[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
[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
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.
[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
[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
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
[By Martin Smith] Rally at 11 am on this Saturday to help prevent even more of the social heritage of Pentridge Prison being destroyed. A plan to build a 19-storey apartment complex within the walls of the former Pentridge Prison has has been lodged over the Christmas vacation period. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] Councillors voted to disband a taskforce set up this year to make it easier for residents in McBryde St Fawkner to have their concerns about the operation of the factories across the road. Prior to the establishment of the taskforce, the residents had to complain to several different council departments about the multiple issues as a result of large factories operating in a residential area. Continue reading
This is a letter from a concerned Coburg resident published in the Moreland Leader on 9 November, 2015. The letter is about the loss of rights of Coburg residents regarding the plan for 10-story buildings in the centre of Coburg.
‘DON’T LEAVE COBURG HIGH AND DRY’
I’m writing in response to the new Moreland mayor’s stated list of priorities (“Change in council dynamics”, Moreland Leader, 2 November). Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] Moreland City Council has received a planning permit application (Number MPS 2013/795) for the construction of a Hungry Jack’s convenience restaurant and drive through, to be built on the eastern side of the Shell Service Station at 336-346 Bell Street Pascoe Vale South, opposite McDonalds. Continue reading