Public rally 8th June

Notice of a public rally on Planning issues in Melbourne.  Residents groups across Melbourne are coming together to protest the utter disregard for the concerns or input of residents of Melbourne, both present and future, in the recently introduced Plan Melbourne 2017- 2050. There will be no resident representation on the advisory groups, and there was no resident representation on the Planning Committee.

“THIS IS FOR YOU ALL    –     YOUR CITY NEEDS YOU

THIS IS  WHAT WAS DECIDED YESTERDAY  BY ABOUT 20 RESIDENT LEADERS FROM ACROSS MELBOURNE

      YOU ARE CALLED TO RALLY FOR MELBOURNE ON THE  STEPS OF PARLIAMENT

                                          RESTORE  RESIDENTS’ RIGHTS

                           1PM   THURSDAY   8TH JUNE   ON THE STEPS

This government is rapidly taking away all our rights about planning and development.   New laws have been brought out and more and even worse ones are coming.   We demand that they restore residents’ rights.   We must have a say in what can be built in our streets  and in our city.

Please make the effort to be there, we need numbers to show them we are serious.   Please forward on to all your contacts and urge them to come.  Professor Michael Buxton will be speaking and the Planning Minister and Shadow Planning Minister will be invited out to speak as well as some residents.

This is the first notice –  more news  will be coming with more details of the plans.”

The rally is the result of issues mentioned below by Mary Drost.

(see further posts from Mary Drost about a meeting with VCAT’s Justice Greg Garde; and threats to St Kilda Rd trees, the Domain and the Botanical Gardens at candobetter.net )

“Plan Melbourne changes will affect all of us

The State Labor Government’s recent introduction of Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 included changes to the residential zones which will force much more density into our residential neighbourhoods.  70% of all new development will in future be in our established suburbs. A summary of the planning Committee’s recommendations and the Government’s responses is attached – see page 12.

What is not mentioned on page 12 is that the current two dwellings per block limit has been scrapped so there will now be no limit to the number of dwellings. The established suburbs have been singled out by the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, for much more growth so that in future it will be possible to build three story blocks of flats in streets where there is currently one and two storey homes protected by the now scrapped residential zones.

The Minister’s announcement was headlined by a mandate that residential blocks will require 25% to 35% minimum garden area. However it is hard to see just how this will be possible with more than two dwellings or three story blocks of flats on one block of land

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 is aimed to provide for every day needs to be met within a 20 minute walk, cycle or public transport trip from home. It seems that cars are to be phased out.  The “usual suspects” of property and professional groups were involved in these recommendations and will also be represented on the technical reference and advisory groups in implementing the plan.   BUT THERE WILL NOT BE ANY RESIDENT REPRESENTATION. Why should there be for there has never been before?  Let’s face it the residents will be the ones most affected so why should they have a say

It is clear that the investment and development industry has influenced the government saying that they, “ the experts”, know what is best for us. In any case what would the residents know about planning? So keep them out of any advisory group.

PLANNING BACKLASH  is currently liaising with community and resident groups across Melbourne to see what action we should take against this government’s  grand plans to destroy what were highly protected neighbourhood zones that we fought so hard to achieve.

BUT WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP.

As soon as our working group has considered our campaign strategy we will be in touch to enlist your involvement

Mary Drost

Convenor”