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:

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.

Confirmation – New School from North Melbourne planned.

Down in paragraph three the Minister confirms a new school is planned for North Melbourne.

Four New Schools For Melbourne’s Inner City Families

11th Oct 2016

More than 5,000 new student places will be created for Melbourne families, with a further three new primary schools and a high school to be built in the inner city.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today released the Docklands School Provision Review and Stage 2 of the Andrews Labor Government’s Inner City Schools Package in response.

The Labor Government will build a new primary school at Docklands, with work to start immediately on acquiring the site. Planning will also start on a new primary and secondary school at Fishermans Bend and a new primary school at North Melbourne.

More than 90,000 students are forecast to enter Victorian schools over the next five years due to Victoria’s population boom and there is a growing demand for new schools in Melbourne’s inner city.

The Labor Government has already delivered a record $1.8 billion to build 42 new schools and upgrade hundreds more across the state to meet this enrolment demand. Under Stage 2 of the Inner city Schools Package announced today, the Government will also:

  • Build a new Docklands primary school with work to start immediately on acquiring a site
  • Identify sites and start planning for a new primary school at North Melbourne
  • Identify sites for both a primary and secondary school at Fishermans Bend
  • Secure a site to expand Albert Park College and provide five extra classrooms
  • Deliver the remaining funding for South Melbourne Park Primary School and Prahran High School
  • Open the new Richmond High School and Ferrars Street Primary School in 2018.

The Principal of Ferrars Street Primary School – the new vertical school at South Melbourne – will also be appointed 12 months before the school opens so local families can get enrolment support well in advance.

Inner city enrolment boundaries will also be changed so Docklands families will be able to send their children to Ferrars Street Primary School and University High School.

The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student has the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school – no matter where they live.

The Docklands School Provision Review is available at:

March AGM Report and Demolition Update

RAID@3051 AGM – was held on Wednesday, March 9th at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre Auditorium.  The meeting was well supported by the RAID community.  Dr Darragh O’Brien, Chair of the Inner Melbourne Planning Alliance (IMPA) – of which RAID is a member – was the guest speaker on the important topic of public participation on the planning and development that is changing 3051.  Some key points, which generated discussion from the floor, included:

  • defining ’condensed’ v ‘spread out’ city
  • densification can result in ‘City Rd’ model – no active street frontage; little/no space between buildings
  • currently the community comes in at the ‘tail end’ as objectors
  • opportunistic developers work within the limitations of the planning policies without necessarily considering the infrastructure impact of the development
  • AMSP and C190 provide some positive directions eg. aspiration for a green neighbourhood feel for ‘city edge’ suburbs like North Melbourne and Kensington; however there are challenges with the legal instruments eg. mandatory heights and setbacks conflicting with the aspiration
  • what is needed is a ‘conversation’ as to what the community wants the city to be and guidelines for architects to work within when advising developers – for all parties there needs to be a degree of certainty
  • individuals and communities can make a difference.

2.       Update on the Woolworths demolition

The demolition of the factory building on the Woolworths site commenced on January 4, 2016 and demolition has effectively been continuous six days a week aside from a week in late February when the site was closed down and a ‘stop work’ order posted.  RAID remains unclear as to why the order was required despite seeking advice from City of Melbourne Officers.  Ongoing demolition work continues today.  A perimeter fence has been constructed in the past week as all of the factory buildings have been demolished.

RAID members are keeping a watching brief over the site and raising issues with CoM Officers and Councillors as they arise – or before they arise – as a pre-emptive measure in the case of traffic management around the site.  RAID is aware that a development site of this size requires approval of a Construction Management Plan (CMP) which includes, among other matters, a detailed plan for traffic management at all stages of the demolition and construction phases.

Note that the permitted hours of work within the City of Melbourne are Monday to Friday from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm and Saturday from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.  Any work outside of these hours requires an out of hours permit to be issued. Workers are permitted to be on site prior to this time however must not undertake any building work.  Any issues can be reported to the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658.

Finally, RAID continues to seek advice on the status of any new plans which may be submitted for the site; and on the VCAT prescribed conditions to the permit to be met.  The lack of community consultation remains a major issue.


3.       RAID presented at the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee

RAID was represented at the Minister for Planning’s Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee Hearing on April 27th and the presentation focused on addressing the terms of reference as to a review of process including community consultation.  In particular the emphasis put was on gaining an appreciation of, and respect for, the importance of community groups in informing planning policy and planning decisions; an exploration as to why community groups form in response to planning matters; the need to consult using effective strategies so that the community voice is heard; the need for plain English explanations and unpacking the complex planning language and processes when the majority of community group members are not planning experts.

The presentation also noted examples of what RAID considers to be the inconsistent application of the Residential Zone criteria in North Melbourne by the City of Melbourne and compared this to how other inner city municipalities had identified and designated significantly higher percentages of the more protected Neighbourhood Residential Zones within their areas.  In closing a series of review requests were posed for consideration by the Panel members.  The outcomes from the Advisory Committee deliberations will be reported to the Minister for Planning.


4.       Renewal of RAID membership

Thank you to RAID members who have are renewed their membership for 2016 or are joining for the first time.  The March AGM endorsed maintaining the joining fee at $1.00 and the membership renewal fee at $1.00.  For renewing or new members please refer to the attached membership / membership renewal forms.  Please download, complete and include the membership fee and send to PO Box 2007, Hotham Hill, 3051 or leave in the letter box at 42 Canning Street, North Melbourne.

Your ongoing support is appreciated.

Further Assaults on Sheil Street and Gardiners Reserve

Objections to TP-2014-955 (104-110 Haines Street) by next Tuesday 23 Dec. This is a NEW DEVELOPMENT this is not MICROWAVE MAN its additional !!!

In the process of reviewing this latest application we have realised that we are now up to 277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces with these developments in Haines and Shiel Street. (note: this figure includes the Woods Car repairs in Shiel Street as they have lodged an application for 69 apartments with 4 storeys in the front and 8 in the back).

This is totally ridiculous for this area and we need to make people aware of this situation.

277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces in this very small area of Haines and Shiel Street.

277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces in this very small area of Haines and Shiel Street.


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.

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.

Update 1 Shiel St development.

Dear RAIDers – disappointing outcome from last night’s FMC meeting – Council approved the development without change or recognition of the issues raised.

Old View 2013

Image from Planning Permit TP-2014-115 for 1 Shiel St North Melbourne 3051

Planning Permit TP-2014-115 for 1 Shiel St North Melbourne 3051

New Son of 2013 next to the purple monster in 2014.

1 Shiel Street the new version 2014, note next door bulk and absence of a 15 meter 5 Shiel St development.

Newly approved by MCC, 1 Shiel Street the new version 2014, note next door bulk and absence of a 15 meter 5 Shiel St development.


  • This was Council’s opportunity to put into practice their policy with regard to parks, amenity, height limits, planning gain and they failed at the first hurdle.

We appreciated that Rohan Leppert spoke against the Motion and foreshadowed  an alternative Motion (supported by Cathy Oke) – to reduce the level by one storey – ‘deletion of level 3 or 4’ to conform with C190 ie 10.5 and 14.0 metres.  This did not get to be put to the vote as the original Motion was carried 7 to 2 (Leppert and Oke).

The RAiD committee will meet Sunday night to prepare for the new Residential Zone Panel Hearing scheduled for mid September and to discuss other matters.

Woods 5 Shiel Street, Next for high rise? Will the MCC listen to residents?

Woods 5 Shiel Street, Next for high rise? Will the MCC listen to residents?

Woollworths North Melbourne SIte under offer

Canning Street & Vaughan Terrace site of the proposed Woolworths towers development 305

Canning Street & Vaughan Terrace site of the proposed Woolworths towers development 3051 is under offer.

The Canning Street site is now “under offer”, let us hope the new owners will work together with the local residents and Woolworths to develop the site and super market in a manner that better meets every ones needs. You cant stop development in most cases as the argument for increased density in the inner city is strong but you can work to make it better for everyone. Looking forward to hearing some news.

Breaking News 3051 July

A big week RAiDers, chilly winds are blowing across 3051.

It hass been confirmed another big development has been submitted to Council that will combined with 1 Sheil Street further over shadow Gardiners Reserve, in particular the play ground end. We will now have more than 140 apartments (so far) all of whose cars will exit on to the heavily used streets around the park, action to save our park coming soon.

Action is important as you don’t know what you have lost until it is gone. This view of the Park taken from playground equipment catalogue would be back dropped not by sky but a 30 meter wall of apartments along the park, no afternoon sun in winter like now while you watch the kids, like the linear park on Moonee Ponds Creek a view gone for ever, you can look back to a much lower density North Melbourne in 1928 in the image below.

West View of play ground in Gardiners Reserve N Melb image from the product catalogue

Western view of play ground in Gardiners Reserve N Melb

Image care of Wikimedia-The North Melbourne Gasometer1928

View of North Melbourne with a sneak peak of Garndiners Reserve in 1928 from image from WikiMedia online.

 In other breaking news, Australia Post is looking at redeveloping the Rosslynn Street WestMelbourne depo in a proposal that contains a whooping 501 apartments. Wonder if anyone is planning to build a school in the area shortly, or expand the gym, or make the pool 50 meters, build a new park, develop some age care or will we just keep adding people without facilities.

Finally the latest twist and turn concerning the North Melbourne Woolworths proposed development is that: the site which is up for sale has possibly been sold and an announcement is probable by 10 July. This would account for the frantic tidying up and boarding up reported on Facebook last week by eagle eyed & concerned RAiDers.

Rumour further has it that it has been sold at a loss from the purchase price, which when considered along with the development appeal legal costs and the holding costs for the site may explain why Red Capsicums are $7:99 or more a KG at their stores but less than $4:50 a KG at the North Melbourne IGA. News of these moves comes from deep in the Age article on the West Melbourne Post Office site of all places and not form Woolworths, The Minister for High Rise or the City Council. Here is a quote from The Age Online.

Last year supermarket giant Woolworths, despite bitter opposition from locals and the City of Melbourne, gained planning approval from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a supermarket and 300 apartments to be built in two high-rise towers in Canning Street, North Melbourne.

Woolworths put the site up for sale through CBRE’s Mark Wizel and Justin Dowers who confirmed that a transaction was imminent.

Fairfax Media previously reported it will change hands for more than $20 million.

A former lord mayor and chairman of North and West Melbourne Association, Kevin Chamberlin, said Australia Post should inform potential residents that the suburb lacked the infrastructure to support such large projects.

In further news today Thursday 10 July, Warehouse Number 5 at the bottom of Sutton Street is in the news as Solomon Lew wants to knock it down despite its heritage status.

They say their plans are for a car park? This seems a little odd given that it could only serve the station or maybe show grounds on a busy day & its value is estimated at $20 million. $20 million Car park, today, honest, apartment block tomorrow when its knocked down, surly no one would do that, would they?

1 Sheil Street Development (updated 08 May)

In response to the number of enquires we have about the development proposed for the site at 1 Sheil St, we can confirm, it is a 10 storey, 27 meter plus high development. The planning permit number is TP 2014-115. You can see the application on the MCC site at this link here.

We suggest you down load the link one on this page if you are not familiar with what is proposed, the PDF it is an excellent over view:

Every resident is free to object if they wish, some input has been provided by RAiD as a group. Numbers are important to the council in order to facilitate a review so if you feel strongly get involved.

While the design is by a very reputable architect, there are set backs and enough bike parks it is too big and with the plant on the roof significantly exceeds the most generous of high limits under the previous schemes.

Given the fact that we are about to lose the linear park to the freeway the communities concerns for the park and surrounds are understandable.

You may review the submission we have put here on these links:

RAID@3051 submission_New Residential Zones for the City of Melbourne FINAL

RAID_1 Shiel St_May 2nd_2014-1 FINAL

Why are we concerned about this? In a nutshell

The updated planning application has been submitted to develop a 10 storey (31.6 metre building) of 46 apartments at 1 Shiel Street (corner of Haines and Shiel Streets) directly opposite Gardiner Reserve.

This site was subject to a planning application in 2013 – for a 6 storey, 22 apartment development – against which RAID submitted an objection.  The proposal was subsequently approved by Council in late 2013 despite the many deficiencies highlighted in objections from the community including height and scale, overshadowing and impact on open space; and car parking and traffic management issues.  And now a bigger, bolder, more intrusive and denser version is being proposed for the same site.


Image from Planning Permit TP-2014-115 for 1 Sheil St North Melbourne 3051

Planning Permit TP-2014-115 for 1 Sheil St North Melbourne 3051

Great plans for the landscaping of the former Children’s Hospital site

Great plans available for the return of the former hospital land on Flemington Road to Royal Park, looks great. You can look at or down load the document here (the file is a big one, too big for our little website but loads quickly from the link above).


Landscaping plans for the return to Royal Park of the former Children's Hospital lands.

Landscaping plans for the return to Royal Park of the former Children’s Hospital lands.