Management Plan for the UNESCO World Heritage site of the REB/Carlton Gardens is due for review next year

In 2013, CoRBA together with Friends of The Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens (FREBCG) lobbied the then Planning Minister Matthew Guy to formalise the required Management Plan, for protection of this site. Both resident groups are pursing the review now imminent in 2020. The Management Plan for the UNESCO World Heritage site of the REB/Carlton Gardens is due for …

The Melbourne Observatory

The Astronomical Society of Victoria’s disquiet with the current Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s management of the Observatory site ASV’s concerns the Age article The Memorandum of Understanding between the Management parties of the Observatory

tallest tower on the smallest plot?!

CoRBA has joined with Friends of the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens (FREBCG) in hopefully protecting the special heritage place from such a development. You may have noticed the site – forming an apex between Latrobe and Victoria Streets opposite the WH REB & Carlton Gardens. As far as we know for this 330 metre tower 18 metres wide …

Corba submission: MIFGS objection

The “Friends of the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens” ( FREBCG), together with Fitzroy Residents’ Association (FRA) and CoRBA, have made a submission to Heritage Victoria outlining our objections to the current permit application by The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) for use of the Unesco World Heritage Carlton Gardens in March 2019. This is the 23rd …


Please don’t ever let this happen to our UNESCO World Heritage Royal Exhibition Building…. Good on the Architects for having their say. The crux of the matter is “Does this affect World Heritage values and the answer is “Yes”  


Let’s Change our Habits and clean up the Environment NOW! Say NO to single use plastic bags and support QVM’s initiative…and let’s help the traders by bringing our own reusable bags. We could start today! QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET COMMUNITY SURVEY. HAVE YOUR SAY. Did you know that Australians use over 9.5 billion plastic bags a year and that many of …

First Commonwealth Parliament Anniversary Tours

 Museums Victoria will run Federation-themed tours of the now UNESCO World Heritage Royal Exhibition Building building on Tuesday 9 May 2017, displaying rarely seen collection objects from the actual opening on 9th May 1901. The Carlton Gardens which showcased the building, are included in the WH citation, so you might begin your tour with a walk through the gardens as …

Melbourne Exhibition Building

World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Melbourne Royalty will be on show in early April 2017 when the Royal Exhibition Building hosts the prestigious international “World’s 50 Best Restaurants”events and gala evening. Time for our city to present our gracious World Heritage site as never before, with the building and gardens looking their stunning best.

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market redevelopment

Although CoRBA has not taken a collective viewpoint on the re-development of QVM , some precinct partners have made submissions. CoRBA is pleased to disseminate information and promote public discussion on this very important project investment by MCC Meeting Thursday 11 August 2016 6.30pm at Drill Hall, 26 Therry St, Melbourne    

Melbourne Exhibition Building

ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING – Project Delivery Fails to Meet Community Expectations

In 2012 Museum Victoria (MV) received a Federal Government grant of $20 million to be used for the Royal Exhibition Building’s Protection & Promotion (P&P) project, made possible by the local community’s lobbying Federal Member Adam Bandt. The “Roam the Dome”project involved reinstating the derelict Dome structure for visitors to re-experience history, and importantly, to recognise the building’s place in …

Melbourne Exhibition Building

World Heritage Community Day

World Heritage Community Day and Young People’s Democracy Celebrations, 3rd May 2015. 10 am Opening Ceremony and tree planting Hochgurtel Fountain, Carlton Gardens. Opening of community day by Planning Minister Richard Wynne. 11 am  Young People’s Council Discovery Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Melbourne Museum. A chance for young people to talk to local Politicians, Community Leaders and Representatives 12:30 pm …

Melbourne 2014

CoRBA’s 2014 achievements

LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEMOCRACY – electoral reform in the COM A gerrymander in the CoM delivers businesses with two votes and residents with one. CoRBA has waged a decade long struggle to address this injustice. In 2014 the Baillieu/Napthine Government finally undertook a review of electoral processes for local govt. elections- including the CoM.  This was a major and momentous victory …

World Heritage Day Melbourne 2014

Your invitation to World Heritage Community Day

Free event Presented by the Coalition of Residents’ Associations in the City of Melbourne and Fitzroy in collaboration with Museum Victoria On 9 May 1901, the Royal Exhibition Building hosted the opening of the first Federal Parliament. No other public building could accommodate such a large group of people, as 12,000 people were invited and the organisers were eager to …

Who cares, and doesn’t, about Inner Melbourne

CoRBA, representing 19 community and business groups identified key issues of concern to the 90,000 residents, ratepayers and business groups in the City of Melbourne. CoRBA then distributed the 2010 CoRBA State Election survey to all Candidates in the 5 relevant electoral Districts. Candidate responses are included in this file: CoRBA State Election Survey summary 24Nov10   (49Kb) or on this …