Report on July 8 council meeting

The council adopted a planning scheme amendment (C134) for Brunswick which will protect the residents of Brunswick with planning controls. The proposal put to councillors was amended to include mandatory height limits and residents’ right to notice and appeal. This was a very important decision which I supported. However, the decision will stick in the throats of many Coburg residents because the Labor Right councillors who voted to include residents’ right to notice and appeal in Brunswick, voted (in November 2014) to strip these same rights away from Coburg residents who live adjacent to or in the Coburg Activity Centre.

Cycling safety in Ararat Avenue, Coburg North

In Coburg North, the Upfield bike path suddenly stops without any warning signs so that cyclists have to go onto a short road which they share with cars before getting back onto the bike path. There’s currently no signage to indicate that it is a shared road. I managed to get a motion passed to put signage on the road so that car drivers realise that it is an extension of the bike path, but also to investigate safety options.

O’Hea Street, North Coburg traffic

A report to council found that O’Hea Street carries 10,000+ vehicles each day when it is only meant to carry 7000 vehicles per day. The report didn’t recommend any action. I think my next step is to move a motion at council to address the serious safety issues by installing a pedestrian crossing.

Hiroshima Day 70th anniversary commemoration

This year is the 70th anniversary of the United States atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 120,000 people died instantly with tens of thousands of people dying soon after. These were the worst two terrorist attacks in human history. I managed to get a motion passed through the last council meeting to hold a minute’s silence to commemorate the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to have Tomohiro Matsuoka from Japanese for Peace to speak.