ban developer donations

Ban developer donations to political parties? CoRBA’s position.

CoRBA’s official position on a ban on developer donations to political parties, as reflected in our submission to the 2013 Local Government Review is:   ‘It is CoRBA’s view that it is unfair and simplistic to ban donations from a particular class of corporate donor, such as property developers (who are no more or less inclined than any other business …


The recently published ERRN LG Research Group, Melbourne Democracy Report discusses many issues relevant to CoRBA members. Read the report here: Melbourne Democracy Report

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 election boundaries

Local Government Democracy Reform

A gerrymander in the CoM delivers businesses two votes while residents have 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 government elections- including the CoM.  This was a major and momentous victory for CoRBA. This document, the Georgiou Review, recommended many necessary …

Melbourne municipality

Municipal Strategic Statement

The Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) has been of ongoing concern. Residential zoning, 25,000s.m cut off point for ministerial referral, high VCAT fees, number of high towers and overshadowing. Population densification without regard to infrastructure is a continuing concern. Of particular concern, which links planning, good governance with electoral reform is the fact that a planning application may see several councillors …