Listening Posts – YOUR chance to let Council know YOUR concerns

Councillors and Council staff will be at a listening post at the The Glen on Thursday 31 July, 3.30 pm – 6.30 pm.  This is YOUR chance to talk to them about issues that concern you.  Don’t leave it till after decisions have been made to have your say.

Cr Rob Davies with EM&U supporters at the Listening Post at Mulgrave Market
Cr Rob Davies with EM&U supporters at the Listening Post at Mulgrave Market

Further Listening Posts will be held:

 Saturday 2 August, 10.30 – 12.30 am
Holmesglen Reserve Ashwood

Saturday 23 August, 10.30am  – 12.30pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

Once you have attended a listening post let us know what issues you raised and what response you got.  Click on the ‘leave a comment’ button above to do this.

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One year on…what do YOU still need to do?

One year ago…

9 July 2013: residents and relatives of residents at Monash Council’s aged care facilities received letters announcing the Council is proposing to sell the aged care facilities

16 July 2013: notice of intention to sell land advertised

23 July 2013: Council calls for Expressions of Interest in purchasing aged care facilities

Public gallery overflow September 2013
Public gallery overflow September 2013

Do you know who said this?

“Hold on a second, how can you claim you’re consulting with us and you have the community consultation forums booked in the next couple of weeks yet you’re out to tender based on these concept plans? … What sort of a sham process is this?”  Waverley Leader 22 July 2014

 

This quote is NOT one of the aged care campaigners, though it well could have been! It is Mayor Cr Geoff Lake. Just one year after the Council employed a totally sham process to sell aged care they are complaining about the same process being used by the Department of Transport in the Clayton Railway Station project.

EM&U invite active campaigners from last to continue working towards better governance in Monash Council. Our gains were good but likely to disappear unless we keep working towards our goals. Small concessions are fine but we are working toward major goals e.g. more community friendly and open Public Question Time, community involvement before the developers and planners are called in – and not only on small, easy programs but on the tough projects such as budgets and high rise building development.

Agree?

Then please join us in the gallery at the Monash Council on Tuesday 29 July 7.30 pm. The agenda is online at: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/reports/29jul2014.htm. On the agenda are: Family Day Care, Review of the Monash Planning Scheme, Nature Strip guidelines, Euneva car park and more.

There are plenty of questions to ask about this agenda and only one question allowed per person!  A reminder to email, fax, deliver your questions to Council by 12 noon on Monday 28 July.
If you are unsure or need help please email EMonashU@gmail.com

 

On top of Euneva...
On top of Euneva…

 

Women photographed at pool?

An EM&U supporter forwarded us this copy of her letter to Monash Council:

On July 8th 2014 The Monash Leader reported the Monash Council had spent $69,000 in 2011 on a privacy curtain at the Clayton Pool. The curtain enabled women only pool sessions, a wonderful effort in recognizing and addressing women’s needs, not just cultural needs within our community.
Whilst people may feel this is a terrible waste of money, I for one would like to see changes made to meet women’s needs at other Monash pools.
During the week of July 14th women attending a group water exercise class at the Monash Pool in Waverley Road asked the life guards to speak with two male individuals who were sitting on pool deck with their mobile phones pointed at the women.
The life guards told the women that the pool had removed signs stating mobile phones are not to be used on pool deck as “this rule is too difficult to enforce”.
Having signs prohibiting mobile phones around the pool, and staff educated in ensuring offenders are removed would be significantly cheaper than a $69,000 privacy curtain, but would still result in women being comfortable to join in these exercise classes.
Council, please make some changes to allow women to swim in comfort at ALL Monash pools instead of women having to resort to the only pool in Monash with a privacy curtain.
EM&U Supporter (name and contact details supplied)

Has your privacy been invaded at the pool or in other community areas?  How would you like privacy to be improved at our pools? Please click on “leave a comment” above and to let us know what you think about women’s privacy.

MONASH COUNCIL – Listening posts or Sticky posts?

‘Sign in the Garden’ post image courtesy of artur84/FreeDigitalPhotos.net ‘Very busy man’ sticky notes image courtesy of jesadaphorn/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey 2014 revealed that Monash Council needed to improve in community Consultation & Engagement and Communication. Due to this, the council has decided to hold ‘listening posts’ in different areas for the community to have an opportunity to raise issues or provide feedback. For those of you who do not know what ‘listening posts’ are, it means Council staff members will attend different areas where the community will be able to approach them and raise any concerns they have.

There will be a ‘listening post’ on Sunday 20 July 8am – 1pm at Mulgrave Farmers Market. This is your chance to inform the Councillors or council staff members of any concerns you have. Don’t forget to bring your ‘sticky notes’!

Other Listening Posts will be held:

Thursday 31 July, 3.30 – 6.30 pm
The Glen level 2

Saturday 2 August, 10.30 – 12.30 am
Holmesglen Reserve Ashwood

Saturday 23 August, 10.30am  – 12.30pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

Wear your EM&U name badge to the Listening Posts to help spread the news about our group.  If you do not have one email EMonashU@gmail.com.

If you really want them to listen you can try this!

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigtialPhotos.net
               Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigtialPhotos.net

Do you think it will be ‘listening posts’ or ‘sticky posts’?  Come along and see for yourself!

 

Look What They’ve Done to My Rates, Ma!

The 2014-15 City of Monash budget was passed by Council at the June 24 ordinary meeting and, as proposed in the draft budget, Council’s rates intake increased by 6% compared to 2013-14. Looking at page 61 of the draft budget (adopted on 24 June), one could start to become a little confused, therefore, to read that the average residential rates bill will increase by 7% rather than 6% and that if you live in Glen Waverley your bill could increase by an average of 9% (or 1.5 times the widely publicised figure).

Interestingly, although Council has made a deliberate choice to increase the total rates revenue by 6% year-on-year compared to 2013-14, the actual rates charge per dollar of Capital Improved Value for each property has fallen from 0.20051 cents to 0.19448 (a drop of 3%). So why, then, do some residents in the Glen Waverley ward expect a residential rate rise of around 11%, Mt Waverley ward about 8%, Mulgrave 7% and Oakleigh 5%?

It all has to do with a revaluation of property across the City of Monash. Rates are levied as a charge against the Capital Improved Value (crudely the value of the land and its buildings – you’d hope to get a bit more than CIV at auction!). And the “General Rate” (the 0.20051 cents per dollar charged) is calculated by dividing the sum of the CIVs of all assessed rateable properties by the number of dollars Council has decided to collect in rates.

Will these properties have a 6% rate increase?
Will these properties have a 6% rate increase?

Council is required by law (The Valuation of Land (Amendment) Act 1998, Section 4) to revalue properties every two years. As the value of one property goes up and another goes down, so too does the rate bill levied against those properties go up and down in such a manner that council still collects the planned total rates income.

Simplistically, in 2013-14, Council planned to collect $93 186 123 at a rate of 0.0020051 which valued all properties in Monash at approximately $46.5Billion. In 2014-15, with a target collect of $99 802 292 at a rate of 0.0019448, property values across the city have risen to about $51.3Billion. (The actual numbers vary slightly from those shown because there are some properties (e.g., some sports grounds) where rates are a flat charge rather than a calculated percentage of CIV.)

What will the rate increases mean for these properties?
What will the rate increases mean for these properties in the same street as the houses pictured above?

The question everybody wants answered is: what will this mean for my individual property? And the answer is that it all depends on what the valuer considers your property’s CIV to be in the 2014 market – you’ll have to wait for your rates notice. If your property has increased in value you will pay more (and hopefully may recoup that one day when you sell), if your rates go down, however, it either means that the capital value of your asset has gone down somewhat or the increase in CIV was so small it was offset by the 3% drop from 0.0020051 to 0.0019448 used to calculate the rates charge on the property.

Setting aside the geographic redistribution of rates, why, if the overall rate increase was 6%, are residents on average paying an extra 7% on their rates? The answer here is because the valuers determined that residential property values have increased by 11.6% across the city, commercial properties by 4.8% and industrial properties by 4.9% resulting in another kind of redistribution with the spread of CIVs shifting the burden towards residential property owners.

Related Posts:  More on Monash rate rises