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
  • cycling
  • planning and developments
  • urgent upgrade of South Yarra train station
  • graffiti
  • 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.