Mini-News 20 April 2012

This brief newsletter – sent to our e-list on 20 April – contains news that’s come in since our very successful residents’ meeting on 4 April where once again a large crowd came along to share information on issues of concern around planning and traffic. To join the e-list just email us at albertstreet2020 (at) gmail.com

WORTH A READ
The Melbourne Times’ Chris Hingston wrote a major feature quoting members of our group, and MLA Jane Garrett.

STREETSCAPE: HAVE YOUR SAY ON TREES
Councillor Jo Connellan writes that Council has approved a draft Streetscape Strategy now out for consultation. Jo urges everyone to  read and  comment:
“Dot points in an email are as good as a more detailed submission.It would be very good if you could provide comments- with photos or address/street name of particular trees – that you think are good examples [and bad] of street tree planting.  Comments of species selection would also be very helpful, as would any thoughts on current Council planting and maintenance practices”

DEMONSTRATION AT BRUNSWICK TERMINAL STATION LAST WEDNESDAY
With less than 24 hours notice, around 70 East Brunswick  residents turned up for a protest action at the BTS site at 8am in the morning. The protest was led by residents in protective suits to highlight their grave concerns over the potential health implications of this development, and none of these concerns are being taken seriously by those with a responsibility to protect residents. The same day, local MP Jane Garrett tabled a 3000 signature petition in State Parliament.

EAST BRUNSWICK VILLAGE (TONTINE) CONSULTATION
Although the intervention of the Minister in this process leaves little formal role for resident consultation, residents have been invited to comment to the Council (the closing date was today but it may be worth sending your views in an email over the weekend). Major concerns raised by residents at a presentation by the developers (Banco) included the effects of the estimated 10,000 extra traffic movements per day, mostly in and out of Nicholson Street but some coming into John Street.  Project details and maps are on the Moreland Council website

“PROTECTING MORELAND’S LIVEABILITY”

This is the name of a new group formed by residents to campaign against plans for major expansion of John Fawkner Hospital by its owners Healthscope – who had originally planned to build a new hospital in Bell Street. People living in residential streets around the Moreland Road private hospital attended our 4 April meeting to urge support for their campaign. See this week’s Leader story:
EAST BRUNSWICK CLUB HOTEL: 6 STOREYS APPROVED BY COUNCIL
Objectors have been notified that this project has been approved, with a long list of conditions such as bike parking, landscaping requirements, and car parking arrangements. It doesn’t seem that concerns regarding traffic coming into Albert Street, and the lack of a loading dock, have been addressed.  It is possible to appeal to VCAT.

MICHAEL LEUNIG AND PETER CUNDALL AT BRUNSWICK SECONDARY COLLEGE THIS TUESDAY EVENING
“The Language of War” – Anzac eve reflections in poetry, speech and song – also includes local poets and performers. Organised by the school, and the Medical Association for Prevention of War (the organisers include Pam and Nancy who run this e-list so we thought our readers should be invited!).  Free, but bookings essential. Details

SEND YOUR IDEAS FOR COUNCIL ELECTION QUESTIONS
Council elections are on 27 October. This network could hold a meeting to hear from South Ward candidates; and we could also consider asking them what they will do on particular issues. Ideas welcome (and watch for notice of our next working group meeting, coming up soon).

MORELAND WALKING LOBBY FORMED
News of this group arrived via the Bike Users Group. They’re called  Walk On Moreland and can  be contacted at walkonmoreland@gmail.com. See their blog at http://walkonmoreland.blogspot.com.au/ . They are currently campaigning about an unsafe crossing in Munro Street Coburg.

BRUNSWICK TRAFFIC STATS ARE ON OUR WEBSITE
Data on traffic volumes and speeds collected by the Council last August and September in central and East Brunswick,mainly  between Glenlyon Rd and Blyth St, has been posted on our website (previous post). It basically backs up residents concern expressed in our major traffic survey last April, that there are too many cars and they go too fast in narrow residential streets. (There are some surprises as well, like that most cars in Blyth Street travel over the speed limit!)

INTERESTING VICROADS CRASH STATISTICS SITE
Thanks to Walk on Moreland for this link to VicRoads’ interactive map of crash data – you can choose to look at bike accidents, pedestrian accidents, bad accidents (etc) in any municipality. (You might need to install Java on your computer first, from java.com)
This email newsletter was written by Nancy Atkin

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