[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 →
[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 →
[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 →
[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 →
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. See Herald Sun article.
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.