Important Community Notice: Future Melbourne Committee submissions

Deadline for responses to Future Melbourne Committee is Monday 4th February at 12 noon!

Submissions are currently sought in response to work in progress relating to the future of the Hosier Rutledge precinct, among others.

See below from Todd Berry, Project Officer for the MCC received on Friday 1st of February, 2013.

‘The MCC has been working hard to formulate a series of strategies to respond to your concerns, as a result a report for the Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) has been released today. This report is to be tabled at the FMC1 meeting next Tuesday 5 February 2013, 5.30pm in the Council Meeting Room, Level 2, Town Hall Administration Building.’

‘The committee report can be viewed at and submissions regarding the report can be made until 12 noon on the 5th February, 2013 to .’

Todd Berry | Project Officer City Issues 

City of Melbourne | Council House 1, 200 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000 | GPO Box 1603 Melbourne 3001
T: 03 9658 9904 | M: 0425 776912 | F: 03 9650 1112 | E:


2 thoughts on “Important Community Notice: Future Melbourne Committee submissions

  1. rhbutcher says:

    Hi everyone.

    On Tuesday the 5th of Feb Luke McManus presented a single ‘Hosier Inc’ perspective on and response to the MCC, on behalf of Hosier inc.

    Here’s Luke’s take on the presentation and feedback from the meeting.

    “To set the scene, today I got a call from Todd Berry from the MCC who many of us have been meeting and consulting with. He explained in detail many of the points in the council submission, most importantly that the submission was written in early January (at the time we were NOT a registered association).

    This meant that I needed to alter my response and ask that we be included in the curation and organisation processes alongside RMIT, and that on most parts of the submission we were very satisfied with. (Rather than completely oppose them).

    Here’s what I said:

    I represent Hosier inc, a group of residents, business owners, street artists and street art and graffiti advocates.

    Overall we are very happy with the council submission as we share the same concerns about safety and the degradation of the quality of the artwork in Hosier Lane. We are also extremely proud to live in a city that is prepared to invest and embrace street art as a part of its culture.

    We have been involved in the consultation process to formulate the MCC submission, and we are happy to see many of our suggestions being implemented.

    We are however concerned with a single institution (being RMIT) having sole control over the curation and artistic process in the lane. ‘Hosier inc’ is requesting the council consider making Hosier inc a co-curator and have input and say in the artist selection process and to ensure that the artist selection remains independent and community based, ad involves QUALITY artists, exactly what hosier inc represents. (This applies to both the ‘City Lights’ and ‘Events’ part of the council submission)

    We understand that at the time this submission was written that we were not a registered association, we have now submitted our application to become a registered association.

    My final point was to reiterate to the council the point in our response regarding the potential for return o investment this opportunity could create for the council, and that Hosier inc believes that we can help them maximise (rather than limit, under the previous proposal) their ROI.

    The response:

    The councillors referred the response to Dean Griggs (Community Safety and Wellbeing). Dean was very responsive to our request to become an integral part of the co curation and planning process (now that we are an official inc).

    The MCC then provided some context around why we were here and the original issues (safety, arson, vandalism and assault – as well as the degraded quality of art) and the discussion around the installation of CCTV cameras.

    The Lord Mayor then spoke about the issue. He said he was very impressed with the street art community and all parties he had met with and wanted to get behind this initiative.

    The council was then asked to vote on the outcome of the submission and there was a unanimous vote for yes.

    3 of the councillors then praised the final proposed outcome for the submission.

    I then spoke with multiple councillors.

    At the end of the day, even the council doesn’t know what the exact plan for events and city lights looks like. This is all yet to be planned.

    The gallery space is under another initiative and was included in the proposal for noting only – we have requested further documentation on this.

    Dean also advised me that we funding submissions were about to open and that he recommended we request funding and that he could provide letters of recommendation for us. We can also prove we have an amazing proven track record through much of the work that Chris and Fletch have been doing with their paint up weekends in and around Melbourne.

    One important point – at the conclusion of the meeting the Lord Mayor reiterated our verbal agreement that this was a 12 month trial. And that if this proposed course of action was not effective, we would then need to meet and reconsider previously proposed alternatives, including CCTV.

    Thanks all.
    Luke McManus”

    Posted with permission – and with thanks to Luke and those who participated in hammering out a fast and we think very appropriate response.

    Richard Butcher

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