[By Sue Bolton] On May 11 local residents packed the Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre to hear speakers and oppose development on a toxic site in Fawkner in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. The next day the owner listed the site for sale with a real estate agent without any mention of the contamination. In Victoria, there is no legal requirement for the sellers of contaminated land to indicate that a site is contaminated. Continue reading
Guest speaker: Antonija Peric
Saturday, June 3, 2pm
Peppertree Place, 512 Sydney Road, Coburg (enter from side gate in Urquhart St)
Other discussion items include: Toxic site campaign in Fawkner & Reportback on other council issues
[By Sue Bolton] Residents were shocked the day before the May council meeting to see workers arrive unexpectedly to dig up a small and much-loved local park, Methven Park in Brunswick East. It turned out that the workers were there to start building a public toilet on the only part of the park that gets the afternoon sun and in the middle of one of the two small strips of grass. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] Just before the May council meeting, it was announced that Moreland had been able to negotiate with Melbourne Water to buy the land that forms Hopetoun Avenue Park Reserve in Brunswick West. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] Fawkner residents have formed Toxic Free Fawkner, to oppose development on the old Nufarm factory site at 102 McBryde St Fawkner and call for an independent environmental audit of the site and the surrounding sites. The group’s first public meeting showed the community concern with 95 people packing out the Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre on May 11 to hear speakers about the toxic Nufarm chemicals site at 100 and 102 McBryde St Fawkner and the development application for 102 McBryde St. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] The draft council budget was voted up on May 22. On May 23, right-wing councillor Ali Irfanli wrote on Facebook that I had voted against public consultation on the Moreland Council budget.
I voted against the draft budget because I disagreed with some measures in it. I certainly don’t oppose public consultation on the budget. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am consistently the councillor who most pushes for genuine consultation with residents. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] This is a snapshot of some of the issues voted on at the May 10 Moreland Council meeting.
Allowances for mayor & councillors
I believe that politicians’ incomes should be linked to either the median or average wage. I proposed a motion that the allowance for the mayor should be linked to the median wage ($43,836) and councillors’ allowances should be half that to reflect that the position is part-time ($21,918). I opposed the per annum allowances of $94,641 for the mayor and $29,630 for councillors, and proposed an alternative motion that the allowances should be linked to the median wage for all Australians of $43,836 for the mayor and half that for councillors ($21,918). There was no support for my alternative motion. Continue reading
The factory operated from 1957 to 1974, making a wide range of noxious chemicals including dioxins; DDT; toluline-based emulsifiable concentrate; phenoxyacetic acid herbicide; 2,4-D; 2,4,5-T; esters; dichlorophenol and trichlorophenol and arsenic-based sheep dip. Read more at Green Left Weekly.
Friday, June 12, 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Westpac Bank, 482 Sydney Road, Coburg
Join the protest to put pressure on all the banks to rule out funding the disastrous Adani coal mine, and tell the politicians to stop the Adani coal mine. Bring anti-Adani placards etc., and something to make a noise: drums, shakers, rattles, whistles, tamborines or whatever! Continue reading