Breaking News 3051 July

A big week RAiDers, chilly winds are blowing across 3051.

It hass been confirmed another big development has been submitted to Council that will combined with 1 Sheil Street further over shadow Gardiners Reserve, in particular the play ground end. We will now have more than 140 apartments (so far) all of whose cars will exit on to the heavily used streets around the park, action to save our park coming soon.

Action is important as you don’t know what you have lost until it is gone. This view of the Park taken from playground equipment catalogue would be back dropped not by sky but a 30 meter wall of apartments along the park, no afternoon sun in winter like now while you watch the kids, like the linear park on Moonee Ponds Creek a view gone for ever, you can look back to a much lower density North Melbourne in 1928 in the image below.

West View of play ground in Gardiners Reserve N Melb image from the product catalogue

Western view of play ground in Gardiners Reserve N Melb

Image care of Wikimedia-The North Melbourne Gasometer1928

View of North Melbourne with a sneak peak of Garndiners Reserve in 1928 from image from WikiMedia online.

 In other breaking news, Australia Post is looking at redeveloping the Rosslynn Street WestMelbourne depo in a proposal that contains a whooping 501 apartments. Wonder if anyone is planning to build a school in the area shortly, or expand the gym, or make the pool 50 meters, build a new park, develop some age care or will we just keep adding people without facilities.

Finally the latest twist and turn concerning the North Melbourne Woolworths proposed development is that: the site which is up for sale has possibly been sold and an announcement is probable by 10 July. This would account for the frantic tidying up and boarding up reported on Facebook last week by eagle eyed & concerned RAiDers.

Rumour further has it that it has been sold at a loss from the purchase price, which when considered along with the development appeal legal costs and the holding costs for the site may explain why Red Capsicums are $7:99 or more a KG at their stores but less than $4:50 a KG at the North Melbourne IGA. News of these moves comes from deep in the Age article on the West Melbourne Post Office site of all places and not form Woolworths, The Minister for High Rise or the City Council. Here is a quote from The Age Online.

Last year supermarket giant Woolworths, despite bitter opposition from locals and the City of Melbourne, gained planning approval from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a supermarket and 300 apartments to be built in two high-rise towers in Canning Street, North Melbourne.

Woolworths put the site up for sale through CBRE’s Mark Wizel and Justin Dowers who confirmed that a transaction was imminent.

Fairfax Media previously reported it will change hands for more than $20 million.

A former lord mayor and chairman of North and West Melbourne Association, Kevin Chamberlin, said Australia Post should inform potential residents that the suburb lacked the infrastructure to support such large projects.

In further news today Thursday 10 July, Warehouse Number 5 at the bottom of Sutton Street is in the news as Solomon Lew wants to knock it down despite its heritage status.

They say their plans are for a car park? This seems a little odd given that it could only serve the station or maybe show grounds on a busy day & its value is estimated at $20 million. $20 million Car park, today, honest, apartment block tomorrow when its knocked down, surly no one would do that, would they?

RAiD 3051 Easter 2014 update

Dear Neighbours – an update on recent activities and some upcoming events of interest

  1. The RAID AGM held on Wednesday, March 26 at the NMFC Auditorium was attended by nearly 30 members with apologies registered for a similar number.  Key points from the AGM included:

Chairman’s report covering the following:

  • Report on RAID’s strong and credible campaign at VCAT in early 2013 and RAID’s ongoing oversight in monitoring the Woolworths development and other developments in the local area to highlight direct and indirect impacts on amenity and infrastructure shortfalls.
  • Acknowledgement of the ongoing support and generous donations from RAID members, supporters, local community and the largely probono legal representation provided by Jane Good, Brand Partners in preparing the RAID case at VCAT and Ian Munt in presenting our case over 5 days at VCAT;
  • Recognition of the support of the City of Melbourne generally and current and previous Councillors – current Crs, Oke& Ong and previous Crs Kanis  & Shanahan – at VCAT;
  • Recent contact made with Woolworths as to the status of the proposed development.  It is noted that the site has been advertised ‘for sale by tender’ with a closing date of mid April.  The conditions of sale are a 20-year lease back of the supermarket component to Woolworths;
  • Members present supported RAID’s membership of the newly formed Inner Melbourne Planning Alliance (IMPA).  This is an umbrella group formed to attempt to provide better leverage with government, developers and local councils for the community and to act as a source of information for local community planning groups.

Treasurer’s report: Peter Keogh presented a comprehensive financial report advising that combined membership and donations to the VCAT appeal totalled just under $10,000 thanks to our generous members and donors.  With expenses paid RAID commences the financial year post the AGM with approximately $300.00. in the bank..

Committee members elected at the AGM were: Tess Demediuk (Secretary), Lorna Hannan, Peter Hogg (Chair), Peter Keogh (Treasurer), Marg Leser and Peter Topping.

Please do not hesitate to make contact should you wish to join the committee.

Renewal of membership: attached is both a membership renewal form and a form for new members.  Please download the appropriate form, fill in, include your membership fee – $1.00 for renewal or $2.00 (joining fee and membership fee) for new memberships and send to PO Box 2007, Hotham Hill or drop off at 42 Canning Street.

  1. RAID Chair, Peter Hogg, presented to the East West Link Panel Hearing on Tuesday, April 1 and argued that the proposal in its present form fails the evidence based design test in the following ways and should not proceed at this time without further investigation:

·         Cost benefit analysis is not robust

·         Inconsistencies in air quality predictions

·         The Urban Design Framework used is inadequate and misleading

·         Further work is required and additional options explored and costed

·         Further investigation into the impact on remnant natural ecosystems eg. Moonee Ponds Creek, is required

·         Further exploration of negative impacts on local amenity and environment required.

  1. City of Melbourne (CoM) changes to Residential Zoning – this is an important development initiated by the Victorian Government which could significantly impact on the current zoning arrangements across Melbourne.  The new Residential Zones will determine the type of residential development and types of activities that will be allowed in residential areas, what areas can accommodate housing growth and where existing neighbourhood character will be protected.  There are three new residential zones with the CoM Officers proposing the whole municipality be zoned General Residential:

·         Neighbourhood Residential Zone – limits housing growth and density

·         General Residential Zone – allows modest housing growth and diversity that respects the neighbourhood character

·         Residential Growth Zone – supports housing growth and diversity.

For more information and to provide feedback access or contact the CoM on 9658 9658.

A meeting, hosted by the North and West Melbourne Association (N&WMA) is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 at 6.30 pm at the Bastow Institute, 601 Queensberry St (enter from Union St).  David Mayes, Manager Strategic Planning at City of Melbourne, will be presenting on the New Residential Zones.  Take this opportunity to hear directly from CoM staff and to raise any concerns you have about the potential impact of the proposed new Residential Zones.

4.       Other developments – RAID members are advised that a recent planning permit for 1 Shiel St, North Melbourne has been submitted to Council.  This site was subject to a planning application of 6 storeys – which was approved by the City of Melbourne in 2013.  Note that RAID submitted an objection to the 6 storey development on the grounds of height and scale amongst other matters. The new application is understood to be for a 10 storey development – we will keep you informed if the application progresses.

5.      RAID has been asked to advise its members that a new community group has come together under the banner – NWMelbourne – to specifically take action on the proposed development by Eighth Day Baptist Community Property Ltd which has lodged a planning permit application with the City of Melbourne for 4 multi-level residential apartment buildings of 4, 5 and 6 storeys each, a large function hall and a retail shop for the site bounded by Miller, Curzon, King and Hawke Streets in West Melbourne. If this is approved the building will be up to 21 metres in height – the site is at the south end of Errol Street.  Information about the group and for registering an objection to this West Melbourne development is on their website – refer to

We look forward to your continued support and would be pleased to receive your suggestions and feedback.



T D on behalf of RAID @ 3051 Inc

RAiD 3051 Inc – 2014 AGM Notification

RAID @ 3051 Inc 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Wednesday, March 26, 2014

at 6.00 pm in the Auditorium, Level 1, NMFC, Arden Street, North Melbourne

Email Communication from the Committee.

Dear Neighbours – this email update provides important information about the RAID @ 3051 Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Your attendance is important to ensure that community members have the opportunity to nominate for the RAID committee and are up-to-date about the status of the Woolworths development and other planning matters impacting on us. 

The AGM is scheduled to commence at 6.00 pm and conclude by 7.00 pm and will be held in the Auditorium, level 1, North Melbourne Football Club (Arden St entrance).


RAID chairperson, Peter Hogg, will provide a Chairman’s report including an update on a recent conversation with Woolworths representative.

An invitation to the AGM is being sent to all people on the RAID email list, MCC Councillors and our local members of parliament and community groups.  Please pass on this invitation to your friends and neighbours.

Attached are a RAID 2013 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

Please send or drop off your signed nomination form to 42 Canning Street, North Melbourne or scan and email to by Wednesday, March 19, 2014  at 5.00 pm.

Also attached is a membership form (for new members) and a membership renewal form (for existing members).

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM and your continued support for integrated development in North Melbourne.



Tess Demediuk

on behalf of RAID @ 3051 Inc

Nomination forms:

RAID Membership application_2014

RAID_agenda AGM_March 26_2014

RAID Membership Renewal form_2014

RAID_Nomination form 2014


Press Release the RAiD 3051 response to VCAT finding in favour of Woolworths

R.A.I.D. 3051 Media Release – 21 May 2013

RAID@3051 was stunned by the VCAT decision released late on Friday, May 17 2013 in which VCAT upheld the Minister for Planning’s decision to grant a permit for the North Melbourne Woolworths development, subject only to minor variations. Whilst RAID@3051 acknowledges that the Woolworths development comes at a time when North Melbourne and the Melbourne Planning Scheme are undergoing significant change, RAID@3051 had hoped that VCAT would give some consideration to the concerns expressed by the community and Council.

Instead, VCAT has dismissed outright RAID (and Council’s) major concerns as to incompatibility of height with the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan, stating that “on many levels this proposal will ‘lead the way’ in terms of the urban renewal that is sought in this precinct, in a manner that achieves a high level of architectural merit and urban design outcomes… We find that the overwhelming opportunity that this site presents to achieve a substantial intensification of development in a location which is extremely well serviced, must be given greater weight than any desire to achieve a development that respects the existing scale of development in the surrounding neighbourhood (refer paragraphs 23 and 14: P2313 2012 Melbourne CC v Minister for Planning (md mp 170513).

RAID is astounded that the Tribunal members praised the Woolworths proposal, given the obvious short comings identified by the community. This decision has trashed good urban design principles and the years of work by Council in developing the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan – a plan which would have established a 30 year vision for the sustainable growth of the area and which is yet to be implemented into the Melbourne Planning Scheme. VCAT completely ignored RAID@3051’s and Council’s main submission and the clear direction set out in Amendment C162 (and recommended by the Planning Panel) that until the objectives and strategies of approved structure plans are approved and implemented via a planning scheme amendment, the existing local policies for the area will apply. Although, the Tribunal conceded that the development did not comply with the existing local policies.

VCAT’s decision represents a planning outcome which is inconsistent with the strategic direction, policies and controls currently being implemented by Council. More importantly, it undermines the strategic planning process and usurps the power of Council, its panels, submitters and the Minister to plan for the Arden-Macaulay area. There must be no doubt that VCAT’s decision sets a disastrous precedent for planning in the City of Melbourne and more particularly in North Melbourne, and that it has further shaken the community’s faith in the planning processes in this state and in VCAT itself.

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This decision opens the gate for the Arden Macaulay precinct to become the new Docklands, an area now universally considered to have serious shortcomings. Whilst the Planning Minister seems determined to repeat the failures of Docklands and ignore its lessons about how NOT to effect urban renewal, RAID@3051 is determined that these mistakes will not be repeated.

RAID@3051 has advice that the decision of VCAT failed to take into account relevant considerations and that the decision can and should be appealed to the Supreme Court. RAID@3051 will be lobbying the Lord Mayor and the Melbourne City Council to pursue an appeal, which we believe would be successful. Any appeal must be lodged within 10 days of the decision issued by VCAT on 17 May 2013.

For further comment or follow up questions please contact Peter Hogg of RAID on telephone 0400 784 779.

Peter Hogg

Chair RAID@3051

Canning Street 3051

I found these pictures on Bing when looking for shots of North Melbourne there was no attribution on 79 Canning St but at RAiD 3051 we love to hear from anyone who can tell us anything about it. I note the low rise medium density housing has not be built yet. The other photo is from a government archive of a Red Rattle crossing Macaulay Road.

79 Canning St in days gone by we would love to know the story of this photo

79 Canning St in days gone by we would love to know the story of this photo

Macaulay Road Rail Crossing

Macaulay Road Rail Crossing

The Final Count Down (wasn’t that a song?)

Dear Neighbours – it is now just over one week till the VCAT hearing.

Three important matters are brought to your attention:


1. RAID community get-together following the official opening of the Errol Street Reserve which is open to the public and scheduled for 4.00 – 5.00 pm next Thursday, February 21.  The Reserve – located at the north end of Errol Street, adjacent to the primary school – will be opened by the Lord Mayor and Councillors will also be in attendance.  Please stay after the official proceedings, or come along between 5.00 – 6.30 to catch up with neighbours and hear about our brilliant legal team and expert planner taking on our appeal case.  Donations would be very welcome as we head towards our $10,000 target.  Pick up a poster to put in your front window.


2. RAID is going to VCAT

RAID is challenging the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy’s, decision to approve the development at VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) with a seven day hearing commencing on Monday, February 25th.  Other parties opposing the decision include the Melbourne City Council and the North and West Melbourne Association.


Attend VCAT as an interested community member:

Let’s make sure we have a RAID presence to observe the proceedings for every day of the hearing.  The hearing is open to the public.  To assist you with your planning to attend:

·         the room for the hearing will be advertised the working day before on the VCAT website ( and can be accessed on the day from the list in the foyer.

·         hearing rooms are open from 9.00 am and proceedings commence at 10.00 am.  There is a lunch break and hearings generally conclude by 4.30 pm each day.


Let us know if you are attending and which day/time eg. morning or afternoon to assist with covering as much of the 7 days with community members in attendance.


VCAT is located at:

55 King Street Melbourne Vic 3000 Australia
GPO Box 5408 Melbourne Vic 3001
Getting to VCAT: VCAT is a 10 minute walk from Southern Cross Station or a 5 minute tram ride from Flinders Street Station. Get off at King Street (Melbourne Aquarium) and then take a 2 minute walk north along King Street. VCAT is located on the N/W corner of King Street and Flinders Lane. There are a number of commercial car parks within close proximity.


3. RAID VCAT Appeal

RAID is well represented by out legal team and has engaged the services of an expert planner and witness to support our case. The RAID VCAT appeal has been established with a target of $10,000 to support this expert representation.  Thank you to many members of the community we have made great inroads to achieving this target however remain a few thousand dollars short. Your financial contribution to meeting this target is welcomed.


Make a donation by any of the following means:

1. RAID @ 3051 Inc. is registered for e-donation with

Make an e-donation at
You will receive a receipt immediately via email once payment is approved. does not use any donor details in any way.

NB: donations are not tax deductible as RAID is a not for profit organisation.


2. Electronic transfer to the RAID bank account using the following details.

Please include your name so that a receipt can be issued.
Bank: MECU (Bankmecu)
Account name
Residents About Integrated Development at 3051
BSB: 313-140
Account No. 12035276

3. Drop off cash or cheque made out to RAID @ 3051 Inc. – arrange for pick-up/drop-off by contacting or phone 0413 017 317


Finally, keep in touch with the latest updates by accessing the RAID website at or enter RAID 3051 into your search engine.  Also if you know of people who are not receiving these email updates please send onto them or advise me of their email address to add to the RAID list. 


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

Map of major projects in 3051

This is a map of major project underway in 3051. If you know of other planning applications underway send me the address and details and I will add it to the RAiD3051 map.

View North & West Melbourne Development RAiD 3051 in a larger map

RAiD Media release of 27 August

Residents About Integrated Development at 3051 (RAID) held a public meeting last night (Monday 27 August 2012) at the North Melbourne Football Club to hear a report on the Woolworths proposal for a 55 metre high, 304 unit mixed use development on the corner of Canning Street and Macaulay Road, North Melbourne
The meeting was attended by over 70 local residents, the newly elected State Member for Melbourne, Jennifer Kanis, and MCC Councillors Ken Ong, Jackie Watts and Cathy Oke.
The meeting was told by Peter Hogg, President of RAID that a formal application of appeal against Minister for Planning Matthew Guys decision to approve the development without amendment had been filed by RAID at VCAT. The City of Melbourne has also lodged an appeal against the development.
“RAID is not opposed to the development of the inner city but the scale and density of the proposal is an overdevelopment without any community planning.  Our grounds of appeal include

  • a failure to comply with existing planning standards,
  • the failure to integrate the development to the existing context,
  • poor traffic management and parking
  • social detriment caused by the proposal including a 7am – midnight retail liquor licence ”

Councillor Ken Ong, Chair of the MCC Building Committee addressed the meeting and confirmed that the MCC had also filed an appeal with VCAT against the decision to allow development in its current form.  Councillor Ong told the meeting that the development was a serious attack on the proposed Arden Macaulay Structure Plan that “only” permitted development to a height of 30 meters.  Cr Ong conducted a question and answer session with the meeting that focussed on the overdevelopment of the site.
Peter Hogg said that “if this development is permitted it will effectively create a precedent that will set the pattern for future development for the area.”
The meeting was told about three other developments proposed for the area that have yet to go through the planning process but seek to develop an additional 1,200 units of housing within a 1km radius of the Woolworths proposal.
Mr Hogg told the meeting that “if this type of development is permitted by Minister Guy then his Ministry should be changed from ‘Planning’ to ‘Development’, there is no way the State Government should allow this development without an explanation to the community as to how services and amenity, such as new schools and increased public transport, are going to  be provided.”

Peter Hogg is available for comment on 0400 784 779

RAiD Committee Meeting update.

Great committee meeting last night, a big thanks to all those who give up their time to keep the organisation ticking over.
It was great to have reaffirmed that we are not anti-Woolworths or anti-development but for the well planned and integrated development of a much more populous 3051. The Minister should note that planned development is the opposite of ad-hoc approvals based on scaling up a development to the size where it can by pass the rigor of local government scrutiny.

Proposed Residents Alternative

Proposed 3051 Residents Alternative