What a difference a community campaign makes

[By Sue Bolton] Residents were shocked the day before the May council meeting to see workers arrive unexpectedly to dig up a small and much-loved local park, Methven Park in Brunswick East. It turned out that the workers were there to start building a public toilet on the only part of the park that gets the afternoon sun and in the middle of one of the two small strips of grass. Continue reading

Fawkner residents campaign against toxic site

[By Sue Bolton] Fawkner residents have formed Toxic Free Fawkner, to oppose development on the old Nufarm factory site at 102 McBryde St Fawkner and call for an independent environmental audit of the site and the surrounding sites. The group’s first public meeting showed the community concern with 95 people packing out the Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre on May 11 to hear speakers about the toxic Nufarm chemicals site at 100 and 102 McBryde St Fawkner and the development application for 102 McBryde St. Continue reading

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 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