Park Orchards Ratepayers Association
Formed in 1968 by residents wanting to protect, maintain and improve the unique and picturesque character of the suburb.
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Projects in progress
Yarra Valley Sewerage Project
Progress on the onsite sewerage project. The draft evaluation plan is can be found here.
The 100 Acres Reserve
This is classified in Manningham’s Council Public Open Space Strategy (2004) as a Conservation Reserve of Regional Significance.
History of PORA
We are looking for any documentation that can be assembled to record our history to be placed on the web site. If you can assist with any documentation we will scan it and return to you.
Over the 52 years there have been many residents who have worked for PORA and the suburb. These people will to be recognised on an electronic Honour Board on the web site.
We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It
Through the Park Orchards Ratepayers Association, community action led to the Council, with State and Federal funding, purchasing ‘The 100 Acres’, which contains flora and fauna that was native to the area before the intrusion of settlers. Many proposed changes that would have spoilt the ‘village’ community of Park Orchards, such as extensive freeway access, an obtrusive telephone tower, high voltage power lines and high density housing proposals were successfully opposed.
Key PORA Achievements
- The 7-year long campaign to prevent residential subdivision of the 100 Acres and secure it as a public space.
- The effective opposition to proposed quarter acre subdivision of the old rural zoning surrounding Park Orchards – now Residential “D” – minimum one acre.
- Successful opposition to the intrusion of the Northern Alternative of the F19 Freeway and creation of the Outer Ring Freeway Reservation through Park Orchards
- Successfully opposed proposed re-zoning of residential land in Park Orchards for commercial purposes.
All Current Campaigns
Park Orchards Trial Community Engagement Panel - 7/July/2015
The 100 Acres Reserve This is classified in Manningham’s Council Public Open Space Strategy (2004) as a Conservation Reserve of Regional Significance. It has been identified as being of State Significance in the Manningham Biosites Sites of (Biological) Significance...
I am aware of the inequity that the property-value based approach to rating imposes onpeople. It lands especially heavily of those who are asset rich and cash poor, such as the 1 in 5who are over 65 in our city. This year and last the relative increase in property...
The 100 Acres Reserve
saved from subdivision by PORA subcommittee members
PORA is your organization, we need your input and your support.
Our Top Priorities
A key PORA objective is to provide a forum for the discussion of proposed initiatives proposed by council or government, which impact the residents of Park Orchards.
This year and last the relative increase in property values in the eastern part of the city have caused large rate increases.
North East Link
The selection of Corridor A is a welcome outcome and has minimal imapact on residents of Park Orchards.
The state of the Chalet is on PORA’s radar and is a project in the pipeline.
Since 2019 the sewer update trial has been underway – PORA is across its progress.
Park Orchards Market
From 10am – 2pm on the third saturday of each month.
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We welcome your input
The association encourages all local residents to become members and elect committee representatives at the Annual General Meeting. PORA also schedules at least one General Meeting per annum. The annual joining fee is $10 per family and $25 for businesses.
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PORA is your organization, we need and value your input and your support.