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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.