August newsletter

Our August email newsletter

TOWN HALL TRANSPORT MEETING ON 21 AUGUST

Moreland Council is moving ahead with the Brunswick Integrated Transportation Strategy (BITS), with the first public consultation to be held on Tuesday 21 August at the Brunswick Town Hall, followed by a second meeting on Tuesday 25 September.

There are a range of issues related to transportation in Brunswick, such as: access to public transport; hazards to cyclists and pedestrians from increased traffic flows; changes to traffic and parking related to the number of new residents moving into the area. Over the last five years, the population of Brunswick and Brunswick East increased 13 per cent to over 34,000 people and the number of dwellings rose from 13,419 to 15,043 in 2006-2011 (The population is estimated to increase to nearly 61,000 in 15 years’ time).

Residents, workers and people who spend time in Brunswick are being invited to help shape the future of transport in Brunswick and Brunswick East, as Council develops a “Place Framework Strategy” for the neighbourhood, looking out over the next 20 years.

The initial public consultation on the Brunswick Integrated Transportation Strategy (BITS) will be from 7pm – 8.30pm on Tuesday 21 August, with short presentations by councillors and council staff, followed by an opportunity to raise issues of concern with the consultants developing the BITS strategy (e.g. bike paths, traffic issues related to new development projects, lobbying for investment in public transport, crummy footpaths etc.). The meeting will be held at Brunswick Town Hall (corner Sydney Road and Glenlyon Road).

A further meeting will follow on Tuesday 25 September, starting at 7pm, where the BITS consultants will present feedback on their draft strategy and proposed solutions to issues of concern raised at the public consultation in August. The final BITS strategy will be presented to the newly elected Council in early 2013.

Council has also established an online survey, to be completed before 2 September (hard copies of the survey are also available from the Council offices in Coburg):

http://www.mysurveyportal.com/moreland/qedml/login.php?SURVEY=bits

Further information on the process from:

http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/about-council/news-media/have-your-say-main/community-consultation/brunswick-integrated-transportation-strategy.html

 

RESIDENTS’ SURVEY CLOSES SOON

With Council elections coming up on 27 October, the Brunswick Residents Network has prepared a short online survey designed to collect your views, priorities and concerns on key local issues. We’ve also asked how well you think Moreland Council is performing. We will inform candidates of your concerns, and ask them how they plan to act on your priorities.

The questions are based on principles and issues discussed at our community meetings.

We’ve had over 150 responses so far but the survey closes next weekend, Sunday 12 August so PLEASE fill in the survey as soon as possible. The most important part is the tick-the-box questions which should only take 3-5 minutes. There’s room for extra comments as well if you have time.

The only compulsory question is your postcode, but it would be helpful if you could answer everything. Giving your name and details is optional (If you give your name, you will not be identified in any reports).

Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M8MZPBK

 

 

ACTION ON PERMAMENT PLANNING CONTROLS

State Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has given Moreland Council notice of “authorisation to proceed” with a planning scheme amendment to introduce permanent planning controls to Brunswick.

After interim planning controls lapsed last May, Council endorsed a planning scheme amendment in June with the intention of introducing permanent planning controls to Brunswick.

Now the Minister and state planning department have given their approval to proceed, the formal process for public exhibition and consultation on the changes is likely to occur in October / November 2012 (interesting timing, given the Council elections will be held on 27 October!). This process will involve a range of public meetings, drop-in sessions, online surveys etc.

Once permanent controls are introduced into the Moreland Planning Scheme they’ll be there for some time, so this year there’s a chance to influence plans for a liveable Brunswick – we’ll let you know when there is a chance to contribute!

 SUPER-STOPS FOR TRAM ROUTE 96 ON NICHOLSON STREET

 

The Route 96 tram along Nicholson Street is about to undergo a major transformation, with new super-stops developed along the route that passes through Brunswick East (Route 96 runs from Blyth Street in Brunswick to Acland Street, St Kilda)

 

The transformation of the tram stops comes at a time when there are major changes underway in the Nicholson Activity Centre, with Moreland Council moving to rezone land along Nicholson Street (south of Glenlyon Road) and also approving the re-development of the old Tontine site bounded by Nicholson, Glenlyon, John and Albert Streets, now known as “the East Brunswick Village”.

 

The Banco Group, which is developing the East Brunswick Village project, has negotiated with VicRoads and Council to get a tram super-stop in Nicholson Street at the entry to the new “village”, to link in with the supermarket, commercial and shopping hub.

 

The 96 route re-development is part of the State Government’s $800m program to purchase 50 new low-floor trams and upgrade associated infrastructure, and will be the first tram route to get the new low-floor trams.

 

The project is being managed by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) in partnership with Yarra Trams and VicRoads.  For further information, go to:

·         http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/route96project

·         Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Route96Project

·         Twitter:@R96Project

 

ACTION ON BLUESTONE

 

This Wednesday 8 August, Moreland Council will likely approve the establishment of a Bluestone Laneways Citizen Working Group, which will work between now and December to determine Council policy on Rights of Way and proposals for a heritage overlay to be extended to all bluestones and bluestone lanes in the municipality.

 

As part of their efforts to preserve bluestone laneways, the Save Moreland Bluestone Action Group will be holding a small event every weekend in various locations around the municipality leading up to the Council Elections on Saturday, 27 October. For details of the Bluestone campaign, see:  http://savebrunswickbluestonelanes.com/

 

On Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SaveBrunswicksBluestoneLaneways

 

 

COMMUNITY HISTORY

 

The Brunswick Community History Group meets on the first Saturday of the month at 1:30pm in the Mayor’s room, first floor, Brunswick Town Hall (corner of Sydney Road & Dawson Street, Brunswick). The next meeting in September will be:

 

“The Extraordinary in the Ordinary – the Story of Piera Street East Brunswick”

by Cheryl Griffin

Date: Saturday 1 Sep 2012 at 1.30pm

Place: Mayor’s Room, 1st Floor Brunswick Town Hall

 

For further information, please contact Francesca Folk-Scolaro on (03) 9387-1194 or emailbrunswickhistoryinc@yahoo.com

 

FRIENDS OF EDWARD STREET 

 

Friends of Edward Street will be running events in coming months. An informal launch will take place in a few weeks’ time at The Sporting Club Hotel. With the help of a Moreland Council community grant, the group aims to bring people together from all generations for activities that include: a kids’ street-mapping day, growing food to share, and creating under-story habitats.

 

If you would like to participate, have skills to contribute, and live in and around Edward Street Brunswick or Brunswick East please get in touch by joining up at http://foesblog.wordpress.com.

 

Enquiries: piaher@netspace.net.au or 0439 038 288

 

MORELAND BICYCLE USERS GROUP (BUG)

The next meeting of the Moreland BUG will be held on Thursday 23 August, 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!

 

FUTURE NETWORK ACTIVITIES

 

The Brunswick Residents Network is planning a “meet the candidates” forum in early October, to allow residents to meet and question people running for this year’s Council elections, which will be held on Saturday 27 October.

 

These elections are only held every four years, so it’s an important opportunity to find out who will represent you in the South Ward (in spite of the growing poipulation in Brunswick and Brunswick East, we only get three councillors, while the North East and North-West wardss of Moreland Council get four each!).

 

For information on voting and how to ensure you’re on the electoral roll, go to:

http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/about-council/councillors/council-elections/voting-council-elections.html

 

If you’d like to be involved in network activities in the lead up to the elections, email us atalbertstreet2020@gmail.com or call Pam on 0458690074 or Nic on 0421840100.

 

 

NEXT MORELAND COUNCIL MEETINGS

Full Council meeting

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

Urban Planning Committee

Wednesday 22 August 2012 – 6 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

 

Full Council meeting

Wednesday 12 September 2012 – 7 pm
Glenroy Senior Citizens Centre, 11 Cromwell Street, Glenroy

 

Special Council meeting to consider draft Annual Report

Monday 24 September 2012 – 6 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

Urban Planning Committee

Wednesday 26 September 2012 – 6 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

 

Full Council meeting

Wednesday 10 October 2012 – 7 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

 

Urban Planning Committee

Wednesday 24 October 2012 – 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@gmail.com, or phone 0421 840 100.

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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