Current Local Issues

Latest Newsletter for-october-2016

This year, 2016, looks full for the Kensington Association already. As well as monitoring new development proposals in our neighbourhood, big-ticket items for 2016 include the following six projects:

  • Flemington Racecourse development: Draft Amendment GC40 (Melbourne and Moonee Valley) and Draft Amendment C290 (Melbourne). The development proposal for Flemington Life seeks to rezone two parcels of surplus, freehold land adjacent to Flemington Racecourse to allow for a 31-storey residential tower and commercial buildings. Contact [email protected]
  • West Melbourne Waterfront (156-232 Kensington Road) Proposal, Planning Scheme Amendment C221 Running from Kensington Road to the Maribyrnong River this plan includes a community infrastructure and public space investment of between $5 and $6 million and Kensington Road flood mitigation works. we are hoping to have a guest speaker on this proposal at the March Kensington Association meeting (Monday  7th).
  • Metro Rail’s Western Portal and its impact on South Kensington in particular. See the government’s Western portal brochure (PDF). The project’s Environment Effects Statement hearings in September enabled further community input. A number of Kensington homes and businesses are affected.
  • Planning Scheme Amendment C190 and  the Arden Vision and Framework,
    more on the latter at https://vpa.vic.gov.au/project/arden/. The former will probably not come out of the Planning Minister’s office for some time yet.  .
  •  Widening of CityLink – which means extra traffic (=noise and pollution) and disruption to the bike path as well, details of the detour of the Moonee Ponds Creek shared path from Ormond Park through to Flemington Road and no access to the concrete apron of Moonee Ponds Creek around there as that will be part of the work site. RE bike access – contact Moonee Valley Bike Users Group [email protected]. For info on the widening project see
  • The Western Distributor Project will impact CityLink and the area around Arden Street, jeopardising C190 plans and who knows what else? see to “join the conversation”.

We are hoping to form subcommittees on these issues, there is already one for MetroRail. Let us know if you wish to join in at [email protected]

We will also continue to monitor: noise and traffic issues in Hobsons Road; the next steps AMES will take for the 57 Threads site in Derby Street, the condition of Moonee Ponds Creek and City of Melbourne-wide community issues and continue to support Kensington’s community programs.