Sue Bolton for Moreland Council, NE Ward: Community need not developer greed!

Sue Bolton AugustSince her election in 2012, North East Ward councillor Sue Bolton has been tireless in helping residents fight for their rights. Sue meets monthly with residents to hear their concerns. Her presence on council has been invaluable — for the Indigenous community, for residents resisting greed-driven over-development, for people wanting a council that takes a firm stand against racism and Islamophobia, and which takes climate change seriously. From the big things to the little things, Sue has always been there for Moreland residents. If you value Sue’s presence on the council, please get behind her re-election campaign. The council election will be held on October 22, 2016. Continue reading

Sue’s re-election campaign launch: September 10

Election launch[By Sue Bolton] I’m running for re-election to Moreland Council. The election itself is held on Saturday, October 22. We are holding an event to launch the election campaign on September 10 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm at the Anatolian Cultural Centre, 195 Sydney Road, Coburg. There will be food, drinks and live acoustic music. Kids are welcome. Continue reading

Merlynston Progress Hall saved

13909130_1744258422493761_9218450007133073999_o[By Sue Bolton] There was a great Merlynston community gathering on August 6 to celebrate the community finally winning council support for the restoration of the historic Merlynston Progress Hall. As happened in many parts of Australia where Progress Associations existed last century, many community halls were built and paid for by ordinary working class people without any government support. Continue reading

Report on June 8 council meeting and council budget

Issues which came up at the June council meeting were:

Construction sites in Moreland. After many complaints by residents about neighbouring building sites blocking access to houses, blocking the footpath, damaging neighbouring properties and creating excessive noise, the council has agreed to carry out an independent review of the management of construction sites and will upgrade its website to provide more information to residents about how to report issues to council. Continue reading

Why I voted against the council budget

[By Sue Bolton] Last night I voted against the Moreland budget. Previously, I have consistently voted against budgets with rate rises greater than CPI. This is because rates are a very inequitable means of funding councils. Rates are a regressive so that you can have the old aged pensioner paying living beside a millionaire and paying the same rates. Rates aren’t progressive like income tax is. I believe that rates should be on a scale according to your income. Continue reading

The anti-racisism rally in Coburg the media ignored

[By Sue Bolton] The “Say NO to Racism in Moreland” rally on May 28 was originally conceived early this year and organising for it started back in February. We wanted to offer residents and communities an opportunity to take a public stand on the racist policies of the major parties: their Islamophobia, xenophobia and fear mongering. We also wanted to stand in solidarity with First Nations peoples, who are on the receiving end of institutionalised racism. Continue reading

Report on May Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] In question time, Merlynston residents expressed their strong disappointment that the council had rejected funding the restoration of the Merlynston Progress Hall in the draft council budget. One resident said that when the campaign began, she was wanting access to the hall for a playgroup. Now, her children are in high school and the community still does not have access to the hall. Continue reading

Report on April 2016 council meeting

[By Sue Bolton] The April council meeting began with about fifty people protesting against plans by the council to cut down a heritage tree in Champ St at the request of the developer. Protestors then marched to the Moreland Civic Centre. They packed into the council chambers to ask questions about whether the council would put a stop to these plans.  Continue reading