POON, Bruce

The Animal Justice Party is determined to make Melbourne a city
that cares about its animals as well as its people. We should remove
horses and carriages from city streets altogether. City traffc is no
place for animals, nor their manure. Dogs, foxes and cats should
not have to suffer short painful lives for our fashion. We can lead
on this issue by stopping the sale of fur in our city. The fnning of
sharks for food is a cruel and wasteful practice, and we can again
lead by banning these products. For the citys human residents,
the rates are too high, and can be reduced for most if we return
to calculations based on site values, not capital improved values.
This also encourages development of the unused and derelict sites
within the city. We should also proceed with progressively covering
the train yards east of Russell Street. This would create a lot more
parklands, open space and gardens for people and animals. If you
are voting to support animals

Election of Melbourne Circus Ring Master – Candidates List

clown-1-101507Nomination’s for Melbourne’s Lord Mayor, to replace Robert Doyle has now closed with 14 Candidates nominating for the Ring Master’s Head Clown.

Below is a complete list of candidates in ballot draw order.

Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor (1 vacancy)

Name Contact details
XIE, Qun Kelly Xie
Mobile: 0401 611 467
kellyxie117@gmail.com
CAPP, Sally Brendan Rowswell
Mobile: 0402 916 952
campaign@vote1sallycapp.com.au
DOWNING, Luke Luke Downing
Mobile: 0416 645 160
luke.s.downing@gmail.com
LEPPERT, Rohan Rohan Leppert
WARHAFT, Sally Sally Warhaft
vote1warhaft@gmail.com
MacDONALD, Alex Anthony Galea
Mobile: 0435 388 771
alexmacdonald3000@gmail.com
WATSON, Allan Nigel Watson
Business Hours: (03) 9347 3985
Mobile: 0425 850 909
nigelwatsonwines@gmail.com
YANG, Jennifer Robert Nyaguy
Mobile: 0413 292 348
vote@jenniferyang.com.au
SFETKIDIS, Katie Katie Sfetkidis
Mobile: 0423 844 258
k.sfetkidis@outlook.com
MORGAN, Gary Julian McCrann
Business Hours: (03) 9224 5365
Mobile: 0417 171 378
julian.mccrann@roymorgan.com
O’SUGHRUE, Nathalie Nicole Nathalie O’Sughrue
nathalie.osughrue@gmail.com
BURGE, Michael Michael Burge
Business Hours: (03) 9809 1958
After Hours: (03) 9809 1958
Mobile: 0408 038 170
actt@bigpond.com
ONG, Ken Ken Ong
ken.long@bigpond.net.au
POON, Bruce Bruce Poon
Mobile: 0400 248 226
bruce.spoon@alpvic.org.au

 

Stop the War on Cars

Call for review of Melbourne’ Bicycle Network

Community activist and Lord Mayor Candidate Anthony van der Craats (The Light on the Hill Team) has called for a review of the La Trobe Street ‘closed lane’ bicycle path and the banning of bicycles along the Yarra Promenade..

La Trobe Street and the Bicycle Network planning and its rollout has been a complete disaster with the City Council spending 10’s of millions of dollars engineering congestion.’

Council has to restore two lanes of traffic along La Trobe Street to get traffic flowing again.  To do this it either has to remove the existing bike path or remove the adjacent car parking along La Trobe Street.

Outside peak hour less than 20 bicycles use Latrobe Street per hour.

Engineering Services in Melbourne has declined significantly over the last eight years.  The Council is no longer managing traffic instead it is Engineering congestion

Mr van der Craats said that the Copenhagen closed bike lanes have not improved safety and that disabled, elderly and family computers Safety has been placed at risk as a result.

There are better alternatives that cost much less and are better for all users.  Swanston Street is a good example. The Northern end of Swanston Street has a painted line delineation that allows bicycles to travel outside the ‘car dooring zone’, it works, whilst the Southern end between Queensberry Street and Victoria Street is a commuters nightmare.

Similar problems exist with the St Kilda bike lane opposite the Art Galley.

Disabled computers visiting the Art Galley or Gardens can not park safely and as a result are being discriminated against.  For the cost of the 330 metre St Kilda Road strip the Council could have installed a safer more user friendly ‘line delineated’ bike path all the way along St Kilda Road to the Junction.

Yarra River Promenade an accident waiting to happen

Mr van der Craats has also called for bicycles to be banned from the Yarra Promenade as they are a risk to pedestrian and public safety. It is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs and the Council will be held responsible.

Six months ago the Yarra North Bank walkway was not designated a shared bike path. Now, without consultation, signs have mysteriously appeared and speeding cyclist have turned it into a cyclist speedway.

Council must review and rethink its policy. Other road users needs and consideration must be taken into account.

The Council failed to consult other users most notably Disability advocates, the RACV and motorcycle users all who have been severely impacted on by a poorly design bicycle network.  The Council only consulted bicycle users and held meetings in coffee shops. Alternative designs and solutions had not been properly considered.

It is time to STOP THE WAR ON CARS and to properly manage Melbourne’s road network.

State government to build new Docklands, North Melbourne, Albert Park, Fishermans Bend schools

MORE than 5000 new student places will be created over the coming years including four new schools in Melbourne’s inner-city.

Education Minister James Merlino this morning announced work would start immediately on acquiring a site for a new primary school in Docklands, which would cater for between 450 and 500 students.

The government will also identify sites for a primary school at North Melbourne, a primary and secondary school at Fishermans Bend, and secure a site to expand Albert Park College.

“Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities and we are making sure it remains that way by building new schools and upgrading existing schools for families in the inner city,” Mr Merlino said.

“We know that enrolment growth right across Melbourne and Victoria is just extraordinary. By 2020, we will have one million students in Victoria.

“Over the next five years we need to accommodate 90,000 additional students. We are seeing that pressure right here in the inner-city, in the growth corridors of Melbourne and in our growing regional cities.

Education Minister James Merlino. Picture: Valeriu Campan

“We are meeting this demand but there is so much more to do.”

The government has identified five sites for the Docklands primary school and is expected to purchase land within six months.

Mr Merlino did not rule out vertical schools for the sites and said public private partnerships would also be considered.

There is no set timeline on when the school will open, but Mr Merlino said he anticipated it would be about two years.

“We will move to purchase a site within six months and that will inform our budget process”’ he said.

Inner-city enrolled entry boundaries will also be changed so Docklands families can send their children to Ferrars Street Primary School and University High School.

Mr Merlino said the Andrews Government was going further than the Docklands School Provision Review and stage two of the Inner City Schools Package, released this morning.

Albert Park MP Martin Foley said: “This investment means we will meet the growth in our existing communities making access to education easier to our families.”

anthony.galloway@news.com.au

The City of Melbourne should invest in speeding up the roll out of the NBN

ALP member and candidate for the City of Melbourne today called on the City Council to invest in speeding up the roll-out of the NBN to the City’s residents and businesses.

Mr van der Craats, an IT systems analyst, said that the City’s Residents and businesses are being left behind in the information revolution and that access to high seed internet connection is paramount for Melbourne. The NBN must be accessible to all parts of the City, including South Yarra, East and North Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and Kensington.  If the Federal Government is unable to give the City priority then it is up to the City Council to step in and invest in Melbourne’s infrastructure.

http://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address/outside-rollout.html

 

 

Infrastructure Victoria’s congestion tax for Melbourne CBD is not the way to go

Source: Herald Sun

A CAR congestion tax, including inner-city suburbs as well as the CBD, is guaranteed to destroy business and shopping, turning the city into a no-go zone.

Drivers who have no alternative in crossing the city would be the victims of heavy price gouging. The taxes could range from $2 to $3 a trip, depending on how close drivers come to the CBD.

Such a regressive tax would achieve nothing except to further frustrate motorists and commercial vehicle operators. The tax would strangle the city, not open it to commerce, as people turn to outer-suburban shopping centres; much to the cost of major retailers, such as Myer and David Jones.

The Infrastructure Victoria proposal would be a disaster for a city already being strangled by Premier Daniel Andrews’s decision to tear up the contracts on the East West road-and-tunnel link that would have prevented the traffic chaos caused by cars turning off the Eastern Freeway where it meets Hoddle St.

Ironically, Infrastructure Victoria was created by the Andrews Government to “take short-term politics out of infrastructure planning’’. That hasn’t worked. He must reject what are the recommendations of his brainchild.

Instead of proposing a tax that will become an impost on business as it drives motorists away, the government must open new arteries across the city.

Not only must the abandoned East West Link be revived, the government must look towards a North East Link to connect the metropolitan freeway and tollway systems and a completed ring road around Melbourne.

The Infrastructure Victoria plan, with its key proposals over the next 30 years, suggests offloading the costs to taxpayers when there are other ways to achieve access to a metropolis of the future.

One of the reasons for a new pricing regime is the cost of future mega projects. The East West Link, which has already seen $1.2 billion of taxpayers’ money wasted on payments to contractors, has had a cascading economic effect, leaving Premier Andrews struggling to find an alternative to the second stage of the multi-billion-dollar project that would have eased congestion on the West Gate Bridge with a second Yarra River crossing.

Premier Andrews ‘has already had the best day of his troubled two years’.

A $5.5 billion proposal by CityLink operator Transurban comes at a cost of extending extend tolls on the system for at least a decade, as well as leaving the government about $2 billion short. Premier Andrews insists he has the money for this and the $10.9 billion Metro rail project running under Swanston St and the Yarra with five new stations.

The cost has been spread over future Budgets, but what the government has failed to take into account is the cost blowouts in projects of this magnitude. Construction on the Metro project starts in 2018 but does not finish until 2026.

The call for a wideranging and costly congestion tax can be seen as a recognition that money is likely to run out and motorists and commercial operators left to carry the burden.

Premier Andrews has already had the best day of his troubled two years in government with the windfall of $4.5 billion to $5 billion on the 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne.

The $6 billion that was expected to come from the Port of Melbourne lease was to be spent exclusively on the removal of the state’s 50 worst level crossings; however, the government has already admitted to a potential blowout of $1 billion.

The government has not been helped by being short-changed by the Turnbull Government under its asset recycling program. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison says the program has closed and Victoria will get only $877 million, not the $1.4 billion it should receive after Mr Andrews promised the extra money from the Port of Melbourne lease would be spent only on transport infrastructure projects.

But flagging massive regressive taxes on motorists is unacceptable and may bankrupt some city businesses and turn metropolitan Melbourne into a beleaguered fortress city.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison says the asset-recycling program has closed.

GREENS JOIN CAR WARS

CAR-hating Greens have come up with a new tactic. The Greens are speeding up their campaign against cars by slowing them down, in policies being taken to the Melbourne City Council elections.

Greens may wear suits but they are the tree huggers of old. Their war against cars, if it is to succeed, will drive business as well as cars out of the CBD. A speed limit of 30km/h and a congestion tax will destroy business, coupled with bike lanes along St Kilda Rd to the south of the city and Royal Parade to the north.

Turning cars into a niche mode of transport and the CBD into a carless precinct is the Greens’ destructive aim. The 30km/h speed limit is the latest front in their anti-car strategy and includes a congestion tax to make it financially unviable to do business in the city.

Motorists will avoid the CBD, taking their business and their custom to outer suburbs and leaving the city to pedestrians and cyclists.

Melbourne 2016 – The Light on the Hill Team

Representing Local Residents. Ratepayers and Businesses Equally – Issues include:

STOP THE WAR ON CARS

  • Review of Melbourne’s Bicycle network and improve traffic flow in the City. End Traffic Congestion by fixing LaTrobe Street and other cross city roads.
  • Safer roads for (All) users including Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, disabled and the elderly Commuter Parking.
  • Shared access to the Road Network.

Improved Pedestrian Safety, remove Bicycles from the Yarra Promenade

Better planning South Yarra, South Bank, Carlton, Parkville, East Melbourne, Docklands and the whole city. – Protecting our Heritage and Local
Amenity

Save Queen Victoria Market:

  • Trade 7 days a week.
  • Car Park under existing Car Park (Open space above) –

End the rorts and junkets

  • No free booze Bar.
  • Limited Overseas travel

Replace Lord Mayor’s Limo with an electric vehicle. Inclusive Melbourne:

Melbourne Family Friendly:

Establish a Strategy Plan to increase activities to make Melbourne more family friendly.

Governance:

Increased accountability and transparency. Reduce expenditure lower rates.

Reunite Carlton

Review of Melbourne’s external boundaries and electoral system with the aim of establishing a Greater Melbourne City Council that incorporates City of Port Philip, The former  City of Prahran and the City of Yarra with 21 Councillors (3 members x 7 wards) .

Advocacy:

MetroRail

  • improved local amenity.
  • MetroRail Stations to include local shops and services.
    Tunnel under Punt Road between the Yarra and Nepean Highway and grade separation along Hoddle Street.
  • Save the Historic Number 8 South Yarra Tram –


Email: melbcity@gmail.com

Candidate profile – Sergey Sizenko

Candidate Profile

Team: Light on the Hill
Immigrated to Australia in 1999. After a few years of working as a plasterer Sergey completed an additional legal study and was admitted to the legal practice in 2007.
Access to Justice and customer ability to control and dispute a raising costs of a legal services is my primary area of the legal practice, as the costs lawyer trading under name of Victorian Legal Cost Assessors.
Melbourne is a truly multicultural city. To be welcoming we need “Keep to the left” signs on all footpaths, and “We drive on the left-hand side in Australia”.
Safe underground pedestrian crossings are needed for Melbourne’s streets. The 21st century requires a modern and innovative attitude to solve the challenges that are presented by an increasing and vibrant population. Safety and convenience are paramount for both pedestrians and traffic.
The City has to be forward looking and nimble on its feet to maintain Melbourne’s status as the Most Liveable City in the world.
The Council must work collaboratively with developers and entrepreneurs. Large buildings must contribute to the infrastructure that helps to make our jewel safe and improve quality of life for residents and visitors.
We must look to other best case quality systems around the world, for example adopting the stricter Singaporean smoking and litter rules.
Melbourne should be for Melbournians first and for investors second. The streets should be cleaner and the buildings more presentable with readable numbers clearly marked.
City Council should not be a “rubber stamp”, but work with the innovators and all stakeholders in partnership to promote everyday real life improvements to make our city a better place. Driverless cars could be the norm within ten years. What does that mean for the City? We have to be ready and plan well now.
More schools, childcare centres, other recreational and educational institutions to the Docklands and other areas of the City. Protection of the sport facilities and parks against over-developments and without proper infrastructure in place.

 

Sergey
https://www.facebook.com/sergeycostslawyer/

Candidate Profile – Jim Ward

Candidate Profile

Team: Light on the Hill
I live in West Melbourne and have come to know and love the city, from the laneway coffee shops, to the city streets, parks and Victoria Market, which is about 150 metres from our front door.
It is a matter of great concern to me that residents’ voices should be heard. The
Council must be guided by the needs of the many, particularly those who call the city home.
The decisions made now dictate not only the present, but also the legacy we leave for future generations.
I am a survivor of the Longford Gas Explosion, and faced the torment of being blamed for the death and destruction that ensued. I learnt a lot about persistence and the
value of fighting for beliefs during the protracted battle which ultimately cleared my name.
I work in Occupational Health and Safety for a Union and have post-graduate qualifications in that area. If elected, I will fight for transparency and sensible decision-making that will shape a brighter future for the treasure that is Melbourne. My email address is jmwrd1@gmail.com.
Our team website is thelightonthehillteam.com.
Follow me or like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @lonniejim

The City of Melbourne Planning Scheme is in tatters. A fire brigade without a hose or a truck

The City of Melbourne has failed its first major test before the Victorian Civil Appeals Tribunal with the advice given to Council by officers proven to be false and the Council left dumfounded and embarrassed by not paying due and proper attention to this issue well before now

Recent Ministerial changes to the State Planing Scheme made by Matthew Guy have resulted in the City of Melbourne no longer able to control development within the city boundaries instead we have a free for all where the market is allowed to rage unchecked and out of control

The decision of VCAT to grant a planning permit for the establishment of a licenced cafe and restaurant at 157-159 Domain Road, South Yarra. – PERMIT APPLICATION NO. TP-2012-388 had demonstrated that the Council Strategic Statement is worthless.
Background

Recent amendments to the Victorian Planning Scheme have resulted in licenced premises (Taverns, Pubs Restaurants and Pokie venues) which fall under the board definition of Retail Premises, no longer requiring a planning permit for use in a Commercial 1 Zone. (CZ1).  The City of Melbourne and a host of other inner city municipalities have been caught out by the changes which have a detrimental impact on inner city residential amenity.

A commercial business premises now has an “as of right’ use to establish a night club. Tavern. Bar or licenced restaurant within a CZ1 zone without a planning permit regulating its use.

The recommendation to remove licened premises from the definition of Retail premises, if adopted and implemented. would subject all licenced premises to a proper planning process and help restore public confidence.

The City of Melbourne needs to consider a Supreme Court challenge of the ruling of the Victorian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT)

The proposed development in Domian Road undermines the terms and provisions of the Melbourne Planning Scheme

Clause 21.08, “Economic Development”. states: There is a need to support the provision of local shops to serve the residential and working communities in local centres. A proliferation of eating and entertainment uses should not undermine the character and range of services offered in these local centres.

A stated objective under the Melbourne Planning Scheme is to support the Central City and local retail uses. A related strategy is: Ensure that a proliferation of eating and entertainment establishments in local centres does not undermine the viability of their convenience retailing

The South Yarra Domain Road precinct is listed as area of stability with minimal potential for new development, and notes that residential amenity to date has been maintained and the area’s historic character and features have been preserved

The Melbourne Strategic Statement aims to ensure Domain Road shopping area maintains its role for convenience shopping, neighbourhood facilities and as a neighbourhood focus

The City of Melbourne policy framework identifies the Domain Road shopping area as one of the municipality’s local centres. Policy seeks to have this centre maintain its role for convenience shopping and as a neighbourhood focus. Policy also seeks to ensure that a proliferation of eating and entertainment establishments does not undermine the viability of the centre’s convenience retailing

A significant difficulty in implementing this strategy is the fact that the use of the land for a restaurant is no longer subject to a planning permit, given the Commercial 1 zoning of the land. Under the provisions of the previously existing Business 1 zoning, there existed the ability to specify in the Schedule land upon which a restaurant use could not be established without a permit. The Council had not nominated any land within the municipality in the Schedule. With the change of zone, the ability to include this requirement has disappeared.

As no permit is required for the use, it is difficult to understand how the strategy relating to the ‘proliferation’ of eating establishments can be implemented in a land use sense. The regulatory tools necessary to give effect to the Council’s aspirations for this centre, as expressed in this specific strategy, do not form part of the suite of controls which apply in this case.

The granting of the permit pursuant to the revised planning scheme undermines public confidence in the administration and implementation of planning with-in the City of Melbourne

Changes to the Planning Scheme required to wind back the Guy amendments

The City of Melbourne need to as a matter of urgency review the current zoning of the Domain Road, South Yarra precinct with the view of having it rezoned as a “Mixed Use” Zone in which case licenced premises and restaurants and taverns can once again be subject to proper planning controls

– The Melbourne South Yarra Group has invited the Labor Candidate or the State seat of Melbourne Neil Pharaoh to address residents concerns on planning within the City of Melbourne at its Annual General Meetings scheduled for March 2014

Engineering and Planning Disaster for the Domain

The City of Melbourne Engineering Services and Planning continue to demonstrate their incometance.

VCAT had overturned the City Council refusal to grant a planning permit to 157-159 Domain Road

Domain Road retail precinct is supposed to service tegh need of the local residential community yet it is under pressure by developers who which to push out local retail and establish restaurants. night clubs and cafes.   The proposed development on Domain Road, where the former post office and news agent were located, is for three story building with cafe on the ground floor and two restaurants, one on each floor above the cafe, The proposed developed is expected to generate demand for over 160 car parking spots

Engineering Services Manager, Geoff Robinson, recommended that car parking provisions be waived for the development, A proposal that was overturned by the elected council,  There is barley a car park free in the area as it is, let alone the ability to meet demand imposed by the new development.  Surveys undertaken by residents on a Friday night showed their was 7 car parking spots available on Birwood Avenue  some 3-400 meters from the Domain site.

How Engineering Services came up with this recommendation is anyone’s guess.  The recommendation by Engineering Services to waive car parking influenced the VCAT determination.

Questions are being asked about the integrity of the City’s Engineering Services branch.

Adding to residents s the recent changes to teh Planning Scheme that re-classified the Domain Road precinct from Business one zone to Commercial one Zone.  Under the new Zone a licenced premises does not need a planning permit for its use. 

Geoff Lawler, Director of Planning was oblivious to the impact of the changes until questions were raised by residents.   It has been proven that the changes are having a negative impact as VCAT decision granting a planning was based on the new planning zone changes undermines the objectives of the Melbourne Planning Scheme.

The only saving grace is that the project as it stands is economically not viable.  The owner hoes to attract in excess of $800,000 per year in rent. Something that is highly unlikely to see a return for any investor   There are a number of conditions on the planning permit that impact on its use most notably the above ground restaurants can only sell alcohol between 5PM and 11,30PM

The maximum noise level as measured from the center of the external court and balconies can not be allowed to exceed 3Db nor will the be allowed to serve drinks on the footpath  no restaurant or cafe could remain viable under these conditions let alone command such a high rent.  The owner will without doubt be back seeking a review and remove of these constrictions. But this time they will  not be incumbered with issues of use and planning thanks to the State Governments planning scheme revisions and the failure of the City of Melbourne to object to the reclassification of this precinct to Commercial one zone.

City should be bigger – Kennett and Proust opposed by Doyle

Calls for a Greater City of Melbourne supported by Melbourne former CEO Elizabeth Proust and Jeff Kennett yet rejected by Robert Doyle

In an article published in the Age newspaper, that skims across the issue, both Elizabeth Proust and Jeff Kennett called for Melbourne to expand

Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, desperate to hang on to his power base threatened violence by stating he would violently oppose the move.

Jeff Kennett former,Victorian Premier 1992 to 1999 who Robert Doyle as the State member for Malvern served under, would not be drawn into outlining boundaries said the City of Melbourne should be bigger.

Jeff Kennett was responsible for the reduction in the size of the City of Melbourne back in 1993 when the City lost a sizable part of its former boundaries to the North.  Mergers of other inner city coucnils took place leaving Melbourne a small shell of what it should be.

Prior to winning office Jeff Kennett opportunistically opposed moves by Labor’s Cain Government to merge Local Councils, only to embark on such a reform soon after taking office

There have been many pushes and recommendations for a Greater Melbourne which would put the City on par with cities such as London and Brisbane.

 
Melbourne should as a minimum take in the City of Port Philip and the former City of Prahran to the South of the Yarra with the possibility of including the City of Yarra to the North East.

Robert Doyle lives in the neigbouring City of Port Phillip and served as the Member of Malvern before losing the leadership of the State Parliamentary Liberal Party to Denis Napthine. He later resigned from State Parliament and stood for the City of Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Office in 2008 and again in 2012.  He has served since in a lack luster sugar coated local government position milking his status as Lord Mayor of the Borough of Melbourne socializing with the likes of Boris Johnston Mayor of the Greater City of London. Doyle, who campaigned on a short lived “No Junkets” policy is desperate to cling on to the perks of office, International travel and the Lord Mayors Limousine .

Call to slash Melbourne’s ‘inefficient’ councils

 Source The Age

Melbourne must slash its local councils from 31 to just one if it is to plan services and large-scale infrastructure effectively, a former CEO of the City of Melbourne and aide to premier Jeff Kennett says.

And Australia should cut its levels of government to just two – national and regional – rather than the current three tiers.

”Our federation and the sheer number and layers of organisations that involve themselves in decision making … slows us down,” said Elizabeth Proust delivering the Planning Institute’s annual Kemsley Oration, the industry’s key annual address, late last year.

Mr Kennett on Thursday did not support Ms Proust’s call for one Melbourne council, but backed a dramatic expansion of Melbourne City Council’s boundaries.

”I think it would be a natural reform for the future,” Mr Kennett said, although he said he ”would not stipulate … how many neighbouring councils [Melbourne] should absorb”. He said council amalgamations by his government in 1994 were ”the right thing to do”, and it would be worth reviewing the numbers of councils.

But Ms Proust said the amalgamations ”did not go far enough” as too many councils were ”too small to be effective or efficient”.

Ms Proust was chief executive of the City of Melbourne from 1990 to 1995, and then secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

During the tumultuous Kennett era, councils in Victoria were slashed from 210 to 79. ”That number is still too large,” she said. ”As is the number of 31 councils which cover Melbourne” because Melbourne’s size and scale demand city-wide vision and governance.

Melbourne will grow from 4.25 million people to 6.5 million by 2050, according to the Napthine government strategy.

Jude Munro, a former CEO of the Brisbane City Council, backed Ms Proust’s call. Brisbane is the country’s largest council, covering more than 1.1 million residents and running the city’s buses, ferries and its water infrastructure.

Ms Munro headed Moreland Council and the old St Kilda Council in Melbourne in the 1990s. She said creating a greater Melbourne council made sense, but said the mayor would become ”a real competitor to the Premier of Victoria”.

Lord mayor Robert Doyle said he would be ”violently opposed” to one greater Melbourne council, with the city’s CBD model working well. ”It works for Brisbane, but I don’t think it would work for a Sydney or Melbourne,” he said. ”You lose a bit if you try and be all things to all people.’

The Planning Institute’s Victorian president, Brett Davis, also cautioned that a merger of more councils was simplistic and might not address the city’s real governance challenges.