Another big media month for Southbank 

Another big media month for Southbank 
Tony Penna

Climate change and rising sea levels are a significant issue to Southbank, which should be of pressing concern to the City of Melbourne.

You may have read The Age article where I was interviewed (and photographed) about the sea level rise warning and its predicted impacts on a significant number of Southbank dwellings (16,000), or my interview with Sammy J on ABC radio about the same topic. 

During my 10 years as president of Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) I have been involved in many City of Melbourne forums where this has been highlighted, but based on the recent report commissioned by the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council we should expect to start seeing its impacts within the next 17 years.

Therefore, now is the time for the council to start some serious conversations with the state government to find solutions to mitigate this risk. 

SRA will be keeping this conversation alive through our frequent engagements with the council. It’s an important topic and the community needs to know how it will impact us.

Later this month SRA will be holding its 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM). What a milestone – 25 years! 

We have invited the council’s Greenline project team as guest speaker to share more about this exciting project and how it will impact Southbank and enhance the north bank of the Yarra-Birrarung River.

The AGM is also an opportunity for any interested residents to join our committee and contribute to making Southbank a more liveable community. Much can be gained with joining a volunteer community organisation such as SRA. 

Are you looking to enhance your CV with community involvement, or maybe just make a few new friends all while contributing to SRA’s advocacy? 

SRA has had many wins in the past which have contributed significantly to making Southbank a great place to live and work. But more still needs to be done, hence the reason for our call-out for interested persons to join. 

We currently have a dynamic and friendly committee, which meets monthly. If you are curious and would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I can be reached at [email protected]. A tremendous amount of satisfaction is often created when volunteering your time in a community group.

Alternatively, if you would like to show your support by becoming a member, you can sign-up on our website … it’s only $10! Without membership we don’t have a voice.

Southbank Residents’ Association AGM

Tuesday, August 29, 6.30pm @ Boyd Community Hub

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