2019 has been a year of experimentation for the DRG – the Docklands Representative Group – where different formats and venues have been trialed.
March 2019 saw the DRG host a community debate “that the tram bridge will impact on livability”. This session featured Yarra’s Edge local Keith Sutherland, a neighbour from across the Yarra River, Trisha Avery and Public Transport Expert from Monash University, Professor Graham Currie. While this issue elicits very strong emotions, this session provided an opportunity neighbour to speak to neighbour, with the benefit of an expert to inform what is really feasible – thank you Professor Currie!. With over 70 locals attending, this was a great christening of Yarra’s Edge Neighbourhood Space, a new community facility located at 100 Lorimer Street.
June saw a return to more traditional format at the Performance Space at Library at The Dock. The theme for this forum was “SHARING OUR VISION OF DOCKLANDS: Building Place” and featured sessions about projects that will shape the nature of Docklands.
In September, the DRG took a hands-on role in supporting the launch of a new Docklands community group – Love Our Street Docklands (LOS3008). Along with Rotary Docklands and Neighbourhood House, over fifty fellow Docklanders came together to show that they cared about their neighbourhood. All were shocked at the amount of cigarette litter polluting their streets and this led the DRG to endorse the aim of a “butt-free Docklands”.
The final event for 2019 was different again. In conjunction with the City of Melbourne and other community groups, a XMAS gathering was held at Library at the Dock. Open to all Docklanders – residents, workers and their children – this was an event for all the community to come together to enjoy a BBQ with Santa and XMAS helpers!
As for 2020, already there are many significant changes in the pipeline for Docklands – including the release of the long awaited Marvel Stadium Plan, Harbour Esplanade Redevelopment Master-plan and activities around the West Gate Tunnel.
The DRG is already in planning for ways to best involve the community around these and other issues of importance to Docklands.