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Southbank Residents’ Group

20 Nov 2012

You may have recently heard that Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, released the draft discussion paper regarding the Metropolitan Planning Strategy (MPS) for Melbourne.

The MPS is being prepared to provide a blueprint to guide Melbourne’s planning and development future over the next 30-40 years (replacing the previous Government’s paper “Melbourne 2030”). It covers all matters related to planning that will ultimately impact us, from property development through to transport, open spaces and infrastructure. The strategy will include links with the Regional Growth Plans and, together, these plans will provide a long-term planning vision for Victoria.

Now more than ever, it is important for us as residents to have our say and share our views on the holistic planning outcomes for Melbourne. Living in the rapidly growing suburb of Southbank, we know all to well the importance of prudent planning practices and the benefits that can be derived from positive planning outcomes. Conversely, we also know first-hand the consequences of poor planning policy and the negative outcomes and impacts this has on our community.

This is why Barry Janes and I are proud to be actively involved in the Southbank Residents Group as your new president and vice-president. We have a real opportunity to shape the planning vision for Southbank and Melbourne – but we can only do it together as united residents of our great suburb.

In the early new year we will arrange a public meeting to discuss the draft paper in more detail before public submissions close on March 1, 2013. If you’d like to be informed of when this meeting will take place, please email me at srgi2000@gmail.com or “like” us on Twitter and Facebook (search for “Southbank Residents Group”).

You can download the MPS discussion paper by visiting http://www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au/discussion-paper - where you can also lodge your public submission in response to this draft plan. If you can’t download the paper, please email me with your address details at srgi2000@gmail.com and I can arrange for a hard copy of the paper to be mailed to you.

Let’s work together to shape our community’s future and that of greater Melbourne.

Michael Smolders
President
Southbank Residents Group

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