Monthly Archives: November 2016

EAST VILLAGE – MASTERPLAN INFORMATION SESSIONS

UPDATE – 6/12/2016

Have your say on the draft masterplan

Members of the community are invited to attend an open forum on Tuesday 6th December to discuss the East Village draft masterplan. It will be held from 7-9pm in the meeting room at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion. The forum will be run as a Q&A, so people are encouraged to come along and ask their questions.

 

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Original Posting

The draft 20 year East Village Masterplan, together with supporting documentation, is now available – http://www.eastvillagemasterplan.com.au/documents/

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Public comment is now being sought on this huge (20+ha) site, previously known as Virginia Park Industrial Park (refer to GERA’s previous post – https://geresidents.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/east-village-bentleigh-previously-known-as-virginia-park-estate/  – for background information).  Two information sessions are to be held at 18 North Drive, 236-262 East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East on

  • Wednesday, 23/11/2016 – 5.30 – 7.30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 26/11/2016 – 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.

GERA urges residents to attend the information sessions and review the supporting documentation.  Given the magnitude of this development, residents need to become aware of what is being proposed to ensure that appropriate and informed feedback is provided to the developers and Council.

GERA will provide our assessment of the current development proposal in subsequent postings.

Feel free to provide your assessment of the development proposal on GERA’s Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/geresidents/

 

 

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AGM and FUTURE DIRECTIONS COMMUNITY FORUM

Details of the Glen Eira Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting and Future Directions Community Forum are

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Date:

Wednesday, 30th November, 2016 at 7.00 p.m., 7.30 for the  “Future Directions” Community Forum

Venue:

St. John’s Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick.

All (Members and Public) Welcome

 As usual GERA promises to keep the AGM formalities brief.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS COMMUNITY FORUM – 7.30 p.m.

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Following the AGM, a community forum will be held –  the topic being GERA’s “Future Directions”.  GERA’s Management Committee is seeking member and public input into the development and directions of the Association.  Glen Eira has a new Council that is showing signs of being representative and receptive.  For this to continue into the future, our association needs to actively participate and work with Council to achieve the best outcome for the Glen Eira community.  GERA’s Committee believes that community input, particularly from those unable to individually participate, into developing our  Future Directions and Strategies is essential.

Hope you can attend.  If unable to attend please make a comment on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/geresidents/) or email your thoughts to us (geresidents@hotmail.com).

FIRST ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING – GOOD JOB COUNCIL

The first Ordinary Council Meeting of the new 2016 – 2020 Council was held last night and, within the first week of taking office, positive changes that encourage public participation at Council Meetings have been made.  Further changes are being planned for the future.

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As promised, by Mayor Delahunty during her Mayoral Acceptance Speech, a motion was presented to suspend meeting Standing Orders (Local Law) and to enable an impromptu Q&A session to occur at the start of the meeting.  The gallery was permitted to submit written questions (Request to Address Council Form) to Council – these questions being in addition to the formal public questions presented at the end of the meeting.   The motion passed 7 to 2 (Crs. Hyams and Esakoff dissenting).

A number of residents took advantage of the Q&A session.  The questions discussed, within a necessary 15 min. timeframe, related to

  • Ormond Sky Tower (2 questions)
  • Glen Eira Council collaborating with neighbouring Councils to cost effectively provide services to residents.
  • The further “opening up” of Council Meetings via implementing live streaming.
  • Extending the public question time limit (from 15 mins to 30 mins) and changing their sequence (ie. bringing forward) in the agenda.

Questions not able to be answered within the timeframe were discussed with individuals after the meeting closed.   The answers to questions were positive, appropriate and open.  Indeed, in response to the 2nd Ormond Sky Tower question, the Mayor and CEO, revealed  a new and welcome initiative – Council is to undertake strategic work and public engagement on enlivening the smaller “convenience” shopping strips located outside Glen Eira’s 3 major activity centres.

The gallery was clearly appreciative of Council’s

  • suspension of Standing Orders (which recognised that Local Law is made by Council and, therefore, can be changed by Council), and their
  • decision to allow impromptu questions at the start of the meeting.

Residents were also enthusiastically supportive of another departure from previous Meeting practices.   Rather than each Councillor speaking to each agenda item, Councillors only spoke to those items which held a specific interest for them.  This made for a succinct and relevant discussion of the issue/s (and sometimes humorous interaction between Councillors and Executive Officers).

Since, there were no in-camera items on the agenda (not usually the case), after the close of the meeting, all Councillors and the CEO entered into informal discussions with the gallery.  Another well received divergence from past practices.

In short, GERA’s summation of the first Ordinary Council Meeting of the newly elected Council is “Good Job Council”.

Some food for thought

In order to ensure the change momentum continues into the future (particularly when the contentious planning issues arise), it is essential that residents continue to engage with Council.   Residents have just elected a Council that is showing all the previously missing signs of being representative and receptive, residents now need to give Council a community that actively participates and works with them.

A NEW COUNCIL

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UPDATE

As a result of tonight’s Special Council Meeting the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2017 are

  • Mayor – Mary Delahunty, unanimously elected
  • Deputy Mayor – Jim Magee, unanimously elected.

GERA joins with the newly sworn in Councillors in congratulating Mary Delahunty and Jim Magee.

Speeches by Councillors and Mary Delahunty, as Mayor, showed that all recognised the magnitude of the work ahead of them over the next 4 years.  Additionally, they felt the current Council could, and would, work cohesively with Council officers and the community, to proactively “kick goals for the community”.

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Tonight the new Council meets for the first time and elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.  With 5 new Councillors elected, a number of comments downplaying the significance of the election results are appearing on various social media sites – GERA believes the results speak for themselves and reflect the residents’ assessment of Council’s performance.

  • The soon to be formed new Council will comprise a majority of new Councillors. This outcome being achieved under Postal Voting – a voting system widely believed to favour current incumbents.  The 5 newly election Councillors being Anthony Athanasopoulos, Clare Davey, Joel Silver, Dan Sztrajt and Nina Taylor.
  • The incumbent Mayor (Neil Pilling) was not re-elected.
  • Only one of 4 returning Councillors (Cr. Mary Delahunty) increased her first preference margin, the 3 others (Esakoff, Hyams and Magee) received much reduced first preference margins

The election results send a clear message to Council – the residents want change.

GERA again congratulates the newly elected and the returning Councillors.  There are many challenges to be faced, particularly in the areas of governance and planning, to bring Glen Eira in line with contemporary standards and practices.  The results reflect the community’s desire for change and that election promises will be held to.

GERA also congratulates those not elected and the community for delivering a strong message for change.  Community participation and engagement with Council is essential in ensuring

  • that Council’s focus remains on addressing the major governance and planning issues, and
  • that appropriate consideration is given to residents views/suggestions when decisions are being made or when strategies and policies are developed.

If readers appreciated the 3 “Meet the Candidates” election forums presented by GERA, consider joining us.

With 5 new Councillors and a new CEO sustained community involvement is key to ensuring the change momentum continues.