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PROTECTING SOUTH YARRA:

Since 1969 we have, on behalf of local residents, been working to enhance and preserve the character and amenity of the City of Melbourne component of South Yarra. Melbourne South Yarra Residents Group Membership is open to all residents within the postocde 3141 or 3004 precinct of the City of Melbourne.

We aim to hold two General meetings per year and engage with members in various campaigns and consultations as the need arises. Membership can be applied for online.

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Current Issues

There is a constant flow of issues that have the potential to adversely affect the amenity of living in South Yarra. From the provision of community services, management of parks and gardens to over and inappropriate development of the built form in the area – we as residents must be prepared to take an strong interest in civic issues in order to retain the heritage nature of our locality and preserve the amenity it affords residents and visitors.

Heritage Policy Review

For the past 18 months we have been making submissions to and meeting with The City of Melbourne about the report prepared by Lovell Chen making recommendations for changes to the current Heritage Policy. As a consequence of our actions and the action of others the draft policy has not yet been completed by Council and has not been published for public comment and Panel review.
We will continue to be involved and keep you informed.
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Metro Rail

The Metro Rail Project will have a huge impact on South Yarra and action is being taken. Yarra Trams have recently released details of the work they will shortly start to construct the new tramline along Toorak Rd West into St Kilda Rd following which the Park St Domain Rd service will cease. The attached letter of 3 April is our response in which we express our objections and concerns, in particular opposing the relocation of the interchange in St Kilda Rd which, if it proceeds, will mean the Park St Domain Rd service will never return.

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The Brunner Proposal

We have been pushing Metro Rail to make a number of changes to their proposed course of action in particular to remove trucks from South Yarra, retain our tram when the project is completed and modify the Toorak Rd West tram to minimise the traffic jam. These protests will continue.
However, late last year a detailed alternative proposal was put to Metro Rail by Robert Brunner to move Domain Station north. Although that alternative was rejected by Metro Rail we think the grounds for rejection were spurious and Brunner has now prepared a rebuttal that explains why.
If implemented this alternative would solve all of our concerns and also protect the St Kilda Rd boulevard.
Here is the Brunner Proposal and his rebuttal (which lists their concerns) Our letter to MetroRail is here.

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“There is no doubt that the more members MSYRG has, the more notice is taken of what we do and say. If you are not a financial member, I urge you to become one.”

Michael Butcher, President MSYRG

Recent news:

May 4, 2017 in Public Transport

Bulletin: No. 8 Tram.

The No 8 tram has already been changed to No. 58 and been given a new route. But the real danger is the relocation of the interchange in St Kilda…

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April 5, 2017 in Melbourne Metro rail

Letter to Ted Phillips at Yarra Trams

Yarra Trams have recently released details of the work they will shortly start to construct the new tramline along Toorak Rd West into St Kilda Rd following which the Park…

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February 2, 2017 in Melbourne Metro rail

Letter Metro Rail, Jan 22, 2017

Following our meeting on January 19 with a number of people from Metro Rail, this letter was sent to Simon Adams. 2017-01-22-letter-to-adams

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November 27, 2016 in CoRBA, Melbourne Metro rail

Letter to James Tonkin, MMRA

A letter to Mr James Tonkin, the Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations for the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority. tonkin-letter

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December 21, 2016 in Melbourne Metro rail, Public Transport

Letter to Simon Adams, MMRA

We have had further meetings with Metro Rail, Yarra Trams and the City of Melbourne traffic engineer to discuss and reinforce our concerns about a number of aspects of the…

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