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Inner urban conservation and development - An independent panel report on a proposal for Smith Street, Collingwood, under Melbourne 2030. Edited by Miles Lewis, August 2004. Info + Order your copy

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29 Apr 2006

'PLANNING BACKLASH' DEMO, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, 1PM WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY 2006

Call to arms to Melbourne Resident Groups against State Govt planning policies & Melbourne 2030...
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4 Apr 2006

YARRA COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL 6:30PM RE MINISTER'S 'BANCO' DECISION

Roll up to hear what Planning Minister Hulls' decision to approve 'Banco's' plans means for Smith Street, speakers inc MP Richard Wynne, Yarra Council's lawyers and planning staff...
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4 Mar 2006

PUBLIC RALLY SAYS NO TO BANCO ON SMITH STREET - CAMPAIGN TO GO ON

Crowd of some 300 overwhelmingly supports continuation of community campaign, seeks support of Yarra Council and Unions...
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21 Feb 2006

YARRA 'DISAPPOINTED' IN MINISTER HULLS' DECISION, SEEKS LEGAL ADVICE FOR CHALLENGE

Yarra Council seeks legal advice to challenge Hulls' decision, based on his Panel's recommendation to approve Banco's development and reject Yarra's Interim Plan...
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15 Feb 2006

PLANNING MINISTER APPROVES SMITH STREET HIGH-RISE TOWERS - REJECTS YARRA'S INTERIM PLAN

Hulls ignores community and Yarra Council, takes advice of Priority Panel, approves 3 high-rise towers of 7, 7 & 5 storeys & 161 apartments on Smith Street....
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22 Dec 2005

SEE BANCO'S NEW PLANS TO SUPERSIZE SMITH STREET - MINISTERIAL PANEL TO DECIDE!

In 2004 1500 said NO to Banco, in 2005 Yarra refused their plans so Banco appealed to VCAT, in August 2005 Planning Minister Hulls called in Banco's plans and referred them and Yarra's new Smith Street interim structure plan to...
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1 Dec 2005

COLLINGWOOD ACTION GROUP XMAS PARTY - 7PM THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER

What a hell of a year! As the fight for good development in Collingwood and Fitzroy against Banco's Smith St proposal goes into its 3rd year, CAG's taking time to get together and celebrate....
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31 Oct 2005

PDP PROCESS UNVEILS 'TWEAKED' PLANS - IGNORE HEIGHT, BULK, AMENITY, HERITAGE CONCERNS!

Planning Minister Hulls' Priority Development Panel unveils its 'tweaked' Banco Smith St development - these plans are a farce, only revising minor elements like a modest apartment setback atop a heritage building, zinc cladding on units, and variations to Smith...
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29 Oct 2005

MAYOR KAY MEADOWS CALLS ON MINISTER'S PANEL TO ADDRESS COUNCIL AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Mayor Kay Meadows' speech for CAG's Community Picket Training Day says Banco's plans breach Yarra's new controls, and calls on Minister's Panel to tackle the proposals' height and bulk....
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19 Oct 2005

MP RICHARD WYNNE, YARRA MAYOR MEADOWS CONCERNED ABOUT PANEL

MP Richard Wynne, Mayor Kay Meadows concerned that residents left unrepresented by the Smith Street Priority Development Panel....
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27 Aug 2005

REMINDER SAVE SMITH STREET RALLY SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 11 A.M.

Roll up outside Smith Street's Grace Darling Hotel, Saturday 27th August 11 am. Hear from Rod Quantock (Comedian & Deputy President Protectors Public Lands), Steve Jolly (Yarra Councillor) and Ian Quick (SOS President) about what you can do to Save...
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9 Aug 2005

MAJOR STATE POLICY ISSUES' BEHIND PLANNING MINISTER'S CALL IN OF BANCO'S PLANS

Planning Minister Rob Hulls writes to VCAT re Banco's planning permit application for Smith and Little Oxford Streets, Collingwood....
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15 Jul 2005

Yarra approves Smith Street Interim Structure Plan

Yarra Council endorses Smith Street Interim Structure Plan, asks Planning Minister Hulls to approve it urgently and 'call in' Banco's Smith Street plans …...
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14 Jul 2005

SAY NO TO BANCO AND JOIN THE COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN!

Banco is back with new plans to supersize Smith Street and destroy its heritage. Find out what you can do to fight Banco's development and how you can help CAG's community campaign. For details of CAG's meetings at the Grace...
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3 Jul 2005

YARRA STEAMROLLS COMMUNITY ON SMITH STREET

Yarra Council is moving closer to keeping its promise to fast-track an Interim Structure Plan for the Smith Street and Wellington Street precinct. In April Yarra made a pact with Planning Minister Hulls to deliver an Interim Structure Plan in...
6 Jun 2005

Residents Groups ask Planning Minister to 'call in' Banco's plans

Delegation from CAG, 3068, South Fitzroy Residents meet with Planning Minister Rob Hulls' advisers to request that he 'call in' Banco's plans …...
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30 Mar 2005

CAG seeks correction from Melbourne Times

CAG wrote to Melbourne Times editor Ken Linnett re their inaccurate reports about the outcomes of Yarra Councils public meeting (Melbourne Times edition 30 March 2005) and requested a public correction in the next edition....
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30 Mar 2005

CAG seeks urgent meeting with local member Wynne

CAG wrote to the local State Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne, requesting an urgent meeting to discuss Bancos appeal to VCAT. CAG also asked Wynne to broker a meeting with Minister for Planning Rob Hulls about calling in the Banco...
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30 Mar 2005

Banco appeals against Council's decision to VCAT!

Developer Banco appealed to VCAT against Yarra Council’s refusal of their planning application for the proposed massive development at 132-172 Smith Street and 63-71 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood. CAG will post an update on this website in the next few...
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23 Mar 2005

Community takes control of Smith St planning at public meeting

At Yarra Council's public meeting on Smith Street's future development the community told Council to throw out its draft Urban Design Framework for the precinct and talk to the community first. Collingwood Action Group put a motion to reject Counci's...
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14 Mar 2005

Call to arms - Public mtg on Smith Street's future

Call to Arms � Yarra Council's public meeting on Smith Street's future development on 23rd March 2005 at 7pm....
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8 Feb 2005

Yarra Council finally refuses monster development proposal

Yarra Council finally refuses monster development proposal from Banco for Smith and Little Oxford Streets Collingwood and asks the new Planning Minister Rob Hulls to 'call in' the planning application if Banco goes to VCAT....
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1 Feb 2005

Banco blows deadline - Plans for Smith Street in disarray

In the latest turn of events surrounding the controversial monster development proposal for Smith Street Collingwood, developer Banco has failed to meet its own deadline of 31 January 2005 to submit revised plans to Yarra Council.
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23 Dec 2004

New Yarra Councillors' Pledges to CAG on Banco Proposal

In the lead up to the election, CAG polled all candidates on behalf of the 1500 objectors to the Banco development proposal for Smith Street, on planning issues. Here's what our newly elected Langridge Ward Councillors told CAG they'd do.
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23 Dec 2004

Banco given extension by Yarra to lodge new Smith Street development plans

The first meeting of the newly elected Yarra Council on 14 December 2004 resolved to grant developers Banco an extension until 21 January 2005 to lodge revised plans for Smith Street. The resolution - moved by Councillor Farrar and seconded...
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10 Dec 2004

You're Invited

The Collingwood Action Group invites you to join residents, businesses, local councillors and lovers of Smith Street to see out 2004....
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26 Nov 2004

Collingwood Action Group probes Yarra Council candidates on planning issues

Collingwood Action Group asked all candidates for the forthcoming Yarra Council elections six questions about planning, on behalf of the 1500 objectors to the high-rise tower development proposed for Smith Street Collingwood. CAG undertook to post responses on the web. Candidates were asked for individual responses not party political views. Three candidates will be elected for each of Yarra's three wards - Langridge, Melba and Nicholls. Make your vote count on Saturday 27 November 2004.
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25 Nov 2004

CAG Update Nov 2004

Latest News from Collingwood Action Group on Banco's Proposed Smith Street Development....
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9 Nov 2004

Meet the Candidates

Meet the Cadidates for the Yarra Council Elections on November 27. Come and ask questions about issues that affect you!...
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9 Nov 2004

Report: CAG Public Meeting

Report on 'Get the right development for Smith Street', Collingwood Action Groups's Public Meeting on the latest about the Banco Development Proposal for Smith Street, Collingwood/Fitzroy, Thursday 19 August 2004....
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11 Oct 2004

God Bless Barry Dickens...

...Even if it was him that scoffed the Tim Tams! Fitzroy resident, Tony McMahon, takes us back to CAG public meeting where we were treated to poetry, citizen participation and politicians....
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23 Aug 2004

Photos from the Public Meeting

The first batch of photos from the Public Meeting held 19 August, 2004....
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17 Aug 2004

CAG Public Meeting - 19 August

Let's get the right development for Smith Street!...
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17 Aug 2004

CAG website launch: stills

A selection of photos from the launch of the CAG website at Sonsa Foods on Smith Street, Melbourne....
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17 Aug 2004

Order Inner Urban Report

Order your copy of the independent report Inner Urban Conservation and Development, which describes the current development proposal on Smith Street, Collingwood/Fitzroy.

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Cover image: Postcard, c 1906, Foy & Gibson, Smith Street, Collingwood. The Shirley Jones Collection of Postcards, State Library of Victoria, no H90.160/1012.
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16 Aug 2004

CAG 2030 Report Launch - 16 August

Rod Quantock and Mary Kenneally launch a bunch of opinions on Melbourne 2030....
15 Jul 2004

Status of current campaign

CAG prepares 'Interim Submission' presenting more detailed community concerns about the development application.
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