Reportback from April council meeting

[By Sue Bolton] At the April Council meeting I successfully moved a motion to protest against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities, to call on the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Victorian Local Government Association to also protest and to send a letter of solidarity to the threatened communities.

  • Other key outcomes of the April council meeting were:
    Council voted against a motion I moved to rotate council meetings around Fawkner, Glenroy, Brunswick and Coburg. The only other councillor to support the motion was Lita Gillies from north-west ward.
  • Council voted to continue trying to regain the Ballerrt Mooroop College site from the state government for an Aboriginal Community Centre
  • Council supported my motion to provide assistance with photocopying and a community bus in the campaign to get the state government to reinstate the Hope Street bus in Brunswick.
  • Council voted to begin work on an urban agriculture and food production strategy and to consult with Moreland Food Gardens Network and the Fawkner Sustainability.
  • Council voted to allocate money to a scoping study regarding refurbishment of the Merlynston Progress Hall. The local residents have been campaigning for eight years for the hall to be refurbished because of its important history in the area, as well as the lack of other secular halls available to the local community.
  • Council voted for my motion to protest the state government’s plans to reduce the frequency of the Sydney Road tram service.
  • My motion to waive the requirement for the Indigenous Social Justice Association to employ security guards for its public meeting last Saturday failed. The council has been insisting that community groups employ security guards as a condition of organising all sorts of events, including public meetings since late 2011/early 2012. I believe this is an onerous condition for community groups.
  • Council voted to continue supporting a food and beverage manufacturing industry in Moreland. This is important, especially as the council is reviewing its industrial land use, and often there is an assumption that all Moreland residents are white collar workers. It is important to preserve industrial areas in Moreland, especially as Moreland residents in the north of Moreland are being hard hit by the closure of the Ford factory and auto components factories in Campbelfield.