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Thefts from cars in area.

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A rash of thefts from parked vehicles in Park Street and surrounding areas is concerning residents so much that MSYRG organised a video conference meeting for members and police. The meeting was held on July 4 and was addressed by Ash Quinn from Southbank police station who was very helpful answering questions from attendees and providing useful hints and information.

The brazen offender has been recorded on security cameras and posters with photos from the security footage have been posted along the street but the thief remains at large.

See the Bulletin here for more information.

Read the flyer provided by the Police here.


By Meetings, Public Transport, State Government, Traffic


Date: Monday 1 FEBRUARY
Time: 6.00 PM

The attached letter from David Davis MP provides details of this meeting to which all residents and interested persons are invited.

This is not a political meeting but one organised by the PUNT ROAD ACTION GROUP/DROP PUNT which is opposed to the proposed widening of Punt Road.

The Melbourne South Yarra Residents Group Inc. also opposes the widening.

To learn more,  add your views or support the action group you should attend this meeting.


2016 Davis MP_PuntRd

MSYRG Annual General Meeting

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Date:Thursday 27th November 2014
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Senior Citizens Centre – 65 Toorak Road West, South Yarra 3141


The Committee hopes you can attend to hear a wrap up of what has been a busy year for the Group.



1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. President’s Report

4. Financial Report

5. Election of Office Bearers

6. Other Business

Public Meeting – October 2, 2014

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Public Meeting

When: Thursday 2nd October 2014.
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: South Yarra Senior Citizens Centre, Fawkner Park, 65 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141

The meeting will commence at 6:30pm


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies.
  3. Membership & website.
  4. Residential rezoning report.
  5. Planning issues.
      6.1 Goodrest
      6.2 Bromby St
      6.3 91 Millswyn St.
      6.4 English Language Redevelopement
  6. Council rates and expenditure in South Yarra
  7. Other business.

The residential re-zoning process conducted by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government that will have a material impact on how the heritage nature of our community is to be preserved.

Please put the time in your diary for this important meeting.

We encourage all residents of Melbourne South Yarra precinct to attend whether members of the Group or not – it will be possible to join and support the Group at the meeting.

Melbourne City Council Meeting – June 3, 2014

By Meetings, Melbourne City Council, Planning



On Tuesday at 5.30pm on 3 June a Council committee meeting will take place at the Council meeting room, level 2, Melbourne Town Hall meeting room (Administration entrance Cnr Little Collins and Swanston Street)  at which a report from the Planning Department will be considered  in which recommendations are made for the new residential zones in South Yarra as a consequence of State Government changes to Planning Act.

The MSYRG  committee has made submissions to protect a number of streets which are important from a heritage and neighbourhood character point of view and have had meetings with the planners encouraging them to take advantage of this opportunity, in particular to limit the number of dwellings to two and the height to eight meters, by applying the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.

We have had some success but more can and should be done and as a consequence we will be submitting to the councillors on Tuesday night that the administration’s recommendations should not be accepted but the matter be adjourned until further consideration is given to the issues and in particular full discussion with ratepayers has taken place.

As it is important that councillors are made aware of the public feeling about this issue as many ratepayers as possible should attend the meeting.So please come to the meeting if you can and provide your support to the efforts of the Melbourne South Yarra Residents Group.

Thank you,


Michael Butcher.

AGM Minutes – 20 March 2014

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 20th March, 2014

 at South Yarra Senior Citizens Centre, Fawkner Park, South Yarra.


Present: Over 100


Apologies: Brian Tighe, Shadow Minister for Planning, David Baillieu,Louise Green,Cr. Louey, Cr Richard Foster, Cr Jackie Watts, James Matthies, Martin Drerup, Cr Oke, Cr Leppert. Elizabeth Douglas, Dianne Berlin
Welcome: by Michael Butcher, President


President’s Report:

1                     A report on the VCAT decision regarding 155-157 Domain Road development. MSYG was involved in objecting to this development which has now been approved by VCAT, with 35 conditions to be fulfilled.  Issues that continue focus on liquor licenses, traffic counts, the waste disposal programme and noise and MSYG will continue to liaise with CoM  about these issues being addressed

2                    MSYG is persisting in strongly voicing concerns about the change to the Commercial Zone 1 for 3141. The principal concern is the CoM will no longer have any capacity to stop development in Commercial Zone 1, particularly in the shopping strip of Domain Road

3                    MSYG formally objected to  the East-West Tunnel proposal

4                    MSYG successfully lobbied for the new Japanese restaurant in Park Street to downsize its advertising street signage

5                    Membership of MSYG is important for all residents as gives the group a better voice


Guest Speakers:

Mr Neil Pharaoh, Preselected Labor Candidate for Prahran

Spoke of the State Opposition’s commitment to education, transport and liveability, the latter including planning issues and on-going developments.  He values community engagement and looks forward to active contact with 3141 residents over matters of concern

Mr David Mayes, Manager – Strategic Planning for the City of Melbourne

Spoke in detail about THE NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES FOR THE CITY OF MELBOURNE paper. Currently 3141 is zoned Residential 1 Zone and it may become General Residential Zone.  He urged everyone to read the pamphlet and go on the website and make a submission: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/participate  This opportunity closes on Friday 25th April 2014 and a report will be made to Council for a decision in June 2014

In discussion it was agreed MSYG make a submission to CoM and attendees urged to go onto the website and put in a submission.


Financial Report:

The Financial Report was tabled. It was proposed as received by Anthony van der Craats, seconded by Douglas Butler. Motion Carried
Election of office bearers:

Nominations were accepted by Anthony van der Craats and seconded by Douglas Butler.  Motion carried
President: Michael Butcher
Secretary: Andrew Bennett
Treasurer: Pam Dethridge
Committee: Jan Armstrong-Conn, Phil Lukies, and Anthony van der Craats.

1.  Adoption of the new rules of the Association in accordance with the Associations Incorporation Reform Regulations 2012: the revised rules were proposed by Phil Lukies, seconded by Douglas Butler.

Motion carried unanimously.

2.  Change of name of the Association from the Melbourne South Yarra Group Inc. to Melbourne South Yarra Residents Group Inc: the change of name was proposed by Phil Lukies, seconded by Douglas Butler.

Motion carried unanimously.

Other Business

1                    Member for Prahran, Clem Newton-Brown MLA spoke about the Victorian Government’s  introduction of the three new residential zones

2                    A resident, Paul McSweeney, spoke about “GoodRest’ (corner of Leopold Street and Toorak Road West) and the Permit Application from Christchurch Grammar School to convert it to an Early Learning Centre.  Local residents are very concerned that this is an inappropriate development in a residential area.  He requested the meeting that those concerned file an Objection to CoM

3                    Angela Mackenzie spoke about the disturbing increase of heavy helicopter traffic over 3141.  She has been advised that the issue can only be address by a group voice contacting the Ombudsman.  It was agreed that this matter would be discussed at the next MSYG committee meeting.


Meeting Closed