We want to achieve the best outcomes for our residents and businesses. That’s why we advocate on behalf of the community to influence State and Federal Governments’ priorities, in areas that we can’t control ourselves.

To achieve results we make submissions, meet with decision-makers, collaborate with other councils, create media strategies and run public campaigns.

Current advocacy priorities

 Cycling(PDF, 51KB)

Electronic gaming machines(PDF, 62KB)  

 Graffiti(PDF, 46KB)
Jam Factory(PDF, 41KB)
 Open space(PDF, 56KB)
Planning and development(PDF, 55KB)
 Public housing(PDF, 56KB)

Public transport(PDF, 60KB)

Public transport advocacy reference document 2018(PDF, 6MB)

 South Yarra train station(PDF, 59KB)


Advocacy success stories

In recent years, our advocacy efforts achieved:

  • commitment to develop a plan to upgrade the South Yarra train station
  • rebuild Bang Street public housing estate
  • replace lost trees at Prahran High School
  • ongoing funding for Universal Access to Early Childhood Education (15 hours of kindergarten)
  • abolish the freeze to the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants, giving back $0.05 million to Council
  • commitment to continue Night Network public transport in our late-night entertainment precinct
  • adopt the Chapel ReVision to improve higher density amenity
  • new CCTV cameras in the Chapel Street precinct
  • new 40 speed zones in the area bordered by Williams Road, Orrong Road, Alexandra Avenue and Dandenong Road
  • stronger planning controls to protect the Yarra River
  • extended timing of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (until mid-2019) to ensure adequate time for our residents to transition to the Australian Government scheme
  • improved response by Victoria Police to local policing issues, and
  • Environmental Sustainability Policy added to the Stonnington Planning Scheme. This requires buildings in Stonnington to be designed in a more environmentally friendly way.