Category Archives: St Kilda Rd living

WhatsApp group for the building

I have resisted for a long time but I think that it would now be a good time to have a group messaging system for everyone in the building.

WhatsApp is an app that runs on all mobile phones. and allows people to post messages to others in the building.

In the current climate you could post things like – I am going for a walk but would enjoy some company, who is willing to walk near me….I really need a roll of toilet paper…anyone need to chat about things?…I am going to get bread and milk and happy to get similar for others…

To join the group, send me a text to my number 0418 100058 from your mobile and I will add you.

You can give it a try, if you don’t like then you can withdraw at any time

More St Kilda Rd opportunists

As many of you would know, we have had increasing issues during 2018 with letterbox thieves.  That was why we relocated our letterboxes.

It seems other buildings had similar issues with letterboxes and today the Victorian Police released this photo and video of a St Kilda Rd thief.


It seems he had managed to steal a security fob.  That is why you must protect your fob – NEVER leave them around as it compromises the security of the entire building!!

Here is a short video of the incident

If you recognise him please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

..and you thought you had a tough job today

P1230831We have had issues with cockies eating part of the building facade for some years.  The good news is that we have a solution but the installation will not start until mid-January.

In the meantime, a part of the facade (cosmetic only) was in danger of falling.  So we had a couple of guys (professional abseilers from Skyhooks) carefully remove it for us.  For those of you not in Melbourne, it is wet and cold here today

Here is the damage


Here is the location


Here are some of the boys at work


Great grey hope??


This small grey box may become the friend of many people in Melbourne living near tram tracks.  During the  Metro Tunnel work for the new Anzac (Domain?) Station, new tram tracks were installed that had a terrible squeal – after a lot of debate and numerous studies, a solution has been found.

It involves applying a ‘friction modifier’ onto the tracks.  During August, tests were carried out by manually ‘painting’ this emulsion on the tracks and it made a significant difference.  But the only issue is that it needs to be applied every 15 minutes or thereabouts.

Hence the grey box – when complete by early next week, it contains the gear (and tank) to spray the emulsion on the wheels of passing trams.  The one above is in St Kilda Rd, near Toorak Rd.  The photo below is the site of the one that will capture southbound trams and is in St Kilda Rd, near Park St.  That should be completed on Sunday night


Why is it good news for all??  It seems if this works well then it can also be deployed on other noisy sections of tram track around the network.

Info from CYP presented at The Botanica AGM


Lots of good information here but I think the main piece of critical info is the broad notification of the worst time ahead for us.  You can see that the worst time will likely be April – June 2019.  This involves putting the ‘lid’ back on to the ‘southern box’ outside The Botanica.

The date may slip but given the following step involves moving the tram lines…and that can only be done in school holidays (eg July), I think the broad window won’t move much.

AGM Info pack

It was great having good attendance from CYP and The Botanica, thanks all