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Notice of 2012 SOS AGM – Ross House (city), Sunday Nov.25, 2.30-4.30pm

     with GUEST SPEAKER  Dr Crystal Legacy: 

     “Community consultation for democratic planning

      – how they did it in Vancouver and Perth”

     TALK AVAILABLE SHORTLY (18mb mp3)

     Save Our Suburbs Inc (Vic) will hold its 2012 Annual General Meeting on

     Sunday 25th November 2012 at 2:30pm

     Ross House – Ground floor meeting room, 247-251 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000

     Followed at 3pm by

    GUEST SPEAKER –  Dr Crystal Legacy

Research Associate, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW

“Democratic Urban Planning Strategies – why we need deliberative community consultation, and how they did it in Vancouver and Perth”

Dr Legacy is a former researcher at the University of Melbourne, where she completed her PhD on how metropolitan strategic plans were developed in Vancouver and Perth and how the feedback from deliberative community consultation can be translated into planning policy.  She has wide practical and research experience in Canada and Australia on planning and governance,  sustainable cities and urban renewal.

   Refreshments will be served after the meeting

   The room will be opened by 2.15pm if you would like to talk to candidates or committee members       informally before the meeting, and proxies will also be available for inspection.

    At this AGM, SOS will

–  Confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting;

–  Receive reports from the Committee on transactions of SOS during the last financial year

–  Consider the statement submitted by the Association under section 30(3) of the Act.

–  Elect officers of the Association and the ordinary members of the Committee

      NB: At this AGM, the President, Treasurer and three ordinary committee members will be elected.

    SOS members financial until 30 June 2012 or later are eligible to vote

   ProxiesIf you are a financial member unable to attend the AGM and wish another financial    member to act on your behalf at the meeting, please complete a proxy form  here and return it to the Secretary at the address below by 3pm, Thursday November 22th, 2012.

  Nominations for the committee must:

(  a) be made in writing by a current financial member, signed by two other financial members of the Association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of nomination); and

(  b) be delivered to the Secretary of the Association not less than seven days before the date fixed for the holding of the annual general meeting (ie before November 18th, 2012).

  You can download a nomination form here, but any format is acceptable as long as it contains the required information. Any candidate statements will be posted unedited on the SOS web site (email well beforehand to sos@sos.asn.au).  If you would like a mailed statement or nomination form, contact us on 9513 9674 and we’ll post you a copy.

  Candidates should send nominations directly to:      

  The Secretary,

  Save our Suburbs

  PO Box 739, Richmond 3121

  David Rayson

  Secretary, Save Our Suburbs

Notice of 2011 SOS Annual General Meeting

Save Our Suburbs Inc (Vic) will hold its 2011 AGM on
Sunday 20th November 2011 at 2:30pm at
The Alma Club
I Wilks St Caulfield North 3161    (Melways 58 J9)

Followed at 3pm by
GUEST SPEAKER

Associate Professor Michael Buxton, RMIT

Dr Michael Buxton is Professor of Environment and Planning at RMIT University. He has held senior positions in government planning and environmental agencies, been a Victorian local councillor and
Mayor, and is a former lecturer at Monash University.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting

At this AGM, SOS will

– Confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting;

– Receive Committee reports on SOS transactions for the last financial year.            

– Consider the statement submitted by the Association under section 30(3) of the Act.

– Elect officers of the Association and the ordinary members of the Committee   (NB: At this AGM, the Vice-President, Secretary and four ordinary committee members  will be elected.  SOS members financial until 30 June 2011 or later are eligible to vote)

 

Proxies:  If you are a financial member unable to attend the AGM and wish another financial member to act on your behalf at the meeting, please complete the Proxy form (download here) and return it to the Secretary at the address below by 3pm, Thursday Nov 17th, 2011.

Nominations for the committee must:

(a) be made in writing by a current financial member, signed by two other financial members of the Association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of nomination); and
(b) be delivered to the Secretary of the Association not less than seven days before the date fixed for the holding of the annual general meeting (ie before the 13th of November, 2011).

A nomination form can be downloaded here, but any format is acceptable as long as it contains the required information. Any candidate statements will be posted unedited on the SOS web site (email well beforehand to sos@sos.asn.au). 

Candidates should send nominations directly to:
The Secretary,
Save our Suburbs
PO Box 739, Richmond 3121


 

New SOS committee for 2011 – SOS AGM 14 November 2010

At the Association’s AGM on 14 November 2010, a new committee for 2011 was elected. Community planning consultant Ian Wood was re-elected unopposed as president of SOS. 

Lou Delacretaz and Cheryl Forge remain vice-president and secretary respectively, while Julie Buxton was elected treasurer.  Other committee members are Libby Blackett-Smith, Ray Smith, lawyer Ann Birrell, urban designer David Rayson and Don Dunstan (president of the Glen Eira Residents Association).

Guest speaker at the AGM was Julianne Bell, Secretary of Protectors of Public Lands Vic), who outlined some of the positive actions that PPL and other groups have been taking recently to oppose planning and transport projects that are increasingly threatening the residential amenity of Melbourne.

SOS is looking forward to working with the new Coalition state government and networking more this year with local councillors for much-needed reforms to the State planning regime, including the need for more effective community consultation.

Notice of SOS 2010 AGM – 3pm 14th Nov 2010

  Save Our Suburbs Inc (Vic) will hold its 2010 AGM on Sunday 14th November 2010 at 3pm at The Elsternwick Club, 19 Sandham St Elsternwick (Melways 67 G3).

GUEST SPEAKER

Julianne Bell, Secretary of Protectors of Public Lands Vic), will outline some of the positive actions that PPL and other groups have been taking recently to oppose planning and transport projects that increasingly threaten the residential amenity of Melbourne.

Protectors of Public Lands is a coalition of community, environmental and heritage organisations formed to protect and preserve significant public lands in public ownership for present and future generations.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting

At this AGM, SOS will:

  • Confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting; 
  • Receive reports from the Committee on the Association’s transactions during the last financial year –
    • Consider the statement submitted by the Association under section 30(3) of the Act. 
  • Elect officers of the Association and the ordinary members of the Committee
    •  (NB: At this AGM, the President, Treasurer and three ordinary committee members will be elected. SOS members financial until 30 June 2010 or later are eligible to vote)

 

Proxies:               If you are a financial member unable to attend the AGM and wish another financial member to act on your behalf at the meeting, please complete the Proxy form on the back of this notice (or download one from the web site) and return it to the Secretary at the address below (or use the included envelope) by 3pm, Thursday Nov 11th, 2010.
 
Nominations for the committee must:
 
  1. be made in writing by a current financial member, signed by two other financial members of the Association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of nomination); and
  2. be delivered to the Secretary of the Association not less than seven days before the date fixed for the holding of the annual general meeting (ie before the 7th of November, 2010). 
A nomination form is on the SOS web site (www.sos.asn.au), but any format is acceptable as long as it contains the required information. Any candidate statements will be posted unedited on the SOS web site (email well beforehand to sos@sos.asn.au). If you would like a mailed statement or nomination form, contact us on 9513 9674 and we’ll post you a copy.
 
Candidates should send nominations directly to:   
               The Secretary
                Save our Suburbs
                 PO Box 739
                 Richmond 3121

Ian Wood,

President, Save Our Suburbs

SOS April newsletter

The April 2010 SOS newsletter is now online!  In this issue –
*  Thumbs down to the Draft Planning Bill and the VCAT Review Report
*  The Romsey pokies case
*  Sydney's Independent Public Transport Inquiry

Download the April newsletter from the link below:
 

 

New SOS committee for 2010

The election of three new members and the departure of several others for professional and personal reasons has seen an injection of new blood into the SOS committee following our AGM late last year.   

President Ian Wood, veteran local government activist and planning advocate, is joined by Vice-President Louis Delacretaz, an entrepreneur with extensive experience in local government as a former councillor and mayor in Melbourne’s outer east.   

Also new to the committee are government bureaucracy expert Libby Blackett-Smith and lawyer Ann Birrell. Julie Buxton, from the Living in the Bush Coalition, has been appointed treasurer.   

As well as submissions and advising residents on planning issues, the focus of the committee this year is upgrading and expanding our website and cooperating with other organisations on strategies to promote democratic planning reform in this state election year.    

We have also already completed critical submissions on the review of the State Planning Policy Framework and on the Draft Bill for changes to the Planning and Environment Act. Both of these can now be downloaded – go to General Planning menu:

Madden reviews state planning rules – worse for the community (see attachment)

Draft Bill on changes to Planning Act – taking democratic control away from Councils and Residents (see attachment)

The SOS 2010 Committee:
Officebearers:
Ian Wood – President
Louis Delacretaz – Vice-President
Cheryl Forge – Secretary
Julie Buxton – Treasurer

Ordinary Members:
Ray Smith
David Rayson
Libby Blackett-Smith
Ann Birrell

SOS 2009 AGM – 3pm, 29th November 2009, The Elsternwick Club, 19 Sandham St, Elsternwick

SOS Notice of 2009 Annual General Meeting

AGENDA:

1. Confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting; 2. Receive Committee reports on transactions of the Association during the preceding financial year; 3. Receive and consider the statement submitted by the Association re section 30(3) of the Act; 4. Elect officers of the Association and ordinary members of the Committee # #NB: At this AGM, elections will be held for the positions of Vice-President, Secretary and four ordinary committee members. SOS members financial until 30 June 2009 or later are eligible to vote. The room will be open by 2.30pm if you would like to talk to candidates or committee members informally before the meeting, and proxies will also be available for inspection.

PROXIES:

If you are a financial member unable to attend the AGM and wish another financial member to act on your behalf at the meeting, please complete a Proxy form (download SOS Proxy Form) and return it to the Secretary at the address below by 3pm, Thursday Nov 26th, 2009.

NOMINATIONS for the committee must:

(a) be made in writing by a current financial member, signed by two other financial members of the Association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of nomination); and (b) be delivered to the Secretary of the Association at the address below not less than seven days before the date of the annual general meeting (ie before the 22nd of November, 2009). A nomination form is available here (download the Nomination Form) but you can use any format as long as it contains the required information. If candidates would like to write a statement in support of their election, it will be posted unedited on the SOS web site (email it well beforehand to agm2009@sos.asn.au). Candidates should send their nominations directly to: The Secretary Save our Suburbs PO Box 739 Richmond 3121 Ian Wood President, Save Our Suburbs Inc

SOS Newsletter for October 2009!

The next SOS newsletter has just been mailed out to members and can be downloaded here as a 4-page pdf: Issue 25 – October 2009 This edition covers: * Hi-rise residential buildings along transport corridors * Liquor win for community – the Corner Hotel case * SOS and Yarra election upset * Beware deals with developers – and don’t assume Council will argue your case for you at VCAT

New SOS president after November AGM

At the Association’s AGM on November 30, a new committee for 2009 was elected. Community planning consultant and former vice-president Ian Wood is the new president of SOS, replacing Ian Quick who has stepped down to have more time for private interests but who is still on the committee. Other office bearers are Cheryl Forge (secretary) and Gary van Prooyen (treasurer). Ian Quick stood for Yarra Council as an independent last November but was unsuccessful, due mainly to the string of dummy candidates supported by the ALP in his ward. Ironically, they were too successful – one of them drew ahead of Ian and was thus elected with his preferences, knocking out the ALP’s preferred second candidate, an "independent" former mayor. Our thanks go to retiring committee members Marilyn Canet (a tireless Brimbank planning activist) and ex-treasurer Amanda Stone, who also stood for Yarra Council in the November elections and is now mayor. New SOS president Ian Wood is looking forward to networking more this year with progressive local councillors. Early last year, Planning Minister Madden unilaterally abolished the M2030 Implementation Reference Group, the only official communication link on planning issues between the Government and community representatives. In the same vein, the Government has signalled its intention to take undemocratic short-cuts this year to speed up the planning permit process (like the new "go-go" residential zones, unelected development assessment committees and ministerial call-ins). In this fraught atmosphere, and with a state election less than two years away, local councillors will need to be the backbone of the community’s democratic defence against further inappropriate development, draconian changes to planning rules and fast-tracking of major development projects being "held up" at VCAT.