Council votes to turn Coburg into concrete jungle but residents win some concessions

MCC 11.12.13 B[By Sue Bolton] The Moreland Council meeting on December 11 voted to turn Coburg into a concrete jungle, but residents did win some concessions. The gallery at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute was packed with more than 100 people for the second meeting in a row. While residents mobilised on a number of issues, the majority were there for the vote on the future of Coburg. Continue reading

Council defers contentious issues to December meeting

[By Dave Holmes] The gallery was packed at the November 13 Moreland Council meeting. Some 100 residents crowded into the Glenroy Senior Citizens Centre determined to make their concerns felt over several contentious planning issues. First and foremost was Amendment C123 which, if passed, will turn parts of Coburg into a mini-CBD with 10- and 8-storey buildings permitted, irreparably changing the character of the area and sharply reducing people’s quality of life on a whole number of fronts (and removing residents’ right to appeal against proposed developments). Continue reading