Resources arising from the Arden Vision and Apartment Consultations

RAiDers interested in the Arden Vision can down load the PDF published and discussed at the well attended Buncle Street meeting here 2016 Draft Arden Vision and Framework_low res

If you want to understand the current thinking on apartment building sizes and standards with in the State Govt You can access this PDF Better_Apartments_Draft_Design_Standards August2016

October Update Arden Vision Apartment Standards & City Elections

1. Arden Vision and Framework consultation forum

The draft Arden Vision and Framework has been released (refer attachments) and the following consultation forums facilitated by are scheduled for community and business to have a say on what is being proposed

  • Community Forum: scheduled for 6pm – 7:30pm Wednesday 5 October 2016 at North Melbourne Community Centre 49 Buncle Street (Main Entrance via Mark St)
  • Business Forum 7.30am – 9am, Tuesday 4 October 2016 at North Melbourne Football Club.

For more information and to RSVP your attendance register at the link: Shape Victoria 


2. Better Apartment Standards – draft standards (refer attached) have been released.  RAID (and individual RAID members) have provided feedback on the standards with the key issues identified by RAID being: in principle support for the proposed Apartment standards and anxious that they do not get watered down due to pressure from the housing and development industries with the following amendments recommended:

1.       developers should be bound by minimum sizes for units and flats unless they can demonstrate that the design meets the objectives of the standards in other ways.

2.       propose that minimum room sizes should be established and suggest that 12 square meters for a bedroom is not an unreasonable minimum, with 40 square meters allowed for a single bedroom flat, and 55 square meters for a 2 bedroom flat as reasonable minimums. At minimum all rooms and all designs be fit for purpose.

3.       RAID does not support the stipulation that only 60% of dwellings with a finished floor level less than 35 meters in height: in our view ALL dwellings should have good natural ventilation.

3: City of Melbourne Council Election: October 2016: RAID has forwarded a set of questions to all candidates focused on key issues to support positive community outcomes in the context of significant growth in housing stock in our community including:

  • provision of childcare and local government primary schools
  • provision of open space and sporting fields
  • strategies for maximising use of public transport and reducing traffic congestion
  • how they will engage in timely and meaningful consultation with the community and stakeholders.

Responses received by the requested date of 30/9 will be compiled and distributed to the RAID email list early next week.

Traffic Concerns Update – North Melbourne Woolworths

Proposed Speed Bump Map and Speed Limit 3051

Proposed Speed Bump Map and Speed Limit 3051

Traffic management update:  Traffic management is one of the major issues RAID has been raising with the City of Melbourne Officers and Councillors, in particular Cr Oke, in relation to the Woolworths site and the Haines/Shiel Street developments.

The following update is taken from the CoM website (19/8/16) and identifies the measures supported by the CoM.  A link at the end takes you to a map where the traffic calming measures apply.  Refer to the CoM site for this and further updates:


Residents have expressed concerns over the possible impact on residential amenity from the proposed North Melbourne Woolworths development site, both during its construction and following its completion. City of Melbourne has a number of measures either in place or planned to mitigate the impact.

The following traffic management measures are proposed in the vicinity of the Woolworths site:

  • traffic calming treatments in Shiel Street, subject to the support by the residents in the street
  • raised pedestrian crossings in Haines Street and Shiel Street at the Haines Street / Shiel Street / Dryburgh Street roundabout
  • 40 km/h speed limit in Shiel Street and Haines Street
  • extension of the 40 km/h speed limit in Melrose Street to whole of street
  • upgrade of the existing bicycle lane in Haines Street between Dryburgh Street and Errol Streets
  • improved two-way bicycle connection from Macaulay Road to Canning Street
  • proposed bicycle lane east of Buncle Street.

A number of traffic management measures and bicycle works have recently been installed and are proposed in the North Melbourne area. View the map of traffic calming measures in North Melbourne (PDF 561 KB).

 Or you can access it in our site on the following link Raid map-traffic-measures-north-melbourne

Save the Park 114-116 Haines Street Application -10 storey complex, ,31 apartments 23 car parks.

The final assault on the westerly afternoon sun on Gardiners Reserve is now in play.
114-116 Haines Street North Melbourne 3051. RAiD says, too big too high, too dense, too much loss of light.

114-116 Haines Street North Melbourne 3051. RAiD says, too big too high, too dense, too much loss of light.

The owners of the Microwave Man in Haines Street (opposite Gardiner Reserve) have put in an application for a 10 storey complex with 31 apartments and 23 car spaces.
Please object to this development which will overshadow the park. Objections close 21 November (as per the attached picture).
Planning application number TP 2014-419
Let your local election candidates know we are VERY un happy about the planning process and absence of vision at State Level. We broadly accept medium density and development, but it must be infrastructure and services driven, 23 car spaces, who misses out and what is to stop them parking on street?
Get angry, get vocal 3051.

The Monnee Ponds Creek

The Linear Park Moonee Ponds Creek as projected before and after from The Age online 11/11/2013 rumour has it that business’s on the banks being acquired have been told to be out by June. So this is the creeks last hazzah, last summer and last Autumn under grass. You can follow the follow the hearings via the blog by Rose Isner:

I would like to thank every one involved with Creek over the last decade for enhancing the quality of my life it was not in vain we enjoyed the work immensely and so did the native wildlife and ferals.

As fetured in

Hearing now on for the East West Link this is the Moonee Ponds Creek Linear Park as projected after the East West Link is built in the Age 11/11/2013

Moonee Ponds Creek as shown in the Age Online 11/11/2013 before the East West Freeway

RAiD 3051 Inc – 2014 AGM Notification

RAID @ 3051 Inc 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Wednesday, March 26, 2014

at 6.00 pm in the Auditorium, Level 1, NMFC, Arden Street, North Melbourne

Email Communication from the Committee.

Dear Neighbours – this email update provides important information about the RAID @ 3051 Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Your attendance is important to ensure that community members have the opportunity to nominate for the RAID committee and are up-to-date about the status of the Woolworths development and other planning matters impacting on us. 

The AGM is scheduled to commence at 6.00 pm and conclude by 7.00 pm and will be held in the Auditorium, level 1, North Melbourne Football Club (Arden St entrance).


RAID chairperson, Peter Hogg, will provide a Chairman’s report including an update on a recent conversation with Woolworths representative.

An invitation to the AGM is being sent to all people on the RAID email list, MCC Councillors and our local members of parliament and community groups.  Please pass on this invitation to your friends and neighbours.

Attached are a RAID 2013 AGM agenda and RAID committee nomination form. There are seven (7) positions vacant:

a. Chairperson

b. Vice-chairperson

c. Treasurer

d. Secretary

e. Three (3) Ordinary members

Please send or drop off your signed nomination form to 42 Canning Street, North Melbourne or scan and email to by Wednesday, March 19, 2014  at 5.00 pm.

Also attached is a membership form (for new members) and a membership renewal form (for existing members).

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM and your continued support for integrated development in North Melbourne.



Tess Demediuk

on behalf of RAID @ 3051 Inc

Nomination forms:

RAID Membership application_2014

RAID_agenda AGM_March 26_2014

RAID Membership Renewal form_2014

RAID_Nomination form 2014


RAiD Committee update

Dear Neighbours – some RAID members have suggested that the following information be circulated to assist with getting to know more about the implications for North Melbourne and surrounding suburbs with the State Government’s Plan Melbourne (Metropolitan Planning Strategy) including the East-West Link.  Included are information session dates and venues, website details and dates for providing feedback.

A. Plan Melbourne

This information has been sourced from

From that site it is possible to sign up for email updates on the project.

There are a range of information sessions and information displays across Melbourne however following are the ones closest to our area:

1. Half-Day Information Sessions

Information sessions are where you can find out more detailed information on the strategy and what it proposes for your part of Melbourne:

Session – Saturday 23 November 2013 from 10am to 3pm at Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

2. Information Displays

Information displays will be held at local shopping centres and markets, where you can pop by and pick up a fact sheet on the strategy.

Information display: Saturday 16 November 2013 from 10am to 2pm at Queen Victoria Market, Elizabeth St., Melbourne

3. Providing feedback on Plan Melbourne

Opportunities to comment via the Plan Melbourne website close at 5pm on Friday 6 December 2013.  Submissions will not be accepted after this date.

Online submission form to Plan Melbourne

The online tool allows you to make a submission to Plan Melbourne. It requires log in and provision of a password. It can be accessed at

The tool has been set up to give flexibility to respond how you like, while also focusing on some key questions eg. you can:

·         comment on each chapter in Plan Melbourne

·         rank the chapter directions in order of importance

·         provide general comments on the plan’s overall vision and what it means for you

·         provide comments on how Plan Melbourne relates to a specific geographic location

Submissions can also be sent via email or post
To make an email submission: download the submission form or send a PDF or Word document of your comments to

To make a submission via post, send to:

Plan Melbourne
Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure
GPO Box 2392, Melbourne VIC 3001

B. East-West Link

The East West Link is a proposed cross-city road connection extending across Melbourne from the Eastern Freeway to the M80 Ring Road. The Eastern Section of the East West Link is a six kilometre freeway (with a partial tunnel) connecting the Eastern Freeway with CityLink. The Proponent is the Linking Melbourne Authority.  An East West Link Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) has been prepared and is on display for public comment from 31 October to 12 December 2013. CIS is a process to assess the anticipated impacts of the project and examine options for avoiding, managing and mitigating any negative impacts.

Specific information about the East-West Link project can be found at

Public information displays to present the reference design for the East West Link Stage One are scheduled in the following locations:

·         Sunday 10 November 2013, 11.00am – 3.00pm; Collingwood Masonic Hall, 141 Gipps Street, Collingwood. Melway ref 2C H11

·         Monday 11 November 2013, 5.00pm – 8.00pm; State Netball and Hockey Centre, 10 Brens Drive, Parkville. Melway ref 29 D12

·         Wednesday 13 November 2013, 5:30pm-8:30pm,; Melbourne Town Hall – Yarra Room, Swanston Street, Melbourne. Melway ref 2F F4

·         Saturday 16 November 2013, 11.00am – 3.00pm; St Brendan’s Hall Cnr Church and High Streets, Flemington. Melway ref 29 A12.


It is advised that the purpose of the information displays is to review the Comprehensive Impact Statement documentation and discuss the project with specialists about planning studies undertaken, noise, air quality, urban design and writing a submission for the Assessment Committee.

The Minister for Planning has appointed an Assessment Committee to assess the Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) for the East West Link (Eastern Section) Project, and to make recommendations to the Minister for Planning whether or not to grant any applicable approvals required for the project, and if so, to recommend appropriate conditions for approvals.

The Assessment Committee will consider and hear all properly made written submissions through a Public Hearing process. Submissions close 12 December, 2013 and should be sent to

Chair, East West Link
Assessment Committee
Planning Panels Victoria
Level 5, 1 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


emailed to



Tess Demediuk

on behalf of RAID @ 3051 Inc


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:

Protest the EastWest link 02 Nov 2013

Protest the EastWest link 02 Nov 2013

News 25 June – NWMA meeting & West Melbourne Sub Station.

West Melbourne terminal station

RAiD members went to a NWMA meeting where SP Ausnet and their architects Denton Corker Marshall presented their design for the upgrade of the West Melbourne terminal station in Arden Street next to the Moonee Ponds Creek. The design for the new substation is pretty funky and  includes some land given over to public open space. Given  how unattractive the current substation looks the new one will be a big improvement and we told the architects and SP Ausnet as much.

Redevelopment of the West Melbourne Substation could include public land.

Redevelopment of the West Melbourne Substation could include public land.

 Community Forum

The Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP) together with Port People (PP), Beacon Cove Neighbourhood Association (BCNA) and Port 2 Port, are hosting a Forum on the future of the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area. The forum will bring together planning and development experts with community activists to provide information and assistance on the Fishermans Bend Development.

When: Sunday 7th July
Time: 2-5pm
Location:South Melbourne Commons (Crn Bank and Montague Sts South Melbourne)

For more information go to the following webpage:

Panelists include
• Dr Darragh O’Brien (principal), Architectural Research Consultancy,
• Francis Grey, economist,
• Dr Kate Shaw, geographer, Melbourne University,
• Dr Rory Hyde, Unsolicited Architecture, Melbourne University,
• Robert Pradolin, General Manager Australand, Residential Victoria, http//

Moderator: Peter Mares, writer, researcher, and former ABC broadcaster.

Big thanks to our donor who seeks no acknowledgement.
A serial donor to RAID has generously donated $500 for our legal team and for all their good works!

June 14 Update from RAiD

Dear Neighbours – a quick update on the status of the post-VCAT decision.

1. As advised in RAID email update 48, VCAT released its decision on Friday, May 17, 2013 and recommended to approve the Woolworths development with no substantive changes to the features important to our community – the towers remain with no reduction in height; liquor availability conditions and sales are unchanged and the impact of the development on the community – transport, parking, traffic – was not considered to be significant.


2. Following this, an analysis of the VCAT decision was undertaken by Brand Partners, RAID’s pro bono legal team, who advised of potential points of law to be tested in the Supreme Court.  Given the nature and potential cost of such action RAID has liaised with the MCC to determine their position as to an appeal.  We have been advised that the MCC legal advice does not support an appeal to the Supreme Court.

3. Cr Ong as Chair of Council’s Planning Committee has agreed to provide a written response on Council’s position for circulation to the RAID community.

4. We are continuing to work with the MCC to ensure that the details in the VCAT decision, including the conditions identified, are accurately reflected in the report and are also discussing mitigation strategies associated with the recognised impact of the development eg. parking, traffic management.

5. RAID has sent out media releases to the Age, the Weekly and Leader.  Thank you to community members who attended the photo shoot for the local papers onsite on May 21.  Refer to the attached photo taken by a RAID member on the day.

We will continue to keep you posted on developments via email updates and the website.


Tess Demediuk

on behalf of RAID @ 3051 Inc.