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

Why I voted against the council budget

[By Sue Bolton] The draft council budget was voted up on May 22. On May 23, right-wing councillor Ali Irfanli wrote on Facebook that I had voted against public consultation on the Moreland Council budget.

I voted against the draft budget because I disagreed with some measures in it. I certainly don’t oppose public consultation on the budget. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am consistently the councillor who most pushes for genuine consultation with residents.  Continue reading

Report on May 10 Moreland Council meeting

[By Sue Bolton] This is a snapshot of some of the issues voted on at the May 10 Moreland Council meeting.

Allowances for mayor & councillors
I believe that politicians’ incomes should be linked to either the median or average wage. I proposed a motion that the allowance for the mayor should be linked to the median wage ($43,836) and councillors’ allowances should be half that to reflect that the position is part-time ($21,918). I opposed the per annum allowances of $94,641 for the mayor and $29,630 for councillors, and proposed an alternative motion that the allowances should be linked to the median wage for all Australians of $43,836 for the mayor and half that for councillors ($21,918). There was no support for my alternative motion.  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

Morrison’s Hand-Out to Developers no Solution to Housing Affordability Crisis

housing[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

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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Report on August 10 Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] Issues that were discussed at the August 10 meeting of the Moreland Council included:

Development in Moreland – A report was presented which showed that a record number of planning permit applications were received and determined in the 2015-2016 financial year. Over the past 5 years planning permit application numbers have increased by 31%. There has also been an increase in enforcement cases against builders for breaches of permits, but there is still a big backlog. Continue reading

Pentridge heritage destruction an international disgrace

[By Martin Smith] Over 100 people attended a public meeting held in Coburg calling on Victoria’s Planning Minister to refuse permits for proposed 19-storey and 8-storey apartment tower developments within the Pentridge heritage precinct. Continue reading

Save Pentridge heritage

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[By Martin Smith]  Over 100 protesters gathered outside the former Pentridge Prison on 16 January to say NO to the planned 19-storey residential Pentridge tower.  

A plan to build a 19-storey apartment complex within the walls of the former Pentridge Prison was lodged over the Christmas vacation period.  The proposed residential tower will totally dominate and overshadow the guards’ watchtower.  It will also be the tallest building in Moreland. This would set a precedent for the height of buildings in central Coburg. Continue reading