Reduced Speed Limit on Nicholson St Coburg

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Resident action has impact. Thanks to Janie Miller and other local residents, around 2000 signatures collected in paper and online petitions, a big residents meeting and my motion at Moreland Council VicRoads is now considering lowering the speed limit on Nicholson Street Coburg to 40 kmh, street lights outside the IGA, a pedestrian count and other measures to make pedestrians safer. Just as well some councillors didn’t get away with attempting to water down the motion.

And congratulations to Issam’s children for doing a school project that counted the number of pedestrians crossing the street. VicRoads was shocked that such a large number of people crossed the street outside the IGA. Their school project has had an impact.

Herald Sun article.

End of Year/Council Re-election Celebration

Socialist Alliance and Green Left Weekly are hosting an end of year celebration party at the Coburg Senior Citizens Centre, 21 Harding Street in Coburg from 12pm to 4pm.

Join us for a day of food, drinks and music to celebrate a big year and Sue Bolton’s re-election to the Moreland Council.

For more information: phone 9639 8622. Facebook Event.

Upfield Level Crossing Removals

Level crossing removals on the Upfield Line and at Glenroy have been brought forward so that they will be done before the 2018 state election. The Moreland community needs to have a say in what option the Level Crossing Authority uses to remove the level crossing.

This is a public meeting organised by some local residents to get discussion started.

Facebook Event

Anti-Conscription Commemoration Community Song Project

28 October this year was the 100th anniversary of the 1st anti-conscription referendum during WW1. One of the activities organised by the Brunswick-Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration Committee was a workshop to create a new song about peace, then two weeks later attend a workshop to learn it.

The song is inspired by the campaign in Brunswick and Coburg which voted down conscription during WW1; and the gaoling of leaders like Adela Pankhurst. This is in commemoration of when prominent suffragette Adela Pankhurst was jailed in Pentridge Prison for her anti-war and anti-conscription activities and a women’s choir sang outside the prison while Adela was stuck in her prison cell.

Elder Care a Burning Issue for Local Councils

[By Susan Price] Out door-knocking for Sue Bolton in Moreland during the local council elections, we came across a dilapidated block of flats in an otherwise gentrified part of Brunswick. One of the last doors in the block was answered by an elderly man still in his pyjamas, breathless and clearly in distress. All he could manage to say was, “Can you please call someone?” I took one look at him and said, “Are you ill? Would you like us to call an ambulance?” He nodded. Continue reading

Morrison’s Hand-Out to Developers no Solution to Housing Affordability Crisis

housing[By Sue Bolton] The federal treasurer’s “solution” to the housing affordability crisis is to get state governments to relax restrictions on housing developers to increase supply. Scott Morrison told the industry’s peak body, the Urban Development Institute, on October 24 that “housing in Australia, especially in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, is expensive and increasingly unaffordable, but that does not mean it is overvalued.” How can you have more affordable housing and keep prices up at the same time? The answer is you can’t do both. Continue reading

Sue’s Election Victory: A Massive Thank-You to Everyone

[By Sue Bolton] I would like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who helped out in my re-election campaign. The results came through from the Victorian Electoral Commission late on Friday night. I got 13.03% of the vote and was the second councillor elected to the North-East ward. Continue reading

Socialists re-elected in Victorian council elections

[By Pip Hinman] Those who believe empowered communities are the best defence to politics-as-usual are celebrating the re-election of two hard-working socialist councillors in Victoria’s local council elections held on October 22. The results were announced on October 28. The Socialist Alliance’s candidate Sue Bolton, standing in the North-East Ward of Moreland City Council, was re-elected with the second-highest primary vote (3249 votes, 13.03%) in the ward, behind the Green’s Natalie Abboud (5640, 22.62%). Continue reading

Coburg Candidates Meeting: Thursday October 13

Community groups ‘Save Coburg Residents’ Network’ and ‘Pentridge Community Action Group’ have organised a forum for the Moreland Council Candidates for the North East Ward where residents can find out where the candidates stand on development and planning in Moreland and what they each plan to do for the community.

The forum will be the Coburg Uniting Church, 21 Victoria Street Coburg, and will start at 7pm on October 13.

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