Forum 3000 – Festive Season Celebrations

Residents 3000 are pleased to invite you to our next Forum 3000, which will be held at the Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place (off Russell Street) on Thursday, 7 December 2023, at 6:00pm.

We’re looking forward to celebrating the end of the year with our community of members, friends, guests, sponsors, and supporters including local traders and businesses.

Being our final event and to wrap up the year, there will be special celebrations, including surprises and gifts for our members and friends. And there will be time to mingle with neighbours, especially after the presentation, when finger food is served, and drinks are available from the Kelvin Club bar.

Our special guest speakers will be Gina Donazzan, Kim Davey, Suzie Inglis, Will Caldwell, and their colleagues from bespoke residential property firm, Donazzan Boutique Property.

Their presentation will provide updates on property market sentiment, trends in apartment sales from buyer and vendor perspectives, and updates on the apartment rental market.

The details of the event are:

Thursday, 7 December 2023

6:00pm for 6:30pm start

Kelvin Club, 14-20 Melbourne Place (off Russell Street), Melbourne 3000

The registration table opens at 6:00pm, the guest presentations start at 6:30pm.
Finger food will be served at the event. Drinks available from the Kelvin Club bar. 

The event is free for current members, new members, regular event attendees, guests, and supporters. All are welcome for our end of year celebrations.

We would like to thank our local traders and businesses who are so kindly contributing to this event:

Windsor Hotel
Becco Restaurant
Vince and Dom Hairdressing
Mitty’s Newsagency
Creelman’s Pharmacy
Brunetti Oro
Hofbräuhaus Melbourne
With Gusto Regional Store
Royal Stacks
Donazzan Boutique Property
Fawkner May
CBD Facility Management
The Kelvin Club

Support for this event has been provided by our wonderful local traders and businesses, along with funding contributed by the City Precinct Micro Adventures Program.

We wish to thank our business sponsors for their support of our association this year:

Donazzan 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

The Residents 3000 Christmas Party is affiliated with the City Precinct Micro Adventures which is supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund – a $200 million partnership of the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.


Renew your annual membership or join …

Join Residents 3000 and get to know other people who live in the city.  We connect people to build a community of residents and friends. After each event, 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” of postcode 3000.

Membership of $30 per person is for the financial year and will cover through to the end of June next year. There is no joining fee, only an annual membership subscription fee.

You can pay your annual membership fee via our payments page (card or bank transfer) or at the meeting (card or cash). Other benefits and details are provided on our membership page.

CBD Injecting Room

We are humans, we don’t minimise harm by creating harm to others

August 23rd, 2023 – Rafael Camillo

Communities are living organisms that are interconnected and where wellbeing must be considered holistically for successful outcomes. Nowhere is this more evident than in the heart of the city where everything has a greater intensity, vibrancy, and dynamism.

The Bourke Hill Precinct Association has asked the Residents 3000 group to share its petition, please feel free to have your say.  Sign the petition at

The Salvos are in the mix for a CBD injecting room as Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, says government delays “highly damaging

July 26th, 2023 – CBD News

Lord Mayor Sally Capp AO says “ongoing conjecture” about where a safe injecting facility will be located in the CBD was taking a toll, as locals surrounding the Salvation Army headquarters speak out against a “ludicrous” proposal.

To support the Bourke Hill Association’s campaign against a safe injecting facility at the Salvation Army building on Bourke Street, you can add your name to the petition at

Follow-up of Owners Corporations and Building & Facilities Management …

Thank you to our November Forum 3000 guest speakers for an informative evening.

There was no shortage of interesting questions from the floor for the speakers, on how to deal with problematic issues which can arise, not only to do with owners corporation management, and facilities and building management, but also difficult or distressing issues with some committees.

Our guest speakers:

John Dall’Amico (principal of CBD Facility Management) provided a comprehensive overview and some interesting information of his team’s thorough and progressive staged process of the first 100 days of taking over the provision of building and facility management for a building in order to uncover, rectify, and manage building compliance, safety, and security issues, amongst many other requirements to capably maintain an apartment building. John was accompanied by members of his competent team.

Rick Deering (owner and director of Fawkner May) spoke about his experiences as owners corporation manager, especially when first taking over the owners corporation management of a building, quite often in a distressed state when more attention is needed to bring the owners corporation into compliance.

Anton Block (Principal Lawyer at KCL Law) provided information on new laws in relation to contract terms and information on terminating owners corporation managers, and the state of VCAT hearing procedures and delays since the pandemic.

Follow-up of Health & Wellbeing in the CBD …

An informative and enjoyable evening was experienced by attendees of the October Forum 3000 event on Health & Wellbeing in the CBD, according to the positive feedback received.

Olivia Ng, Community Wellbeing, co-ordinator of the Ageing and Inclusion Team; and Rei Chin, Neighbourhood Partner CBD, Community Development, City of Melbourne, informed attendees of council’s current projects and many available avenues to remain active and engaged with others in the community.

Dr Hugh Leslie, a GP at CBD Doctors Melbourne, then provided a presentation with valuable statistics and interesting information to the group with the aim of getting CBD dwellers to consider improving or changing their habits and exercise regimes to more likely lead to not only an improved lifespan, but also, healthspan – by attempting to prevent or delay the main diseases of aging.

This was followed by Nick Nicolaidis, centre leader and physiotherapist, Kieser Collins Street, who delivered a practical presentation with sometimes confronting information, statistics, and case studies which showed the benefits of physical activity, not only aerobic, but also weight bearing, to improved long-term health outcomes.

Thank you to the guest speakers whose presentations were complimentary to each other, with the same message overall which supports a healthy and active lifestyle into older age and retirement. And thank you also to all our members, guests, and friends who attended and participated, and for their interesting questions at the event.

Follow-up of Annual General Meeting 2023 with Lord Mayor, Sally Capp AO

Susan Saunders  |  20 September 2023

Where do you find people gathering to enjoy an AGM? 

Thursday, August 31 saw Melbourne’s Residents 3000 hold their AGM at the Kelvin Club on Melbourne Place – an AGM featuring the Lord Mayor, Sally Capp; singer “Piano Man” Alfredo Malabello, and 76 members and supporters.

The Lord Mayor opened with an update on the state of the city, followed by the formal AGM with appointment of a new 14-strong committee and office bearers. Rafael Camillo who was re-appointed as president gave a detailed and informative recap on activities over the past 12 months.  

The formal proceedings were followed with light refreshments, animated discussions among the attendees, and our piano man, Alfredo playing and singing popular songs. It was such a lively affair the people were seen a hoppin’ and boppin’ about to the music. Alfredo let us know that he and colleagues are shortly to open a piano bar at the top of Bourke St in a month or two. It seems that it will be a popular spot to go!

What did Sally say?

What follows are the top priority items being focused on at Town Hall:

  • Greenline Project – aiming to beautify the north bank of the Yarra River. Residents’ participation in the landscaping is well advanced.
  • Revitalising the iconic Queen Victoria Market is progressing well. After COVID, people are returning. Seven million visitors last financial year, up 35 per cent from the same time last year. The Munro precinct is taking on more tenants and the new Food Hall is close to opening.
  • The council is continually addressing the homelessness problem with support for the 50-studio apartment development “Make Room” project at 620 Little Bourke St.
  • The short-stay problem is being addressed. Can the idea be adequately regulated? Can vacant apartments be effectively utilised when affordable accommodation is in such short supply? Feedback from the community is 50-50 towards this idea.
  • The city economy is improving. More workers, tourist and locals filling the streets.  Traders still report that Mondays and Fridays are a bit light on but all in all, the vibrancy of the city is improving.
  • The city is progressing with its Future Streets project. This is an ambitious project with a planning horizon to 2050. It is important to have vision and to keep the changing demands of the modern city in mind. Residents are involved in this process through the council’s Participate Melbourne website.  
  • Safety in the City. There are still problem areas. Flinders and Elizabeth streets, Queen Victoria Market – Franklin St continue to be challenging. Safety is a constant struggle for the council – a problem faced by all big cities. Residents can assist by communicating to relevant authorities and being vigilant.
  • Safe Injecting Room. This is a topic of great concern for residents. The lack of state government decision-making on this matter and the ideas being put forward are concerning. As one resident commented on the night, “Why is this service not part of a hospital complex? Why put the service in the middle of the CBD at all?”

There was a short question time. Topics raised with the Lord Mayor included:

  • Injecting Room proposal
  • How to force developers to be responsible for removing graffiti from their hoardings.
  • Late night libraries need to be reinstated now that students are back in the city.
  • Noisy compactors situated in poorly chosen locations need a solution.

President Rafael’s report

The president’s report was circulated to all members prior to the meeting, posted on the website and read with further explanations at the meeting.  The report records how Residents 3000 continued to “connect, support and inform” members during the year with a variety of topics, programs and presentations from interesting people. Rafael confirmed that the organisation remains committed to advocating issues that matter most to members and supporters with the aim of contributing to residents’ wellbeing and quality of life in the CBD.