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Newsflash September 2020

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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)

 2020 September
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A message from the CRA President Antoinette Sagaria

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Working Groups

The CRA Planning Group needs you!

page 2

Planning – Heritage

Heritage Policies Review Planning Scheme Amendment (C258) now Gazetted.
page 3

Royal Exhibition Buildings (REB) and Carlton Gardens (CG)
Carlton Residents Association Discussion Paper Response to the‘Review of the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Carlton Gardens World Heritage Management Plan.’ 
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Carlton Community Support Services

The Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre. (CNLC)
Local agencies supporting residents during Melbourne’s COVID-19 crisis
Getting computers to those who need them most
pages 5,6,7

Community News

Carlton businesses still open for take away

The usual hustle and bustle might be missing, but many vendors in Melbourne’s iconic food, beverage and culture precinct, Carlton, are still operating.
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CRA Planning Group no longer lodging objections to all town planning applications.

The group aims to identify the relevant town planning applications considered potentially inappropriate, and categorise them, to assist members and residents to submit objections.
page 8

Safety in Carlton

North Melbourne Police have noted that car thefts and theft of goods from cars has spiked
page 9

Snap Send Solve

This app allows you to report and record various types of incidences to
page 9

Topical Issues

A message from Jacquie Watts, current CoM Councillor

In these most challenging of times, my personal perspective, the need to maintain one’s sense of ‘belonging’ to community seems to be heightened.
page 9

VCAT and Council   

An ongoing problem: Planning permit applications lodged with VCAT because the CoM failed to make a decision within the required statutory timeframe.
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Autumn 2015

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