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Newsflash September 2019

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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)

2019 September

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Are our building height controls fit for purpose?
Recently the City of Melbourne exhibited a new Planning Scheme Amendment for the City, the Sunlight to Public Places Amendment C278. A key purpose of this Amendment was to introduce ‘winter sun access protection to all parks across the municipality excluding the central city, Southbank and Docklands.’
What impact could current height control regulations have on this?
page 2

UPDATE: Shocking News – Corkman Irish Pub

The next stage in this saga
page 3

The 2014 Battle for 15-31 Pelham Street

page 4,5


VCAT hearing for 16-22 Drummond Street took place 12 to 16 August 2019
We await the decision
page 6

Topical Issues

The challenge of equitable growth and liveability in cities

The panel discussion topic at a Melbourne Connect breakfast event at the University of Melbourne on Monday 19 August, 2019.
page 6

Community News

Local Government Reform:

Details on the proposed new local government law
page 7

 The Potter

Find out what’s happening
page 7

Let’s Talk Carlton – In Conversation: Lord Mayor & Vice Chancellor

The Carlton Collaboration Partnership evening with Lord Mayor Sally Capp, University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell and the Carlton Local Agencies Network (CLAN) to discuss engagement with Carlton and Melbourne.
page 7

Queen Victoria Market

How is your market fairing?
page 7

Update from police:

Report non-urgent crime and events anytime,
page 7

A message from Fiona Patten MP

Chasing down Issues
page 8

Lord Mayor Sally Capp attends CRA September meeting

Lively conversation on a variety of issues of concern to Carlton residents
page 8





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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