Demons in Yarra Park?
The East Melbourne Group (in conjunction with the Richmond Historical Society) has written to local candidates in the State election seeking their views on the the Melbourne Football Club proposal to use a large area of Yarra Park as a training ground, and to build their HQ adjacent to Jolimont station. Their responses (to 20 November) are here. Includes latest response from ALP candidates.
Sale of Peter Mac site
The East Melbourne Group has joined with others concerned to protect the Peter Mac site in East Melbourne from inappropriate development. Details are on the Facebook page of what we have called the Eastern Hill Coalition.
You can read about the threat to this important site and sign a petition to the state government (or sign the petition, by our local member, direct here.
Water Main Renewal Project
By now all East Melbourne residents should have received notification brochure regarding the Water Main Renewal Project.
It is expected that construction on the water main will begin in late 2017 and will take approximately 18 months to two years to construct.
Melbourne Water has been working with stakeholders involved in this project, including local business, VicRoads, City West Water, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra in planning phase of this project.
M41 project team members will be available to discuss project planning and answer questions at a community information session. For more details on this infrastructure program please go here
Commonwealth legislation has been introduced into the House of Representatives to control aircraft noise more effectively. The legislation originated from the lobbying that the East Melbourne Group and local residents have undertaken since 2013. Details of the legislation, which would strengthen the consultation requirements on Air Services Australia, and creates an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and Community Aviation Advocate among other things, can be found on the Parliament House site here. The East Melbourne Group has made a submission to and appeared before the relevant Senate Legislation Committee. Our press release is here.
Groundwater in East Melbourne
In East Melbourne the subject of groundwater is developing into a community issue as residential developments within the precinct trend towards deeper excavations on residential blocks. Presentation to the Melbourne Future Committee have communicated that groundwater should be a Planning rather than Building issue as isolated developments can lead to foreseeable impacts outside of individual property boundaries. Acting proactively the East Melbourne Group committee recently initiated the collection of information from the community, aimed at developing a better understanding of groundwater related issues within the precinct. A paper by member and professional geologist Dr Bretan Clifford about the issue, explaining the geology and including photos and further links, can be found here.
Graffiti in East Melbourne
The attached document outlines steps that can be taken to report and try to have dealt with graffiti in public places.
Political Party Responses to EMG Election Questionnaire
In the run up to the 2014 State election, EMG wrote to the candidates of the main parties asking them to respond to a series of questions of concern to EMG members. Responses from the ALP and Green candidates are provided below, given that the ALP formed government and the Greens won the seat of Melbourne. The Liberals did not respond.
We received a response from the Greens that provided answers to the questions we had posed. Their reply, in the form of a copy of our pro forma with the final column filled in with their responses, is here.
We received a response from Jennfier Kanis, the ALP candidate. Her reply, also in the form of a filled-in pro forma, is here.