VCAT Mediation update.

VCAT Mediation is listed for 4 December 2012.

A huge amount of work has been done to help us build our community case. Local Architect & Committee Member Peter Hogg of has been coordinating the executive team and we have been working with the tireless Jane Good of Brand Partners(RAID Solicitors) to prepare the RAID position for mediation.  The substantive Hearing is listed for February 2013.


RAiD 3051 Woolworth appeal VCAT appeal case

RAiD 3051 a small North Melbourne residents group standing up for integrated planning and good social outcomes for North Melbourne residents is in VCAT


On behalf of all those involved in RAiD and associated groups and individuals thank you from all of us in advance for the hours put in by Peter Hogg, Jane Good ( both who have their own business’s to run) as well other genreous people who have given us so much time and support.

We need cash to fund ourselves at VCAT but more importantly we want new members. There has never been a more important time to join RAiD 3051 or to make a donation to help us. If you are not currently a member please join now by completing the attached RAID membership form and returning with $2.00 also to 431 Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne.  Membership forms will also be available at the AGM or you can down load a RAiD3051 Membership form at this link.

Thank you to RAID members who have made donations to the RAID VCAT appeal.  Our target of $10,000 is in need of a boost in donations to ensure that we are in the position to engage relevant expert witnesses for the 7 day hearing scheduled for late February 2013.

Jane Good and her team at Brand Partners have donated many hours of work to RAID but inevitably there are ‘hard’ expenses that have to be met.  Address cheques to RAID @ 3051 Inc and mail to PO Box 2007, Hotham Hill, 3051.

Include your contact details and an acknowledgement and receipt will be provided.  Alternatively please advise through the RAID email address ( of your interest in donating and you will be contacted by a member of the committee.

An don’t forget an easy way to support us is you can sign our online petition any time or share it with your friends we are targeting 200 online signatures. Click on the RAiD3051 Petition Link Here to have a look or sign up.

AGM Update Reminder 04 Dec at the NM footy club.

The RAiD 3051 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is listed for December 4 2012 commencing at 6.00 pm at the North Melbourne Football Club (Arden St entrance).

Residents About Integrated Development - MCC are listening but Woolworths are not listening

Residents About Integrated Development – MCC are listening but Woolworths are not listening – Moderation is smaller with restricted packaged booze sales, simple!

The timing of the AGM will enable a full report of the mediation proceeding to be given to the meeting.

Attached for your information are an AGM agenda and RAID committee nomination form.  There are seven (7) positions vacant:


a.       Chairperson

b.      Vice-chairperson

c.       Treasurer

d.      Secretary

e.      Three (3) Ordinary members


The executive are keen for new support so step up and have a go.

Please forward your signed nomination form to me as RAID’s Public

Officer at 431 Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne or return email –

Down Load your nomination here.

Not a member and you would like to participate down load a RAiD 3051 membership form here it is the best $2 you will ever spend.

We WILL take nominations on the day, all are welcome to apply so if you feel you have the passion please step up you will be welcome.



As our planned city threatens to spill into poorly structured chaos, there is hope.

As our planned city threatens to spill into poorly structured chaos, there is hope & inspiration in two places this Friday afternoon 23 Nov.

At the Victorian Archives in the shadow of Woolworths highly contested & controversial Canning St proposal for a supermarket with monster towers the Victorian Archives on Sheil St are running a free exhibition of the competition to design Canberra. The passion, forethought and quality are of the entrants are inspiring. Mr Guy should take a visit to the exhibition as 100 years latter Canberra is a very successful city which has grown from nothing to 350,000 while catering for it’s disparate citizens consistently over time how ever dysfunctional its politics have been or are at any time.


The Age Online Reporting Victorian Planning Issues

The Age Online Reporting Victorian Planning Issues


The other delightful consequence of the decent into adhoc planning chaos, like a new Western suburb with no bus or train ( laugh and the world laughs with you, weep in frustration and Minister will step over you) is that it has prompted some thoughtfull and informative discourse in media, none more so than todays Age Article by Norman Day titled Marvellous Melbourne, a city lived on the street, is in peril.

Up coming RAiD 3051 key events

RAiDers its diary time:

the big events on the horizon are the:


RAiD 3051 AGM

The AGM will be held at the North Melbourne Football Club on the 4th of Dec between 6-8 pm we are aiming to start at 630pm. More information and nomination forms to follow.

Mediation between RAiD 3051 & representatives of Woolworths, RAiD will be aiming to achieve a compromise on the size and scale of development proposed as well as the sale of liquor.

View the Arden Macaulay Planning Amendment at the Melbourne Town HallA Public Exhibition of the Planning Scheme and info session 22 November 6pm.

Arden Macaulay Public Workshop hosted by ArchiTeam Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the Young & Husband Building Kennsington.