[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
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.
[By Chris Slee] At its June 12 meeting, Moreland Council voted to accept a state government offer of funding to install CCTV cameras along Sydney Road. The offer was made following the rape and murder of Brunswick resident Jill Meagher in a side street near Sydney Road last year. Interest was high with 30-40 people in the gallery, most obviously opposed to the decision. Continue reading
[By Chris Slee] About 50 people attended a community safety forum organized by Moreland Council on April 24. The proposal for the installation of closed circuit TV on Moreland streets was controversial. It was strongly advocated by Moreland mayor Oscar Yildiz (ALP), and supported by federal Labor MP Kelvin Thomson and state ALP MP Jane Garrett. Continue reading
[By Kerry Smith] “CCTV cameras may document crime but do not prevent it. The Moreland municipality has the second-highest rate of family violence in Victoria. Most violent crime in Moreland is family violence. This means that there is an epidemic of family violence in Moreland,” said the Socialist Alliance’s Moreland councillor Sue Bolton. Continue reading
There has been much community discussion about how to make women feel safer on the streets late at night. The police and Liberal leader Tony Abbott have called a big expansion in the number of CCTV cameras. Continue reading