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Update from eVillage Melbourne about the Future Melbourne project

Posted in Events, Policies, Research, Seeking, Visions by Ferne Edwards on April 21st, 2008

Find below the latest newsletter from eVillage Melbourne. To see more details visit the website at

Hello to all eVillage Melbourne members,

Future Melbourne draft plan
The final stages of the Future Melbourne project are fast approaching, as the City of Melbourne puts the finishing touches to the Future Melbourne draft plan. This document will reflect the contributions of eVillage members and the wider Melbourne community. And these contributions will become even more evident shortly, with the official opening of the Future Melbourne draft plan wiki.

From Saturday, 17 May to Saturday, 14 June, you will be able to log into, read and edit the Future Melbourne draft plan wiki via This is an exciting development for the City of Melbourne and the Future Melbourne project and were sure youll enjoy this final opportunity to help shape Melbournes future.

Archived options and talking points
The Future Melbournes ‘Considering the options phase is now over, and the project is moving into final phases. We have archived all options-related posts, so you can still see and read what was said but you wont be able to reply to any posts. As all discussion and ideas under each ‘talking point have now been absorbed into comprehensive goals and directions within the Future Melbourne draft plan, the talking points have now served their purpose and will be ‘retired.

Key themes for discussion and action
Out of all the discussion about the future of Melbourne on the eVillage, 17 issues and themes have emerged as the most important and pressing for our members. Here are some of these.
– Spending on major events brings people to our doorstep. These people come back, and they are ambassadors for our city when they go home.
– Melbourne should continue to develop its standing as an education-focused and design-oriented city.
– Melbourne should place a far greater emphasis on green spaces and appropriate development.
– Violence on the streets must be reduced, and better liquor licensing laws are needed to help manage the problem.
– Businesses and residents have competing interests.
– The city needs to shift its transport planning from motor traffic to bicycles and feet.
– The city should develop programs that better integrate its constituents into ‘one community (business, residents, students, employees and so on.)

You can view and comment on these and more at Discussion HQ.

Thank you for your continuing contributions and interest, your efforts are making a difference to the future of our city.
The eVillage Melbourne Team.

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