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    June Quarter 2013
    1. Special General Meeting of unChain Inc
    2. The Committee
    3. Social Events
    4. Membership
    5. New Port Phillip CEO and a new head of Environment and Planning
    6. The St Kilda Triangle
    7. Council Budget
    8. Yarra Trams proposals for Fitzroy and Acland Streets9. Linden Gallery
    10. The St Kilda Festival
    11. The Marina Reserve and Skate Park
    12. Flood control especially for the Elwood canal
    13. Balaclava Station
    14. The Grand Prix in Albert Park
    15. Fishermans Bend
    16. Schools in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne
    17. Emerald Hill precinct and the Library & Heritage Centre forecourt
    18. Port Melbourne Foreshore
    19. Referendum on Local Government20
    20. unChain and The Federal election
    1. Special General Meeting of unChain Inc
    On June 5th a special general meeting was held to put to members two
    1. That Unchain Inc. adopt the new model rules as per the Associations
    reform act
    2. That Unchain Inc. adopt a revised statement of purpose
    Both resolutions were passed.Some aspects of the new rules are: The new Rules permit Associate
    Members. These are non-voting members. The new Rules require the AGM to
    determine the subscription fee. The current Rules permit up to 2 ordinary
    members in addition to the 4 officers. The new Rules allow any number of
    ordinary members to be elected to the Committee. There are also different
    rules about nomination. The new Act spells out the legal duties of office
    holders – imposing duties similar to those of directors of companies -
    regarding improper use of information or position, duty to exercise reasonable
    care, duty to act in good faith and for a proper purpose, duty not to allow the
    association to trade while insolvent and duty to avoid conflicts of interest.
    Associations are divided into three tiers regarding financial reporting– with
    weightier financial obligations on the bigger ones. unChain is a Tier One
    Associations , that is one with a total revenue of less than $250,000. We have
    to report to the Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) on a similar basis as
    presently. Our accounts do not have to be audited but must be reviewed by
    an independent accountant if a majority of members at a general meeting vote
    to require it. The new Act replaces all references to ‘public officer’ with
    ‘secretary’. In most cases, the secretary will assume the responsibilities of the
    public officer. The new Act clarifies the rights of members of associations,
    including the circumstances in which members can inspect or get a copy of
    the rules, be notified of general meetings, vote at general meetings etc. It also
    sets out new requirements for grievance procedures and disciplinary action.
    The revised statement of purposes is:
    1. To develop and support measures that will make Port Phillip an
    even better place for living, working and recreation
    2. To support the election of Councillors to the City of Port Phillip
    Council who are independent of and not aligned with political
    3. To engage with the local community on issues that affect their
    amenity, particularly issues relating to the environment, planning
    and local community inclusion.
    4. To support and ensure Councillors and other elected
    representatives stay connected with and act on local community
    5. To represent local community concerns to local, state and national
    politicians, governments and agencies.
    6. To assist in creating community by engaging and empowering
    people to comment on and take up local issues with appropriate
    There was healthy debate around the wording of the purposes in particular
    that anyone running as a candidate for COPP council should not belong to a
    political party.
    2. The Committee
    The committee continues to meet monthly. The website has yet to be updated
    but this is in the pipeline. A subcommittee has been formed to be a reference
    group for the Triangle Development. We will also be looking for people interested in the Master Plan for Fishermans Bend and to work on the Yarra
    trams issue. We have also sent a questionnaire to the candidates in the
    federal seat of Melbourne Ports. There is more detail below on these matters.
    3. Social Events
    The call is still out for any good social event organisers out there: we’d be
    keen to have a social committee. Our thoughts are to try to have a regular get
    together time and venue so that people can pop along and stay in touch – let
    us know your thoughts.
    We invited unChain members to see a great film about planning issues,
    Human Scale, at ACMI on 4 July (with dinner afterwards). Feel free to join.
    On 9 August Elwood College is holding a fundraiser at Riva featuring great
    music from Ross Wilson and the Peaceniks. A number of unChain members
    intend to go along to socialise. To book go to:
    4. Membership
    Membership renewals for the year 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 are now due.
    The subscription is $20. There are currently 70 registered members of
    Unchain and so we are hoping most of you will renew and remain involved.
    You can pay:
    By direct deposit into our ANZ bank account
    unChain Inc
    BSB 013 427
    CMA – 278146477
    (make sure you include your name)
    By cash or cheque
    unChain Inc
    c/- Peter Holland
    64 Chaucer St
    St Kilda 3182
    0411 470 651
    To Contact an unChain councillor or the unChain President:
    • Cr Jane Touzeau – 0432 287 634,
    • Cr Serge Thomann – 0432 299 372
    • Cr Vanessa Huxley - 0406 890 739;
    • Catherine Sharples, unChain President - 0421 221 242,
    unchaininc@gmail.com5. New Port Phillip CEO and a new head of Environment and Planning
    Council has appointed a new CEO. In the unChain policy for the 2012
    municipal elections we said:
    The Council appointed a new CEO in 2009 who oversaw well managed
    and coherent change throughout the organisation. The task for the
    next Council 2012-2016 is to build on the work that has been done. An
    important aspect of this will be the appointment of a new CEO as the
    current CEO is retiring at the time of the 2012 election. Appointment of
    a CEO is the most important decision a Council can make.
    In April 2013 the Council appointed a new CEO, Tracey Slatter, following a
    comprehensive search for the best possible candidate. Tracey Slatter is a
    former CEO of Otway Shire and Senior Executive in the Victorian Public
    Service with the Transport Accident Commission. unChain looks forward to
    working with the new CEO.
    Another important new appointment will be the Head of the Environment and
    Planning Division. He or she will be a key person in many matters such as the
    St Kilda Triangle, Fishermans Bend and the Port Melbourne foreshore.
    6. The St Kilda Triangle
    An unChain subcommittee has been formed for the St Kilda Triangle
    Development. There are two aspects live at present: an Amendment to the
    Planning Scheme and project management.
    Council has two ‘hats’. One hat is as the responsible authority. In March 2013
    the Council endorsed a proposed planning scheme of amendment to
    implement the St Kilda Triangle vision it developed last year. (Amendment
    C106). unChain made a submission on this, which is available on our website.
    The next step is a Panel hearing in October which will consider submissions
    and report to the Minister.
    The unChain submission on the Planning Scheme amendment was made in
    June 2103. It was broadly supportive of the St Kilda Triangle 2012 and
    Amendment C106. However it was submitted that Amendment C106 must
    allow the responsible authority sufficient flexibility to enable it to best achieve
    the vision promised in St Kilda Triangle 2012. In particular flexibility may be
    required in considering:
    • The new building behind the Palais
    • The new building beside the Palais
    • The link to the foreshore by building over Jacka Boulevard
    • Traffic flows and car parking
    CAPP have made a similar submission. unChain will make a submission to
    the Panel Hearing in October but meanwhile will work with Councillors and officers to determine whether the current Amendment does allow the Council
    the flexibility that it will need in the future.
    The second ‘hat’ that the Council has regarding the St Kilda Triangle is as the
    proponent for the re-development. It is in this area that Council does not have
    the capacity and expertise. In 2010 the Ombudsman, George Brouwer,
    severely criticised the City of Port Phillip over the failed re-development of the
    St Kilda Triangle. He said: ‘I question whether the City of Port Phillip had the
    capacity or the expertise to manage the tender’.
    unChain members with expertise in project management prepared a detailed
    paper for Council on how significant projects are done – this is a set of skills
    that the Council does not have. This has been presented to Councillors and
    Council officers.
    unChain also made a submission on the draft Council budget in June.
    Originally there was only $185,000 in the draft budget for the project
    management of the Triangle. This was inadequate. Our unChain experts
    estimated that it should cost about $1 million over 3 years to manage the
    project. unChain’s submission was effective and the allocation for the project
    management of the Triangle in 2013/4 was raised to $300,000.
    7. Council Budget
    In our policy document for the 2012 Council elections we said:
    It is the responsibility of the elected Councillors to ensure that the level
    of rates imposed on ratepayers is not too high and that ratepayers are
    getting good value for the rates that they are paying.
    In June 2013 the Council finalised its budget for the 2013.14 year. The Budget
    includes an increase in its rates of 4.5% which remains below the Victorian
    metropolitan council average of 4.9%. The Council said:
    The 2013/14 Budget contains capital works funding in excess of $29
    million including $13.4 million for roads, $11million for buildings, and $4
    million for parks and open spaces. This expenditure includes continuation of major capital projects including Liardet St Family and
    Children’s Centre, significant facilities upgrades at Northport Oval,
    Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, Gasworks Arts Park and
    Alma Park. The Budget maintains the focus on the future and the need
    to adapt to a different climate with $4.36 million in initiatives that
    support Council and community action to reduce energy consumption
    and emissions. A further $1.43 million will be spent on drainage to cope
    with higher run off and mitigate flooding.
    8. The No.96 project - Yarra Trams proposals for Fitzroy and Acland
    StreetsYarra Trams are proposing significant changes for Fitzroy and Acland Streets.
    The aim is to reduce the time of the trip and allow the 96 tram runs every four
    minutes. To enable this they are proposing works on Acland St and to replace
    the no 133 Fitzroy St tramstop on the beach side of the Grey St intersection
    with a super-stop to the City side of the intersection. unChain has always
    supported public transport. However the proposals and the processes raise
    significant concerns.
    The consultation process on the proposals has been a disgrace. Yarra Trams
    seem to believe that it can ram through the changes it wants to achieve its
    ends and ignore any other interests. The Council has no power to veto the
    proposals but Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria have to get the
    approval of the Minister. So to change any undesirable proposals will require
    a campaign by the community and the Council.
    The issues in Acland St involve whether it is appropriate to turn all or part of
    the St into a mall with no cars but only the 96 trams, loss of over 50 car parks,
    loss of Palm trees, lack of consideration of a full range of alternatives, impact
    on shops, impact on traffic flows in the area.
    The issues in Fitzroy St include the impact on access to the School and the
    Bowling Club car park, impact on congestion in Fitzroy St, impact on local
    residents and traders and, again, the lack of consideration of a full range of
    It appears the proposals have not been planned as part of a ‘big picture’ but
    are designed in small parts with Yarra trams KPI’s in mind. Catherine
    Sharples has met with the principal of St Kilda Park Primary School and the
    school is writing a response indicating their objection to the 2 proposals.
    Unchain will be looking to engage the community on this matter and send a
    response to the Minister. We encourage look at what is proposed - see
    Please let us know what you think The unChain
    committee and Councillors will engage the community to make sure that they
    can have an effective voice on this issue.
    9. Linden Gallery
    unChain Councillor Vanessa Huxley is the Council representative on the
    board of St Kilda’s Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts. The gallery is one of
    Melbourne’s oldest council-funded art galleries and has a reputation for
    quality exhibitions. It is well known for its annual postcard exhibition. This was
    the centre of controversy this quarter.
    The gallery mounted the ‘Like Mike’ exhibition that honoured boundarypushing Australian artist Mike Brown, who was convicted of obscenity in 1966
    In May 2013 Victoria Police raided the gallery and removed some of artist
    Paul Yore’s work after a complaint about allegedly pornographic images. The gallery had a notice saying the exhibition "may not be suitable for children",
    and parts of it may be offensive, but that ‘we leave viewing to your discretion’.
    The gallery responded by closing the gallery for some weeks, leaving works
    by seven other artists behind locked doors and sparking accusations of
    censorship. What should the gallery have done? This was what the Board
    We acknowledge that questions have been asked about our response
    to this matter and are acutely aware of the concerns of the community
    and of those who have had difficulty understanding our decision to
    temporarily close the gallery and seek classification for the work … We
    hope it can be appreciated that this has been a complex matter, where
    we have tried to find the right balance in managing our artistic, legal
    and moral responsibilities. Indeed, some observers have considered
    that we haven't always got this balance right. However, we can assure
    everyone that while it may not always be evident externally, we have
    been working tirelessly to resolve all the issues in a timely and
    appropriate way as well as manage the concerns of all the artists and
    our stakeholders. The exhibition has re-opened and we will be
    extending our opening hours in the hope that as many people as
    possible will come and see this amazing exhibition. We hope that you
    have the opportunity to come and take a look and make your own
    assessment about the artistic merit of the work.
    10. The St Kilda Festival
    In our policy document for the 2012 election, unChain said:
    The St Kilda Festival was started thirty years ago, largely aimed at
    dispelling the disreputable reputation St Kilda had at that time ... The
    current Council has taken significant steps to improve the festival from
    the perspective of local residents. Measures have included improved
    cleaning up, earlier finishing times, noise control, a wider range of
    activities to make the festival more family-friendly, controls on
    drunkenness, and resident participation in decision-making. It is
    important that these improvements in management continue and there
    be increasing local content … The Festival is under threat because it
    has limited funding … unChain believes there should be a substantial
    increase in the level of State government contributions to the St Kilda
    festival. unChain also believes that the right sponsor(s) will be able to
    offset a significant proportion of the costs of the Festival. If however, in
    this post/ongoing “GFC” environment, finding significant sponsorship
    proves problematic, the Council would have to consider other models.
    This would be done in full consultation with music industry
    representatives, musicians and operators, residents, various bodies
    like the traders associations and the SK Tourism Association.
    In June the Council decided to save the Festival in 2014 by adopting a
    different funding mix. The cost to ratepayers was $1.6 million in 2013 and this was not an acceptable level for the future. The alternative was to cease the
    Festival in 2014.
    Council has decided on a new funding model for the Festival that will increase
    revenue through various means. These include:
    • An updated sponsorship strategy that includes managed alcohol
    • Review of fees and sales.
    • Introduction of ticketed entertainment events.
    • Financial contributions from those enjoying the benefits of the Festival
    including patrons and beneficiaries.
    • Fundraising events including benefit concerts.
    The unChain Councillors have provided strong support for saving the Festival.
    Without them, it would have been stopped. The Council has not made a final
    decision on a particular funding mix – what sponsors to accept, on what
    terms, how much to charge for ticketed events, how to get a contribution from
    attendees etc. This is what the Council will be working on in the future,
    11. The Marina Reserve and Skate Park
    The Marina Reserve at St Kilda has proved to be a great success. It is
    important to note that it is not just a skate park. The skating facilities have
    been very successful including the anti-graffiti campaign. The Reserve also
    has new barbeque facilities and children’s playground. It also remains an offleach area for dogs.
    There is an Advisory Committee with significant unChain involvement.
    unChain Councillor Serge Thomann is the Chair, unChain Councillor Vanessa
    Huxley is a member, unChain Vice President Peter Holland is the
    representative of the dog owners and unChain member Jane Polenti is a
    representative for families. If you have suggestions, contact Peter on 0411
    470 651 or
    12. Flood control especially for the Elwood canal
    For unChain Councillor Jane Touzeau, flood control, especially for the Elwood
    canal, has been a major concern. In our policy document for the 2012
    election, unChain said:
    Flash flooding of the Elwood canal is a major local issue that requires
    joint action by the State government, Melbourne Water, Port Phillip
    Council and neighbouring Councils. In February 2011 we suffered a
    major flood. (2010/11 was the wettest 2-year period on record). There
    have been similar floods in previous decades, and various
    interventions, especially the Head St diversion, have reduced
    incidences of flooding in Elwood ... A Flood Management Plan has
    been developed together with Melbourne Water and will be kept alive by the incorporation and completion of annual actions … We must also
    have the co-operation of the State government and neighbouring
    Councils … A significant issue is to reduce the flow of water by various
    water sensitive urban design measures, such as diversion of water into
    wetlands and other sites throughout the catchment. These, and other
    engineering solutions, would require support from Melbourne Water
    and the state government.
    In April the Municipal Association of Victoria released a report (Port Phillip
    Bay Coastal Adaptation Pathways project) showing that timely coastal
    adaptation will help Port Phillip residents prepare for flooding. Even under the
    worst-possible scenarios modelled, the report confirms that with timely
    adaptation actions, residents are economically better off to stay in these
    areas. Case studies from five urban areas around Port Phillip Bay were used
    to test the economic analyses, including Elwood Canal. An important future
    step is for the ten bayside councils and the state government to achieve a
    comprehensive coastal hazards vulnerability assessment for Port Phillip Bay.
    In the meantime Melbourne water, which is the catchment management
    authority for the elster creek catchment, has commissioned a study of the
    entire catchment. This has yet to be finalised and released.
    Council in its 2013/14 budget allocated a further $1.43 million to be spent on
    drainage and water sensitive urban design.
    13. Balaclava Station
    In our policy document for the 2012 election, unChain said:
    ‘There are two important strategic opportunities in Carlisle Street. One
    is the Balaclava Station Project and the other is the Supermarket
    Renewal Project. It is important to get both of these right’.
    In June we saw the start of the $13 million upgrade to the Balaclava station.
    The Premier turned the sod and unChain Councillor Vanessa Huxley attended
    the ceremony since the Balaclava station is in her ward. Over 3000 residents
    use the station each day. The upgrade will include better waiting areas,
    accessible toilets, CCTV, better lighting and a two-tiered ramp which will be
    accessible for people with disabilities. Also in the coming budget Council has
    committed $400,000 to improving the quality of the connections from Carlisle
    Street to the station.
    14. The Grand Prix in Albert Park
    In the unChain policy document for the 2012 election we said:
    ‘unChain believes that our largest park is not the appropriate site for a
    Grand Prix …The Grand Prix has a significant impact on local
    residents, schools and traders. There is disruption for months to park users, especially with respect to community sporting facilities. This
    disruption gets worse every year as more and more park users are
    displaced … There is also a significant financial cost to the Victorian
    taxpayer ... The Victorian Auditor- General’s peer reviewed cost benefit
    analysis found the GP is a net loser for Victoria and his office found
    there is no evidence of extra tourists coming to Melbourne because a
    grand prix is held here. The Grand Prix is awash with a sea of red. It
    has over $250 million of accumulated losses, and the real cost to the
    Victorian taxpayer would be far greater if all the government subsidies
    were included. In addition a majority of local businesses surveyed in
    1996, 1998 and 2005 either suffered a decrease in trade or
    experienced no change during the grand prix period … Are there not
    better ways for the State government to spend over $50 million dollars
    each year? How many schools, hospitals, aged care facilities and flood
    interventions could be built with this money?
    In this June quarter, the Save Albert Park (SAP) group drafted an open letter
    to the premier, Denis Napthine. unChain was a co-signatory. The letter said:
    We are writing to express our deep concern regarding the State
    Government’s apparent intention to extend the F1 grand prix contract
    beyond 2015. Our reasons encompass the environmental and resident
    amenity effects of staging the event in Albert Park Reserve, together
    with public health and civil rights issues, but here we emphasise the
    financial and economic aspects of the matter … In the interests of
    openness and accountability can you advise what measures will be
    taken to determine whether or not the grand prix provides value for
    money for Victoria? … Will these measures and the conclusions
    reached be made public before any decision is made to extend the
    grand prix contract? … Finally, we seek your views on the possibility of
    relocating the grand prix to a purpose-built motor sport facility. You will
    be aware that the Linfox-owned site next to the Avalon airport has been
    offered for this purpose, in connection with a feasibility study
    undertaken by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
    Such a facility would provide the opportunity for your Government to rid
    itself of the ideological anomaly of operating a socialised motor racing
    business. It would also create real, full-time jobs, and earn public
    gratitude for the return of Albert Park Reserve to the citizens of
    Melbourne for its proper purpose, that of providing unrestricted yearround access for sporting and passive recreation.
    15. Fishermans Bend
    Fishermans Bend was a major part of our submission in March 2013 on the
    new Melbourne metropolitan strategy. The government’s strategy is for an
    expanded central city zone that has a potential for 220,000 new residents and
    200,000 new workers. Most of this is centred on Fishermans Bend (80,000 new residents) and neighbouring Southbank (another 80,000 residents). In
    contrast Docklands has ‘only’ 15,000 residents.
    unChain submitted that the Southbank and Docklands precincts have not
    been satisfactory developments. If the community believes that a similar
    outcome is in store for Fishermans Bend, there will be significant opposition.
    However if the community can see that lessons have been learnt, then there
    should be a significant level of support. Our submission said:
    unChain submits that we must learn from the experience of Southbank
    and Docklands in planning for Fishermans Bend. Already there are
    concerns because the government has rezoned the area before a
    master plan, planning controls or developer's infrastructure levy had
    been drafted …
    The issue is whether it is already too late. There are reportedly plans
    for at least 17 towers in the Montague section of Fishermans Bend
    alone. These will add at least 4500 apartments in a small section of
    Fishermans bend …
    We should aim to build a community at Fishermans Bend, not just
    houses and apartments. There should be a high-density precinct, but
    this does not necessarily mean high rise buildings. There should be
    limits on the Minister’s unfettered discretion. It is submitted that there
    should be a mandatory height limit and provisions on active street
    levels, set-backs and controls on exterior design. At the very least
    there should be a Master Plan that has involved substantial community
    involvement. Because it is an industrial area, there are few residential
    neighbours and so there will be less scrutiny of individual proposals.
    This makes it doubly important to have a well-thought out Master Plan.
    Fishermans Bend should aim to provide affordable housing, with a mix
    of housing tenures and a mix of people. Community infrastructure such
    as child-care centres, schools, parks, transport links and health
    services must be included from the outset. There must be stronger
    compliance on height controls, rejuvenated streetscapes, more public
    spaces, encouragement of walking, cycling and public transport and
    the provision of better local amenities for residents, workers and
    visitors. We should perhaps be aiming at a ‘creative’ industries
    precinct, perhaps anchored by a university campus.
    unChain is cautiously optimistic that a satisfactory master Plan will be
    developed and that the lessons from Docklands and Southbank have been
    learned. Places Victoria is coordinating the planning for the area and there is
    a Project Control Group with input from the City of Port Phillip and the City of
    unChain attended Council meetings in the June quarter and asked for an
    update on the Master Plan. We have been informed that the development is
    going satisfactorily and that the expertise of the City of Port Phillip has been very influential in the development of the Master Plan. We asked Council for
    public consultation on the draft Master Plan as soon as possible. We
    anticipate that this will be released in the next month.
    16. Schools in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne
    In our policy document for the 2012 municipal elections we said:
    The Creative City needs an educated population, however the
    population growth in the inner city is creating a critical shortage of and
    the State government has delayed building new primary schools.
    Foolishly, successive governments have closed schools and sold the
    sites. Architect Charles Webb constructed the Dorcas Street Primary
    School in 1880. It was closed in 1996. The JH Boyd Girls School site
    was sold in 2005. Now we need new schools to service our growing
    population. Construction of new primary schools must commence
    immediately to cater for population growth in Port Melbourne,
    Fisherman’s Bend, St Kilda Road, South Melbourne and Southbank.
    In Council’s budget submission to the state government, the top priority was a
    new school in South Melbourne. This was successful. In May 2013 the
    Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced funding in the state budget to
    purchase land in Ferrars Street, South Melbourne for a new primary school.
    The Minister is also funding a two-story relocatable classroom to address the
    current over-crowding at Port Melbourne Primary School.
    17. Emerald Hill precinct and the Library & Heritage Centre forecourt
    In June the Council received submissions on the draft design for the Emerald
    Hill precinct. This involves improvements and future uses for key assets at
    Emerald hill including the South Melbourne Town Hall.
    unChain candidate in the 2012 elections for the Emerald Hill ward, Richard
    Roberts, made a verbal submission to Council. He was concerned that the
    proposal was bad for business and parking and that the parking surveys don’t
    stand up. He said that the money would be much better spent on enhancing
    the shopping area around South Melbourne Markets, replacing worn footpaths
    and removing graffiti. The Council is considering these submissions.
    18. Port Melbourne Foreshore
    The future of height controls in the Port Melbourne foreshore is a significant
    issue for residents. In Port Melbourne, a decade ago, a set of height controls
    that balanced the interests of developers and the community was developed.
    As part of the overall Beacon Cove development there was a restrictive
    covenant imposing a three storey height limit on Waterfront Place and a commitment to provide various community services there.
    Former unChain President Serge Thomann ran as a candidate in the 2010
    state elections. He ‘blew the whistle’ – revealing that the then Minister for
    Planning, Justin Madden, had received a proposal for a 28-storey tower in
    Port Melbourne consisting of a hotel, residential and retail precinct. The
    proposal became known as “the sheik’s tower”. The Age’s investigatory
    reporter wrote that ‘A senior government source said that the sheik’s
    development company had received a ‘nod and a wink’ that approval would
    be granted by the Department of Planning’. However the defeat of the Brumby
    government in the 2010 elections meant that this did not happen.
    After the 2010 elections, the new State government returned authority over
    the site to the Port Phillip Council. The Council resolved to prepare a draft
    Urban Development Framework (UDF) for the Port Melbourne foreshore.
    unChain made a number of submissions. Council has separated the new UDF
    for the Port Melbourne foreshore and the new provisions in the planning
    scheme for the Waterfront Place site. The Council refused an application by
    the developer of Waterfront Place and this is now at VCAT. What should the
    height limit be on Waterfront Place. One argument is that the developer
    bought the site with a well-thought out height limit of three stories so it is not
    entitled to anything greater. Another is that a limit up to 10 stories may be
    appropriate – but should this be mandatory?
    19. Referendum on Local Government
    The Australian Constitution does not mention local government. A federal
    parliamentary committee has recommended that a referendum be held on this
    issue. The committee recommended the referendum be held at the same time
    as the forthcoming federal election.
    Local government relies on a range of funding sources, including its own
    revenue measures, as well as grants from state and territory governments,
    and the Commonwealth. In 2009, a High Court decision (the Pape case) put
    into serious doubt the Federal Government’s ability to directly fund local
    government projects. A constitutional referendum empowering the
    Commonwealth to directly fund local government would put beyond doubt its
    ability to fund vital local projects. However, there are various arguments
    against direct funding of local councils.
    The Port Phillip Council and unChain will be urging voters to vote YES on the
    referendum question.
    20. unChain and the Federal election in 2013.
    A questionnaire has been drafted to survey the Federal election candidates
    for Melbourne Ports. The survey was sent to all members for comment. The survey has now been finalised and has been sent to the three candidates,
    Michael Danby (Labor), Kevin Ekendahl (Liberal) and Ann Birrell (Greens).
    The survey will also be sent to the other candidates when they are known
    after close of nominations.
    The three candidates from the major parties have three weeks to work out
    their replies. These replies will be put on the unChain web unedited. Then
    members of unChain will be given two weeks to comment on the candidates’
    replies. A final assessment of the candidates on their position on local issues
    will be made by the executive of unChain, taking into account assessments
    made by members. The unChain Councillors will not participate in the
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