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.
Most people who catch trains at the Anstey Station would have no idea who the station was named after because there’s no plaque. The station is named after Frank Anstey. Frank was a key figure in the anti-conscription and anti-war campaign during WW1. Frank was both a member of the ALP and the Victorian Socialist Party and he was a member of parliament at the time. Frank played a key role in persuading the senate to block conscription, forcing Billie Hughes to hold a referendum. Frank was an interesting character and his political principle was extremely important. Australia was the only country to hold any sort of vote on the war. There’s lots more to know about Frank Anstey so come along to this event being hosed by the Brunswick-Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration Committee if you are free on the 22nd of August at St Ambrose Hall.
[By Sue Bolton] Around 50 residents from O’Hea Street and surrounding streets packed the Coburg council chambers on April 13 to express their frustration with the traffic issues in their streets (the volume of traffic, the speed of traffic, having to wait 15 minutes or more to cross the road because of the lack of pedestrian crossings, having to wait 15 minutes in your driveway to leave for work in the morning, the number of accidents). Continue reading
On 22 November, residents formed the O’Hea St & Surrounds Action Group to campaign around traffic issues on O’Hea St and surrounding streets in Coburg North. Around 24 local residents attended the meeting as well as people sending in apologies.
Issues discussed include the volume and speed of traffic, as well as the lack of pedestrian crossings, the number of trucks using local streets and cyclist safety on the O’Hea St bike path. Residents will attend the 9 December council meeting to ask questions.
[Socialist Alliance Moreland Councillor Sue Bolton delivered the following speech at the Trains Not Tolls rally in Melbourne on June 28.] It’s great seeing people here from all over Melbourne, because this issue affects not just people from the inner city where the East West Link is designed to go, but it affects people from all over Melbourne and all over Victoria. Continue reading
[By Meave Noonan] On Sunday, March 30, residents and community groups rallied in Brunswick to send an unequivocal message to the Napthine government: “No East-West tunnel! Improve and extend Melbourne’s public transport now!” Police estimated the number of attendees at 1500. Continue reading
[Statement by Socialist Alliance, March 28] A campaign of rallies and pickets has helped turn the tide of public opinion against the East West Tunnel, convincing many people that the proposal is an environmentally, socially and economically disastrous non-solution to the problem of congestion on the Eastern freeway. We need to extend this campaign into a big city-wide movement and exert maximum pressure on the government, and Labor and the Greens, to reject the tunnel and make real investments to renew and extend public transport. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] We had a successful first meeting with 45 people on November 28 to launch the group. This follows on from the 160-strong public meeting organised by the Moreland Council in West Brunswick. The group has been set up independently of the council but will be involved in and support the council’s campaign. (See articles below.) Continue reading
[By Tony Dewberry] On Thursday, December 28, 45 people gathered in Brunswick to launch a community campaign against the East-West Link. The meeting was initiated by Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton, who was also one of the speakers. The other speakers were Nic Maclellan, from the Brunswick Residents Network, and Samantha Ratnam, Greens councillor on Moreland council. Continue reading