Moreland Council in 2017: What Are Some of the Issues?

[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

Reduced Speed Limit on Nicholson St Coburg

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.

Anti-Conscription Commemoration Community Song Project

28 October this year was the 100th anniversary of the 1st anti-conscription referendum during WW1. One of the activities organised by the Brunswick-Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration Committee was a workshop to create a new song about peace, then two weeks later attend a workshop to learn it.

The song is inspired by the campaign in Brunswick and Coburg which voted down conscription during WW1; and the gaoling of leaders like Adela Pankhurst. This is in commemoration of when prominent suffragette Adela Pankhurst was jailed in Pentridge Prison for her anti-war and anti-conscription activities and a women’s choir sang outside the prison while Adela was stuck in her prison cell.

Coburg Candidates Meeting: Thursday October 13

Community groups ‘Save Coburg Residents’ Network’ and ‘Pentridge Community Action Group’ have organised a forum for the Moreland Council Candidates for the North East Ward where residents can find out where the candidates stand on development and planning in Moreland and what they each plan to do for the community.

The forum will be the Coburg Uniting Church, 21 Victoria Street Coburg, and will start at 7pm on October 13.

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Sue’s re-election campaign launch: September 10

Election launch[By Sue Bolton] I’m running for re-election to Moreland Council. The election itself is held on Saturday, October 22. We are holding an event to launch the election campaign on September 10 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm at the Anatolian Cultural Centre, 195 Sydney Road, Coburg. There will be food, drinks and live acoustic music. Kids are welcome. Continue reading

Public meeting: Who was Frank Anstey?

13669239_1570314643274239_4122699617758433223_nMost 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.

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

Pentridge heritage destruction an international disgrace

[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