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Hello to fellow CBD Residents!

Our city is always fascinating.  It is a great place to live. As residents we need do our bit to help the people who are responsible for maintaining the amenity and liveability of our environment.  Please see our latest article in the CBD News about this topic.

It is time again to ask you to please take just 5 minutes to do our survey. We want to know what you think so that we can contribute to making small improvements here and there that add up to keeping this city the most liveable in the world.

Please go to this site or just click on the graphic above.

Best wishes

Sue Saunders – vice president and the Committee.


Trivia Night – Thursday 2nd March


Hello to Residents of postcode 3000.

This coming Thursday 2nd March, we are having a Trivia Night.  Come along and have some fun.

Venue:  Kelvin Club – 14-20 Melbourne Place  Time: 6pm for 6:30pm start.

There will be two sessions of questions interspersed with refreshments and brain food.

The night should finish around 8 to 8:30pm.

The event is FREE for Members and costs $5 for non-Members.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sue Saunders – Vice President and Committee of Residents 3000.


The Metro Tunnel has begun … February 2nd Event

The Metro Tunnel is a huge project for Melbourne. Find out all about the beginning works in the CBD North Station area at the first meeting of Residents 3000 for 2017 is on Thursday 2nd February at 6pm.  The venue is the Kelvin Club – 14-20 Melbourne Place off Russell Street.  Refreshments will be provided after the event.

Members are welcome for Free. Non-members are requested to contribute $5 to cover the venue and refreshments costs.


Work has started in the CBD North area in preparation for major construction.

To facilitate work Franklin Street and A’Beckett Streets have been closed and Stewart Street has been opened for one-way northbound traffic from A’Beckett Street.

The works include relocating and protecting utilities such as gas, power and telecommunications services.

We are pleased to welcome the following presenters/speakers who are specialists in particular aspects of the CBD station developments and the construction details.

  • Emmett Ahern, Precinct Lead, CBD South
  • Tye Norman, Precinct Lead, CBD North
  • Vesna Newman,  John Holland, Early Works CBD Communications Manager

Also attending from the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority will be:

  • Lina Baulo MMRA, Barry McGuren MMRA and Luis Narvaez MMRA


Our Metro Tunnel project has now been added to the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Priority List as a High Priority Project.

Key personnel from the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority have also visited London’s Crossrail project (see photo) earlier in the year to learn how their engineers were able to overcome the challenges of tunnelling under busy inner city environments, including some of the oldest public gardens in the world.

Final Event for 2016 – Thursday, December 1

Hello to Residents 3000 Members, Friends and Subscribers

The committee of your club want to celebrate a busy year and wish everyone a happy Festive Season.  Next Thursday’s after dinner drinks night will be a social occasion.  Drinks will be available from the Kelvin Club bar and Harry is rustling up some delicious canapés to whet the appetite for dinner to follow.


Looking forward to seeing you all there.  Please bring along friends and acquaintances as they may be interested to join and to learn about our socialising and informative events.

All the best

Sue Saunders and the R3000 Committee

Planning & Design for CBD – Drinks Night Thurs 3rd November

Hello to Members and Subscribers

Our pre-dinner drinks night for November is next week – 6:00 pm at the Kelvin Club (14-20 Melbourne Place).  This month we are pleased to welcome Leanne Hodyl who will give us an insight into how building planning controls for city are being shaped.


Photo courtesy Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

The graphic above shows how Melbourne’s CBD is rapidly growing with a significant number of tower developments under construction, approved or planned. Leanne’s consultancy has been central in the development of proposed new controls prepared through the Central City Built Form Review. She will provide an overview of the current planning and design challenges and liveability outcomes sought for the Hoddle Grid and Southbank through this review.

leanne-hodyl_bw-croppedLeanne Hodyl is the founder and Managing Director of Hodyl + Co, a consultancy that collaborates with those who plan for, invest in, develop, design and build cities. The company has a clear, unwavering purpose: to create cities people love. Leanne has significant experience in leading urban policy and design projects critical to the future development of cities.
Her experience encompasses built-form policy for high-density urban environments, urban renewal of inner city precincts, urban intensification strategies for existing areas, infrastructure planning and housing policy.

Looking forward to seeing you at this most interesting event organised by Residents 3000.  Refreshments will be served following the event.  The Kelvin Club bar is available throughout for attendees enjoyment.

Those whose membership has lapsed are welcome to renew at $25 per person.  Non-members will be asked to contribute $5 to cover costs.  If you do not want to be held up on the night, please renew from this web site by clicking the membership button in the top left hand corner of the page.

Best regards to all …

Sue Saunders – Vice President and committee


AGM Event Update – Thursday 6th October

Hello to Residents of Melbourne’s CBD!

This is a reminder that our AGM is happening this Thursday 6th October at 6pm.  This is not your usual boring AGM.  Not for Residents 3000! Our president, John Dall’Amico, has assured us that the formalities will be over in no time.  Then the real event begins!

We have our speaker Glenn McFarlane – Leading Senior Constable Victoria Police to speak to us about Crime Prevention.  The special presentation (to Residents 3000 I believe .. hush, hush) will be given by Acting Inspector Stephen Wilson.

Then we will have refreshments and a delightful background performance of classical violin by Shannon Macintosh.

shannonmacintoshShannon is a classical violinist currently residing and studying in Melbourne. Shannon began learning the violin at age seven and was largely involved in community music through the Great Barrier Reef Orchestra and musical theatre projects in her hometown of Townsville. At age 17 she was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium where she studied under violinist Alan Smith and completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours). During this time in Brisbane, Shannon also participated in many youth ensembles and has had the opportunity to perform overseas in Singapore, Malaysia, France, Austria, Germany and Azerbaijan as well as performing with Opera Australia.

Shannon is currently completing a Masters in Performance Teaching at Melbourne University and also performs and teaches violin in the inner Melbourne area.

imagesThink about how you might be able to participate in Residents 3000.  We are looking for people who like to be involved in Melbourne’s vibrant community.  If you like to write, you are a graphics person or photographer or you have some great ideas, you can help make Residents 3000 grow and contribute to the world’s most liveable city.

Looking forward to your presence at the Kelvin Club, 14-20 Melbourne Place.

Susan Saunders – Vice President and the Committee



Notice of Annual General Meeting – Thursday 6th October

Hello to Residents of Melbourne’s CBD!images

This is early notification of our forthcoming AGM.  It is to be held on our usual Pre-dinner Drinks Night on Thursday 6th October 2016 at the Kelvin Club.

Please download the official notice of meeting here – Residents 3000 AGM Notice.

After the formalities we are welcoming Leading Senior Constable Glenn McFarlane – Crime Prevention Officer for Melbourne CBD who will address us about issues concerning safety for city residents.  Following his address, we will be having a special presentation from Senior Sergeant Jodie Buckley.

The meeting will then enjoy refreshments accompanied by an upcoming talented Violinist.

Please enter the above in your diary.

Note that you do need to be a financial member of Residents 3000 to be able to vote at our AGM.

Looking forward to your attendance.

Sue Saunders – Vice President on behalf of the Residents 3000 committee.



QV Market Renewal: Event Reminder Thursday 1st September

Hello to Residents of postcode 3000, again.

This is a reminder that our Queen Victoria Market event is tomorrow night, 6pm at the Kelvin Club, 14-20 Melbourne Place.  We now have three speakers (instead of two).  Professor Rob Adams, Director City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne, Jo Wandell Project Officer and the CEO of the Market, Malcolm McCullough.  See his short bio below.  Bios for the other two speakers have been posted in our previous blog.

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Malcolm McCullough

In May 2016, Malcolm McCullough became the CEO of the Queen Victoria Market.  His background reflects a strong retail career with involvement in some of the largest changing retail landscapes.  Malcolm brings a strong retail focus to the Queen Victoria Market business, with a belief that differentiation is built around the People, the Place and the Product you sell.

Malcolm was previously CEO of Credo Group, a Retail Project Management business supporting large retailers such as Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings and Aldi.  Prior to that, he was General Manager of MG Trading, the retail stores attached to Murray Goulburn.  He spent 3 years at Coles leading Liquor Operations and prior to that has held senior positions with The Walt Disney Company overseeing Disney Store in Asia, VP Stores for Starbucks Coffee in Australia, and Bunnings Warehouse, where he was part of the original executive team that created the first store in the early 1990’s.

Retail has been his life for over 30 years, with a strong focus on leading change in dynamic retail businesses.

Come along for an informative evening.  Refreshments will be served after the presentations.  There will be plenty of chance to ask questions.

Sue Saunders, vp and the R3000 Committee

QV Market Update Event – Thursday 1st September 2016

Hello to Residents of postcode 3000!

Another pre-dinner Drinks Night is coming up next week.  This time we are having two speakers who can bring us up to date with the QV Market Renewal Project.  This project has engendered much passion about our beloved market’s future.  Read Shane Scanlan’s article entitled “Market debate has become ridiculous” in the September issue of CBD News – just out today.

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This is a chance for you to find out the facts and to ask questions about aspects of the project that may concern you.  See details of the time and place below.

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Our Speakers – background information

Joanne Wandel

Joanne joined the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal team in October 2015 to lead the delivery of the City of Melbourne’s largest capital works program to revitalise the Queen Victoria Market.
Prior to joining the City of Melbourne, Joanne worked for Places Victoria, the Victorian Government’s Urban Renewal Authority. Joanne commenced with Places Victoria as Development Director for the $17 billion Melbourne Docklands project and later, as General Manager Land Development & Housing, was responsible for overseeing the delivery of a range of master planned mixed use community projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria worth more than $2 billion. She has a proven track record in delivering and facilitating large, multi-faceted projects within complex operating environments, working in partnership with both the public and private sectors.
Joanne holds a Master of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne, an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and Diplomatic History.

Professor Rob Adams

Rob is currently the Director City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne and a member of the Cities of the Future Council of the World Economic Forum.
With over 40 years experience as an Architect and Urban Designer and 33 years at the City of Melbourne, Rob has made a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of central Melbourne.
He and his team have been the recipients of over 150 Local, National and International Awards including on 4 occasions receiving the Australian Award for Urban Design and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Award 2014 for its Adaptation and Resilience Projects.
Rob has also been awarded the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2008 and the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contribution to Architecture and Urban Design.

Come along and enjoy the company of your neighbours and be well informed about what is happening in your city.  If you are not able to attend, you may like to download a brochure that explains the project and the implementation plan.

Sue Saunders – vp for the R3000 committee.

Insight into the Future of the State Library of Victoria

Hello to Residents of postcode 3000!

Eastenders are hosting an event that will inform about future developments with the State Library of Victoria.  If you are interested please contact Jenny Eltham at as per the flyer below.

SLV flyer FINALTrusting that you are able to attend.

Sue Saunders – vp R3000 for the committee.

Metro Tunnel Update – Drinks Night Thursday August 4 2016

Hello to fellow CBD residents!

Our pre-dinner Drinks Night on Thursday 4th August is welcoming a representative of the Metro Tunnel to bring us up-to-date with the status of the project.  Metro Rail recently published their Environmental Effects Statement (EES) and asked for submissions from the public closing on July 6.  Residents 3000 made a submission concerning worries about the destruction of City Square during the 10 year construction period and the estimated 150 truck movements per day along our beautiful city streets.  Our submission was in line with the article we published some months ago in the CBD news.

Come along to find out why there cannot be more innovation to avoid the expected major disruption and deterioration of our CBD home’s amenity.

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The ESS statement described “severe amenity impacts as it builds the CBD North and CBD South stations”. Works will be conducted on a 24/7 basis. There will be constant truck movements, noise, vibrations and dust from the tunnelling machines and during station excavations.  Russell and Exhibition Streets have been allocated as construction vehicles standby areas. Removal of spoil from the tunnel boring machines will be trucked out continuously down our city streets it seems for 10 years.  A total of 70 mature trees will be removed.  All the trees in and around our City Square for example.  Brunetti’s – a Melbourne icon and tourist attraction – will go!

Do we really want this to happen?  There has to be a better way!

We are asking (and want to probe more deeply on Thursday night) why the dirt and rubble cannot be removed using under ground conveyor belt systems without the need for such disruption to city life on the surface.  After all, moving soil and aggregate from mining sites by long conveyor belt systems is common practice.  We also understand that Metro Tunnels have been built in other large cities with much less disruption on the surface.  Why cannot this happen in Melbourne?

Please come and find out more about this important development in our currently beautiful city.

Many thanks and best regards

Sue Saunders – Vice President and R3000 Committee


Improving City Life Event – 6pm Thursday 7th July

To all R3000 Members and web site subscribers.

We have arranged an exciting event this month for our regular Drinks Night.  See below for details.

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We are having presentations with slides from six City of Melbourne project leaders who will bring us up-to-date with various initiatives to improve the amenity of the City in which we live.  This is your chance to engage with people at the coal face of the City’s current projects.


Topics to be discussed are:

  • Recycling and Waste Management
  • Energy Saving
  • Greening your Laneway
  • Community Connection

Details about our speakers follow:

Sally Blastock-Project Manager, Waste Standards. Sally Manages the Garbage Compactors and Recycling hubs in Laneways Program, as well as the Waste Standards Program which focuses on working with both businesses and residents who either store and/or have their bins collected from the public space. Sally has worked in waste community engagement and education for a number of years.

Amy Brand, City of Melbourne Smart Blocks Coordinator. Amy managers the Smart Blocks program. Smart Blocks helps you save energy in your apartment block’s common areas via an interactive portal that provides expert guidance to start projects, work together and tune up your building.

Jo Connor, Neighbourhood Development Officer. Jo works with communities within the CBD and East Melbourne to facilitate community connection, sense of place and belonging.

Thami Croeser,  Project Officer, Green Infrastructure. Thami runs the Green Your Laneway program, which will create four new green spaces for the city in the next 12 months. Thami will present a quick progress update on this innovative pilot program.

Caitlin Findlay, Recycling Projects Officer.  Caitlin delivers City of Melbourne’s High Rise Recycling Program which improves recycling and resource recovery in apartment buildings. Over the past few years approximately 30,000 apartments have gone through the program resulting in increased recycling collections, diversion of clothing and shoes from landfill via donations bins and more.

Ken Meese, Waste Standards Education Officer. Ken works with businesses throughout the city to increase recycling rates, minimise the number of bins stored in public space and educate businesses regarding the central city waste laws. Ken was formerly the coordinator of the Degraves St recycling facility, managing an innovative program which diverts the food waste of surrounding businesses from landfill.

High Life Expo – Wed 22 June 5:30pm

Hi to all Residents 3000 Members and Subscribers.
The Smart Blocks team from City of Melbourne would like to invite Residents 3000 members who live in apartments to the free High Life Expo 2016 on Wednesday 22 June at 5:30pm.

WHERE: Melbourne Town Hall – 90/120 Swanston Sreet, Melbourne, VIC 3000 – View Map

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The Expo is tailored specifically to support apartment owners to improve the efficiency, sustainability and running costs of their buildings – common areas and inside apartments. There will be workshops, an expo of suppliers and presentations from owners corporations who have completed projects in their buildings. Consumer Affairs Victoria will also be there to seek community feedback on the current review of the Owner Corporation Act.

Please feel free to forward the invitation: to your friends and family.  At the same time, click on the link to register your attendance.  This is a FREE event.

Hero Building1   Learn about solar power for your building as well as other energy saving initiatives.  The picture on the right is the solar power system installed earlier this year on the Hero Apartment Building at 118 Russell Street Melbourne.

Hope you can come.  Should be an interesting and informative evening.

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Heads up! Next Drinks Night – 7th July

Hi to Residents of the CBD

This is some advanced notice of an exciting event for our regular Drinks Night at the Kelvin Club.

We are having presentations with slides from six City of Melbourne project leaders who will bring us up-to-date with various initiatives to improve the amenity of the City in which we live.  This is your chance to engage with people at the coal face of the City’s current projects.


Topics to be discussed are:

  • Recycling and Waste Management
  • Energy Saving
  • Greening your Laneway
  • Community Connection

Details about our speakers follow:

Sally Blastock-Project Manager, Waste Standards. Sally Manages the Garbage Compactors and Recycling hubs in Laneways Program, as well as the Waste Standards Program which focuses on working with both businesses and residents who either store and/or have their bins collected from the public space. Sally has worked in waste community engagement and education for a number of years.

Amy Brand, City of Melbourne Smart Blocks Coordinator. Amy managers the Smart Blocks program. Smart Blocks helps you save energy in your apartment block’s common areas via an interactive portal that provides expert guidance to start projects, work together and tune up your building.

Jo Connor, Neighbourhood Development Officer. Jo works with communities within the CBD and East Melbourne to facilitate community connection, sense of place and belonging.

Thami Croeser,  Project Officer, Green Infrastructure. Thami runs the Green Your Laneway program, which will create four new green spaces for the city in the next 12 months. Thami will present a quick progress update on this innovative pilot program.

Caitlin Findlay, Recycling Projects Officer.  Caitlin delivers City of Melbourne’s High Rise Recycling Program which improves recycling and resource recovery in apartment buildings. Over the past few years approximately 30,000 apartments have gone through the program resulting in increased recycling collections, diversion of clothing and shoes from landfill via donations bins and more.

Ken Meese, Waste Standards Education Officer. Ken works with businesses throughout the city to increase recycling rates, minimise the number of bins stored in public space and educate businesses regarding the central city waste laws. Ken was formerly the coordinator of the Degraves St recycling facility, managing an innovative program which diverts the food waste of surrounding businesses from landfill.

Special Event: Wine Tasting & Presentation 9th June


Residents 3000 are pleased to invite members of Residents3000 and EastEnders to an exclusive wine tasting on Thursday 9th June from 6:30pm at the Kelvin Club. (Members Only event).

This is a fun and educational event.  Numbers are limited to 24 with places being allocated on a first come basis. Please replyWineMan ASAP to Philip Aitken via the email that will be sent to members.

There will be a modest charge of $5 per head to cover biscuits, cheeses, bread and pate to accompany the wine.

The wines will be provided by Taltarni Wines, one of Australia’s premium wine producers. Taltarni have their main vineyards in the Pyrenees region of Victoria and a dedicated vineyard for Sparkling wines in North East Tasmania. They produce 41 different wines including Australia’s most awarded Sparkling “Clover Hill”, as well as their Reserve Shiraz Cabernet – both of these wines will be showcased at the presentation.

What is special about a Taltarni Wine Presentation?

Taste eight of Australia’s best wines – two sparkling, two white and four red wines. The wines are introduced in order and discussed individually; this usually takes 90 minutes to complete. Whilst structured, the event is also fun: participants are encouraged to ask questions. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn more about wine, as well as taste some truly sensational wines. Participants will learn how to taste wine, store it, serve it and match it withBottles of Wine food.

The wines featured cannot be purchased through normal retail channels; they will be offered on the night at 20% below retail price.

There is absolutely no obligation to purchase wine & no minimum purchase.

Wines orders may be placed immediately after the presentation, and paid for using credit cards or cheques on the day of the presentation.  Delivery is usually within 10 days.


Meet our State and Federal MPs – Drinks Night 2nd June

Hello to Residents of Melbourne CBD!

For this coming month’s Drinks Night, we have great pleasure welcoming our two members of parliament who will take part in a forum focussing on their current and future initiatives relating to the Melbourne CBD.

Some topics that are relevant to Residents 3000 members are the Western Distributor project, lack of a public school for City Kids, homelessness and ways to reduce noise, air pollution and unsightly waste. You may think of others.  Take your topics to the meeting and get involved in the discussion.

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The event will be held at the Kelvin Club where their magnificent bar will be open and after our interactive forum is completed, yummy refreshments will be served.

We are suggesting that you print out this announcement and post it on the notice board in your building. This is a good way to let the neighbours know about this important event and to encourage them to be part of our community group.

Short profiles of our MPs follow:

Adam Bandt:

Adam Bandt is the Federal Member for Melbourne. He lives in Flemington with his wife Claudia, daughter Wren and their two dogs.

Adam has portfolio responsibilities for treasury, employment and workplace relations, industry and innovation, science and research and the arts.

Before becoming an MP, Adam worked as a public interest lawyer representing some of Melbourne’s lowest paid workers, including outworkers in the clothing industry.

Adam received undergraduate Law/Arts Honours degrees at Murdoch University, where he won the Sir Ronald Wilson Prize for Academic Achievement.

He completed a PhD at Monash University in 2008, which looked at the recent trend of governments suspending basic human rights in areas such as migration, workplace relations and criminal law.

Ellen Sandell:

Ellen Sandell is the Greens Victorian MP for Melbourne. She is the first Greens MP elected to the lower house of the Victorian parliament. She is the Greens spokesperson on climate, energy, and housing.

Ellen grew up in regional Victoria and came to Melbourne to attend university, where she trained as a scientist. Before entering parliament she worked in climate change policy in the public sector, and for several years led a major environmental non-government organisation.

Ellen loves Melbourne and its commitment to diversity and fairness. As a Kensington local she wants to keep Melbourne liveable.

Looking forward to seeing you on the night.  It should be a valuable opportunity to have your questions answered and to keep up to date with what our representatives are doing.

All the best from Residents 3000 Committee.

COMMUNITY MEETING: What does the Western Distributor mean for Melbourne?


The Victorian Labor government has said that it will spend over $1.5 billion on Transurban’s Western Distributor toll road.

The toll road will have exit ramps into areas near the Docklands, West Melbourne and North Melbourne, and a City of Melbourne report has found that it is likely to substantially increase traffic in these areas as well as nearby suburbs including Carlton and Parkville. But so far, little information has been provided to residents and communities in these areas.

Come to find out more about what this project means for Melbourne and the public transport alternatives for our city.

Western Distributor Community Meeting

Monday 30 May 6pm – 7:30pm

North Melbourne Uniting Church Hall, 4 Elm Street, North Melbourne


  • Professor Jago Dodson, RMIT
  • Senator Janet Rice
  • Colleen Hartland MLC
  • Tony Morton (Public Transport Users Association)

 Hosted by Adam Bandt and Ellen Sandell, Federal and Victorian Members for Melbourne


Public transport: route 57 tram (stop 13); 10 minute walk from North Melbourne station.  Venue accessible for people using wheelchairs and mobility aids.

Owners Corporations – Everything you ever wanted to know!

Dear Residents of postcode 3000.  Please note in your diary Thursday night, 5th May 2016 where we continue our information evenings.  As usual this is a joint event for both Residents 3000 and EastEnders.  See the poster below.

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There will be three panelists for this forum.  Each will give a presentation followed by questions and discussion with the audience.  The panelists are:

Rob Beck – General Manager of the Victorian Branch of Strata Communities Australia.
Strata Communities Australia is the peak body for Owners Corporation managers. Rob has a wealth of knowledge about the industry both past and present. We expect that he will be able to give some insights into where Owners Corporation practice may be heading in the future.

Anton Block – Partner at Kliger Lawyers
Anton heads up the Owners Corporation team at Kligers and is one of a small group of lawyers with an in depth knowledge of the Owners Corporation Act.

Rick Deering – Founder of Fawkner May
Rick is a sponsor of Residents 3000 and well known to most of our regular attendees.  Fawkner May is an Owners Corporation Manager.

Come along for what is shaping up to be a well worth while event. Refreshments will be provided and drinks are available as usual from the extensive Kelvin Club bar.

Regular Drinks Night Thursday 7th April

Hello to Residents of Melbourne’s CBD.

This post is to remind you that our regular drinks night is this Thursday evening.  This month we are socialising and networking without having any formal presentation or event organised.

The event is the chance to catch up with friends and talk about current topics that effect your living experience as part of the dynamic Melbourne CBD.

Trust that you are able to come.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

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All the best from Residents 3000 committee.

EastEnders Walk through East Melbourne

This is just to let Residents 3000 members know that EastEnders Inc. are holding their first guided walk for the year on Thursday 17th March at 10am.  You are most welcome to attend. Please refer to the announcement that follows:

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You need to book as numbers are limited.  Let Jenny know by Friday 11th March.

(p.s. If you cannot read the notice, double click and a larger version will open in its own page.)

Have fun, get to know your neighbours and your neighbourhood!

Saving the Princess Mary Club


The Minister for Planning is to shortly make a decision as to whether or not to demolish Princess Mary Club in order to erect a 39 story building on the extended site in Lonsdale Street.Princess Mary Club

Under the guidance of Sophie Paterson, great granddaughter of Alfred Nicholas – the great philanthropist who contributed so much to the Wesley congregation in his lifetime, a video documentary has been created to explain why Princess Mary Club on the site of the Wesley Church is so important to our city’s heritage and why it needs to be saved for future generations. To view the video now, please follow this link.

We would also like to bring to your attention a separate issue relating to the area around the Wesley Church.

VCAT HEARING ALERT – MCC v Brady Development – 109 Little Lonsdale Street (nearby the Princess Mary Club)

This is to notify you of the commencement of a 5 day Hearing which starts at VCAT on Monday 29th February.  The hearing is tabled as
“Melbourne City Council vs Brady Development at 109 – 111 Little Lonsdale Street (previously Illy’s Cafe)”.

The Hearing is regarding the Town Planning Permit Application (TPPA) which has been refused by the Melbourne City Council (MCC).

All neighbours and friends are encouraged to attend the Hearing to demonstrate support for residents of surrounding properties which will be negatively impacted if VCAT in fact allows the TPPA.

The VCAT address is 55 King Street Melbourne, and the Hearing is expected to commence at 10 am.

We hope to see you there.


John Dall’Amico – President Residents 3000 Inc

Maureen Capp OAM,  Chair – Wesley Historical Precinct Action Group


Drinks Night – First for Year – Thursday 4th February

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And the Survey Says?

ScottMcElroy_REA_croppedResidents3000 in collaboration with hockingstuart have recently conducted a survey of CBD residents to better understand such things as demographics, what residents think is important about living in the city and what they think can make our great city even better.

At our first meeting for 2016, Scott McElroy the Director of hockingstuart Melbourne who has been passionate about the survey will be presenting the results and will give an update on the CBD property market.

The winner of the survey prize, which was drawn in December has been invited to attend our function.

Your committee is looking forward to seeing you next Thursday evening.  Do not forget that refreshments will be served after the talk.  You will be welcome to quiz Scott about property and property issues and to comment about the survey results.


AGM and End of Year Party

Dear members, subscribers and associates

The President and his talented, enthusiastic committee have much pleasure in inviting you to our AGM and End of Year Party to be held on Thursday 26th November 2015 at the Kelvin Club 14 Melbourne Place at 6pm.

The Agenda for the meeting together with the Presidents Report, Financial Report and Proxy Form are included for download here. All of the present committee are standing for next year but we would like to add a person who can help us with copy for media articles.  We want to increase our presence in social media and the CBD News.

It is our intention to minimise the formalities of the AGM so that afterwards you can enjoy drinks and special nibbles, our speaker then some classical piano.

Our speaker on the night is Tim Leslie who is president of Open House Melbourne an organisation that has been connecting people with good design and architecture in the city since 2008. They invite people to explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city.

Our pianist is Yanna Talpis who runs the CBD Piano Academy. Her piano journey began at the age of 5 and continued academically to the Masters level at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow and then the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. The concept of CBD Piano Academy came from the need for a convenient location for piano students who work or live in the city – to walk to their piano lessons in the daytime. Yanna has shared her knowledge and passion for teaching piano with her students with varying skill levels for over 15 years.

We are sure that you will enjoy her playing as part of our festive activities at the end of the evening.

Looking forward to your joining us for this important event.

Upcoming Talk about Melbourne’s Metro Rail Link

Want to learn more about the Melbourne Metro Rail Project?

Melbourne Metro is one of Australia’s largest ever public transport projects, and will start transforming Melbourne’s rail network into a metro-style system of dedicated lines.

James Tonkin (Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations) and Lachlan Lee-Archer (Precinct Manager CBD) from Melbourne Metro Rail Authority will provide an overview of the Project and its development progress to Residents 3000 Inc. on Thursday 5 November at our regular Drinks Night (6:00pm Kelvin Club).


Melbourne Metro will expand the City Loop, enabling major improvements in capacity, reliability and efficiency of train lines serving Melbourne’s growth areas in the north, west and south-east. Extending from South Kensington in the west to South Yarra in the east, the city’s newest rail line will involve construction of two nine-kilometre rail tunnels and five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain. Extensive planning work is now underway; major works will start from 2018 and the project is scheduled for completion by 2026.


Further information is available at:

The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session.

Please put this important event in your diary now!

Drinks Night Thurs 1st October – Special Guest

Hello fellow CBD residents!

Next week we have a special guest attending our regular Drinks Night at the Kelvin Club.

Our guest is Fiona Patten MP, the leader of the Australian Sex Party, and member of Parliament for the Northern Metropolitan Region. She was elected in the 2014 State Election after more than 2 decades of campaigning for civil liberties, sexual equality and against censorship. Fiona will be giving an overview of her first 7 months in Parliament, including the call for a Minister for Fashion, the Government successfully adopting her Safe Access Zones bill and further notes from Parliament.

Residents 3000 is supplying delicious nibbles for the event and as always the extensive Kelvin Club bar is available as required.

KelvinClub5 Drinks Night 1st Oct 2015

Note that your committee IT team is currently updating this web site.  A section is being added to let you know of the events we have planned up until next February 2016.  Check out the changes over the next few weeks.

Looking forward to your company next week.  It should be an interesting night.

Sue Saunders – Vice President for R3000 committee.


Melbourne Trivia & Drinks Thursday 6th August

A warm hello to all our members and associates of Residents 3000!

Are you interested in Melbourne’s history, architecture and famous people?  Come and join us for an evening of drinks including a fun Melbourne Trivia game on Thursday night at the Kelvin Club. For event details see the notice below.

As usual, drinks will be available from the Kelvin Club’s extensive bar and we will have a special prize for the Trivia game winner.

KelvinClub Drinks Night 6th Aug 2015


Hello to all Residents 3000 members!
This is to remind you that our first 3000 Steps morning coffee, talk and walk is this Sunday 5th July.
The walk starts with a FREE coffee at the Caboose Canteen – 4 City Square on Swanston Street at 9:30am.
The program includes a welcome and introduction to the walk followed by a ‘topic of the day’ discussion.  At 10:15am the tour of the CBD begins.
Chat and get to know your neighbours and your neighbourhood.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Best regards
John Dall’Amico – President and Committee


Drinks Night Thurs 2 July 2015 – Special Guest

Hello to all members and associates of Residents 3000!
We are please to let you know that courtesy EastEnders we have a special speaker for our regular Thursday night Drinks at the Kelvin Club.  See the notice below.
As usual, drinks will be available from the Kelvin Club’s extensive bar as well as light refreshments supplier by EastEnders.
It is shaping up to be an interesting night.  Come along.
KelvinClub Drinks Night 2nd July 2015

If you have any specific questions to ask Ben, please feel free to send them to Karin Dixon – President of EastEnders at
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Free Tours for Members announced

Residents 3000 and I’m Free Tours have partnered to offer a free tour of the CBD for new and current members.  Called “3000 Steps” the walking tour has been especially designed to cover the best of Melbourne with insights into its history and the contemporary revolution of the city becoming more and more  residential, thus offering a community feel like that of a big vibrant town.  As they say – “Live here – Work here – Play here“.

See the article in the latest issue of CBD News on page 8 – just out today..

The specially designed 3000 Steps tours will be held regularly starting at various coffee venues in the CBD to be advised.  The idea is to allow members of Residents 3000 to be out and about getting acquainted with the local community and meeting other people living in their neighbourhood.  Members may wish to go on the tour more than one time!

The first official tour will be on Sunday 5th July 2015 9.30am for a 10.00am start.  Watch this space for further details closer to the event.

Members can pre-register for the tour by emailing

The first tours are expected to start in June 2015 – dates and places to be advised after registration.  Once the tours are up and running members will be able to register via this web site.

Special drinks night Thurs 7th May

Hello to Residents of CBD Melbourne!

We have a special event for you at our regular monthly Drinks night at the Kelvin Club.  We are pleased to welcome the State member for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell.

EE+R3000 MayEllen will be available for questions and is expected to give us an update with what is happening in Melbourne’s CBD with regard to government policy and new initiatives.

Residents 3000 is providing refreshments for this important occasion.  Please feel free to invite your neighbours as well.  They are most welcome to engage with us and our political representative.

Looking forward to seeing you there.  6pm at the Kelvin Club – Melbourne Place just off Russell Street.

World Heritage Community Day

Hi CBD Residents!

The committee of your association highly recommends that you attend this important event.  See the flyer below.

FLYER. Program and brief for 3rd May 180315 v2

Events will run throughout the day, including children’s activities; details can be found on the Museum’s website :  and further information on the site is available at  (Some events require bookings.)

Wesley Site development discussed at Drinks Night

Our regular drinks night at the Kelvin Club last night was well attended.  Maureen Capp from EastEnders gave us a rousing talk about the proposed 33-storey commercial tower to be built right next to the Wesley Church along side Jones Lane that runs north south from Lonsdale Street.  The problem with the development is that the historic site of the 1920’s Princess Mary Club is to be demolished and valuable open space will be lost.


Maureen Capp (L) and Fiona Patten MLC both supporting preservation of the Princess Mary Club.

Maureen who runs the Wesley Historic Precinct Action Group explained that unfortunately the Wesley Church has let the old building deteriorate possibly with a view to attracting developers or simply through lack of funds and interest.The drinks night was attended by Fiona Patten MLC who is supporting the idea of preserving the historic women’s refuge centre.  Councillor Ken Ong was also present and gave the gathering further insight into the City of Melbourne’s planning and height restriction policies.  The audience commented that more planning restrictions are needed to preserve the amenity and delightfulness of our city.

Both Maureen and Fiona pointed out that they are not against development per se.  They just want development to be smart. To preserve our heritage and allow more high rise with adequate allowance for set backs, free space and areas of greenery.  The suggestion was that the old Princess Mary Club could be renovated and re-used as an older persons residential facility or even a small city based primary school.  At least some creative thought is needed to develop the site more appropriately.  Maureen suggested that the west side of the property was better suited to development than the east.  There are examples where the city has managed to intertwine the old and the new.  That which is old is not all bad! We need to hang on to our heritage for generations to come.  Once it is pulled down, it is lost forever.  A bit like an valuable animal going extinct!

Please, if you agree with these ideas, read about it in the CBD News – Issue 7- and sign the petition being run by Fiona here.

Errata: Committee Members

Oops! I think your Vice President may have had too much “Merry” in the lead up to Christmas.  There are in fact ten committee members not nine.  I forgot to count myself!  Apologies for the mix up!

For members information the new committee is comprised as follows:

  • John Dall’Amico – President
  • Sue Saunders – Vice President
  • Denise Reynolds – Treasurer
  • Merle Willis – Secretary
  • Eric Giammario
  • Robyn Bunting
  • Rafael Camillo
  • Rauni Fertin
  • Shelley Roberts
  • Artur Hajda

The President and committee wish you a wonderful Festive Season.

New stronger committee for 2015 announced

Hello to Residents of Melbourne’s CBD!

We had a wonderfully successful AGM on 26th November 2014. Our President John Dall’Amico gave a report on progress in the previous 12 months and the Treasurer Dr Sue Saunders made an effort not to send the audience to sleep with a report on our financial status and how we need to boost our membership.

AGM Photo 1She outlined the possibility that Residents 3000 could be self sustaining with sufficient membership numbers, especially then the number of people living in the Melbourne CBD is growing exponentially at the moment. (It is such a great place to live!).

A new committee of nine members was elected.  Subsequently, on Monday 1st December elections to the executive positions were completed.   With a larger committee in place we are planning more events for 2015.  An important focus will be increasing membership. As part of the meeting Andrew Wailes (leader and conductor) gave us a fascinating insight into the history of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra.  AGM Photo 3It was so sad to hear that local and state government are contemplating closing down the long term residence of the Choir and Orchestra – the Drill Hall on the corner of William and A’Beckett Street.  It is the home of the Royal Historical Society of Melbourne plus a number of other community groups. Residents 3000 is active in helping find a way to retain the building with its present tenants.

We were all surprised when some of the members of the The Royal Philharmonic Choir stood up and gave us a beautiful impromptu bracket of three Christmas related songs.

After that  the choir members joined us for a luscious snack of sandwiches and refreshments from the extensive Kelvin upstairs bar.  It was not your every day boring old AGM.

AGM Photo 2For members information the new committee is comprised as follows:

  • John Dall’Amico – President
  • Sue Saunders – Vice President
  • Denise Reynolds – Treasurer
  • Merle Willis – Secretary
  • Eric Giammario
  • Robyn Bunting
  • Rafael Camillo
  • Rauni Fertin
  • Shelley Roberts

The President and committee wish you a wonderful Festive Season and look forward to great things happening in 2015.



Invitation to Christmas Party 17th Dec 2014

Hello Residents of Melbourne’s CBD

We were planning a big street party but “the force was not with us” unfortunately.  The street party idea is still on but later next year when we have more time to do it properly and to cope with the red tape.

But we promised a Christmas Party!  Yes – what to do?  Then magic happened. The Kelvin Club president (who is also our president) has invited (paid up) Resident 3000 members as guests of Kelvin Club members at their Christmas Party – a dress up Gatsby style event with music, good food, the very best wines and heaps of laughs.  How privileged we are to be included!  See the poster below.


Please contact Floriane directly for your ticket.

Hope you can come – but if not, all the committee wish you the very best for the festive season.  Look out for an exciting 2015.

Drinks at Kelvin Club this Thursday

Hello Residents of Post Code 3000!

This is just a reminder that our regular monthly drinks and oysters at Kelvin Club is on this Thursday 4th December 2014 at 6pm.

EE R3000 December

We are joined by Eastenders & Kelvin Club members.  Looking forward to meeting you there!

Cheers from your new committee…. more news coming!

AGM Last minute reminder – Wed 26th November from 5:30pm

Hello Residents of Melbourne CBD!
This is just a reminder that our AGM is happening at the Kelvin Club on Wednesday 26th November 2014  from 5:30pm.

The AGM Agenda is as follows:
5:30 – 6:30pm   Registration and membership renewals or acceptance of new members
Guests may like to use the Kelvin Club Members bar before the meeting begins.
6.30pm          Guests asked to take their seats.

1. Declare meeting open
2. Welcome members and guests.
3. Apologies
4. Minutes of last AGM
5. Correspondence regarding the AGM
6. President’s annual report
7. Treasurer’s annual financial report
8. Election of Committee and Office Holders for 2015
9. General Business

7.00pm         Introduction of our guest speaker Andrew Wailes
A small surprise followed by Choir performance

10. Next meeting of the new committee
11. Declare formal meeting closed

7.45pm         Finger food will be brought out and the upstairs bar opened.
Networking and party-ing begins.

Our guest speaker’s profile follows:
Andrew Wailes is the Music Director and Chief Conductor of The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra (RMP), and is only the second RMP conductor to be awarded Life Membership of the organisation in over 160 years. During his 16 years as conductor of the RMP he has reformed the RMP orchestra, leading it on four international tours to China, he founded the RMP Aria Competition, which is now regarded as one of Melbourne’s most important singing competitions, and has lifted artistic standards, which has resulted in the RMP choir again being regarded as Melbourne’s premier symphonic chorus.  
RMP singers are strictly auditioned volunteers who come from all walks of professional life in Melbourne and who give their time freely to rehearse and perform choral music at the highest standard. Many have busy professional careers as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, public servants, retail managers, administrators and university lecturers, whilst a large number are current or recently graduated music students. RMP singers rehearse once a week throughout the year, and more frequently around major performances. This time of year is particularly busy, and they are preparing for major concerts on December 14 in Melbourne Town Hall and three concerts on 19 and 20 December at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Whilst there is time to register and pay your membership fee at the event, time will be saved if you pay your membership fee beforehand. Remember that only financial members can vote at the meeting.
So … we are suggesting that you press the button below and update your annual membership subscription via the PayPal link where you can pay your $10 – individual or $20 – family (as appropriate) with credit card or PayPal.   OR … you can pay by EFT as further below.

If you are unable to renew now then you will need to pay your membership on the night.  We will have computers available for you to do this but it is much better and quicker if you update your membership beforehand.

If you wish to pay by EFT directly into our bank account.  Please reply to this email letting us know of your payment adding your name, email address and mobile number.

Make your EFT Payment to:
Residents 3000 Inc.  BSB: 033-157  Account No. 41-8836.


AGM – Join or renew your membership now

Hello Residents of Melbourne CBD!

As you have seen in previous posts, our AGM is happening at the Kelvin Club on Wednesday 26th November 2014 – 6pm.  The committee is excited about this event and hope that you are coming.

However, we want to be really well organised so that you all have name tags and that your membership is up to date. So … we are suggesting that you press the button below and update your annual membership subscription via the PayPal link where you can pay your $10 – individual or $20 – family (as appropriate) with credit card or PayPal.   OR … you can pay by EFT as further below.

All members that renew before the AGM will have the chance to win A BIG PRIZE (well.. reasonably big) drawn on the night by our celebrity guest speaker.

If you are unable to renew now then you will need to pay your membership on the night.  We will have computers available for you to do this but it is much better and quicker if you update your membership beforehand.


If you wish to pay by EFT directly into our bank account.  Please first complete the form below:

Then make your EFT Payment To:

Residents 3000 Inc.  BSB: 033-157  Account No. 41-8836.

AGM – Residents 3000 need help

Hello Residents of Melbourne CBD

As you may know, it is at the AGM that committee members are elected.  Everyone ducks and hide under their chair as soon as election time comes along.

Your current committee need help though.  We cannot do it all. We have the aims of the organisation at heart and enjoy bringing our community group together and building a good lifestyle for city residents.  BUT ….  we could do it a whole lot better if we had some help.

You can either volunteer to be a committee member or you can offer your skills to join a working group.

What do we need?

We are looking for people who have the following skills and expertise.

  • Graphics design.  Provide the WebMaster with graphics to enhance our postings.
  • Copy writers.  Do you have journalistic skills.  Maybe you could be a correspondent or reporter for our blog.  We need to blog more often.
  • From time to time we need a brochure designed and printed. We need copy and graphics to send to our designer so that we minimise the cost.  We have an established brand now.
  • Someone who is familiar with the printing industry and can arrange printing for us.
  • Someone who knows good speakers that may love to talk to our community group at a monthly function?
  • Someone who would like to be the person to send out the EventBrite invitations each time and collect the responses to give to our secretary.
  • Is there anyone interested in maintaining our membership database?  The database is already in place and only needs updating from time to time.  It is hosted in the cloud so that nominated members have access as an when needed.
  • Does anyone have knowledge of MYOB and therefore could be our treasurer?

If you are interested in taking an active role like this in our community group, please respond using the form below and a committee member will discuss and develop your proposed role in the group.

The idea behind asking for help is that “many hands make light work”.  If you are willing to take on one little job and be responsible for that job, then the whole voluntary task of running our community group becomes much more viable.  The facts of life are that all committee members have full time jobs and keeping up with the needs of Residents 3000 is hard without being able to find more “hands” to help.


Upcoming AGM – Wednesday 26th November

Hello fellow residents of Melbourne CBD!

Another year has passed and here we are at the annual AGM again.  The formal part will be brief but informative.  We (the Residents 3000 committee) want to let you know about what has been happening behind the scenes especially with our “safety in the City” initiative.  We also want to tell you of our plans for 2015.

That is not all!  This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to tell us what you think Residents 3000 can achieve in 2015.  What are your current issues (if any) about you life in the CBD? What is most important to you?

Your committee has discussed the idea that whilst Residents 3000 is a vehicle to “let our voice be heard” it is also provides an opportunity for members to get to know their neighbours socially.  A city or town thrives when its community is close knit and networking allows us to help one another.  In this regard, we would like to increase the number of social events in 2015 and include interesting speakers who know the city well and who may have made a worthwhile contribution to its character and to the wellbeing of residents.

And that is not all!  We have arranged for Andrew Wailes who is the music director of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra to give us a talk about about this group’s long history.  We are hopeful at this early stage that we may have a short recital from the choir and orchestra.

And that is not all!  We will arrange for delicious snacks and soft drinks.  For those who would like to enjoy the event a little more, the Kelvin Club bar will be open.  They have an enviable cellar built up over the years with the help of their most discerning members.

Now for the details:

Residents 3000 AGM at

Kelvin Club

14-13 Melbourne Place, Melbourne, 3000

Tel: 03 9654 5711

Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 at 6pm.

We have posted this event on Eventbrite. You can access the registration page here. We would much appreciate your registering for the event.  In that way we can pre-prepare name tags and judge the catering needs.

This is going to be a fun night …. please come and enjoy.

Drinks and Socialising this Thursday 6th Nov 2014

Hello Residents of postcode 3000!

This is just a reminder that our regular monthly drinks and socialising is happening this Thursday – 6pm at the Kelvin Club. Don’t forget that it is Oyster Night as well. $1 per oyster. Great fun. Come along.

Also, watch out for more information about our AGM on Wednesday 26th November. In addition, your committee is planning a great Christmas street party in Hosier Lane on 19th December. Just put these two dates into your diaries for now. Information will be following shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you this Thursday.

REMINDER: Meet the Candidates – Monday night 20th October

Hello to all Residents of postcode 3000!

This is a gentle reminder to come along to the Kelvin Club at 6:30pm to hear four of the candidates for the seat of Melbourne in State parliament, each to give a 10-15 mins presentation.  These will be followed by your questions.  Think about what is important to you and prepare your question.  See what the candidates have to say and how their views may differ.


Candidates who are invited (by alphabetical order):
Edward Huntingford (Liberal)
Ellen Sandell (Greens)
Jennifer Kanis (Labor)
Joel Murray (Sex Party)
 Date: 20th October 2014
 Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
The Kelvin Club:
14 – 30 Melbourne Place  –  Melbourne  –  VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9654 5711
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Time to meet The Candidates – Monday 20th October

Hello Residents of Melbourne CBD!
Are you aware of who the Melbourne Candidates are for the next state election?
Do you know what they are proposing? 
Residents 3000, in collaboration with the Kelvin Club, are hosting TIME to meet THE CANDIDATES” – a forum you are invited to attend. 
Your committee have organised three of the main candidates for the State Electorate of Melbourne to briefly explain their ideas and views for Melbourne’s future.  After the individual presentations, time will be given for questions.
This is an opportunity for all Melbourne residents to gain awareness of their candidates and also be able to have some questions answered.
 Date: 20th October 2014
 Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
The Kelvin Club:
14 – 30 Melbourne Place  – Melbourne Vic. 3000
Phone: (03) 9654 5711
Candidates who are invited (by alphabetical order):
Edward Huntingford (Liberal)
Ellen Sandell (Greens)
Jennifer Kanis (Labor)

Residents Get Together Thursday 2nd October 2014

To all Residents 3000 members.

This is a reminder that our regular pre-dinner drinks, socialising, networking and generally having fun event is on this Thursday 2nd October 2014 at the Kelvin Club in Melbourne Place.  The start time is 6 pm.

Thursday night is Oyster Night at Kelvin.  $1 per oyster.  Delicious!

If you want to have a meal as well, just ring the Kelvin Club on 03 9654 5711 to reserve a table.  The club offers delicious meals from 6 – 9 pm.  Even if you do not plan a meal but change your mind at the time, I have been assured by the Kelvin staff that they will fit you in.   Why not make a night of it!

All the best

Sue Saunders – Treasurer and all things Web

Social Gathering at Kelvin Club on Thursday 6pm

Hello to all Residents 3000 members!

Come and join us on Thursday 4th September at 6pm for our monthly drinks and networking. This month we will be joined by two special guests. Sarah Lindenmayer, the Neighbourhood Development Officer at the City of Melbourne and Martin Mulvhill, President of the Drill Hall Residents Association.  Have a talk to these people and learn about their contributions and passions for our Melbourne CBD precinct.

Your committee has been busy this past month preparing our application to City of Melbourne for a grant to further security measures in residential buildings. Details of our proposal will shortly be posted separately on this site.

You will also be aware that we have re-vitalised our image and branding. We hope that you like the clean lines and our tag line – Melbourne CBD Community Network.  The round feature is a graphical representation of a drop pin that you find on Google Maps.  The R is for Residents of course and the angle of the R represents the angle of the CBD grid which is not due North and South.

There are two more events being planned for October and November. In October we are having a Q & A event with invited speakers who can enlighten us as to policy concerning such issues as litter control, safety in the City, beautifying our lane-ways and other topics. More to come …

The other event is our Annual General Meeting that is scheduled for 24th November, 6pm at the Kelvin Club.
This year we will have a speaker as well as the formalities associated with the meeting. The committee is forming several sub-committees to help us further our mission.  If you have a particular area of interest and would like to contribute to your community, then give some thought to joining one of our sub-committees.  More later ….

Just as a reminder:  If you are asked, what is the aim of your organisation? This is the answer we would like to give:-

Our aim is to promote the wellbeing, amenity and environment of CBD residents. To achieve this we consult with all levels of government, likeminded groups, organisations and local businesses, and facilitate neighbourhood engagement through social activities.

Maybe you would like to comment about our aim.  If you do, leave a comment on this web site.

Looking forward to seeing you at our gathering on Thursday night.  Come along and chat with your neighbours.  It’s great fun!


New Event – Monday 11th – The Future of Finance

Residents 3000, in collaboration with the Kelvin Club are hosting the launch of Moneytribe™.  You are invited to attend.  There is no charge.

Special guest speakers are Dr. David Urpani (Co-Founder of iSelect, Co-Founder of Moneytribe) and Phillip Kingston (Chairman of Trimantium Capital, Co-Founder of Good Super, Walter Analytics, Founder of KDIS, Henley Club) will be discussing the future of finance, new high-level approaches to financial risk thinking, the role of the tribe and some general entrepreneurial pearls of wisdom.

The night will kick off at 6.30pm this coming Monday, the 11th of August at The Kelvin Club.  Please register as a Kelvin Club member to receive your complimentary drink (simply for registration purposes) here.

Drinks and nibbles at Kelvin Club on Thursday night

Hello fellow residents of post code 3000!

Last month’s drinks night at the Kelvin Club was well attended.  There was lots of good conversation.  Plenty of jokes and generally good fun. As usual, Kelvin Club’s classy cellar was available to discerning guests. See below the flyer for drinks this Thursday, 3rd of July, 6pm.

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EastEnders Coffee Club this Tuesday 17th June

Hey all Residents of post code 3000!  Come along to the EastEnders coffee club next Tuesday.  It is a lot of fun.  If you are really busy, just pop in for a while.  Have a chat and a coffee, the go – you do not have to stay for a long time.  Find out what is happening in our beautiful city.  EastEnders and our Residents 3000 president have been talking to City of Melbourne about street lighting and safety at night.  Find out what happened….

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Residents 3000 + EastEnders 5th June at Kelvin Club

Hi Residents 3000

Come along and meet the neighbours.  Don’t stay indoors being bored.  Come and talk more about the Graffiti issue or anything else concerning city life.  It’s good fun.  The Kelvin Club have great snacks at the bar as well as an enviable cellar.  We love to join with EastEnders every month for a fine chat and a drink or two.  See you there….

EE+R3000 drinks 5

Lets Talk about Graffiti, Vandalism & Street Art – This Thursday 22nd.

Hello Residents of post code 3000.

We are all concerned that our city – our place of living – is a beautiful place to live. Sometimes we find ugliness and sometimes wonderment.  Our first event this year is all about the City of Melbourne’s new graffiti policy leading to discussion about the whole issue from vandalism to some amazing street art.  This is an opportunity to air your views and listen to those of others.

Res3000 Graffiti Event1

Let us know that you are coming by pressing the free ticket button on Eventbrite.

Here is the link:  Eventbrite – Residents 3000 Event

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Graffiti, Vandalism and Street Art – Forum 22nd May

Hi Residents of the City of Melbourne!

Our first event for the year tackles the issues of Graffiti, Vandalism and Street Art.  If you are concerned about the rising tide of mutilation of our public spaces but appreciate some of our wonderful street art come to the Kelvin Club, 6pm on Thursday 22nd May 2014.  City of Melbourne are releasing their new Graffiti policy in May.  Come and join the conversation and learn about what is happening concerning this important topic.

Light refreshments will be served at the event.  Drinks and more substantial morsels will be available from the wonderful Kelvin bar (at your cost) before and after the event.  Enjoy the ambience of this lovely old-world venue.

Residents 3000 have arranged for speakers of note representing different perspectives of the issue.  There will be:

  • Gordon Harrison – City of Melbourne Team Leader for Programs Engineering Services speaking about the new Graffiti policy for Melbourne;
  • Luke McManus – President Hoiser Inc – Writer of the Street Art Blog; Vandalog who will talk about Hosier Lane and its organic development as a prime tourist attraction in Melbourne;
  • David Russell – Street Tour operator and Professional Photographer who will take the business perspective;
  • Street Artist to present the creative perspective and how it contributes to the renowned Melbourne culture (to be advised);
  • Police Officer to present the legal perspective  (to be advised).

You will have an opportunity to air your views at the forum.  We trust there will be interesting comments and insights help us all ensure our city is a beautiful place to live now and into the future.

This is just a preliminary notice so that you note the day in your diary.  We will be posting more detail shortly.  We expect the event to take about 1 ½ hours or so.

Do we really want our City to look like this?


Or this?


Or this?


Let us know your thoughts.

Watch out for more information about this important event.

World Heritage Community Day – Sunday 11th May

Come along to this free event to celebrate democracy and the early development of our community.  The venue is at the Royal Exhibition Building and surrounds.  See the brochure below. There will be a re-enactment of the first Parliament, Garden Tours and an Heritage Public Forum.  The Carlton Gardens Tennis club is having a sausage sizzle and afternoon tea from 2pm onwards.  Free tennis lessons are offered for youngsters. Starts at 10:15am with a special opening in the Carlton Gardens.  Date:  Sunday 11th May 2014 – spoil your Mum!  More details at Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 10.34.33 am

Film, Drinks, Conviviality and Conversation

Residents 3000 likes to support our neighbouring community groups.  The Carlton Residents Association is hosting the following event and residents of postcode 3000 are most welcome to attend.


A special private screening of


on Tuesday, 15th April at 6:45pm.

Followed with a glass of wine at the iconic

Jimmy Watson’s Bar

Cost: $20 for the film and wine.

Even if you have already seen this fascinating chapter in Melbourne’s history, the film more than warrants a second viewing and you will be part of the conviviality and conversation.

It is essential to book as soon as possible.  Go to:

or mail a cheque to: Carlton Residents Association, PO Box 1140, Carlton, VIC 3053

If you would like to join the group for Dinner at Jimmy Watson’s after the film and drinks, then please contact the organisers to book a table.

Call Greta Bird on 0428 937 111 or email to


Carlton Residents Association Inc.




Tuesday 11th Meeting re Objection to Forum-MTC Site Proposal

The Hosier Lane residents group and other interested parties are meeting this Tuesday night (11th March 2014) at the Misty Bar 3-5 Hosier Lane off Flinders Street.  Time 6:30pm.
Mariner is proposing to renovate the facade of the heritage theatre but not the interior.  Residents are concerned that the current proposed development is a typical Mariner deal where heritage rules can be over turned as a reward for maintaining his own property – The Forum.  In this instance Mariner is asking permission of the government to break the 40mt heritage height restriction for the area and produce a hotel/commercial development of 33 floors at 106mt.
Even if the development was reduced by 10 stories the concept does not take account of waste management or delivery/loading in such a busy lane way.   Pedestrian and vehicle access alone will be unfavourably impacted not to mention the existing businesses and residents.
Come along to the meeting to find out more about the development.

Have your say – “Participate Melbourne”

Have your say in what is planned for this beautiful Melbourne city!

You may like to look at the Participate Melbourne web page where all the major forward projects are displayed in the one place.

The site offers registration so you can be kept informed about City of Melbourne’s latest plans and their big projects.  BE active and add your comments and ideas.  This is a city for us, let’s participate!

Here is the link:

NEW – Community Organisation Training Program for 2014

The Melbourne City Council are organising a FREE Community Organisation Training Program in 2014.

First up this year is a focus on some of the common legal issues associated with running a not-for-profit community organisation – topics and dates below:

You may be on a board or committee, you might be thinking of forming an organisation or you might be engaging volunteers – all these things require you to be aware of a range of issues.
The sessions are aimed at small to medium sized not-for-profit organisations, you could be from an arts organisation, a sports club, service agency, self help group, a seniors club and similar.  If you don’t have a formal organisation set up yet – these sessions might help you decide if you should form an organisation or develop a partnership with another organisation to act as your auspice.

The sessions will be presented by member law firms and/or Not-for-profit Law lawyers from Justice Connect. Part of what they do is deliver access to justice through pro bono legal services, to people experiencing disadvantage and the community organisations that support them.

For full details and to book – follow the link:

Ministerial Referral – Four Towers 300m

Topics which are likely to be of interest to 3000 residents:

Ministerial Referral: Four towers, one of 300 m to be built on the former Age site.  See

Note.  Since this is ministerial referral it can be assumed that this has already basically been approved by the Minister.

President Elected

Residents 3000 had its 2nd Committee Meeting on Wednesday 29th January where John Dall’Amico was elected President unanimously.  Gabrielle Pickering has been co-opted to fill the vacant position created by John Harvey’s resignation.

Committee members are:

  • President: John Dall’Amico
  • Vice President:  Eric Giammario
  • Treasurer: Vacant
  • Secretary: Merle Willis
  • Web Site Manager:  Dr Sue Saunders
  • Members: Dr John Price, Gabrielle Pickering, Robyn Bunting and Ann Barton.

The committee is meeting on the 10th February to set targets for 2014.

Watch out for new activities, issues and social events to be posted on this site into 2014.

Seasons Greetings!

The new Residents3000 committee would like to wish all residents in post code 3000 a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Committee members are:

  • Vice President:  Eric Giammario
  • Treasurer: John Harvey
  • Secretary: Merle Willis
  • Web Site Manager:  Dr Sue Saunders
  • Members: Dr John Price, John Dall’Amico, Robyn Bunting and Ann Barton.

The committee has yet to elect a President.

Watch out for new activities, issues and social events to be posted on this site into 2014.

EastEnders have new committee

Karin Dixon, President of EastEnders advised Residents 3000 today, that a new committee had been elected at their recent meeting on Tuesday 17th December 2013 at the Kelvin Club.

The committee members are:

  • Karin Dixon:  President
  • Jenny Eltham: Vice President
  • John Dall’Amico: Secretary
  • Tim Matthews: Treasurer
  • Ron Butters: Member and
  • Ludwig Cugura: Member

The EastEnders committee and its members would like to take this opportunity to wish all residents of the city a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.

Don’t forget E-WASTE day..

You may drop off  your electronic waste at the City Square – corner of Swanston and Collins streets between 9am and 5pm this Saturday 26th October. Here is a list of what’s accepted..E-waste recycling day – City of Melbourne  also other aspects of re-cycling. Electronic waste recycling – City of Melbourne Hope you have a good clean-out!

Please think about Nominating….

Yes another year has passed and it’s time for our 2013 AGM on 7th November. We ask that CBD residents consider nominating for the committee of 2014. The job is not hard or time consuming and if there are good numbers, the work is easily divided. You may be interested in a single project or enjoy writing for the website or have skills you may like to offer..don’t be shy, please contact us at or

The AGM papers will be on the website and circulated to members in a few days.

Here’s hoping!

Turning our minds to Disadvantage – Homelessness and “sleeping rough” in the CBD

There is growing concern and a certain “helplessness” within the community to do anything about this . More often we complain about such people who give an unfavourable “image” to our city. But there are safety concerns for those people,  their health and because they are defenceless and vulnerable. City of Yarra is hosting a conversation which would also apply to us here in the CBD.  Hope some of you can attend…Poster – One Sleep from the Street


Urban Forest Precinct Plans (draft) out….

draft Urban Forest Precinct Plans for Carlton, South Yarra, East Melbourne & Jolimont, and the Central City have been posted online for public review and comment. Please do so by October 25. You may visit Participate Melbourne at to access the Urban Forest Precinct Plans consultation page.  All of this is rather sad in the light of the Naphthine govt’s determination to construct the East/West Link denuding Royal Park of 5,000 trees!