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Newsflash September 2017

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The CRA newsletter contains in depth news and information about the activities of the Carlton Residents Association.

Hard copies of the CRA Newsflash are available at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre (KSLCC)

2017 September

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Working Groups


  • Carlton’s Student Housing Boom
    In the view of the Carlton Residents’ Association, this boom is exposing many weaknesses in the Planning Scheme
    in relation to student housing
    page 1
  • Wanted – members for the planning working group
    page 2
  • CoM Planning applications
    page 3

Traffic, Transport and Parking and Noise Abatement

  • Residential Noise
    What is the law?
    page 4
  • The West Gate Tunnel Project.
    The aim of the West Gate Tunnel Project is to give Melbourne a much needed major alternative route from the West Gate Freeway to the CBD making it easier to get to the workplaces, universities and hospitals in the city’s north.
    But! How will it affect Carlton?
    page 5

Associated Groups

Friends of the REB and Carlton Gardens

  • Restoration of the Royal Exhibition Building
    Recently, the revised plans for the restoration were lodged by Museum Victoria (MV) with Heritage Victoria (HV).
    The Friends of the REB and Carlton Gardens, CORBA and CRA, working together, were amongst those who made submissions to HV.
    page 6

Community News

A Message from Ellen Sandell

  • Selling Public Land: a bad idea
    The Andrews Labor Government plans to sell-off publicly-owned land on public housing estates across Melbourne to private developers. Who will benefit?
    page 7

An update from Carlton Connect

  • Blood: Attract Repel. Blood is a powerful cultural symbol of positive and negative associations, one that represents life and death. Health and sickness, and attraction and repulsion.
    page 7

City of Melbourne’s new Community Engagement Partner for Carlton

  • Sam Cremean has experience in community development and urban planning, and a passion for making cities more socially and environmentally sustainable.
    page 7

Cardigan Street, Sunday Street event – Coming Soon

  • Residents of Cardigan Street and surrounds will get the chance to meet each other on car-free Cardigan Street in November.
    page 8

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Wonderful News

A restoration program is under way to reopen the dome of the much-loved Royal Exhibition Building.                                                                           Page 1

AGM Address- Renate Howe

From Carlton Association to Carlton Residents Association.      Page 2

Working groups

Traffic and transport and Parking

Government transport policies in action                       

  • East West Link final chapter        

On 15 April 2015, the Andrews ALP Government at last announced it had cancelled the EW Link contracts.                                                                 Page 2

  • Yet another roads project

With the dust hardly settled on EW Link cancellation, the Andrews Government announced an unsolicited proposal from City Link operator, Transurban, to build a $5.5 billion ‘Western Distributor’ (Premier’s Media Release, 30 April).                                                                        Page 2

  • Melbourne Metro go-ahead

Premier Andrews announced that construction of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail (Newsflash, Summer 2015) to commence 2018.          Page 3

  • State Budget announcements

The State Budget brought down on 5 May allocated $22 billion to transport infrastructure projects during the life of the current government  Page 3

Kay Street traffic issues

Following an approach from local residents regarding the high volume and excessive speed of traffic in Kay Street, Carlton, CRA alerted the Council Engineering Department to the problem.                                                     Page 3


VCAT decisions questioned

Almost 90% of Council planning refusals end up at VCAT, making Councils virtually redundant in the planning process.                                            Page 4

Local heritage policy review

CRA Planning Group members and others have participated in recent consultations regarding the Council’s Local Heritage Planning Policy Review. The aim is to improve heritage planning decisions.             Page 4

City Governance and Election Campaign Donations

Late in 2012, The Age newspaper ran with a headline ‘Cash may gag council vote’. This report contended that the ‘Melbourne City Council could be denied a say on key building projects, with a majority of councillors unable to vote because of developer donations that bankrolled their election campaigns.’                                                                                  Page 5

Planning applications CoM                                                                   Page 6

Associated Groups  

Melbourne North Community Consultative Committee (CCC)

News on safety and community issues.                                                        Page 7

Carlton Gardens – Royal Exhibition Building (REB) 

World Heritage Community Day and Young People’s Democracy Celebrations.                                                                                                     Page 7

Topical issues

Graffiti management 

The Council recently introduced a new plan for dealing with ever-present graffiti ‘tags’.                                                                                                             Page 7 

Community News

Harmony Day Celebrations 2015 

Carlton Gardens Primary School celebrated on March 28.                 Page 8

 Carlton Senior Citizens move from CAN to KSLCC

A commemorative lunch celebrated more than 50 years of Carlton Senior Citizens at the Church of All Nations (CAN), prior to their imminent move to the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre (KSLCC).             Page 8