A bit of history if you come across this site: in 1994-1998, a group of St Kilda residents actively opposed what we believe to be improper conduct by the then Minister for Planning. We conducted an active campaign, and the website was one of our vehicles. We got quite a bit of press coverage. We didn't get exactly what we wanted, but it was a warning to sleazly developers and political colleagues. I'm pretty amazed when I look at this site -- it's an early example of community e-politics, even if it only got a few hits. (September, 2005)
If you are interested in community action and community organising, a good resource is comm-org, which is moderated by Randy Stoecker. Randy actually got in touch with ASRA on his first visit to Australia. Or see my pages at webstylus.net
The entry below is from some time in 1999, and other pages go back a few years.
We support responsible development Past activities
ASRA and the Fitzroy Street Residents Association invite you to a public meeting with local Councillors David Brand and Carolyn Hutchens to discuss the State Goverment's discussion paper, Gateway to the Bay. The Port Phillip foreshore could become another Gold Coast.
As submissions to the Department of Infrastructure close at the end of the month, this may be your last opportunity to respond to the proposals. For more information, you can contact the Esplanade Alliance on 9534 6180.
You may also wish to make your objections known to the Department of Infrastructure, by sending a letter to:
Urban Design Unit
Dept of Infrastructure PO Box 27974
Fax or email your local MP as well:
Hon. Louise Asher
Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tourism
271 Glenferrie Road
Tel: (03) 9576 1790
Fax: (03) 9576 1730
BURKE, Leonie Burke
Parliamentary Secretary, Planning and Local Government
258 Chapel Street
or PO Box 2314
PHONE: (03) 9529 1733
FAX: (03) 9529 7694
Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Health and Shadow Minister for Planning
281 Coventry Street
South Melbourne 3205
PHONE: (03) 9699 6755
FAX: (03) 9696 4213
Hon. Peter Katsambanis
398 High Street
PHONE: (03) 9529 8334 or (03) 9529 8434
FAX: (03) 9529 8144
Gerry Tickle, ASRA President, 9534 1994; Stephen Pennells, Secretary, 9525 3804. Ask for more information about ASRA at Chronicles Bookshop, 91 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.