Residents’ groups are being overwhelmed by the ever increasing planning issues and government strategies that keep us busy reacting instead of us concentrating upon positive changes to maintain our liveable status. Meanwhile our residential areas are being plundered by developers only intent on exploiting every construction opportunity, regardless of the impact upon our residential areas. It is time we took a more proactive stance by reminding our governments, both state and federal as well as our councils, that they exist to look after our best interests, not the vested interests of the development industry, foreign investors and other non-constituents.We held a public forum with an expert panel at which
residents from all over Melbourne and beyond attended to discuss our issues with planning.
We presented a RESIDENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS (RBR) as an initiative to return control of development to councils and government rather than the development industry, so that residents have more input into the process. A motion to accept the RBR was readily accepted and we asked the residents to take the copy home, read and consider the recommendations, and email support to me. We received a massive response of support including some suggestions for additional demands and amendments. A separate copy of the RBR is forwarded which sets out our demands as amended to include many of the suggestions received from residents at the forum. It can be adapted to suit your group. it is aspirational but realistic. Please don’t be too judgemental, for it is a response to the many different concerns from many different groups all with different issues.
We believe this RBR could be widely applicable and we are seeking support from you and your group to help make this work. It will help us all to “speak from the same page”. We suggest you ask your local councils and both state and federal M.P.’s to support you in getting it implemented. It will take time but if we are persistent, in time it could have a positive effect. Please don’t just rely on PLANNING BACKLASH to do this for you. We need a concentrated effort if we are to achieve a positive result.
We need to get the RESIDENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS implemented before the developers completely destroy our residential areas.
Please help us to help you.
Mary Drost, Convenor of PLANNING BACKLASH.