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Southbank receives more lip service from the council

Southbank receives more lip service from the council

July 2nd, 2024 - Tony Penna

Well, here we are at the end of the financial year and the City of Melbourne has handed down its budget for 2024/25. And, once again, it’s somewhat underwhelming from a Southbank perspective.


City of Melbourne councillor: “Don’t poke the Penna bear!”

June 4th, 2024 - Tony Penna

This was the response from Cr Rohan Leppert at the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee meeting last month to discuss items in Southbank. I didn’t hold back in that meeting, and I make no apologies for calling them out.

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Open space

May 8th, 2024 - Tony Penna

We note some exciting, but interesting, items on the council Future Melbourne Committee agenda for May 7.

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Power St safety woes continue

April 3rd, 2024 - Tony Penna

Sadly, once again a truck has taken out the newly installed fencing on the corner of Power St and City Rd. The incident happened on Monday March 25 about 8pm. Luckily, no one was injured.

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Too much mess on the streets of Southbank

March 6th, 2024 - Tony Penna

Why are we receiving lip service about the cleaning of our streets? It has really started to irritate me of late.

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Welcome to 2024, Southbank

February 7th, 2024 - Tony Penna

We trust that everyone was able to find some downtime over the break to recharge for hopefully an exciting 2024.

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Weighing in on Southbank Promenade

December 5th, 2023 - Tony Penna

As mentioned in my October column, I’d like to discuss Southbank Promenade this month. 

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Council street safety review misses the mark

November 7th, 2023 - Tony Penna

If you missed it, Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) in collaboration with City of Melbourne, hosted a forum for the council to announce new pedestrian road safety projects.

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Come hear from your local Men’s Shed

October 4th, 2023 - Tony Penna

Your Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) committee has quite a bit planned for this month and we hope you will be able to find some time out from the beautiful sunshine we are now experiencing.

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Launching our new app

September 6th, 2023 - Tony Penna

Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) held its 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the end of August and made a massive announcement.

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Another big media month for Southbank 

August 9th, 2023 - 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.

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Sustainability and why it matters

July 5th, 2023 - Southbank News

One of the important things we can all do to support a more sustainable society is to talk about sustainability and why it matters. 

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Is there an opportunity?

July 5th, 2023 - Tony Penna

Firstly, I would like to start by thanking all those who reached out to me with their kind words of support for my 100th column last month. I never realised my monthly writings were often anxiously read by so many loyal Southbank News followers. 

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One hundred columns! Who would have thought?

June 7th, 2023 - Tony Penna

I write this column with surprise. My first column was edition 25 of Southbank News in November 2013 after being elected as president at the October 2013 AGM.

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Vale Lynne Lumsden

May 10th, 2023 - Tony Penna

It is with the greatest sadness that I write this month.

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Basketball … here we come!

April 5th, 2023 - Tony Penna

I am absolutely delighted to be able to report that the City of Melbourne has listened to the suggestion put forward by Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) last year to establish a temporary basketball court for the community at Melbourne Square.

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What a start to the year

March 8th, 2023 - Tony Penna

Our committee has been as busy as ever with lobbying and planning the year ahead. I can feel there are going to be some great things happening this year for our community.

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Welcome, 2023

February 8th, 2023 - Tony Penna

Let us sincerely hope this can be a year of progress after so much uncertainty of years gone by. The Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) committee has already had its first meeting and we have hit the ground running. We have much planned for the year and are looking forward to making progress with the council on a number of its Southbank projects.

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A win for Southbank!

December 7th, 2022 - Tony Penna

It was a busy month for the Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) committee, holding two “Meet the Candidates” events for the recent state election, “Joining your Owners’ Committee” information session and a controversial Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meeting held in Southbank.

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A huge month ahead

November 9th, 2022 - Tony Penna

What a month Southbank Residents Association (SRA) has for our community this month! We have a number of events this month which I encourage our whole community to get behind.

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All steady at SRG

All steady at SRG

December 15th, 2014 - Southbank News
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