June 2013 Newsletter

(Emailed 13 June)
* Meet our Mayor at our monthly meeting (Thurs 20 June): details below

TRANSPORT PLANS & PRIORITIES FOR BRUNSWICK FINALLY RELEASED

At Wednesday night’s (12 June)  monthly meeting, Moreland Council will consider two key strategy documents for our neighbourhood: the Brunswick Integrated Transportation Strategy (BITS) and key principles of the Brunswick Place Framework, which will set priorities for the suburb for years to come.

Download the two documents -included in Moreland Council’s June 2013 meeting agenda (Beware! The agenda is 921 pages long, so don’t just press print).
http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/mccwr/_assets/main/lib91085/council%20agenda%2012%20june%202013.pdf

* The BRUNSWICK INTEGRATED TRANSPORT STRATEGY (D13/108805) is at pages 110-209.
* An update on the process to create the BRUNSWICK PLACE FRAMEWORK is at pages 762-773.

Moreland Council will consider these strategies for Brunswick at their June meeting,  this Wednesday 12 June at the Richard Lynch Senior Citizens Centre, 27 Peacock Street, Brunswick West (7pm start).

Once approved by Council, they will go out for public discussion. We’re organising two meetings in June and July when you can find out more (see below).

WHAT YOU CAN DO
1) SEND US YOUR COMMENTS, CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS ON THE Brunswick Integrated Transportation Strategy (BITS) – TELL US HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR STREET
The BITS strategy includes maps and a detailed implementation proposal, setting out priorities in the short, medium and long term. But Council doesn’t have the funding to fully implement the strategy, so it’s vital that community members discuss their priorities for action and tell Council where they should be allocating resources.

The transport plan has many positive ideas, and recognises the impact on traffic that comes with the doubling of Brunswick’s population that is proposed by 2031. The report notes: “It is clear from detailed transport modelling undertaken for the Brunswick Major Activity Centre that a ‘business as usual’ approach to the transport network will not work and significant mode shift towards walking, cycling and public transport is required to support the desired land use changes and population growth.”

But what’s missing? Are there areas that can be strengthened or policies that should be ditched? Should Council do more to protect residential streets, or remove cars from the major north-south corridors?

PLEASE SEND US YOUR COMMENTS – in short bullet points or detailed analysis – AND WE’LL GATHER TOGETHER KEY RESPONSES IN A REPORT FOR YOU AND FOR COUNCIL –reply to this email to albertstreet2020@gmail.com or comment at our Facebook page (Brunswick Residents Network).

Brunswick Residents Network will compile comments from our members to submit to Council, as they start to implement the strategy.

At our July meeting, we will discuss what’s in the plans, and so you can have your say. Find out more at these meetings:

2)  THURSDAY 20 JUNE: JOIN US TO MEET WITH THE MAYOR, AND SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE FUTURE OF BRUNSWICK
Cr. Oscar Yildiz, Mayor of Moreland, will join our regular monthly meeting, on Thursday 20 June (venue details below). He will discuss Council priorities as he sees them, and take questions and comments.

This is a chance to raise issues currently before Council, such as amendments to the Moreland Planning Scheme, the new Moreland Community Plan, the Brunswick Integrated Transport Strategy as mentioned above … or your own priorities.

This is our regular meeting where we also plan future activities, including a progress report on the planned meeting on public housing.

Date: Thursday 20 June at 7pm (drinks or food) for 7.30 start
Venue: Sporting Club Hotel dining room (27 Weston Street, Brunswick, near Barkly Square shops)

Queries or details, or to add agenda items: call Nancy on 0431 475 465 or drop us a line atalbertstreet2020@gmail.com

3) COME ALONG TO OUR 18 JULY PUBLIC MEETING, TO DISCUSS THE TRANSPORT STRATEGY, PLANNING CHANGES AND THE NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES PROPOSED FOR BRUNSWICK

Thursday 18 July, 6.30pm
Public meeting on Brunswick Place Framework and Transport Strategy

Brunswick Residents Network (BRN) will organise a public meeting on Thursday 18 July, to provide information on the new Brunswick Integrated Transportation Strategy (BITS) and the Brunswick Place Framework.

Brunswick Place Manager Will Coogan will outline the new strategy documents for transport and planning in Brunswick, and you can ask questions from Council staff about latest developments.

Details of venue to follow, but pencil that date in your diary. For more information, contact Nic 0421 840 100 or Jo 0425 735 715

More details will soon be available here or on our Facebook page (Brunswick Residents Network).

This Brunswick Residents Network Newsletter was prepared by Nic Maclellan and Nancy Atkin, 11 June 2013.

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