DONATIONS - FAQs - Frequently asked questions
(well not actually frequently asked, but tried to think of a few that might be asked - open to adding more :-)
Why do you need $20,000?
The interim planning controls imposed by the State Planning Minister were a huge win for the community, but they came at a significant cost to Protect Fitzroy North.
Put simply, the resultant VCAT hearing postponement and new plans require us to find an additional $20,000 to fund the extra cost of our new barrister and new expert witness reports for the reconvened VCAT hearing.
Why did you appoint a new barrister?
The date initially proposed for the resumption of the VCAT hearing clashed with our original barrister’s honeymoon overseas. His request for a longer adjournment was met with universal support—except from Gurner’s QC, who demanded the hearing reconvene on September 4 as first mooted.
Why do you need new expert witness reports?
Gurner’s new plans for the site are completely different to the first scheme. As most of the work done by our think tanks and expert witnesses is in direct response to the plans, it was necessary to start from scratch.
Are you still using community think tanks to prepare for VCAT?
Community-powered think tanks remain fundamental to our efforts at VCAT. Our new barrister has been wholly committed to the concept since day one.
Why don’t you ask City of Yarra for funding?
City of Yarra is unable to fund an activist group like Protect Fitzroy North. Support has been forthcoming in other ways, however. Councillors and Council Officers have given generously of their time over the last 12 months, and City of Yarra has also waived meeting venue hire charges on a number of occasions.
Why didn’t you hold another trivia night or similar community event?
We have focused our time and energy on preparing for both the recent IDAC meeting, and VCAT in September. We plan to have a community get together later in the year. Stay tuned.
Can I donate more than $100?
Absolutely. We know some people within the community will have the capacity to donate more than $100, and that others will struggle to donate at all. Every donation received will be put to good use.
What happens if all the money is not all spent on the VCAT hearing?
We do not anticipate having much left, as we are committed to applying donated funds for maximum effect at VCAT.
Funds collected above our barrister's remuneration will be used to fund engaging strategic support from experts.
In the longer term, our organisation plans to continue working with the local council and the state government to ratify an Interim Design and Development Overlay (DDO) covering the Queens Parade precinct. We have been informed this process normally takes between 18 months and two years.
If a small amount of money (i.e. hundreds of dollars) is left over after VCAT, we would probably seek to use it to meet any ongoing costs. However, if a significant amount of money (i.e. thousands of dollars) is left after invoices are paid, the process described in Question 5 will apply.
What happens if the developer withdraws the case before the final hearing?
If the developer withdraws his application before the hearing, we may have substantial funds left over. These will be dispersed in the following order of priority.
Firstly, invoices will be paid.
Secondly, the first $200 of all donations will be retained.
Thirdly, for donors who gave an amount over $200 we will be able to refund a percentage of the amount over $200 or apply it in some other way; each of these donors will be contacted and asked for instructions.
We do not yet know what this percentage will be (see below).
How do we work out the amount of money that could be refunded to each donor?
The percentage we may be able to refund if all funds are not spent is basically the amount of money left over as a proportion of the total money donated above $200
For example: You donated $600 and 70% of the donated money was left after bills were paid. You would be contacted asking what you wanted done with your balance of $280 ($600-$200 = $400, 70% of $400 is $280)
What happens if down the track Protect Fitzroy North is wound up?
PFN became incorporated to be here for the long term. Fitzroy North, and its neighbours, will need protection from future inappropriate developments. So we do not anticipate this happening in the short term.
However, if and when winding up is necessary: We would firstly proceed in the same way as described in the previous two questions. Any remaining funds would be provided to suitable charities as determined by the Committee of PFN Inc.
What if I have another question?
Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you with the answer ASAP.
WHEN OUR COMMUNITY STANDS AS ONE, WE ARE MIGHTY.