years?
- The event appears to have little to do with the Language and Learning Centre or multiculturalism.
- Whilst comments have been made about sharing the profits between the Football Club, Language and Learning Centre and the community, no clear guidelines have been provided for the distribution.