Brunswick Residents Network newsletter, November 2011

Sent to our e-list on 7 November 2011
Read on for:

  • Meeting this week on planning changes for Victoria
  • New Moreland bike strategy
  • Brunswick Residents family day and picnic
  • Moreland Leader questions Brunswick Structure Plan
  • Council to decide on Brunswick Terminal Station this month?
  • Electoral Commission recommends changes to Brunswick ward boundaries

1) THIS THURSDAY, 10 November:
RESIDENTS FORUM – WHAT’S UP WITH
PLANNING?

What’s happening with planning in Victoria, as the State Government reviews our planning laws? How do current changes affect our health and our community? What can local residents do?

Join us this Thursday for a discussion with local Brunswick experts:
Carolyn Whitzman Melbourne University Associate Professor in Urban Planning
Carlo Carli Former Brunswick MP, doing PhD on planning

Thursday 10 November, 7.00pm
Clarrie Wohlers Centre, 51 Albert Street (Fleming Park)

2) NEW MORELAND BIKE STRATEGY

Since 2010, Moreland Council has been working to develop a new Bicycle Strategy to replace the existing Moreland Bicycle Plan 2000. The Strategy outlines a combination of community engagement programs, infrastructure investments and advocacy actions to make the city of Moreland a great place to ride a bicycle

The draft strategy was opened for consultation in October 2010, and has been updated based on comments from a range of cyclists and the Moreland Bicycle Users Group.

The draft strategy goes before Council on Wednesday 9 November, and if adopted will provide the framework for cycling in our suburbs for the next decade (2011-2021)

The draft Bicycle Strategy can be found in the meeting papers for the 9 November meeting at:

www.moreland.vic.gov.au/about-council/council-and-committee-meetings/council-meetings/agenda-next-council-meeting.html

3) BRUNSWICK RESIDENTS FAMILY DAY, BBQ AND PICNIC
– Sunday 27 November

Now that the sun is shining a bit more we’re organising a community party and BBQ in Fleming Park on Sunday 27 November – come along and meet the neighbourhood!

Come along to meet other members of the Brunswick Residents Network and people in our neighbourhood

There’ll be a sausage sizzle, music from the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective and other bands, and information stalls with news about the Brunswick Residents Network

Bring a picnic, the kids or the dog, your neighbours and anything else you need for a summer’s day – we’ll be gathering on the Albert Street side of Fleming park (between Lygon and Nicholson Streets), from 12.00-2.00pm, on Saturday 27 November.

If you’d like to help out on the day, call Pam on 0458 690 074 or email albertstreet2020@gmail.com

4) COUNCIL TO DECIDE ON BRUNSWICK TERMINAL STATION

The debate over the planned four-fold expansion of the Brunswick Terminal Station (46 King Street, East Brunswick) is coming to a head.
Facing plans to construct a new 66kV electricity terminal station, a public meeting in September resolved “That the local community supports the Merri Creek Residents Group in continuing to oppose the application for a new 66kV facility at the Brunswick Terminal Station”.
Revised plans for the upgrade of the Brunswick Terminal Station have been lodged with Moreland Council by CitiPower, SP Ausnet and the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Moreland Council may now decide on the application for the Brunswick Terminal Station at the next Urban Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 23 November at 6pm (at the Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg)

Put that date in your diary if you want to come along and be part of the democratic process to make sure the application gets rejected by Council! Around 200 residents turned up last year when the first application was rejected.

Local residents campaigning for an alternative to the power station now have a Facebook page up and running so have a look, LIKE it, and share it around with as many people as you can at www.facebook.com/brunswickterminalstation

For more information on the Terminal debate, see http://powergridsolutions.blogspot.com/

To lodge an objection, download the form from
www.moreland.vic.gov.au/building-and-planning/planning/apply-for-a-planning-permit/objections-and-permit-applications-that-affect-you.html

5)  MORELAND LEADER: Is the Brunswick Structure plan working?

The latest edition of the Moreland Leader newspaper has raised questions about the effectiveness of the Brunswick Structure Plan, with revelations that high-rise apartments are being approved above designated height limits almost monthly.

Leader found 10 approved developments taller than the structure plan’s recommended five-storey limit since it was introduced by Moreland Council 15 months ago. The buildings, which are each between six and eight storeys and planned for Sydney Rd, Lygon, Hope and Edward streets, have been approved despite limits designed to preserve the area’s character. Of the 10 approvals, seven were made by VCAT, while Moreland Council signed off on three.

The newspaper is seeking comment, so have your say at:
http://moreland-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/skys-the-limit-3/

6) Moreland Bicycle Users Group (BUG)
The next meeting of the Moreland BUG will be held on Thursday 24 November, from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Monthly BUG meetings are held at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel (681 Sydney Road, Brunswick). Food and drinks can be purchased there. Members and guests are welcome!

7) VEC RECOMMENDS MODIFIED ELECTORAL STRUCTURE FOR MORELAND CITY COUNCIL
An Electoral Representation Review by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) was released in October, putting forward a revised electoral structure for Moreland City Council.

The VEC recommends that Moreland City Council retains its existing three wards and 11 councillors, with two four-councillor wards and one three-councillor ward (that’s us in South Ward, which covers Brunswick and Brunswick East).

However because of increasing population density in Brunswick, the report recommends some changes to current ward boundaries to equalise voter numbers. This may affect some Brunswick residents who currently live in the South ward (if adopted, people north of Albion Street will change wards for the next Council elections).

The report is being sent to the State Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell, for her consideration. If the Minister endorses the recommendation, changes will be put in place for the next council general election, to be held on Saturday, 27 October 2012.

Further information about the Moreland City Council electoral representation review, copies of all submissions and a copy of the Final Report are available at:
www.vec.vic.gov.au/reviews/Morelandrr.html

8) Moreland Council meetings
Every fortnight on Wednesday evening, planning and development issues are debated by Moreland Councillors, with some projects brought before the Urban Planning Committee or full Council:

Moreland Council meeting
Wednesday 9 November 2011 – 7 pm
Council Chambers, Brunswick Town Hall (Corner Sydney Road and Dawson Street, Brunswick)
Urban Planning Committee
Wednesday 23 November 2011 – 6 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

Moreland Council meeting
Wednesday 7 December 2011 – 7 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

Urban Planning Committee
Wednesday 14 December 2011 – 6 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

(Check times and location at the council website: www.moreland.vic.gov.au/about-council/council-and-committee-meetings.html  )

MAILING LIST:

To contact organisers of the Brunswick Residents’ Network, offer to help with future activities or be added to our resident’s mailing list, please email albertstreet2020 (at) gmail.com.

Please forward this e-letter to other Moreland residents and neighbours who’d like a say in the way their community is changing.

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