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.

End of Year/Council Re-election Celebration

Socialist Alliance and Green Left Weekly are hosting an end of year celebration party at the Coburg Senior Citizens Centre, 21 Harding Street in Coburg from 12pm to 4pm.

Join us for a day of food, drinks and music to celebrate a big year and Sue Bolton’s re-election to the Moreland Council.

For more information: phone 9639 8622. Facebook Event.

Elder Care a Burning Issue for Local Councils

[By Susan Price] Out door-knocking for Sue Bolton in Moreland during the local council elections, we came across a dilapidated block of flats in an otherwise gentrified part of Brunswick. One of the last doors in the block was answered by an elderly man still in his pyjamas, breathless and clearly in distress. All he could manage to say was, “Can you please call someone?” I took one look at him and said, “Are you ill? Would you like us to call an ambulance?” He nodded. Continue reading

Sue’s Election Victory: A Massive Thank-You to Everyone

[By Sue Bolton] I would like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who helped out in my re-election campaign. The results came through from the Victorian Electoral Commission late on Friday night. I got 13.03% of the vote and was the second councillor elected to the North-East ward. Continue reading

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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Fawkner Candidates Meeting: Sunday October 9

Fawkner Community House has invited Council Candidates for the North-East Ward to a community forum with Fawkner residents to discuss policy and talk about how the candidates will represent the people of Fawkner if they are elected to council at the election on October 22, 2016.

The forum will be held on Sunday October 9, from 2pm to 5pm at 95-97 Major Road Fawkner. Afternoon tea and snacks will be provided on the day.

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Sue’s preference policy in council elections

[By Sue Bolton] We believe that a key issue for the new council will be pressure to outsource and cut services. We asked all of the candidates about their attitude towards outsourcing. Socialist Alliance usually preferences the Greens before Labor, unless the Greens do something bad and we have followed that approach in this election with one exception. Continue reading

Sue Bolton: ‘A True Community Leader’

p8-sue-b-louise-chen[By Susan Price] Community activists, residents and supporters came together to launch Sue Bolton’s campaign for re-election to the City of Moreland Council in Melbourne’s northern suburbs on September 10. Bolton, a member of Socialist Alliance, received some heart-warming endorsements and pledges of support from a number of community members. Continue reading