October newsletter

9 October 2012: Brunswick Residents Network e-news
This month: elections, bikes, bluestones, safety, history and more:
EIGHT CANDIDATES FOR BRUNSWICK IN COUNCIL ELECTIONS
With Moreland Council elections on Saturday October 27, two of the three sitting South Ward councillors – Jo Connellan (Greens) and Alice Pryor (ALP) – have announced that they are not standing again, while Lambros Tapinos (ALP) is recontesting his seat.
This Thursday, join us for the Brunswick Residents Network candidates’ forum, to meet the contenders for South Ward!
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has listed eight candidates for the South Ward (which covers the suburbs of Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West, south of Albion Street):
Mr Martin FORSTER
0457 323 225
Ms Samantha RATNAM
0433 275 434
Ms Meghan HOPPER
0421 807 303
Mr Liam Shaun FARRELLY
Dr Derham GROVES
(03) 8344 7167
Mr Michael CARMODY
0402 642 825
Ms Narelle GRAEFE
0438 519 420
Mr Lambros TAPINOS
0411 227 284
With eight candidates for the three South Ward seats, there’s less of a crowd than North-east ward (with 24 candidates for four seats) and North-west ward (with 17 candidates for four seats). In South Ward, the Greens are running three candidates led by Samantha Ratnam, while sitting candidate Lambros Tapinos and newcomer Michael Carmody are members of the ALP. Independent Martin Forster co-founded the Adopt-A-Tree program across Moreland while Derham Groves is an architect and member of the new Moreland Ratepayers and Residents Group.
Want to find out more about their politics, policies and personalities? Join us at the Brunswick Residents Network candidates’ forum on Thursday 11 October. We’ll be quizzing the candidates on their policies for Brunswick’s future and issues that affect our neighbourhood: planning laws and the impact of new development projects; new zoning laws that will transform the suburb; open space and traffic management; bikes and pedestrians; social services; arts and culture; protecting the environment and more. Get your questions ready!
Brunswick Residents Network candidates’ forum
DATE: Thursday 11 October, 6.30pm
VENUE: Clarrie Wohlers Centre, 51 Albert Street, Brunswick East (next to Fleming Park, between Lygon and Nicholson Streets)
For the elections, you can vote at one of the Moreland voting centres either in the early voting period (Wednesday 26 September – Friday 26 October) or on Election Day (Saturday 27 October). For details on where to vote
 
DEBATE OVER VIOLENCE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
The tragic death of Jill Meagher brought out more than 20,000 people to march along Sydney Road on Sunday 30 September – a show of solidarity for a woman’s right to feel safe, no matter where she is. Our condolences to Ms. Meagher’s friends and family.
While the case of a man accused of Ms. Meagher’s murder is before the courts, there are limits to discussing her death. But with the State Government and police pledging more funds for CCTV, there is a wider debate about the best ways to ensure community safety – here are links to some varying responses.
James Martin: “Cameras’ eye on the streets is little more than pie in the sky”, The Age, 5 October 2012
Melinda McPherson: When women claim public spaces our own, New Matilda, 3 October 2012
Jerril Rechter: “Keeping women safe is everyone’s responsibility”, National Times, 2 October 2012
City Of Moreland Community Watch / Civic Safety Group on Facebook
Another Reclaim the Night march will be held along Sydney Road on Saturday 28 October, starting at 7pm. The march will start at the intersection of Brunswick Rd and Sydney Rd and end at the Victoria St intersection. Info at: http://www.facebook.com/ReclaimTheNightSydneyRd2012
To support efforts to end violence against women in the home, workplace and community, we’d welcome your comments on how to ensure people can freely enjoy their right to safety in Brunswick, at:albertstreet2020@gmail.com
BIKIES’ NIRVANA
The weather’s getting better, so time to get on your treadlie.
Wednesday 17 October is ‘Ride to Work Day’, to celebrate all the people who cycle to (and from) work. If you cycle through Moreland on that day you can join the free community breakfast in Victoria Mall (outside the Coburg library) organised by Moreland Council from 7 – 9am. Further south, other free breakfasts are at: Lux Foundry café, Hope Street (the only one literally in Brunswick) and Velo Cycles, Capital City Bike Path, (815 Nicholson Street) North Carlton. Further details:https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/ride2work/93392/
Thursday 25 October sees the Moreland Bicycle Users Group’s Annual General Meeting at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel (681 Sydney Road, Brunswick), starting at 7.30 pm. To join, nominate to the BUG committee or obtain further information, contact Moreland BUG Secretary Julia Mischke.atsecretary@morelandbug.org
Sunday 28 October – join the Melbourne Architecture annual bike ride: hop on your bike and hear architects talk about their favourite community buildings and discuss different interpretations of the idea of “community”. The ride is from Brunswick Station to Fed Square, gathering at the Noise Bar (291 Albert Street, Brunswick) at 10:15am (to depart at 10:30am), and ending at 12:30pm at Federation Square. For more information: http://www.melbournearchitecture.org/2012/by-bike/
ACTION ON BLUESTONES
The Save Moreland Bluestones campaign are polling candidates to determine their position on the preservation of bluestone laneways in Moreland – details of candidates policies at: http://savebrunswickbluestonelanes.com/
The group is also putting on an event at to raise awareness regarding the imminent destruction of bluestone laneways in Brunswick. The ‘Save our bluestone laneways festival’ on Sunday 14 October starts at 1pm at Gino’s Car Park on Staley Street (in the car park around the back at 524a Sydney Road)
For background to the debate, see The Cement that Divides
Heart of Stone, a short documentary looks at the people behind the restoration and maintenance of Melbourne’s characteristic stone paving.
Chalk the Bluestones Yellow to Conquer Cancer:
On Saturday 13 October between 2-3pm, there will be a fundraiser for cancer survivors, organised by student Rachael Hocking: participants will pay $5 for a piece of yellow chalk which they will use to write the name of anyone they know who has been affected by cancer on a single bluestone. Donations will go directly towards the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation and contribute to Rachael’s “Ride to Conquer Cancer.”
Join in at the bluestone laneway behind the Post Office Hotel on Reynard Street in Coburg, or donate by paying for a piece of chalk in advance via Rachael’s personal page on the Peter Mac website:http://ml12.conquercancer.org.au/site/TR/Events/Melbourne2012?px=1174038&pg=personal&fr_id=1060
BRUNSWICK TERMINAL STATION
The No to Brunswick Terminal Station 66 (NOBTS66) campaign has prepared a short questionnaire for candidates standing for South Ward in the upcoming Moreland elections.
The NOBTS66 campaign is aimed at stopping a new 66kV electricity terminal station being built on the existing Brunswick Terminal Station (BTS) in East Brunswick which is in what was zoned a residential zone.
After months of seeking a meeting with State Planning Minister Matthew Guy, who overrode Moreland Council’s opposition to the BTS plan, members of the Merri Creek Residents Group occupied his office in August: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkAGhkumEcY&feature=relmfu
The NOBTS66 group is holding a community meeting at the Merri Creek Primary School on Tuesday 9 October at 7.30pm. For further information contact Chris Black on 0417 386 535 or : www.nobrunswickterminalstation.org
COMMUNITY HISTORY
If you’re into history and architecture, there will be a tour of one of Melbourne’s oldest churches on Sunday 21 October, as part of History Week.
Christ Church Brunswick – located at 8 Glenyon Road (near the intersection of Sydney Road) – is one of the oldest churches in Melbourne, listed by the National Trust and the Victorian Heritage Register.
The Brunswick Community History Group is organising a conducted tour of this beautiful and architecturally significant building on Sunday 21 October from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
For further information:  http://home.vicnet.net.au/~bwkhistg/
 
NEXT MORELAND COUNCIL MEETINGS
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
Full Council meeting
Wednesday 21 November 2012 – 7 pm
Council Chambers, Brunswick Town Hall, Corner Sydney Road and Dawson Street,
 Urban Planning Committee
Wednesday 28 November 2012 – 6 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
Full Council meeting
Wednesday 12 December 2012 – 7 pm
Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
Urban Planning Committee
Wednesday 19 December 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 residents’ mailing list, please email albertstreet2020@gmail.com, or phone 0421 840 100.

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