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: 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

Election News – Mayne to stand for Melbourne


From the Leader page 01 MEDIA identity

Age and Leader breaking news Stephen Mayne of Crickey Fame to Stand in Melbourne

The Age and Leader breaking news report Stephen Mayne of Crickey Fame to Stand in Melbourne

will run as an independent in the Melbourne state by-election, promising an anti-Labor bent.

While the Manningham councillor is unlikely to win the seat vacated by Labor’s Bronwyn Pike, his preferences could help the Greens pinch the seat.

While not finalised, Cr Mayne said it was likely he would direct preferences to the Greens.

‘‘I have been disgusted by the Federal Labor Party’s sleaze and they need a period of introspection and reform before I’d align myself with them,’’ he said.

He said he was disappointed the Government had axed pokies reforms and would push for local government to impose double rates on pokies venues.

The Liberal Party won 28 per cent of the primary vote at the 2010 election, but is unlikely to contest and Cr Mayne was hopeful of scooping the bulk of that at the poll on July 21.

The Greens’ Cathy Oke needs a 6.2 per cent swing on a two-party preferred basis to claim the seat from Labor candidate Jennifer Kanis.

Cr Mayne said he was an economic conservative, but progressive on issues including climate change, gay marriage and refugees.

Traffic Counters in many North Melbourne Streets

Traffic Counters have been installed in many North Melbourne streets by the MCC as their review the traffic patterns in 3051. This is being done in advance of any Ministerial decision on the proposed Woolworths mega development on Canning Street. RAiD is actively engaged with some great Council staff members in looking at the traffic flows in the area. We have been asked by residents and RAiD members should we hope for big numbers or little numbers? After much discussion we don’t know, so if there is an expert out there who would like to come and talk to us email us on the gmail address we would love to meet you.

Traffic Counters installed in North Melbourne as residents seek Woolworths traffic management

Traffic Counters installed in North Melbourne as residents are concerned about Woolworths traffic management

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