Derby Day Tunnel Protest

Protest the East West Tunnel Development on Derby Day. Date: Saturday 02 November Time :from 1030, Location; on the City side of Racecourse Road and by the Quest Hotel Epsom Road. Dress code: black & white more Details: info@flemingtonassociation.org.au

Protest the EastWest link 02 Nov 2013

Protest the EastWest link 02 Nov 2013

The Final Count Down (wasn’t that a song?)

Dear Neighbours – it is now just over one week till the VCAT hearing.

Three important matters are brought to your attention:

 

1. RAID community get-together following the official opening of the Errol Street Reserve which is open to the public and scheduled for 4.00 – 5.00 pm next Thursday, February 21.  The Reserve – located at the north end of Errol Street, adjacent to the primary school – will be opened by the Lord Mayor and Councillors will also be in attendance.  Please stay after the official proceedings, or come along between 5.00 – 6.30 to catch up with neighbours and hear about our brilliant legal team and expert planner taking on our appeal case.  Donations would be very welcome as we head towards our $10,000 target.  Pick up a poster to put in your front window.

 

2. RAID is going to VCAT

RAID is challenging the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy’s, decision to approve the development at VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) with a seven day hearing commencing on Monday, February 25th.  Other parties opposing the decision include the Melbourne City Council and the North and West Melbourne Association.

 

Attend VCAT as an interested community member:

Let’s make sure we have a RAID presence to observe the proceedings for every day of the hearing.  The hearing is open to the public.  To assist you with your planning to attend:

·         the room for the hearing will be advertised the working day before on the VCAT website (www.vcat.vic.gov.au) and can be accessed on the day from the list in the foyer.

·         hearing rooms are open from 9.00 am and proceedings commence at 10.00 am.  There is a lunch break and hearings generally conclude by 4.30 pm each day.

 

Let us know if you are attending and which day/time eg. morning or afternoon to assist with covering as much of the 7 days with community members in attendance.

 

VCAT is located at:

55 King Street Melbourne Vic 3000 Australia
GPO Box 5408 Melbourne Vic 3001
Getting to VCAT: VCAT is a 10 minute walk from Southern Cross Station or a 5 minute tram ride from Flinders Street Station. Get off at King Street (Melbourne Aquarium) and then take a 2 minute walk north along King Street. VCAT is located on the N/W corner of King Street and Flinders Lane. There are a number of commercial car parks within close proximity.

 

3. RAID VCAT Appeal

RAID is well represented by out legal team and has engaged the services of an expert planner and witness to support our case. The RAID VCAT appeal has been established with a target of $10,000 to support this expert representation.  Thank you to many members of the community we have made great inroads to achieving this target however remain a few thousand dollars short. Your financial contribution to meeting this target is welcomed.

 

Make a donation by any of the following means:

1. RAID @ 3051 Inc. is registered for e-donation with GiveNow.com.

Make an e-donation at http://www.givenow.com.au/raidat3051
You will receive a receipt immediately via email once payment is approved. GiveNow.com.au does not use any donor details in any way.

NB: donations are not tax deductible as RAID is a not for profit organisation.

 

2. Electronic transfer to the RAID bank account using the following details.

Please include your name so that a receipt can be issued.
Bank: MECU (Bankmecu)
Account name
Residents About Integrated Development at 3051
BSB: 313-140
Account No. 12035276

3. Drop off cash or cheque made out to RAID @ 3051 Inc. – arrange for pick-up/drop-off by contacting tess.demediuk@gmail.com or phone 0413 017 317

 

Finally, keep in touch with the latest updates by accessing the RAID website at http://3051-integrated.com/ or enter RAID 3051 into your search engine.  Also if you know of people who are not receiving these email updates please send onto them or advise me of their email address to add to the RAID list. 

 

RAiD 3051 Woolworth appeal VCAT appeal case

RAiD 3051 a small North Melbourne residents group standing up for integrated planning and good social outcomes for North Melbourne residents is in VCAT

Raid Latest news and Dash for Cash

Dear Neighbours – happy new year to all. We are now only four weeks from the VCAT hearing date.

RAID together with the City of Melbourne and other community members are appealing against the permit issued by the State Planning Minister Matthew Guy to Woolworths to build a supermarket, retail shops, two residential towers comprising 304 apartments and a packaged liquor sales outlet.

The RAID planning group has continued to collect information to support our position at the VCAT hearing scheduled for the last week of February.  As previously advised Jane Good of Brand Partners is facilitating the preparation of the RAID case on a pro bono basis.  However there are significant costs associated with expert representation to ensure that the community position against the grounds of appeal are well presented at the VCAT hearing and final arrangements are underway to engage such expertise.

RAiD is seeking donations to fund our quest for a smaller supermarket proposal

RAiD is seeking donations to fund our quest for a smaller Woolworths supermarket proposal with lower towers and some planning gain for North Melbourne residents.

Therefore we are seeking further donations to the RAID VCAT Appeal Fund.  Firstly, our thanks to all community members who have made a contribution to date.  However we are several thousand dollars short of our $10,000 target and now seek your support for meeting this target.  So if you are able to assist with a contribution there are three ways for this to occur:

Donate to RAID@3051 Inc.

1. RAID @ 3051 Inc. is registered for e-donation with GiveNow.com.

Make an e-donation at http://www.givenow.com.au/raidat3051

If you have any problems or you would like a receipt remember to Email us at RAID3051@gmail.com, if you would like a receipt we would be delighted to post you one, please make your payment reference clear and your address.

  • RAiD@3051 is a community run organisation that advocates for integrated town planning and urban design which integrates future development of North Melbourne (3051) with existing neighbourhood amenity, environmental sustainability, public transport and optimises  access  to a range of critical  community related facilities.Initial targets of RAiD@3051 advocacy include response to planning proposals that would result in excessive population densities, height or social externalities.
    RAID@3051 advocacy includes litigation at Tribunals (eg VCAT) resulting in expenses related to filing fees, expert witnesses, specialist reports). Although members of the community voluntarily contribute many ‘pro-bono’ hours there are significant ‘hard’ costs that must be paid for through fundraising and voluntary contributions.
  • Are donations tax deductible? No (Not applicable as RAID is a not for profit organisation)
  • Will I receive a receipt for my donation?  Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved

Note: the GIVENOW site was established for processing of donations to not-for- profit organisations. This donations facility is a commission-free service: it takes NO commission or fees for the service it provides. GiveNow.com.au does not use any  donor details in any way.

2. Electronic transfer to the RAID bank account using the following details. Please include your name so that a receipt can be issued.
Bank: MECU (Bankmecu)
Account name
Residents About Integrated Development at 3051
BSB: 313-140
Account No. 12035276

If you have any problems or you would like a receipt remember to Email us at RAID3051@gmail.com, if you would like a receipt we would be delighted to post you one, please make your payment reference clear and your address.
3. Drop off cash or cheque made out to RAID @ 3051 Inc. – please advise by return email if this is your preferred option and arrangements for pick-up/drop-off will be made directly with you.

FINALLY: there is a new RAID poster available for distribution.  It promotes the simple message – “NO WOOLWORTHS TOWERS’.  It would be great to have these posters spread across the local street on walls, in windows etc. over the next few weeks. Please advise by return email if you would like to collect one for your property.

The VCAT timeline is looming.  The VCAT Hearing is in 4 weeks.  Your ongoing support is critical.

 

RAiD 3051 vs Woolworths VCAT Oct update

RAiD 3051 Woolworth appeal VCAT appeal case

RAiD 3051 a small North Melbourne residents group standing up for integrated planning and good social outcomes for North Melbourne residents is in VCAT

Dear Neighbours – items of update regarding action in the RAID VCAT appeal.

1.       Jane Good represented RAID @ 3051 Inc at a VCAT *Practice Day

Hearing* on September 21 and the following order was subsequently advised by VCAT Deputy President, Helen Gibson regarding hearing and mediation dates:

– *Mediation *(3 hours duration) set for *December 4 at 10.00 am*

– *Hearing *(only if the proceeding is not fully settled beforehand by consent or at mediation) *set for February 25th for seven days.*

Our *thanks to Jane Good* for her continued support and advocacy for the RAID position and liaison with Melbourne City Council who are also appellants at VCAT.

2.       The RAID Planning Group is working on *building an evidence base*to support the preferred position for better integrated development of a significantly lesser scale than what has been approved at this time.

This includes, but is not exclusive to, social infrastructure issues (provision of education, health and recreation services); availability of alcohol and the impact of packaged alcohol sales on communities; and traffic and parking issues generated by the proposed development.  RAID members are encouraged to provide any research reports, insights or expertise to assist with preparing the evidence.  Please respond by return email and we will follow up with you.

3.       Thank you for your support – our focus is on increasing our *membership*.  Attached is the membership form to download, fill in and drop off with $2.00 ($1.00 membership and $1.00 annual fee) to 42 Canning St.  Please provide an email address and confirmation that membership has been received will be provided.

4.       Thank you for *donations* that have been received.  We have a way to go in reaching our $10,000 target (as advised in email update 32) any contribution to assist us in moving closer to this target is very welcome.  Our case to VCAT will be best supported by engaging expert witnesses who can prepare and present a strong case and be cross-examined.

5.       Thank you to Kate Ritchie of Chin Communications Pty Ltd, a who has *translated the RAID flyer into a Chinese language.  *This will assist in providing information about the development to members of our diverse community.

6. The next steps and ongoing action include:

– RAID membership drive

– RAID posters are still available – put one up in your front window

– Make a donation to the RAID VCAT appeal

– Send your thoughts on a fund-raising event for late October/November

and your availability to assist in planning the event

– Let us know if you have expertise in any of the grounds of appeal

areas. *Your ongoing support is vital.  We look forward to your feedback*.

Keep up-to-date by referring to the RAID @3051 website –

www.3051-integrated.com/

Public Meeting reminder tonight 27 Aug 6pm at the North Melbourne Rec Centre Arden St.

North Melbourne is buzzing this morning with great weekend weather, a sniff of spring and finals fever building, you would have though North had won yesterday judging by the blue and white scarfs in Errol Street this morning.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbours about the public meeting tonight at 6pm. The meeting will be at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre on Arden Street, we will be upstairs. Peter Hogg will chair and we will try to keep it short and focused as we know its Monday and people are busy.

A very big thanks to everyone who dropped meeting leaflets in letter boxes over the last week, the committee very much appreciates your effort.

We are very excited about the participation of Melbourne City Councillors from all sides of politics who will attend our meeting tonight, at RAiD we aim to give everyone a respectful chance to have their say as a range of views exist in the community.

RAiD 3051 alternative proposal with no tower and restricted liquor license

RAiD 3051 alternative Woolworths supermarket proposal with no tower a restricted liquor license the same as the current Melrose Street traders licenses.

See you tonight at 6 for those of you who dont have a copy of the flyer here it is below.

WOOLWORTHS DEVELOPMENT UPDATE MEETING

FOR RESIDENTS

BY RESIDENTS

ALL WELCOME

Hosted by RAiD @ 3051 Inc

 

DATE Monday 27 August 2012

TIME: Start @ 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

 

VENUE: North Melbourne Recreation Centre, enter via the main entrance in Arden St and follow signage to the Theatrette on the 1st level

 

AGENDA

The purpose of the information session is to:

  1. provide an update on the Minister’s decision and the process ahead of us
  2. consider the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan process and the implications for this proposal
  3. advise on action taken to date and
  4. hear from the community as to the future action that needs to be taken.

 

RAiD is appealing the decision at VCAT.
The grounds of appeal will be outlined by Peter Hogg, chair of RAiD @ 3051 Inc

 

Cr Ken Ong, Chair of MCC Planning Committee,
will address the meeting on why Melbourne City Council is appealing at VCAT re Minister Guy’s decision to grant Woolworth’s development application.

 

It is understood that other community groups and individuals may also be lodging appeals against the decision.

 

Come and have your voice heard on Monday, August 27 AT 6.00 pm at NMRC.

KEY ISSUES
On July 27, 2012 the Victorian Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, as the responsible planning authority, provided Woolworths with approval to build two residential towers totalling 302 apartments on top of a four level podium housing a supermarket, shops and car park on the corner of Canning Street, Vaughan Terrace and Macaulay Road, North Melbourne.The proposal includes a bottle shop with permission to sell liquor between the hours of 7am and 11pm. This is incongruous with a Vic Health (2011) report on the proximity and sale of liquor and the prevalence of alcohol-related violence.The provision of open space is minimal and further compromises the amenity of the site as a residential development. The taller of the 2 towers is proposed to be of a height of 55 meters. This exceeds the Melbourne City Council’s – Arden Macaulay Structure Plan (AMSP)* which proposes a limit of 20 to 30 meters for that site. The Structure Plan among other things, attempts to balance the scale and nature of future development with required community assets and services.

 

RAiD @ 3051 Inc.

RAiD is an incorporated community based organisation made up of residents seeking quality outcomes from planning affecting residents of 3051.

RAiD was established in September 2011 by a group of residents in North Melbourne who initially came together over the Woolworths development proposal. Although this proposal is the primary concern of RAiD we are also concerned re increased building approvals without any commensurate increased services to deal with the impact of population growth on transport, education, health services and social infrastructure and service delivery. We are not opposed to urban consolidation.  RAiD is about integrated development. RAiD believes all future development in the AMSP zone needs to be accompanied by an investment in community assets and services.

Since forming, over 130 people have joined as members of RAiD and many more are on a newsletter email list.

 

Points of contact:

* Melbourne City Council‘s Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan (AMSP is focused on the proposed development of the area resulting in an additional 25,000 to 30,000 residents over the next 10 to 30 years.  For details refer to http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/getinvolved/structureplans/ardenmacaulay/Pages/Information.aspx

 

Public Meeting Confirmed 27 Aug. Hear RAiD & MCC guest speakers

WOOLWORTH’S DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION SESSION: FOR RESIDENTS BY RESIDENTS

ALL WELCOME

 

DATE     Monday  27 August  2012

TIME:    Start @ 6.00 pm – Finish @ 7.00 pm

VENUE: North Melbourne Recreation Centre, enter via the main entrance in Arden St and follow signage to the Theatrette on the 1st level

Click here for the online link.

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/nmrc/FacilitiesandHire/Pages/Theatrette.aspx

AGENDA

The purpose of the information session is to:

 

  • discuss potential impact and issues associated with the Woolworth’s proposal

  • consider the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan process and the implications for this proposal;

  • advise on action taken to date;

  • determine future action that needs to be taken.

 

Cr Ken ONG Chair of MCC Planning Committee will address the meeting on Why Melbourne City Council is appealing Minister Guy’s decision to grant Woolworth’s development application.

The Melbourne City Council has opposed this Planning Application and is appealing the Minister’s decision at VCAT.

RAiD will also Appeal the decision at VCAT.

Peter Hogg, Chair of RAID will outline RAiD-3051 VCAT Appeal.

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Melbourne Leader Photos 2 August 2012 10:30am (I know its during work).

The Minister has made his tragic decision for the development to go ahead pretty much unfettered but the Melbourne Leader will be covering the news and wants to take some Photos tomorrow on the 2 July 2012 at 10:30am at Vaughan Terrace.

I know its during work for many people but try to get on down and show your support for the communities struggle for a better Woolworths development. As always kids & dogs very welcome & remember you are never too old or too young to make a noise and get involved.

 


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Lobby Mathew Guy Planning Minister Liberal Govt to bring the Woolworths development down to 12 stories

Lobby Mathew Guy Planning Minister Liberal Govt to bring the Woolworths development down to 12 storient.

Developers win big in Armadale – the details

Despite support from the Local Council who rejected the Lend Lease plan in 2010, they have won at VCAT.

You can see the full details in The AGE online here, read it before they put a firewall up and make it pay per view or out source all the local journos to Sevtlavia East, as wont know where Armadale is.

The Age Online Reporting Victorian Planning Issues

The Age Online Reporting Victorian Planning Issues

 

Looking through the damage, what are the wins. They knocked off 13 apartments from the plan (no mean feat that is a whole development). They got a maternal and child health care centre built – good long term gain for an inner city community (wonder if they got some where to park the 4 wheel drives). Additionally they got a store and a cafe, they got the engagement of the council at a community level and they worked together as residents and those links and bonds are great achievements. Take the credit, well done guys thanks for taking the fight on behalf of Melbourne citizens all the way.

BBQ 2 March 2012 – Traffic from Woolworths

Dont forget RAiD BBQ Friday night 530pm at Gardiners Reserve Haines Street Dryburgh Street. Come and talk about the traffic issues raised by the Woolworths development & get an update on the campaign.

 
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