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Newsflash October 2021

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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)

2021 October

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Parkland and Streetscapes

The CRA response to the Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment regarding Sunlight to Public Parks (C278) was submitted TO FUTURE MELBOURNE COMMITTEE meeting 17 August 2021
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Traffic, Transport, Parking and Noise Abatement

Traffic in Carlton is a major influence on our quality of life. Although we have an excellent public transport network and good cycling and walking access, there are challenges from vehicular traffic – noise congestion, safety and air pollution. Our streets can be improved by good landscaping and by careful traffic management. The CRA Committee has agreed to see where we should modify our existing Traffic and Transport policies.
page 3

Associated groups

Friends of the REB and Carlton Gardens  

Vacant buildings, for example the old Cancer Council building on the corner of Rathdowne Street and Victoria Parade, pose a threat to areas in Carlton. This one is in the World Heritage Environs area of the Royal Exhibition Building. Who is responsible? Can the owners be called to action?
page 3

Review of the Strategy Plan for the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Carlton Gardens (CG) and the World Heritage Environs Area (WHEA)

This review is underway.
The CRA has been active in making submissions for protection of these World Heritage areas.
Submissions closed 24 September 2021.
The Heritage Council will consider any planning scheme amendments and advise the Minister for Planning on any amendments.
The Minister for Planning is responsible for approving the Strategy Plan, with or without amendment, by publishing a notice in the Government Gazette, and for approving any planning scheme amendment to give effect to the Approved Strategy Plan.

How to stay informed
All updates relating to review of the World Heritage Management Plan and its component parts will be made available at
Information relating to any hearing held by the Heritage Council will be made available at
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Urgently needed: CRA Membership Officer

If you are able to offer your services to CRA in this way please email: with subject: Membership Officer
page 4

Emerging Issues

News from Councillor Dr Oliva Ball

Council plan and budget
Review of the electoral system
Food and garden waste collection
Vaccine drive at REB
At last a park at the Corkman site
Council meeting in Carlton – Tuesday 16 November
pages 5,6

Topical issues

City of Melbourne (CoM) News

Council absorbs rate increase p6
The City of Melbourne is discounting rates for all commercial and residential ratepayers across the municipality at a total cost of $4.8 million.

On the hunt for Superb Fairy-wrens in Parkville
City of Melbourne is planning strategic vegetation works to improve habitat and ecological connectivity for small birds like the Superb Fairy-wren, within our municipality.
page 7

From Friends of the Queen Victoria Market

Heritage matters!
Since 2018, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) has been bestowed elevated heritage status by its inclusion on the National Heritage Listing and continual operation as a retail market since the 1870s.
page 7

News from state MP Ellen Sandell

Funding for Carlton North Primary School
Carlton North (Lee Street) Primary School is a great school, but like many of our heritage inner-city schools, it’s in desperate need of repairs.

New plants and trees to improve Melbourne General Cemetery
The last 18 months has shown all of us how much we need and value green open space. And in the inner city, every patch of green space is precious!
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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