November newsletter


Lots of info this month: election results, new multi-story proposals for Brunswick; have your say on Brunswick and state-wide planning reforms; the Brickworks on Facebook and more:


Last month’s elections to Moreland Council saw some significant changes, with long-serving councillors in the northern wards losing their seats, and two new councillors taking up positions in the south ward (which covers Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West).

In South Ward, sitting councillor Lambros Tapinos (ALP) retained his seat, and will be joined by Samantha Ratnam (Greens) and Meghan Hopper (ALP).

In North-west ward, former mayors Oscar Yildiz (ALP) and John Kavanagh (Independent / DLP) were re-elected, together with two new councillors Helen Davidson (Independent) and Lita Gillies (ALP).

In North-east ward, sitting councillors Michael Teti (ALP) and Lenka Thompson (Greens) were re-elected, while there are two new councillors from different political traditions: Sue Bolton (Socialist Alliance) and Ron Thompson (Independent / Liberal). In a ward that had 24 people running for 4 seats, long-time ALP councillors Stella Kariofyllidis and Anthony Helou both lost their bids for re-election. Initially the four North-east candidates were not sworn in with the other 7 councillors on 1 November, after appeals forced the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) to conduct a recount, but at latest information all four have been confirmed in their seats.

Congratulations to all those elected, and we look forward to hassling you about planning issues in the near future!

Full results on the Victorian Electoral Commission website:


Just as the new Council is elected, a number of major applications for multi-story projects are coming before Council. Some of these proposals are taller than the height limits set out in the Brunswick Structure Plan, so it will be important to lobby newly-elected councillors to see if they will uphold their election pledges on the quality and quantity of new construction in our suburb!

a)         Nine storey building for Lygon Street

Council has received an application for a planning permit from the Liuzzi Property Group for a 9-storey building at 6, 10, 18 and 20 Lygon Street and 60 and 60A Brunswick Road, Brunswick East (Application: MPS/2012/511). This site is on the South-East corner of the intersection of Lygon Street and Brunswick Road, across the road from the nine-story building nearing completion on the site of the old Spicer factory.

The proposal also includes two levels of basement car parking, use of the land for 149 dwellings, reduction of car parking associated with the shops, offices, restaurant and dwellings and alteration of access to a Road Zone – Category 1. At nine stories the new proposal is above the height level specified in the Brunswick structure plan.
Full plans available at:
b)         Changes to Brunswick Road project

The developers Caydon (who have nearly finished the nine-story building at the old Spicer warehouse on the corner of Brunswick and Lygon Streets) are proposing major changes to their application to re-develop the big blue “Gainsborough” warehouse at 21-27 Brunswick Road.

They’ve applied “To amend planning permit MPS/2010/980/A which allows for the construction of buildings and works comprising development of the land to six stories (including 3,4,5, and 6 storey buildings over 1 and 2 basement levels) containing multiple dwellings, offices and food and drink premises (other than a tavern or hotel), creation of alteration (removal) of access to a road zone, Cat 1, a reduction of the car parking requirements, and waiving of the loading bay requirements.”

c)         East Brunswick Village – Nicholson Street

he ongoing fight between Council and the Banco group over the East Brunswick Village (EBV) went to VCAT in September (the “village” will cover of the old Tontine site bounded by Nicholson Street, Albert Street, John Street and Glenlyon Road). It seems residents in John Street will get an extra traffic hump to deal with hundreds of extra cars a day, but the developers continue to oppose Moreland’s policy on affordable housing:

Version 3 of the East Brunswick Village Development Plan is available on the council website, including the proposed master plan for redevelopment:

d)         72-106 Dawson Street, Brunswick (Hoffman Brickworks 

Council has received two applications for subdivision of the historic core of the Hoffman Brickworks site:


 Proposed amendments to the Moreland Planning Scheme are now on exhibition, and people have until 31 January to submit comments to Moreland Council.

 Amendment C134 will introduce major changes to the local planning scheme. If enacted, it will bring the recommendations of the Brunswick Structure Plan (2010) and the Addendum to the Brunswick Structure Plan (2012) into the Moreland Planning Scheme on a permanent basis. The changes to the Planning Scheme proposed by Amendment C134 involve major re-zoning of land in the Brunswick activity centre (along Sydney, Lygon and Nicholson), affecting land use and building design controls.

 You can make submissions to Council about these changes before 31 January 2013. For details of the changes in Amendment C134, and how to make a submission to Council, go to:

 Council is also currently proposing a Higher Density Design Code to guide development throughout the municipality, including the Brunswick Activity Centre. This code is included in Amendment C142 and affects all land within the municipality where a higher density development is submitted to Council as part of a planning permit application process.

 For details of the new building code under Amendment C142, and how to make a submission to Council, go to:

 Hard copies of amendment C134 and C142 documentation are available at Brunswick, Coburg and Glenroy Civic Centres and the Brunswick library.

 In future editions of our newsletter, we’ll give you some details of issues of concern in these amendments, such as attempts by the previous Council and Council staff to remove residents’ rights to notification and appeal over heights of new buildings.


 State Planning Minister Matthew Guy has released a new discussion paper on the future of Melbourne, entitled: “Melbourne, Let’s Talk About the Future”. You can download the discussion paper at:

 Joanna Stanley from the Brunswick Residents Network has been appointed to the Review Panel for the proposed Zoning reforms under Matthew Guy’s revisions to the planning scheme. If you’d like to discuss the proposed changes to Victoria’s planning laws, please contact Jo through this group (see contacts at the foot of the page)

 If you’re depressed by the State Government’s plans, it looks like the ALP is going to give you more of the same when they return to office: “Rather than formulate a new policy, [ALP shadow Planning minister] Tee has confirmed that any incoming ALP government would reinstate core elements of the Melbourne@5 Million strategy, which encouraged high-density development around existing transport nodes.”

 “High density either way”, The Age, 13 October 2012

 Stephen Rowley: “Minister’s zone chaos made manifest”, The Age, 6 October 2012


 McDonald’s bid for 24 hour service on the weekends at its Pascoe Vale Road site has been rejected by VCAT. The ruling notes “there is a strong policy imperative which specifically discourages the expansion of single use retail, commercial and recreational facilities outside activity centres.” Hooray!

The full ruling is available at:


 Following the death of Jill Meagher and debates over the introduction of more CCTV cameras in Brunswick, the State and Federal Members of Parliament for Brunswick, Jane Garrett and Kelvin Thompson, are sponsoring a forum about Community Safety in Brunswick

 The Forum will be held at the Brunswick Town Hall on Monday 19 November, in conjunction with Victoria Police, Moreland Council, and other community leaders.

Residents are encouraged to contact Jane’s office on 9384 1241 or Kelvin’s office on 9350 5777 to register their attendance.


Members of our network attended the community consultations for the Brunswick Integrated Transport Strategy (BITS), to lobby for action on traffic management and better support for bikes, pedestrians and public transport. Two presentations from the public session are available on Moreland Council’s website at:

 Council staff are now working with the consulting firm GTA to finalise a draft of the transport strategy. Council will formally consider the Strategy and its actions as part of the wider Brunswick Place Framework in June 2013.

 For further information on BITS, contact Brunswick Place Manager William Coogan (Phone 9240 2221, email:


It is possible to take planning appeals to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), but the process can be complicated and costly. However basic information on how to run an appeal to VCAT is available from the Environment Defenders Office (EDO). EDO has prepared an information kit on how to conduct VCAT appeals:

They also run Planning and appeals workshops, where EDO staff present information on VCAT, the planning process and how to work with your neighbours top organise an appeal.
The next workshop will be held on 21 November – for further information, see:


Do you live in or near Edward Street, Brunswick/East Brunswick? Are you interested in a little street gardening? Can you help plant seedlings, shovel dirt, pull weeds, spread mulch, wield a saw or hammer or paint brush? Then join Friends of Edward Street (FOES) for their FOES Makes Friends project working bee on Sunday 25 November.

 To get involved, go to or call Pia on 0439 038288.


 Since the earliest days of the Victorian colony, Brunswick and the surrounding suburbs that now make-up Moreland were places of industry.  Brick manufacturing in Brunswick began in the 1840s and continued until 1993. From the very beginning, through the construction of Marvellous Melbourne to the place we know today, the bricks and labour of Brunswick really did build this city.

 The imposing chimneys, kilns and brick pressing shed of Hoffman’s Brickworks on Dawson Street are a reminder of Brunswick’s past. Brickwork, quarrying, and pottery were the economic backbone of Brunswick well into the 20th Century. They shaped its character – its streets, its parks, and its people – in ways that continue to speak to us today; and though the industry may now be all but gone, Hoffman’s story lives on for us to add to!

 Building on the legacy of the Save the Brickworks Campaign – which successfully advocated for the responsible development of the Dawson Street (Hoffman’s) site over many years – our Facebook page is intended to convey the important story of Hoffman’s Brickworks through the community’s continued participation in its use and development:

 What can you do?

 1) Please visit and ‘like’ the “Brunswick’s Historic Brickworks” page

2) Post your stories, images, and memories on the wall. Check out the links to photos, music clips and stories already posted.

3) Watch for updates, events, and developments. See our submission to Heritage Victoria and Council and their response.

4) Tell your friends!  There is a strong community of people interested in the conservation and responsible use of Brunswick’s heritage. 


 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: )


To contact organisers of the Brunswick Residents’ Network, offer to help with future activities or be added to our residents’ mailing list, please email

For copies of past newsletters go to:

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