JENNIFER YANG ANNOUNCES BUILDING COMMUNITIES PACKAGE

Jennifer Yang 09/05/2018

Jennifer Yang announced today that as Lord Mayor she will establish the Melbourne International Multicultural Festival.

Sitting alongside the Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Multicultural Festival will bring the heart of our city to life and showcase Melbourne’s world famous diversity and inclusion.

Modelled on the highly successful White Night, the Melbourne International Multicultural Festival will see each street in the CBD transform into one of the major regions of the world.

Each north-south street in the CBD will transport revelers to a major region of the world including the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Americas and Europe.

The Festival will see the food, art, music and culture of Melbourne’s diverse communities showcased like never before.

The inaugural festival will take place in the 2019 and will run from midday to midnight. The CBD Grid between William and Exhibition Streets will be closed to traffic.

Jennifer Yang will partner with the outstanding multicultural organisations, trader and residents across our city to create a truly international multicultural festival.

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JENNIFER YANG TO ESTABLISH MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Jennifer Yang 08/05/2018

Jennifer Yang announced today that as Lord Mayor she will establish the Melbourne International Multicultural Festival.

Sitting alongside the Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Multicultural Festival will bring the heart of our city to life and showcase Melbourne’s world famous diversity and inclusion.

Modelled on the highly successful White Night, the Melbourne International Multicultural Festival will see each street in the CBD transform into one of the major regions of the world.

Each north-south street in the CBD will transport revelers to a major region of the world including the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Americas and Europe.

The Festival will see the food, art, music and culture of Melbourne’s diverse communities showcased like never before.

The inaugural festival will take place in the 2019 and will run from midday to midnight. The CBD Grid between William and Exhibition Streets will be closed to traffic.

Jennifer Yang will partner with the outstanding multicultural organisations, trader and residents across our city to create a truly international multicultural festival.

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JENNIFER YANG ANNOUNCES BILLION DOLLAR WORLD EXPO BOOST FOR MELBOURNE

Jennifer Yang 04/05/2018

Candidate for Lord Mayor Jennifer Yang today announced she would commit the resources of Melbourne City Council to a bid for Melbourne to host the World Expo in 2030.

Melbourne last hosted Expo in 1880 at the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building in Carlton and Expo 2030 would mark 150 years since that international acclaimed event.

Hosting the Expo would be an enormous opportunity for Melbourne to showcase itself on the world stage and a billion dollar boost to our local economy.

The Expo would also deliver an unprecedented influx of tourists. Tourism is a major economic contributor to Melbourne. In 2017 Melbourne reaped big dividends with tourism expenditure reaching $7.7 billion, with over 9 million visitors exploring our laneways and staying in our hotels.

The 2010 Shanghai Expo boosted the local economy by USD $18.5 billion* and delivered an operating profit of USD $157 million.*

Shanghai and Milan hosted the event in 2010 and 2015 respectively, and massively increased their international credentials as global cities with had tens of millions of visitors passing through their streets. Dubai is hosting Expo 2020. Australia last hosted Expo in in Brisbane in 1988, during Australia’s bicentenary.

Ms Yang today also called on the Australian Government to re-join the Bureau International des Expositions in order for Melbourne to lodge its bid. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull withdrew Australia from the Bureau in 2015. Australia needs to be a member to host the Expo and last hosted Expo in in Brisbane in 1988, during Australia’s bicentenary.

Visitors and exhibitors from over 150 countries around the world participated in Expo in Shanghai and Milan.

In this way the World Expo will also deepen multicultural links across the City of Melbourne.

The focus of the Expo could be the impacts of the automation and robotics revolution, the green economy, multiculturalism or importance of micro and small businesses.

In November this year the winning bidder will be announced for Expo 2025. Now is the ideal time to begin preparations to bid for 2030.

*2010 dollars

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Lord Mayor Jennifer Yang to cut red tape

Jennifer Yang 04/05/2018

Jennifer Yang today announced her plans to drastically cut red tape for small businesses across the City of Melbourne.

If elected Lord Mayor, Jennifer Yang will move to abolish ten separate and unnecessary fees, licenses and permits.

The City of Melbourne needs to ensure that small businesses across the City are supported and not burdened by red tape that kills productivity and stifles economic growth.

Jennifer Yang wants the economic engine room of the Melbourne metropolitan area – the City – to be serviced by smart and sensible regulations not red tape for the sake of red tape.

If elected Jennifer Yang will abolish:
1. Advertising Banner Permit
2. Advertising Portable Signs Permit
3. Events (Private - Low Impact) Permit
4. Food Business (Outdoor Cafe) Permit
5. Food Business (Transferring Food License Application) Permit – notification only
6. Handbills Permit – when outside own premises
7. Markets (<10 Stalls) Permit – notification only
8. Planning Permit (Building Sign Changes – Content Only)
9. Promotions Permit – notification only for most promotions
10. Spruiking (Non-Amplified) Permit

These red tape cuts will come before the Council-Wide Expenditure Review which will see further reductions in Council fees for residents and small businesses.

Jennifer Yang understands that the City of Melbourne must be a leader that focuses on helping not hurting its small businesses.

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Lord Mayor Jennifer Yang will get Queen Victoria Market back on track

Jennifer Yang 30/04/2018

Jennifer Yang today announced her plans get the Queen Victoria Market back on track.

Under Robert Doyle, plans for the market redevelopment failed to meet community expectations for shoppers and traders alike. Council also bungled the planning process resulting in aspects of the redevelopment being rejected by Heritage Victoria.

If elected Lord Mayor, Jennifer Yang will not appeal the decision by Heritage Victoria but instead revise project plans to ensure all heritage fabric is restored and protected, including the preservation and restoration of all heritage buildings across the market site.

By the end of 2018 a preeminent public policy expert will determine a revised project plan for the market consistent with the following parameters and in consultation with key stakeholders:

For residents and shoppers

● No diminution of car parking during the construction phase
● The relocation of all 722 parking spaces on the current ground level car park to the redeveloped Munro site
● A new community and market space on the site of the current ground level car park

For traders

● New operational infrastructure including essential safety upgrades
● New cold-storage facilities
● A long-term deliveries solution to remove dangerous forklifts from the market floor
● A market focused on small stallholders with no supermarkets or large franchises

For our local community

● Make the market carbon neutral and ban single use plastics such as plastic straws, stirrers and cups
● Protection and recognition of the more than 7000 burials located on the former Old Melbourne General Cemetery site through a permanent memorial
● Engagement with the local indigenous people to ensure sites of cultural significance are recognised and protected

Only Jennifer Yang is committed to saving the heritage and soul of the Queen Victoria Market while also ensuring that upgrades, particularly upgrades to essential operational infrastructure, are delivered with a revised project plan.

Jennifer Yang will ensure the Queen Victoria Market remains the largest and greatest open-air market in the southern hemisphere – delivering certainty to shoppers and traders.

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JENNIFER YANG PLEDGES TO BUILD FATHER BOB’S REFUGE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

City Management
Homelessness

Candidate for Lord Mayor Jennifer Yang today announced that if elected she will build a new crisis accommodation centre for women and children in the heart of the City of Melbourne.

The new Centre will be named in honour of Robert John Maguire AM RFD, who is universally known as Father Bob.

Father Bob’s Refuge for Women and Children will provide crisis accommodation for women and their children. According to experts, this is a particularly vulnerable category of homeless people who need accommodation so as to stabilise prior to being transitioned into permanent housing.

Supported by the Salvation Army, this initiative will also see support services provided onsite, with a particular focus on family violence intervention and providing education continuity during periods of family turmoil.

The proposed site for the refuge is 602 Little Bourke St, a seven storey building built in 1955, that is currently utilised for Council archives and storage. It is well suited to conversion into accommodation and a centre for homelessness support services.

Father Bob is the 2011 Victorian of the Year and is a tireless worker for Melbourne’s neediest people.

He is also a victim of family violence and has been a tireless campaigner for ending homelessness and disadvantage.

Quotes attributable to Jennifer Yang

“Father Bob’s Refuge for Women and Children will fill an important crisis accommodation gap in Melbourne.”

“Father Bob’s entire life has been spent in service to our community. It is entirely fitting that we recognise his enormous contribution in this way.”

“I believe that homelessness is the biggest issue before the City of Melbourne. We can and must do better than just building lockers, or continuing with the policies overseen by current and former Councillors who are candidates in this race.”

Quotes attributable to Major Brendan Nottle, Salvation Army

“The Salvation Army works every day with rough sleepers. Women and children are the most vulnerable amongst them.”

“I am thrilled that Jennifer Yang is taking concrete steps to improve the accommodation for traumatised families, who would otherwise be sleeping rough.”

Quotes attributable to Father Bob Maguire

“I am honoured and humbled that Jennifer Yang has proposed to name this refuge after
me.”

“As someone who has experienced family violence, this has a particular personal resonance
for me.”

“The twin problems of family violence and homelessness are enigmatic of a society that is failing its most needy. This refuge will be an important part of addressing that failure.”

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Improving safety across our city

Jennifer Yang 17/04/2018

Consistent with advice from Victoria Police, I will build on the City of Melbourne’s full spectrum approach to safety by extending the CCTV camera network.

I will also continue to fund Salvation Army Street Teams and work with Victoria Police to further reduce crime.

I will not only ensure that the City of Melbourne continues to participate in critical emergency response exercises but lobby the State Government for more bollards to be installed across high density areas.

Subject to advice from Victoria Police, I will introduce incentives that give local traders a reason to establish pop up enterprises in darker laneways and unused arcades and corridors across our city to help attract activity and banish isolated and potentially dangerous zones.

I support the introduction for more mobile CCTV cameras and work proactively with the State Government to get more devices installed in key hot spots.

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Double the Pensioner Rebate

Jennifer Yang 17/04/2018

Our City’s pensioners have worked hard and deserve our support.

If elected, I will double the City of Melbourne’s Pensioner Concession Rebate supplement from 25% to 50%.

In practical terms this pledge means the City of Melbourne, under my leadership, would match the State Government Pensioner Concession Rebate dollar for dollar.

In the 2017-2018 financial year the State Government provides a 50% rebate of the current year Council rates to a maximum of $223.80.

The City of Melbourne then grants an additional 25% to a maximum of $111.90 and under this policy eligible pensioners in the City will receive up to an additional $111.90 rebate. In most cases this would increase the current rebate from $335.70 to $447.60.

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More Transport, more often

Jennifer Yang 17/04/2018

I am committed to more frequent and higher quality transport options for those who live and work in our great City.

I will improve walking and cycling connectivity by building a great urban environment with beautiful boulevards. I support the building of more ‘Copenhagen-style’ bike lanes as these are better for all road users.

I am committed to ensure the State Government build a tram line to Fisherman’s Bend by 2020 and that the State Government begin real planning for Metro 2.

I will ban o-Bikes from the city if they continue to fail community expectations and clutter streets.

I will increase support for residents and traders during construction of major transport projects including the Melbourne Metro and Westgate Tunnel is underway. The Lord Mayor needs to be a strong voice for those impact by these projects.

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Making our City truly accessible

Jennifer Yang 17/04/2018

I believe that our great city should be accessible for everyone, including those with different abilities.

If elected, I will order an audit into all Council facilities to determine what progress has been made and where gaps exist pursuant to the City’s Melbourne for All People 2014–17 plan.

I am committed to fitting new buildings and retro-fitting others with proper ramped access at or close to the main entrance, wheelchair accessible bathrooms with change tables and mechanised lifts in some locations.

Increasing accessibility is a shared responsibility and as your Mayor I will petition the State Government to help meet the costs of improving accessibility across the City.

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Greening the roofs of our city

Jennifer Yang 17/04/2018

If elected Lord Mayor, I will revise the City of Melbourne Open Space Contributions Framework to create a new category that requires a developer contribution based on building height.

This money will be used to help green the roofs across the CBD to help lower pollution and make our city more liveable for our growing population. 

The higher the planned structure, the more developers will contribute towards this fund.

This initiative will help all Melburnians experience the ongoing tangible benefit of the increasing densification of our capital city. 

Melbourne will not only remain the world’s most liveable urban environment but one of the greenest – with a network of green roofs that will be the envy of every other capital city.

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