Sunlight in Public Parks
Our Submission to the City of Melbourne’s review of planning policies protecting access to sunlight in public parks is here.
Draft City of Melbourne Transport Strategy
The East Melbourne Group Submission to the draft strategy, urging better consideration of the needs of inner ring suburbs, and the effect of through traffic, is here.
Demons in Yarra Park?
Although the threat to Yarra Park from a proposal by the Melbourne Football Club to dig a training oval in the northeast paddock, and build their headquarters over the adjacent rail lines, appears top have receded, we remain watchful.
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. Our position statement is here. 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.
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.