News & opinion from Sue Bolton, Moreland's socialist councillor

Moreland Council reinstates climate projects   

[By Sean BrocklehurstMoreland residents were outraged when they heard Moreland City Council had voted to cut $100,000 from its Carbon Management Plan in the council’s budget last month. This cut the budget for climate action from $525,000 to $424,000 and would have resulted in some of the council’s solar energy projects not going ahead. Continue reading »

July Council meeting: Labor councillors vote to strip $100,000 from Climate action

[By Sue Bolton] The big story from the July council meeting was the Labor councillors voting to strip $100,000 from Climate action in the proposed budget. This amendment was moved by Michael Teti and carried on the casting vote of the mayor. Continue reading »

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Money for public transport, not East West Link

sue_bolton_7[Socialist Alliance Moreland Councillor Sue Bolton delivered the following speech at the Trains Not Tolls rally in Melbourne on June 28.] It’s great seeing people here from all over Melbourne, because this issue affects not just people from the inner city where the East West Link is designed to go, but it affects people from all over Melbourne and all over Victoria. Continue reading »

Reportback from June council meeting

Divestment from fossil fuels

On June 11, the Moreland council became the first council in Australia to threaten divest from a bank if it continues to invest in fossil fuel projects. Moreland council has traditionally banked with the Commonwealth Bank. Since 2008, the Big Four banks (Commonwealth, ANZ, Westpac and NAB) have invested $18.8 billion in fossil fuel projects in Australia. The Commonwealth Bank provides more than $1 billion to projects that will ship coal and gas through the Great Barrier Reef. Continue reading »

Labor should rip up East-West contracts

[By Sue Bolton] The East West Link is not the vote-winner that Victorian Premier Denis Napthine had hoped it would be. A recent opinion poll shows most Victorians are opposed to the state government’s plan to build the new toll road and want the money spent on public transport infrastructure instead. Continue reading »

Public housing tenants protest East-West Link

[By Sue Bolton] Public housing tenants and nearby residents gathered at Debney’s Park in Melbourne’s inner-west to protest the impact of the East West Link on public housing flats, Debney’s Park and the Flemington Community Centre. The protest was organised by local Greens MP Adam Bandt. Continue reading »

Children march for the animals affected by East-West Link

zoo[By Sue Bolton] Protesters were more imaginative than usual with slogans for the Children’s March for the Animals to Melbourne Zoo on May 4. They were protesting against the $8 billion road project known as the East West Link because of the impact it would have on animals that live at the zoo. Continue reading »

Oppose Hungry Jacks in Coburg

[By Sue Bolton] Moreland City Council has received a planning permit application (Number MPS 2013/795) for the construction of a Hungry Jack’s convenience restaurant and drive through, to be built on the eastern side of the Shell Service Station at 336-346 Bell Street Pascoe Vale South, opposite McDonalds. Continue reading »

A win for Coles at April Council meeting

[By Sue Bolton] The supermarket juggernaut Coles had a win at the Moreland council meeting on April 9. The meeting voted 5 to 3 to rezone the old Bunnings site on the corner of Sussex and Gaffney Streets from an Industrial 3 Zone (IN3Z) to a Commercial 2 Zone (C2Z) to allow Coles to build a super-Coles store. The councillors who voted against were myself and Lenka Thompson & Samantha Ratnam (both Greens). Continue reading »