Ballerrt Mooroop Victory

[By Sue Bolton] June 1 marked a small but important victory for the campaign to save the Ballerrt Mooroop site for a First Nations Community Hub. The education department organised a quick media event for the minister for indigenous affairs. Despite not enough time to contact everyone, quite a few people from the Ballerrt Mooroop campaign attended. Aunty Margaret from the Wurundjeri and Dotty Bamblett both spoke powerfully. Continue reading

Sue Bolton: ‘A True Community Leader’

p8-sue-b-louise-chen[By Susan Price] Community activists, residents and supporters came together to launch Sue Bolton’s campaign for re-election to the City of Moreland Council in Melbourne’s northern suburbs on September 10. Bolton, a member of Socialist Alliance, received some heart-warming endorsements and pledges of support from a number of community members. Continue reading

Don Dale atrocity shows we must reject the major parties’ law and order’ agenda

[By Sue Bolton] There is ample evidence of the criminality of the prison officers, their bosses and the Northern Territory government ministers for charges to be laid over the horror inflicted on Aboriginal kids in custody at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre. It’s not just a question of proper “training”and “processes” for the prison guards. The horror we saw in the ABC’s Four Corner‘s program on July 25 is the outcome of the law and order agenda of “lock em’ up and throw away the key”. 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

Moreland says NO to Racism rally succeeds in peaceful rally against racism

[By Sue Bolton & Maureen Murphy] Today in Coburg, around 400-500 people rallied peacefully in opposition to the federal government policies that promote racism towards Aborigines, refugees and Muslims. This was despite the rain. Rally participants included the young and the old, people with children, church groups, interfaith groups, refugees, Muslims and First Nations people. 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

May 28 Rally: Moreland Says NO to Racism

Coburg anti-racism rally A4 FINAL FINALSaturday 28 May, 11am
Gather outside Coburg Library, Victoria St Mall.
Then march to Bridges Reserve, Bell St, Coburg for community speakout and entertainment. Bring your lunch and join with other Moreland residents in saying our community supports a diverse and inclusive Moreland.

Council Votes For Treaty Negotiations with Wurundjeri

[By Sue Bolton] At the April 13 council meeting I won the support of the other councillors (except for one) to beginning Treaty negotiations with the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri. This vote is historic. As far as I know it is the first such decision by any level of government. Now we have to make sure that it keeps moving in the right direction. Thanks to the Ballerrt Mooroop working group and the Wurundjeri for making the motion last night possible. If it wasn’t for the campaign by all the deadly brothers and sisters, the motion wouldn’t have been supported by the other councillors. Continue reading

Report on November council meeting

[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