Over 30 residents came to our meeting on Thursday 10 November, where two local residents generously shared their expertise on planning in discussion with the audience.
Associate Professor Carolyn Whitzman began by asking longer-term residents, what changes they had seen in Brunswick. She spoke on the weaknesses in our planning laws and processes which in Victoria do not require consideration of health, social or environmental impacts. Affordable housing, liveable apartments, and open space are generally missing in newer Brunswick developments.
Carlo Carli reminded us that in some parts of Brunswick housing developments had been welcomed, when they replaced factories which polluted the environment more. He reminded us of the period when Brunswick Council had substantially extended parklands and open space. He suggested that Moreland needed a clearer vision, and some priorities to improve our city.