FRA are collating informative materials about the candidates for the Council 2020 Election – see more on our page here

Read FRA’s response to the Yarra City Council’s Homelessness Strategy here

Read FRA’s response to the Yarra City Council’s LGBTIQ+ Strategy here

The FRA has responded to the Yarra City Council Community Engagement Policy and Action Plan 2020 – 2024… Read here

FRA’s response to the Draft City of Yarra Budget 2020-2021… Read on here

FRA’s response to the Draft City of Yarra Graffiti Management Framework 2020-2022… Read on here

World Heritage Management Plan for the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens. Author: Margaret O’Brien… Read on here

Draft Yarra Open Space Strategy Read on….here

Objection Godzilla – 84 – 104 Johnston Street, Fitzroy….Read on…

The FITZROY RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION INC  (FRA) is a community organisation formed in 1969 in response to the planned large scale demolition (by the state government) of Fitzroy and North Fitzroy for redevelopment. FRA aimed to maintain and renew the 19th century housing stock and associated architecture of Melbourne’s first suburb. After largely, but not entirely, winning this battle the FRA was very influential with the Fitzroy City Council through to the early ’80s on many policy fronts.

The objective of the FRA is simple: to keep Fitzroy liveable.
Our mission statement is to promote, protect and enhance residential amenity.

Hence our areas of interest include:

  • maintaining a proper balance between residential and commercial interests
  • concerns over safety and noise levels in the streets, particularly in residential areas late at night
  • trying to ensure new developments do not ruin Fitzroy’s unique character
  • the preservation of heritage buildings
  • opposition to encroachment of late trading nightclubs, entertainment venues and bars because of their detrimental effect on residential amenity
  • reasonable car parking arrangements so that residents can park within walking distance of their homes
  • support residents on local issues and amenities.

A public meeting to form the association was held on 1 August 1969, and the FRA was formally established on 7 November 1969. FRA was incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 on 30 March 1995.

The association celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019.

Members of the 2019-20 FRA Committee are:

Martin Brennan
Greg Chenhall
Jean Darling
Bradley Reynolds
Erin Tidswell
Sue Wheatley

FRA held its Annual General Meeting on 16 October 2019 when its Annual Report was approved.

Rules and Constitution of the Fitzroy Residents Association

Housing Commission slum reclamation scheme in Fitzroy (Photo Fairfax Media 1969)

Young Street, Fitzroy : demolition of a chimney, with the construction of housing commission flats in the background. (Photo Chris Lermanis 1965)

Brian Howe AO (centre), founding president, with FRA committee members, Erin Tidswell and Martin Brennan, October 2019.