Developer ignores concerns about toxic site in Fawkner

 [By Sue Bolton] Toxic sites in Australia are not well known or well managed. One such site is the old Nufarm chemical factory site in Melbourne’s northern suburb, Fawkner.

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.

Moreland says #StopAdani

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

Report on April 12 council meeting

[By Sue Bolton] Issues that were discussed at the April 12 council meeting included:

Toxic site in Fawkner: A development application has been lodged to build warehouses on a toxic site in Fawkner (102 McBryde St). Corporate giant Nufarm used to produce dioxins and other dangerous chemicals on 100 & 102 McBryde St from 1957-1974. The Fawkner Broadmeadows Progress Association fought to have the factory closed down. They eventually succeeded but then had to wage an almost 20-year battle to get the site cleaned up. The discovery of a cancer cluster in the area was what finally got the EPA to do an environmental audit and order clean-up notices. The factory was demolished, with some contaminated soil removed and the site was capped but illegal building work has occurred on the site over the years. Residents are concerned that construction work would have to penetrate the clay cap and that this would release the toxins again. Continue reading

Report on March 8 Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] Issues that were discussed at the March 8 council meeting included:

Access to the main pitch at CB Smith Reserve – The soccer ground at CB Smith Reserve is the best in Moreland but access to it is very restricted because it is used by National Premier League teams. It is meant to be Fawkner Soccer Club’s home ground but it doesn’t feel like it. FSC had more access to pitches before the new soccer ground was made, when it was a smaller club. Now its membership has almost doubled to 400 members and it has less access to pitches. The last straw was when FSC was told by council that their senior women’s team would be denied access to the main pitch. I got a  motion passed for Fawkner Soccer Clubs senior women’s and men’s teams to both have access to the main pitch and to review the management plan for the ground in order to give more pitch access to a community soccer club. I believe that council should prioritise grassroots community clubs over professional clubs. Continue reading

Moreland Council in 2017: What Are Some of the Issues?

[By Sue Bolton] The new council has had its third council meeting since the November 2016 election. All councillors are now on the Urban Planning Committee to vote on development applications. The most important way to prevent bad decisions being made by council is for residents to get organised to protect your rights and your suburbs. 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