Community Plan 2017

Flemington Association Community Plan 2017

  • Vision

Flemington Association works to care for and enhance the special character and amenity of Flemington for the benefit of all residents.

 

  • Values

The Association is committed to:

  • building community
  • protecting and enhancing Flemington’s liveability
  • conserving Flemington’s past and contributing to its future

The Association is a not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by resident volunteers and not affiliated to any political party.

 

  • Introduction

3.1 What is a community plan?

Community plans are resident-based planning documents centred on a locality and focused on actions and projects that the community itself can achieve, albeit often in partnership with others.

Plans look at both social and physical issues and they consider objectives that are short term (1–2 years), medium term (3-4 years) and longer term.

3.2 Why have a community plan?

The Flemington Association Community Plan will determine the Association’s broader priorities, provide a strategic framework for future projects and identify opportunities for developing strategic partnerships with local and state governments and other community organisations. It will also provide support for funding applications.

3.3 Scope of the Plan

Flemington is prized as a vibrant, multicultural inner city precinct with a rich heritage. The term ‘Flemington’ refers to the wider area of interest described below, regardless of other boundaries.

 

Geographically, the Plan includes Flemington, Newmarket, Travancore and the northern part of Kensington where residents use Racecourse Road as their local village and share community assets.

 

 

  • Priorities

Five areas have been identified:

  1. Be a strong voice for residents
  2. Protect our built form
  3. Value cultural heritage and build community
  4. Address traffic and safety issues
  5. Encourage a greener Flemington
  • Be a strong voice for residents

Objectives:

  • Ensure our online presence becomes a really useful conduit of information for the community
  • Respond effectively to residents’ issues

 

Priority actions:

Short term:

  • Update and upgrade our online facilities and include links to other useful websites
  • Work to increase membership

Medium term:

  • Build a closer working relationship with local traders

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Continue to:

  • Survey residents on local issues
  • Meet regularly with local and state government representatives
  • Place representatives on as many relevant committees as possible
  • Organise speakers at general meetings in response to community issues
  • Organise forums for residents to meet election candidates
  • Contribute articles to local newspapers

 

  • Protect our built form

Objectives:

  • Celebrate our diverse range of historic buildings
  • Work to have the liveability of our area retained and improved
  • Campaign to have the area’s growth managed to retain neighbourhood character

Priority actions:

Short term:

  • Identify places where high density development can be supported in return for protecting lower scale areas
  • Advocate for the Flemington Estate to be redeveloped as a mixed ownership community with a mixture of low, medium and high-rise buildings

Medium term:

  • Advocate for the installation of interpretive signage/artworks to assist the exploration of our heritage assets
  • Advocate for detailed guidelines to be prepared for key development sites
  • Identify 19th and 20th century assets not yet protected and advocate for appropriate recognition and protection
  • Campaign to have the Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent shopping centre facades and verandahs restored

 

Long term:

  • Explore the possibility of developing a ‘Flemington Style’

 

Continue to:

  • Record and promote Flemington’s heritage
  • Focus on heritage projects such as the upgrading of our website, public presentations and walking tours
  • Prepare written and oral submissions opposing plans for inappropriate development

 

  • Value cultural heritage and build community

Objectives:

  • Recognise and celebrate our history and cultural diversity
  • Seek more opportunities for the community to meet and interact

Priority actions:

Short term:

  • Work with MVCC and traders to activate plans to upgrade the Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent shopping areas
  • Advocate for more public artwork to be incorporated into civic works

 

Medium term:

  • Advocate for Flemington Racecourse to offer more opportunities for local recreation
  • Investigate building ceremonial gateways on Racecourse Road to link the local area to Flemington Racecourse and provide a low warning for trucks
  • Encourage the establishment of a local music festival

 

Continue to:

  • Collect and disseminate stories about our past and present culture
  • Contribute to MVCC’s annual Pin Oak Crescent event
  • Promote activities such as arts and crafts groups, theatre and dance events, street parties, community festivals, sporting activities and local markets

 

 

  • Address traffic and safety issues

Objectives:

  • Ensure traffic ‘black spots’ are identified and remedied
  • Seek to minimise possible impacts from major road projects
  • Campaign for a safe neighbourhood

Priority actions:

Short term:

  • Identify and map traffic ‘black spots’ or stress points and advocate for improvements
  • Work with appropriate local groups to create a safer neighbourhood
  • Provide helpful information about home safety on our website

Medium term:

  • Argue against the excessive use of traffic signage
  • Advocate for the use of new technologies to avoid visual pollution
  • Promote ways to minimise traffic problems, such as car or bike share systems

Long term:

  • Campaign for good urban planning to enhance people’s lives and help reduce crime
  • Advocate for the use of new technologies to avoid visual pollution and information overload for drivers

 

Continue to:

  • Convey residents’ concerns about local traffic and parking to the relevant authorities

 

  • Encourage a greener Flemington

Objectives:

  • Promote and seek improvement of our open spaces
  • Campaign for Moonee Ponds Creek to be significantly upgraded
  • Monitor street tree health
  • Promote ecologically sustainable development
  • Contribute to the community’s preparation for climate change

 

Priority actions:

Short term:

  • Work with other groups to ensure Moonee Ponds Creek is restored and enhanced
  • Advocate for more local signage to direct people to walking and riding trails
  • Keep a watching brief on the health of local street and park trees
  • Use our online facilities to expedite reporting of damage to green assets to MVCC

 

Medium term:

  • Campaign for aerial bundled cables or underground power to protect trees from over-pruning and long-term decline
  • Inform residents about ways to address the current and future impacts of climate change

 

Long term:

  • Campaign for more open space in Flemington, including the creation of mini-parks
  • Promote environmentally sensitive design techniques such as green walls and roofs, roof top gardens, solar heating and cooling, water sensitive urban design, mixed use developments and alternatives to car ownership

 

Continue to:

  • Maintain Newmarket Station garden and support the Green Ninjas
  • Make written and oral submissions in response to plans for parks and open spaces
  • Promote appropriate planting and water sensitive urban design for parks and streets

 

 

Flemington Association greatly values contributions from members of the community. Any feedback on our Community Plan will be welcomed at info@flemingtonassociation.org.au.