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Welcome to FitzTalk #10 — Post Election Issue

Dear Members and Friends,
Welcome to this Post Election Edition of FitzTalk
This edition provides an update on the recently held Yarra City Council election, our ‘Meet the Mayor’ opportunity and our Annual General Meeting both to be held on Thursday 26 November commencing at 6.00pm and followed by virtual drinks at 7.30pm. 
The 2020-2024 Yarra City Council was sworn in on Monday 16 November following the postal election that achieved a 70% plus turn-out across our 3 Wards - Nicholls, Langridge and Melba. 
Elected to Council were:
Melba Ward: Cr Claudia Nguyen (Deputy Mayor), Cr Edward Crossland, Ct Herschel Landes
Langridge Ward:  Cr Anab Mohamud, Cr Gabrielle de Vietri (Mayor), Cr Stephen Jolly
Nicholls Ward: Cr Amanda Stone, Cr Bridgid O’Brien, Cr Sophie Wade
Monday night also saw the election of Cr Gabrielle de Vietri as Mayor and Cr Claudia Nguyen, Deputy Mayor.  We congratulate them both and wish them well in their respective roles. 
We are looking forward to engaging with all councillors over the coming 12 months and to working to achieve our objectives of a liveable, sustainable and equitable City of Yarra.
We are pleased to announce a virtual Meet the Mayor opportunity on Thursday 26 November at 6.00pm (to 6:20pm) prior to the commencement of our AGM.

There is a limit to the number who can attend via Zoom, so we encourage you to register now at by emailing your full name and request to: 
This is an opportunity to hear from the Mayor and her plans and expectations over the coming 12 months. We invite you to submit questions prior to her joining us on zoom. A selection of questions that reflect your interests will be asked of the Mayor. Please send your question to
As we have indicated, we are looking forward to working with the new Council on the many challenges and opportunities that will confront us over the coming months.
Our virtual Annual General Meeting will commence at 6.20pm via Zoom following Meet the Mayor. This is an opportunity for members to hear of past activities and to provide direction for the coming year(s).


The Annual Report will be emailed to registered FRA members along with other papers that have been prepared for the AGM including our – 
·       Financial Statement 
·       Draft Plan FRA 2020 – 2024 setting out our priorities and activities over the next 4 years
·       New Rules for the Association as proposed by the Committee.
Following the formal AGM there will be an opportunity for members to enjoy zoom drinks together and have general talk for 30 or so minutes.

Input to the Yarra Planning Scheme 

The future of your neighbourhoods are designed through aspects of the Yarra Planning Scheme. The policies of the Yarra Planning Scheme are in review as they are being updated and translated into a new State Government format.
We ask you to take small actions to input on a key policy or two before 4th December 2020. 
A how-to and information session will be held on Monday 23rd at 7:30pm. This is viewable at the time (and afterwards) via link:

Please provide input to this major and long-lasting review process. The City of Yarra link to the process is:

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