Melbourne City Elections – Questions we asked the candidates

RAiD sent a questionnaire to all of the City of Melbourne Candidates and will review and collate the responses to questionnaire to help understand the elected candidates and to plan and strategise for a better planned neighbourhood. 

The 2016 City of Melbourne election for Lord Mayor and Councillors is by postal vote. Voting papers are to be mailed Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th October.  The ballot paper will identify the members of each candidate team; or refer to the Victorian Electoral Commission link at: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Elections/2016LocalCouncilElections.html

RAID@3051 Inc emailed the contact for each of the candidates in the City of Melbourne election with a request to respond by 30 September to four questions relating to:

  • 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.

To date about a dozen responses have been received form all the major contenders. RAID is a non–partisan organisation and does not endorse or comment on the responses received so at this point we wont be publishing the responses.

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.

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.

Elections for the City of Melbourne – Meet the Candidates

Melbourne Council Elections

What do we want? Integrated development in 3051, When do we want it ? Consistently!

Meet the Candidates’ Wednesday 17 October


Kensington Association with give residents a the chance to size up the election candidates.  Please spread the word.  


Elections for the City of Melbourne are about to happen.  This will be a postal vote.

You’ll receive your 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. 


We urge you to take an interest in this election. 

The Kensington Association will present ‘Meet the Candidates’ in the Holy Rosary School Hall Gower Street Kensington at 7:30 pm Wednesday 17 October.   


RAiD News 25 June Solstice Edition

Welcome to the RAiD winter warmer news up date, there are six items of update on the latest in our campaign news letter as we continue in our quest for a better quality of development in 3051.

  1. Status of Woolworths decision: there is still no decision from the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy on the Woolworths proposal.  There has been no further information available to us on the status of the decision.  We are aware that both the Shadow Minister for Planning, Brian Tee and Greg Barber, Greens Upper House member are alert to the proposal.

 

  1. Report from RAID street stall on Saturday, June 16: was most successful in attracting an additional 15 membership sign-ups and a great deal of discussion about the specific Woolworths proposal and broader development proposals and their impact on services, parking, traffic etc. Attached is the updated information flyer distributed at the stall.  An initiative of one of the volunteers was a raffle (a bottle of red wine) which was won by David who works locally.  A further street stall is planned for Melrose Street shops in the coming weeks and possible translation of the information flyer into community languages.  A fuerther update will be provided along with a request for volunteers to participate on the day when arrangments are confirmed.

 

  1. By-election scheduled for Saturday, July 21st:- Meet the Candidates – a forum has been advertised for Monday, July 9th at 7.00 pm in the Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton.  This is an opportunity to ask a question of the candidates as to their view on planning in the inner suburbs.

 

  1. Melbourne Metro (refer to web details at: ptv.vic.gov.au/melbournemetro): Peter Topping is prepared to apply to be a member of the Melbourne Metro Community Reference Group on behalf of RAID.  The RAID position at this early stage of the process, and with limited information to consider, is a general one of support for public transport; and the persistent message of integration of services including with the existing public transport network.  Should Peter be successful in his application to the reference group, he will both raise issues from the RAID membership and advise of matters from the reference group requiring community input.  Volunteers to form a support group to Peter in this role would be most welcome.   

 

  1. RAID in the press: the June edition of the North and West Melbourne News (N&WMN) featured an article about RAID Inc – its purpose and activities over the past 10 months.  The article provides a succinct summary of the issues, the RAID position and the outcomes to date, including the Melbourne City Council’s disapproval of the proposal in its current form and the formation of a City of Melbourne committee traffic management working party for this local area.

    News from RAiD 3051 on the proposed Woolworths High rise development

    RAiD 3051 residents community news on Woolworths proposal & planning in 3051

Northwest Melbourne Association invites you to meet the candidates June 09th

RAiD thanks the Northwest Melbourne Association for telling us about the meet the candidates forum scheduled for next week.

Meet the Candidates Forum for the State Seat of Melbourne By Election Please mark your calendars now.
Following the resignation of Bronwyn Pike there will be a by election on 21 July.
7-30 pm Monday 9 July 2012 at Church of All Nations 180 Palmerston St., Carlton (cnr Drummond St)
Nominations: include Ms Cathy Oke, Greens, and Ms Jennifer Kanis, ALP. (Both are Melbourne City Councillors.) Others are expected to nominate.

Candidates for State Seat of Melbourne Election, tell them integrated development matters

Candidates for State Seat of Melbourne Election, tell them integrated development matters