SOS Newsletter #31: Members will have recently received a copy by post & now the online version is here : SOS Newsletter Residents Voice 30 September 2014
In this issue:
President’s Address: Key Performance
Indicators cut from Plan Melbourne
STOP PRESS – VCAT fee hike cuts appeals
SOS supports challenge to EW Link
Implementation of New Residential Zones
Help with Rescode for Residents at VCAT
Beware s89 appeals!
Avoid Dual Occupancy by Stealth
- Coming Events
SOS Newsletter Residents Voice 30 September 2014
In mid-July, SOS sent this urgent letter to Moonee Valley and Yarra City Councillors:
“Save our Suburbs Inc. strongly opposes the East West Link proposal because of its potential damage to the fabric of inner city life, and because building more freeways attracts more traffic and soon creates more congestion than before. This is confirmed by Melbourne’s own experience with the Monash Freeway, the Westgate Bridge, etc.
But building rail links in parallel with freeways attracts commuters back to rail, lowers rail costs/head and frees up arterial roads for those who need to use them – trucks, commercial vehicles and multi-destination vehicles. This is explained scientifically by the long-established Downs-Thompson Paradox: Continue reading
There are several important events coming up that address the democratic planning and liveability of Melbourne. Please let your members and friends know about these coming events:
* “Power to the People – reclaiming control of electricity in Victoria” – Wednesday, Sept 3, 6.30-9pm Brunswick Town Hall (see flyer ) Power to the People Flyer-2014-09-03
Energy bills out of control.Power companies standing in the way of renewable energy.
State and Federal Governments doing nothing to lead the climate change or energy debate.
It’s time for communities to demand reform of the energy sector and governments to take action…… Continue reading
In the lead-up to the state election, there are several important events coming up addressing issues vital to the democratic planning and liveability of Melbourne. Our Full Article can be found here
- Accommodating population growth.
- Upgrading infrastructure assets and services.
- Living standards.
- VCAT fees have risen astronomically.
- The new Plan Melbourne strategy is unashamedly designed to facilitate development, not regulate it.
At the very least, we need a wide public debate on future planning for Victoria.
* The next Victoria First meeting is this Sat. 2 Aug. at 2 pm, at the Frankston Life Saving Club. Featuring Ian Hundley (PTUA) speaking on “The transport crisis in the Frankston area“ Continue reading