Working to achieve better planning outcomes and heritage protection for Fitzroy

In the latter part of 2016, FRA was actively involved with a number of resident groups in the City of Yarra to seek planning reform and improve heritage protection to achieve our objective: to keep Fitzroy liveable.

As part of the Yarra Residents’ Coalition, we hosted a packed town hall meeting on 17 November 2016 to hear residents’ views on over-development in the City of Yarra. All motions were fully supported by those who attended, and the resolutions were submitted to Council for its meeting on 22 November . (See Council minutes)

Subsequently in March 2017 the Mayor of Yarra, Cr Amanda Stone, led a delegation of representatives of the Coalition to meet the Hon Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning, to discuss the resolutions. Whilst there have been developments, such as the release of Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 since the initial November meeting, the resolutions remain largely unfulfilled.  The Coalition reported on its efforts to achieve planning reform at a further town hall meeting in April 2017.

In June 2017 we joined with other resident groups across Melbourne to seek planning reforms.

Updates on our activities are included in our newsletter.  Contact us if you wish to be on our distribution list.


FRA meetings are an opportunity to discuss planning issues, and in some cases residents may wish to object to particular developments.  The City of Yarra website provides some information to assist objectors.  See also

Concerns relating to major developments in Fitzroy are frequently discussed at FRA meetings. The City of Yarra website also shows the current major developments under consideration.

Major developments currently before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) are also listed.

National Trust Advocacy Kit

The National Trust of Australia has produced a free online resource to support those who want to advocate for the protection of places of cultural heritage. This is a welcome resource and includes, for example, an advocacy guide for people who may be wanting to object to an Application for a Planning Permit for properties covered by a Heritage Overlay.

Improving neighbourhood amenity

In 2017 FRA has initiated a process whereby issues raised by its members are developed into issues papers so that these can be more fully explored and possible actions documented. By way of example, an issues paper has been developed for graffiti/tagging.

In July 2018 the City of Yarra is undertaking a community graffiti trial project in selected neighbourhoods across the city to initiate and evaluate action on graffiti, waste and litter. FRA is participating.  Updates will be included in our regular newsletters.