Forum 3000 – Management of City Disruptions

Residents 3000 are pleased to invite you to our sixth Forum 3000 of the year, which will be held at the Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place (off Russell Street) on Thursday, 4 July 2024, from 6:00pm.

Come and join us to hear how city disruptions, which can range from making living in the city a sometimes interesting experience to causing us to feel our lives are being upended, are managed in the public perception and behind in the scenes.

There are many demands on the city as new transport infrastructure is being constructed, new developments are being built and existing utilities are upgraded and maintained, and significant protests are also occurring with increasing frequency.

Our guest speakers from City of Melbourne Safety, Security and Amenity Team, Victoria Police Melbourne East Command, and Members of Parliament (to be advised) will provide insights into the management of city disruptions and how they are working to deal with and reduce the impacts (including additional costs) of the widespread disruptions affecting the peaceful enjoyment of residents, workers, visitors, and tourists in the city.

The details of the event are:

Thursday, 4 July 2024

6:00pm for 6:30pm start

Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place (off Russell Street), Melbourne 3000

Registration opens from 6:00pm; and guest presentations start at 6:30pm sharp.
Drinks are available from The Kelvin Club bar; with finger food served afterwards.

The event is free for our current members.

Please note, annual membership renewals fall due this month, and if you haven’t already recently renewed, you’re welcome to renew at $30 per person, per year. Non-members or non-renewing members will be asked to contribute $5 towards event costs. New memberships are welcome at $30 per person, per year.

Annual membership fees are $30 per person, per year, and will cover to the end of June next year.

Neighbourhood Survey 2024

A summary of feedback from the Neighbourhood Survey for the CBD is as follows:

•  People experiencing homelessness was the leading issue for the CBD, with many respondents highlighting cost of living and housing affordability as contributing factors. Immense concern was expressed for the safety of both the people experiencing homelessness and the effect this has on perceptions of the CBD.

“My top priority is assisting homelessness to help get people off the streets. Apart from the wellbeing of the homeless people themselves it currently makes a big difference to how the city feels and the experience coming here as a visitor. Currently it feels unsafe at times because of homeless people on the street. I’ve seen some scary behaviours.”

•  Crime and safety were key concerns for CBD resident respondents, many of whom felt that instances of violence had increased and that the area was unsafe at night.

“Safety is paramount for all locals and visitors.”

•  Lack of safety in the CBD was said to be bolstered by insufficient cleanliness, and maintenance of public spaces and amenities, with commenters calling attention to bad smells, excessive rubbish, and graffiti.

•  There is strong appreciation for existing greening and open space surrounding the CBD and an aspiration to increase green spaces within the CBD and that is of importance but other pain points are more front of mind.

•  Improving the ease of moving within and through the CBD was identified as a key priority. People highlighted a need for better coordination of road works, planning and regulations for safer sharing of roads and fewer public transport service disruptions.

Renew your annual membership or join …

Please note, our annual membership fees fall due in July, and if you haven’t already renewed, you’re welcome to renew at $30 per person, per year. New memberships are welcome at $30 per person, per year, there is no joining fee, and will cover through to the end of June next year.

You can pay your annual membership fee via our membership page (card or bank transfer) or at an event (card or cash).

Join Residents 3000 and get to know other people who live in the city.  After each of our events, we provide light refreshments and opportunities for chats and discussion. Please consider joining, if you live in the city, and would like to become involved in our “big village” community in postcode 3000.

Non-members or non-renewing members who attend our events will be asked to contribute $5 towards costs

Friends of the Queen Victoria Market Inc.

We need your help, and ask that you please sign and share the petition to Save Queen Victoria Market.

The Renewal Plans for Queen Victoria Market (QVM) threaten its viability as our traditional, low cost, fresh food and general merchandise market.

We are calling on the City of Melbourne to ensure that its Renewal Plans protect and prioritise Queen Victoria Market’s viability as Melbourne’s traditional, fresh food and general merchandise market, and to genuinely listen to and act on the community’s concerns.

Queen Victoria Market is a National Heritage-listed, working public market of unique social and cultural significance for the people of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia, and more broadly to our international visitors.

The current Renewal Plans for Queen Victoria Market are changing our Market into an entertainment / hospitality precinct. The Market will no longer have the authenticity and integrity of a genuine, historic market which will result in higher prices and significant heritage loss for the community and Australia.

To sign the petition, please visit

Facebook: FriendsofQueenVictoriaMarket

Thank you for your continued support, don’t forget to share!

Follow-up of Community Showcase …

Thank you to all who participated in our Community Showcase. We would particularly like to thank the local groups and organisations who were invited to present and so kindly contributed to this event:

City Precinct Traders Association
DAM Busters BCS Dragon Boat Club
Friends of Queen Victoria Market
Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Inner Melbourne Life Activity Club
Laneway Learning
Melbourne Athenaeum Library
Melbourne Ladies Committee
Melbourne Men’s Shed
Melbourne Sunrise Probus & Melbourne Bearbrass Probus
Rotary Central Melbourne & Rotary Melbourne
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
State Library Victoria
U3A Melbourne City

City of Melbourne
    Volunteering Programme
     •  Visitor Services & Premier Events
     •  Gardens for Wildlife
    City Library & narrm ngarrgu Library
     •  Book Clubs
     •  English Conversation Club
     •  English Learners’ Book Club
    Healthy Ageing & Inclusion
     •  City Baths & Group Fitness
     •  Active Melbourne Directory
     •  Out & About Activity Guide
     •  Wellbeing & Connection Map

We wish to thank our business sponsors for their support of our association and the local resident community:

Melbourne Boutique Property
Fawkner May
Kieser Collins Street
CBD Facility Management

We also wish to thank the organisations who assist in supporting our activities throughout the year:

The Kelvin Club
CBD News
City of Melbourne
Victoria Police
City Precinct



Follow-up of Waste & Recycling update …

Thank you to our guests from the City of Melbourne who provided an update on the latest waste and recycling, resource recovery, and sustainability initiatives:

  • Vince Macolino, Acting Director Waste and Recycling
  • Jordi McInerney, Manager Strategic Projects and Circular Economy
  • Steven Pilinis, Acting Manager Clean City
  • Catherine Ng, Manager Commercial Waste and Recycling Services
  • Kevin Schwieker, Manager Residential Waste and Recycling Services

Follow-up of Alison Leighton, CEO of the City of Melbourne …

Thanks to our speakers and for everyone who attended. Once again it was a great success with always interesting topics.

Our guest speaker was Alison Leighton, Chief Executive Officer of the City of Melbourne.

This was our first presentation from Alison Leighton since her appointment as CEO, having responsibility for the Executive Leadership Team and assisting in the overall leadership and governance of the City of Melbourne.

Our additional speakers were:

  • Rei Chin, Neighbourhood Partner – CBD, Community Development, City of Melbourne
  • Arthur Makridis, Leading Senior Constable, Neighbourhood Policing Co-Ordinator, Melbourne East, Victoria Police
  • Dale Huntington, Inspector, Melbourne East Local Area Commander, North West Metro Region, Victoria Police

Follow-up of Metro Tunnel Project update …

With train testing now underway, our first Forum 3000 of the year was another exciting installment in this underground breaking story which has been unfolding over the past seven years, as we near our final destination to opening of Town Hall Station and State Library Station within the CBD, next year in 2025.

We thank the presenters from the Metro Tunnel Project team, as they continued with the latest installment of this captivating underground excavation and construction journey and the project nears completion.

For slides from their presentation, follow this link:

For the latest details about the Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program, follow this link:

Our guest presenters were:

  • Blythe Chidgey – Town Hall Station Communications Manager (Cross Yarra Partnership)
  • Melinda Kelly – State Library Station Communications Manager (Cross Yarra Partnership)
  • Barry McGuren – Manager, Landowner and Business Support Services (Rail Projects Victoria)