Advocating for Stonnington
The City of Stonnington has a long history of advocating for our community.
What is advocacy?
Advocacy is designed to influence State and Federal Governments on behalf of the community for projects, funding, services and infrastructure outside Council's capacity or control.
Council advocates on behalf of the community on a wide range of projects, policies and services to make sure that we achieve the best possible outcomes for Stonnington residents and businesses.
Advocacy can take the form of making a submission, meeting with decision makers, collaboration with other councils and peak bodies, consultation, media strategies and public campaigns.
Current advocacy priorities
Council’s advocacy position and action on key community priorities are:
- public housing
- public transport
- open space
- planning and developments
- urgent upgrade of South Yarra train station
- Jam Factory, and
- electronic gaming machines.
2018 Victorian state election
Advocacy priorities for the City of Stonnington in the lead up to the 2018 state election were confirmed at a Council meeting on 9 April 2018. Read more.
Our 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.
Open space is a highly-valued community priority. We have the second lowest amount of public open space per person in Victorian municipality and projected population increase of over 30,000 by 2036, making open space critical to meet the future needs of our community.
Planning and development
Local government has a crucial role in setting local planning policy and decision making that is responsive to community needs.
Urgent upgrade of South Yarra Station
South Yarra Station is it integral to its surrounding precinct, a significant landmark within Stonnington and a major transport hub.
The City of Stonnington designated cycling network covers approximately 22km of off-road trails and 29km of on-road bicycle lanes.
Our public transport advocacy statement outlines priorities that would significantly benefit the community and have positive flow-on effects for public transport patronage and easing of traffic congestion.
Public housing renewal
In December 2016, Council welcomed the State Government’s announcement to increase its public housing stock by launching the $185M Public Housing Renewal Program (PHRP) to redevelop public housing sites across Melbourne.
Graffiti has become a permanent fixture along Melbourne’s major arterials, rail corridors and gateways to our capital city, sending a negative message about the safety and amenity to Melbourne’s residents and visitors.
Council has identified the Jam Factory (500 Chapel Street, South Yarra) as a ‘key strategic development site’ for the municipality given its size, location and proximity to public transport.
Electronic gaming machines
In Victoria there are 27,372 electronic gaming machines (EGMs), commonly referred to as pokies, licensed to 512 hotels and clubs. The Victorian community loses over $2.6 billion per annum to EGMs, or $526 per adult.