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DVate completes Round #2 of PaintUp!

Check out the latest Hosier Inc commissioned PaintUp! by DVate in Rutledge Lane. Many thanks to Mike Danischewski for creating the video below, along with David Russell for the stills. Enjoy!

HOSIER INC, Paint Up! round 2 : DVATE from Michael Danischewski on Vimeo.



“After months of gathering footage, I am so happy that at last my video is finished. There is such a plethora of art in these lane ways and as you might know, street art is fairly transient … a piece is here one day, but perhaps superseded by another the next.” Kate (ooshanapa)


Keep Hosier Real – Rally at 2pm tomorrow

There are about 2000 pedestrians that visit Hosier Lane every weekend… From all walks of life- tourists, artists, wedding parties, diners, shoppers and theatre-goers. We want to see that many in the laneway at one time – to emphasis the number of pedestrians that will be impacted if the development proceeds as proposed.

As a community we are concerned about the proposed redevelopment of the old MTC/Chinese theater site behind the forum.

Keep Hosier Real   #keephosierreal  – is a community and resident action group. The name does not focus on the forum (and the property development is not actually on the Forum site – but will make a big impact on the way the lane currently works!

We are here to showcase the impact that a new large hotel will have on the lane and its current tenants, public access, heritage sites and likely reality that any hotel guests will not appreciate the Forums impact on their sound sleep.

The design in its current form does not address the laneway I a positive or practical way. the proposed treatment will turn this laneway into a loading dock for the hotel, and the plans to ‘activate’ the laneway will only serve to deter any spontaneous form of artwork – killing the very essence of the area.

Keep Hosier Real is not just about the art, (which by its pure nature is transient) but about the need for consultation with the community… and the change in the skyline around a gorgeous heritage protected building.

We are not anti development, we are keen to see the site developed, but feel the extra height and other impacts is not warranted in this particulate precinct.

We also believe the “shadow” of the current proposed building will come across the Atrium area which was designed to be Melbourne’s Winter Garden.

We are all here to celebrate the lane Hosier lane and ensure that any development will Keep Hosier Real!

Our speakers

  • Melanie Raymond. CEO Youth Projects who run the Living Room
  • Fiona Sweetman. Founder of Hidden Sectets –Melbournes leading laneway tour operator and passionate advocate for all things Melbourne.
  • Hosier Inc -TBC
  • Artist –Fletcher Anderson
  • Planning/Heritage –Roz Hansen
  • Adam Bandt. Member for Melbourne. Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens Party.

Latest press:

The Forum is up for redevelopment

We urge you to find out more about this development at a public meeting to be held 6.30pm at Misty this Tuesday night, the 11th of March. Please like and share to get the word out – come to the meeting and have a say.


2 days in and it’s looking great!

Round one of PaintUp! is well under way. Final touches will be done on Tuesday. 








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Paint Up! commences in Hosier Lane

Over the next three days, Melbourne-based artist Adnate will transform Australia’s most iconic laneway, painting a significant wall that has never before been available to any artist. This is the first installment in a series of major artworks to be commissioned by local community association Hosier Inc. Paint Up! is part of an ongoing program of activities designed to activate the laneways and create a safe and engaging environment for all to work, live, visit and enjoy the area.

“Everyone who loves and uses the lanes has a role to play in helping us maintain them, and they can all be a part of the association” said Luke McManus, Chair of Hosier Inc. “We see  the art as a powerful instrument to activate the laneway in a positive manner – providing enhanced safety and unique experiences” he said.

Paint Up! is funded by the City of Melbourne through their Annual Arts Grant program.

Scheduled for later this year, Round 2 of Paint Up! will see an equally prominent wall being made available. The opportunity will be offered by open invitation and artists are invited to contact Hosier Inc to express their interest in participating.

Read the media release.

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Fantastic example of laneways action at work

Press release from City of Melbourne

‘It’s easier being green in Degraves Street’

 Thursday, 15 August 2013

One of Melbourne’s most iconic laneways is now one of its greenest, with an innovative recycling project breathing new life into the Degraves Street precinct.

Operating from the basement of Ross House in Flinders Lane, the Degraves Street Recycling Facility uses traditional recycling and high-tech machinery to reduce landfill and turn tonnes of organic food waste into compost-like soil conditioner.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the project had left the popular dining and café strip cleaner than ever without interrupting the tens of thousands of people who pass through the laneway every day.

“The traders and staff have created a mini ecosystem that is not just about participants, but partners,” the Lord Mayor said at the official launch of the facility today.

“I am grateful for the enthusiasm they’ve shown. Not only has this facility helped has instil sense of pride and community, but it is making Degraves Street sparkle.”

The organic dehydrator began operating last month and has already processed six tonnes of organic food waste into a soil conditioner similar to regular compost.

Since the facility opened in March, 35 tonnes of glass, plastic, aluminium and steel has been separated, 36 tonnes of cardboard has been baled. Another tonne of plastic has been diverted from landfill.

Initial samples of the soil conditioner will be sent to a laboratory to be analysed for their content.

“Once we have the balance right, we hope the product can be used as a soil booster on our famous parks and gardens,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I would like to acknowledge the work of our Environment portfolio chair Councillor Arron Wood and deputy chair Councillor Cathy Oke for their vision and persistence in making this innovative pilot a reality.

Degraves Street was chosen as the site for the pilot after a 2012 waste audit found that 90 per cent of the waste generated in the Degraves Street precinct could be diverted from landfill.

Councillor Arron Wood, chair of the Environment Portfolio, said participants in the voluntary trial receive support from council in managing waste on their premises as part of a greater focus on precinct-based waste solutions.

“This project is about supporting traders in the Degraves Street Precinct to find creative local solutions to local waste issues.

“As well as making our trademark laneways shine, there is a real sustainability benefit, with less waste going to landfill and a greater awareness of the environment through increased recycling.”

The Degraves Street Recycling Project is a partnership between the City of Melbourne and the Metropolitan Waste Management Group, who shared the $550,000 cost of setting up the facility.

Metropolitan Waste Management Group Director, Nick Harford said the hub provided a new cooperative precinct based approach to dealing with waste from the food service industry.

“We see the Degraves Street hub as a model that not only has applications in other areas of the CBD, but also in other café and dining areas throughout metropolitan Melbourne,” Mr Harford said.


Phase 2 – Urban Forest Strategy plantings in the CBD

These workshops will provide an opportunity to influence decisions for the design of an Urban Forest Precinct Plan for each area. The events are open to anyone who has an interest in Carlton, East Melbourne, South Yarra or the CBD. Children will be able to participate in a set of special urban forest activities. Free refreshments and lunch will be provided.

For those who attended the Res3000 event last year and were given an overview of the City’s  ”horticultural” vision for Melbourne (which was very well received by attendees), here is the next stage where you can find out what will be planted in your street or precinct. Book now for this workshop as places are rapidly filling. – Urban Forest Walk

Celebrate our Heritage and History at The REB/Carlton Gardens

For a short burst of history & heritage make a booking on 131 102 – there are 20 places left!

The site is uniquely UNESCO World Heritage as well as being the site of Australia’s very first  federal parliament. Please join in this celebration.

Forum for Residents.Planning and Development Strategy

Recently the Southbank Residents Group has been in discussions with the Docklands Community Association and Eastenders about the recently drafted Metropolitan Planning Strategy. It’s a discussion paper that has been released by the State Government to help shape Melbourne and Victoria’s planning & development future for the next 40 years.

The draft paper is now out for public consultation and feedback. It is incredibly important that you are informed about the strategy and have the opportunity to make comment on it. With this in mind, we have arranged a free community forum for all City of Melbourne residents. Presenters from the Department of Planning and Community Development will give a one hour presentation about the planning strategy. This will then be followed by a question and answer session, where you have the opportunity to seek further information about the plan.

Date: Tuesday 19 March Time: 6pm-730pm
Venue: Yarra Room, Level 2, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street

To better manage seating arrangements, we would appreciate it if you could simply RSVP by email to .’

For more information about the Metropolitan Planning Strategy, or to download the discussion paper, visit We hope to see you at this special event. —

Regards, Michael Smolders
President Southbank Residents Group Inc Address: PO Box 1195, South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Web: Twitter: @3006ResiGroup

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