The Carlton Residents Association is a democratic, non-party political body. Its purpose is to act as an advocate of the residents of Carlton (defined by postcode 3053) and those who wish to preserve all that is good about Carlton. CRA represents your views at community level, and to government.
CRA has many members from all over Carlton, including "Friends of Carlton" members living outside Carlton and sponsors who support our purposes. We welcome new members, since we aim to be as representative and inclusive as possible. Membership is not restricted to residents living in heritage houses. All residents are warmly welcomed.
CRA provides opportunities to meet others in the neighbourhood and participate in the Carlton community. Quarterly general meetings are held with interesting guest speakers on a range of topics.
Historically the CRA has been a strong force for the good in Carlton. In the absence of Ward Councillors, the CRA holds ‘the line’ on matters which concern us all.
The Rules of the Association can be inspected on request from the Secretary or you can view by clicking here
The Statement of Purpose can be viewed by clicking here
CRA is a networked organization different from the kinds of structures that most people have experienced eg the traditional hierarchical structure found in most large organizations. It is a resilient structure well suited to achieving CRA’s aims. CRA is a network of reference groups and each group is also a network of people with links to other people and cross-connections to other reference groups. In some ways working in such an organization is more challenging (and more rewarding) than in a traditional hierarchy. For example, there is no “boss” to give direction and guidance and nobody else to blame. But it is more flexible, more responsive and stronger in many other ways than a traditional structure.
A series of Reference Groups monitors and acts upon issues as they arise. The CRA Committee will be enhanced by in-out from each Reference Group. The Reference Group Convenor - the primary contact or liaison point for all CRA ‘operations’. Issues which arise should be raised with the Convenor or other Committee members who will refer the matter to the appropriate Reference Group.
Click here to download the Membership application form