Breaking news on local High School

University High School boundaries tripled to include all the CBD, parts of Southbank and the Docklands from just North Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and the northern end of the CBD. The Minister acts without any consultation with the Principal or School Council, no strategy or finances for facilities have been offered to service this huge expansion of the zone. It is reported that in 2017 there will be 200 students in year 7 alone based on the current zone, is this going to place yet another enormous stress on our school community?

3051 Public High School State School

3051 Public High School

Resources arising from the Arden Vision and Apartment Consultations

RAiDers interested in the Arden Vision can down load the PDF published and discussed at the well attended Buncle Street meeting here 2016 Draft Arden Vision and Framework_low res

If you want to understand the current thinking on apartment building sizes and standards with in the State Govt You can access this PDF Better_Apartments_Draft_Design_Standards August2016

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: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Elections/2016LocalCouncilElections.html

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:

www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/infrastructure/Pages/reviewdocklands.aspx

October Update Arden Vision Apartment Standards & City Elections

1. Arden Vision and Framework consultation forum

The draft Arden Vision and Framework has been released (refer attachments) and the following consultation forums facilitated by are scheduled for community and business to have a say on what is being proposed

  • Community Forum: scheduled for 6pm – 7:30pm Wednesday 5 October 2016 at North Melbourne Community Centre 49 Buncle Street (Main Entrance via Mark St)
  • Business Forum 7.30am – 9am, Tuesday 4 October 2016 at North Melbourne Football Club.

For more information and to RSVP your attendance register at the link: Shape Victoria 

 

2. Better Apartment Standards – draft standards (refer attached) have been released.  RAID (and individual RAID members) have provided feedback on the standards with the key issues identified by RAID being: in principle support for the proposed Apartment standards and anxious that they do not get watered down due to pressure from the housing and development industries with the following amendments recommended:

1.       developers should be bound by minimum sizes for units and flats unless they can demonstrate that the design meets the objectives of the standards in other ways.

2.       propose that minimum room sizes should be established and suggest that 12 square meters for a bedroom is not an unreasonable minimum, with 40 square meters allowed for a single bedroom flat, and 55 square meters for a 2 bedroom flat as reasonable minimums. At minimum all rooms and all designs be fit for purpose.

3.       RAID does not support the stipulation that only 60% of dwellings with a finished floor level less than 35 meters in height: in our view ALL dwellings should have good natural ventilation.

3: City of Melbourne Council Election: October 2016: RAID has forwarded a set of questions to all candidates focused on key issues to support positive community outcomes in the context of significant growth in housing stock in our community including:

  • 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.

Responses received by the requested date of 30/9 will be compiled and distributed to the RAID email list early next week.