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Yarra's Developer Contributions Plan

Developers will be required to contribute to infrastructure upgrades and community facilities under a new plan to help provide for the needs of our growing city. This will involve a development infrastructure levy imposed through the municipal-wide Yarra Development Contributions Plan 2017.
At its meeting on 30 April 2019, Yarra Council voted to introduce the Development Contributions Plan to the Yarra Planning Scheme (to be implemented through Amendment C238).
FRA made a submission which supported this proposal.

Budget

Budget time!

You have until 17 May to make a submission on Yarra's 2019-20 Budget. Check out information online.
A Special Council Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 4 June at Richmond Town Hall to hear submissions on the proposed budget 2019-20.
The FRA Budget submission for the 2019-20 Yarra Budget has as its focus the impact of the Night-time Economy on residential amenity, wellbeing and liveability.
Fitzroy is the epicentre of the night time economy in the City of Yarra, particularly in Smith, Brunswick, Johnston and Gertrude streets. The increasing number of bars and clubs and the expansion of existing establishments with additional patrons is affecting the wellbeing, safety and amenity of residents. The late night/early morning trading together with a lack of diversity in our activity centres is threatening their vitality, safety and function.
We are seeking provision in the Council’s budget for dedicated resources to monitor and address key areas affected by the night-time economy so that there is on-the-ground experience and recorded data to address issues such as
• Non-compliance
• Anti-social behaviour
• Graffiti and litter
• Health and safety, inc intoxication related incidents
• Noise pollution
We also believe that the level of funding for Arts, Culture and Venues does not reflect the important role the arts and cultural activity plays in the life of communities across the City of Yarra. The status of Yarra as a Creative City could be more firmly established and balance the negative impact of the Night-time Economy in Yarra. We are therefore seeking an Increase the Arts, Culture and Venues budget to ensure Yarra’s pre-eminence as Melbourne’s Creative City.
Contact us if you wish to discuss.

A new councillor for Nicholls Ward

Bridgid O’Brien has been elected as a councillor for the City of Yarra. Cr O’Brien was elected by a count-back undertaken by the Victorian Electoral Commission, following the resignation of former councilor, Mike McEvoy, in April. Cr O’Brien is a resident of Alphington and a socialist-feminist. Her priorities for her term as a councillor include appropriately managing new development and protecting our natural environment.

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Route 96 tram

Stops along Route 96 are being upgraded to make it Melbourne’s first fully accessible tram route.
Public Transport Victoria with VicRoads has been consulting on draft plans for accessible central island tram stops along Nicholson Street from Leicester Street Fitzroy to Miller Street, North Fitzroy. See: www.ptv.vic.gov.au/route96upgrade

City of Melbourne Draft Transport Strategy

The City of Melbourne Draft Transport Strategy Plan seeks to boost pedestrian, cycling and tram access across the city. It is a bold and necessary plan to reduce car dependency, carbon emissions and provide access to the city by encouraging public and active transport options. The Inner Metropolitan Partnership, a partnership between the Cities of Yarra, Melbourne and Port Phillip and the Victorian State Government, is seeking a joined-up approach to transport through efficient and effective active transport options that cross municipal boundaries and aggregates access and mobility in the inner urban region.
The initiative proposed in the City of Yarra’s 2019-20 Budget in active transport proposes to allocate over $900,000 on bicycle infrastructure and $1.4 m on traffic and safety initiatives. Increasing pedestrian safety in shopping precincts through widened footpaths and traffic light prioritisation, improving streetscapes and access to laneways, and dedicated bicycle lanes are investments in a sustainable and liveable future.
You can comment on the draft strategy until 19 June 2019.

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Repair and re-use

Over in Richmond there are group of volunteers who want to share their mending and repairing skills with you. Rather than disposing of something broken, you have the opportunity to mend it. Check them out at the Burnley Backyard. Sunday, 26 May 10-12 noon.
As well, in the Neighbourhood House at 128 Holden Street, North Fitzroy, there is an opportunity to repair and share. Last Monday of each month, 1pm - 4pm

Private member's motion re planning

Mr Clifford Hayes MP, representing the Southern Metro Region in the Victorian Legislative Council, had a Private Member's Motion passed through the Legislative Council this week.
The Motion calls to give more power to local council policies to defend their communities from inappropriate developments.
Given residents' views about VCAT, we thought this may be of interest.
See Mr Hayes' media release

Victorian Local Government Rating System Review

The State government has recently announced it will undertake an inquiry into the local government rating system "to identify changes that will improve its fairness and equity."
The review will conclude in May 2020.

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We will give you some details about our 50th anniversary celebrations very soon. If you have any FRA memorabilia, please contact us.

Martin Brennan, chair
Margaret Portelli, secretary

May 2019

 
 
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