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Congratulations to our new Mayor and Deputy Mayor

We wish our new Mayor, Danae Bosler and Deputy Mayor Misha Coleman a productive and fulfilling term in office.


Resident survey - we want your views

A number of residents and FRA are respondents in VCAT proceedings relating to the Glamorama Bar premises at 393-395 Brunswick Street (cnr Leicester Street). The permit applicant is seeking “Buildings and works and partial demolition in a heritage overlay, reduction in car parking associated with an increase in licensed area and increase in patron numbers for existing Tavern” involving
- A permit to allow 450 patrons (formerly 150 patrons)
- Proposed new roof deck for up to 200 patrons until 3 am.
Application documents are accessible on the City of Yarra website
Do you live near these premises?
Do you have a view about the Night Economy in Yarra and would you like to be part of a FRA working group?
Check out our survey. We would welcome your views.

411-421 Smith St ii PLN18-0888

It doesn't stop!

Council has received an application for 411 – 421 Smith Street, Fitzroy (north west corner of Leicester and Smith Streets). The application seeks partial demolition of the existing building and the construction of a 10 storey mixed use development involving 71 apartments.
PLN 18/0888 is not yet advertised but this application will cause some resident concern.

As previously advised, residents who objected to the proposed development of the Fitzroy Nursery site, 390-394 Brunswick Street, are gearing up for VCAT proceedings in April 2018.

The Night Economy is booming with expansion of Glamorama, also the subject of VCAT proceedings (see above), and Bimbo De Luxe are examples of current proposals causing resident concern.

Yarra's 2019-20 Budget

Residents have the opportunity to contribute to the budget process, due Monday, 31 December. Many of us have a "wish list". FRA is no exception and we will be making a submission too.
FRA will focus on the Night Economy in Yarra and arguing for more resources for monitoring impact on residents and their neighbourhood amenity.

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Celebration of a milestone but there are more miles that need to be covered!

In 2019 the FRA will recognise the contribution of those who have served and been members of the FRA over the past 50 years. The formation of the FRA in 1969 in response to over-development and the impact on residential amenity, together with what many residents considered an unrepresentative Fitzroy City Council, spurred residents to action.
There have been many campaigns since that time with many successes but there are more to be achieved to ensure the now Yarra City Council responds to the needs of all residents and works for the social, environmental and economic welfare of Fitzroy residents.
Fitzroy has always been a magnet to people wishing to live, work and play in this, Melbourne’s first suburb. The challenge is to get the balance right to ensure a sustainable and liveable Fitzroy.
There are indications that the balance is not right.
We need to ensure a built form that reflects our past and a scale that responds to our future. We need to again oppose over-development that is unsympathetic to our neighbourhoods. We need to protect and enhance our neighbourhoods. We do not oppose greater density that allows more people to live in our suburb but we want them to benefit from a liveable environment.
To this end we do not support becoming a mono night time economy but do support an economy that has diversity and a balance of residential interests and needs as well as those of businesses; businesses that recognise the inter connectedness of their activities and our lives. We will work with our City Council and the State Government to ensure such an outcome.
We hope that during 2019 residents will consider renewing their membership, encourage neighbours and friends to join, participate in activities that will feature our past and contribute to our future planning.


Best wishes to all for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Martin Brennan, Chair
Margaret Portelli, Secretary
December 2018

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