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 Function at the Errol Street Park Opening

A great turn out on a humid afternoon to the official opening of the new park next to Errol St Primary School. The Park was opened by the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Councillors Ken Ong and Cathy Oak were also in attendance.

RAiD 3051 met for a final time after the official opening at the park to offer thanks to all those who have helped us get to VCAT and to answer community questions before the hearing. It was great to see Cath Bowtell candidate Labor for Melbourne & Adam Bandt current Member for Melbourne both there showing support.

RAiD 3051 members meet and have a Q&A with the public

RAiD 3051 members meet and have a Q&A with the public

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Event at Park opening 21 Feb 2013 009

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Event at Park opening 21 Feb 2013 013

RAiD 3051 AGM 2012 & Dec VCAT Mediation

Some great photos from Gary of the AGM at the North Melbourne Football Club.

What a hard working bunch we are ! Can we all give a bIg RAiD 3051 welcome to Megan our newest Committee Member, she is a Sheil Street resident and local parent.

We will have a summary report for you shortly from the committee.

Hard working RAiDer getting through the AGM

Woolworths will do what they like in North Melbourne unless we ensure the community stands up for itself. If Woolworths a public company walk all over North Melbourne residents then other developers will do worse so let be heard 3051!

A report on the VCAT mediation of the 04 Dec 2012. In essence all we can say about the out comes of the mediation is that we are going to continue down the VCAT path in February, so please draw your own conclusions on the sucess of the mediation……… Big thanks goes to Jane Good for representing us and to all the members who helped out or came on the day to show us support.

As we go into Xmas we are in need of money to pay for, experts (unless we get some free expert opinion and report writing skills) in the areas of heritage architecture, the scale of the built form, modeling of the shadow affect on Claytons reserve and much much more, so get in touch if you can help.

Remember $2 for a year RAiD membership is a great Chrissy present.


Working hard to make sure we are heard by the City, the State, the Minister, the community & Woolworths the pokies people!

Working hard to make sure we are heard by the City, the State, the Minister, the community & Woolworths the pokies people & property development company who also it is rumored sell food!


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.



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.



Elections for the City of Melbourne – Meet the Candidates

Melbourne Council Elections

What do we want? Integrated development in 3051, When do we want it ? Consistently!

Meet the Candidates’ Wednesday 17 October

Kensington Association with give residents a the chance to size up the election candidates.  Please spread the word.  

Elections for the City of Melbourne are about to happen.  This will be a postal vote.

You’ll receive your ballots (one for the Lord Mayor and Deputy and one for the election of 9 Councillors) between 9 and 11 October.  You’ll need to return ballots by 26 October. 

We urge you to take an interest in this election. 

The Kensington Association will present ‘Meet the Candidates’ in the Holy Rosary School Hall Gower Street Kensington at 7:30 pm Wednesday 17 October.   

Public Meeting Confirmed 27 Aug. Hear RAiD & MCC guest speakers




DATE     Monday  27 August  2012

TIME:    Start @ 6.00 pm – Finish @ 7.00 pm

VENUE: North Melbourne Recreation Centre, enter via the main entrance in Arden St and follow signage to the Theatrette on the 1st level

Click here for the online link.


The purpose of the information session is to:


  • discuss potential impact and issues associated with the Woolworth’s proposal

  • consider the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan process and the implications for this proposal;

  • advise on action taken to date;

  • determine future action that needs to be taken.


Cr Ken ONG Chair of MCC Planning Committee will address the meeting on Why Melbourne City Council is appealing Minister Guy’s decision to grant Woolworth’s development application.

The Melbourne City Council has opposed this Planning Application and is appealing the Minister’s decision at VCAT.

RAiD will also Appeal the decision at VCAT.

Peter Hogg, Chair of RAID will outline RAiD-3051 VCAT Appeal.


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