Merlynston Progress Hall saved

13909130_1744258422493761_9218450007133073999_o[By Sue Bolton] There was a great Merlynston community gathering on August 6 to celebrate the community finally winning council support for the restoration of the historic Merlynston Progress Hall. As happened in many parts of Australia where Progress Associations existed last century, many community halls were built and paid for by ordinary working class people without any government support. Continue reading

Report on May Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] In question time, Merlynston residents expressed their strong disappointment that the council had rejected funding the restoration of the Merlynston Progress Hall in the draft council budget. One resident said that when the campaign began, she was wanting access to the hall for a playgroup. Now, her children are in high school and the community still does not have access to the hall. Continue reading

Report on December council meeting

Coburg[By Sue Bolton] The 9 December 2015 council meeting was lively with quite a few petitions and questions from residents. Residents presented petitions calling on council to build more public toilets in Coburg and a public toilet outside the Fawkner Library, calling for a heritage house in The Avenue Coburg to be preserved, calling for the Merlynston Linear Park to be funded and calling for council to make Moreland plastic-bag-free Moreland. Continue reading