Dear Neighbours – a follow up email re Tuesday’s ‘BBQ and Conversation’. Thank you to all who attended and/or provided messages of support for this event. Overall about 100 people joined us at the triangular park at the end of Canning Street adjacent to the proposed Woolworths development over the 2 hours (5.30 – 7.30). The weather remained kind with the cool change coming through close to 7.30. The following provides a summary and attached are some photos taken on the night.
- A number of people attending were unfamiliar with the proposal and were interested in discussing it and their views – this was facilitated by RAID members in small group discussions dotted around the area.
- A banner – stretched between two trees – was erected on the Macaulay Road side of the park and spray painted with the message – R.A.I.D. Stop Woolworths Towers! on one side and R.A.I.D. Stop Woolies High Rise Towers! on the other side.
- A number of laminated RAID ‘alternative’ posters were dotted around the park on stakes or pasted to trees, signage etc. The park took on quite a buzz and wave of activity.
- A big black book (art sketch pad) was utilised for attendees to register their message to the Minister for Planning – many pages were filled with objections, alternatives and concerns. Attendees provided their contact details for inclusion on the RAID email list.
- The barbeque was in in full swing producing yummy halal lamb sausages. (An Irish tourist – Grania – who was walking by volunteered to assist with the barbeque which she did enthusiastically for the full 2 hrs).
Acknowledgement and thanks is made to the community members for their contributions in getting the event happening on a ‘greenfield’ site in terms of hosting a BBQ – purchase of sausages, drinks, cups, ice etc and provision of the barbeque, gas bottle, tables etc. Also the purchase of materials for the banner, laminating of posters etc. Special acknowledgement to Mr Kwan from the Melrose St IGA who donated 20 loaves of bread, tomato sauce, soft drinks and plastic cups – please let him know of your appreciation for his support when you are next in his shop.
Given that planning and confirmation of the day/date allowed only limited notice of the BBQ and Conversation, with invitations to MCC Councillors and local members of the Victorian Parliament being sent out over the week-end prior, it was pleasing that we received responses of apology to the RAID invitation to attend the BBQ and Conversation from all MCC Councilors (noting that the time conflicted with a Council meeting); and responses of apology from the majority of our local Members of Parliament including Minister Guy’s office (thanking us for the invitation and advising of conflicts with other engagements or being interstate/overseas). This is important acknowledgement of this campaign by our local representatives and RAID has offered follow-up for Councillors and our local members of Parliament requiring further information about the community views. It was pleasing to have our Federal Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt amongst attendees showing support as were representatives of the N&WMA.
NOTE: The RAID initiated petition with 435 signatures was tabled in the Victorian Parliament by our local Member for Melbourne Ms Bronwyn Pike on Wednesday, November 9.
The important next step for RAID is to seek a meeting with the Minister for Planning prior to him making a decision on the Woolworths application.
As individuals there is the opportunity to influence the Minister’s decision through the following actions. A summary of this information and some key issues are included in the attached flyer.
Tell the Minister – ask for a meeting, call leave a message, write, email – that Melbourne City Council analysis and conclusion supports the community view – too big, too high and altogether too much. Contact details are:
Matthew Guy MLC, Minister for Planning,
Electorate Office, 56 Beetham Parade, Rosanna VIC 3084. Telephone: 9457 5328.
Ministerial Office – Level 7, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000. Telephone 9938 5990
Email at – email@example.com
Tell our only other upper house Liberal member with a direct interest in North Melbourne, Craig Ondarchie MLC for Northern Metropolitan
Craig Ondarchie MLC, Electorate Office 464 High Street Northcote 3070. Telephone 9938 5990
Email at – firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to persuade – be polite, informed and firm.
Tell the community of your concerns, talk to neighbours, write to the local newspapers.
The Melbourne Weekly, To the letters Editor at – email@example.com
The Melbourne Leader – Melbourne@leadernewspapers.com.au
As a community we need to keep the momentum going and the message clear and persistent – this is not the right development for the site.