The Rally was jointly organized by the Coalition of Concerned Councillors (CCC) and the PLANNING BACKLASH network of groups under the banner,
RESTORE RESIDENTS RIGHTS.
Councillors and Residents are angry about the erosion of or democratic rights as the State Government takes over more and more Planning Power from Councils. The leaders of both groups decided to start a campaign with a Rally on the steps of Parliament.
The CCC placed an open letter to the Premier in the Age on the 9th June, signed by over 60 Councillors from across Victoria (the number of supporting councilors is growing).
There was a huge amount of pre- rally publicity and, in spite of the terrible weather, cold, rain and hail, there were about 700 people at the rally.