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

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

Reduced Speed Limit on Nicholson St Coburg

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.

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.

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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

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