September 2019 newsletter

Better planning, making walking safer, new green spaces and Fleming Park upgrade, events, planning horrors . . .

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Make walking safer:

community meeting

Did you know that Moreland is Melbourne’s second deadliest area for pedestrians? Our Council’s Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS) has great ideas on public transport, cycling and parking, but there’s not much detail on support for pedestrians.

To share ideas, Brunswick Residents Network will hold its next community meeting on Tuesday 17 September to discuss “Make walking safer.” Transport experts and local activists will present the evidence and discuss causes, solutions and possible community action.

Join us on Tuesday 17 September, with a presentation from traffic planner Tim Lecky and urban strategist and traffic engineer Murray West – from MRCagney, who developed a background paper with a focus on pedestrians for the City of Melbourne’s updated 2018 Transport Strategy. We’ll also have brief presentations from leaders of community campaigns to improve walking, including Helen McDonald of the Merri Bridge Group; Helen Kratzmann of Pedestrian Safety for Nicholson Street and pedestrian and public transport advocate Jane Holroyd.

We’ll discuss hazards for pedestrians and seek your ideas for solutions: better lighting for safety, priority crossings, shared paths, safety for the elderly and more. Come along from 6.30 (or stay after) to record local danger spots and sites for improvement.

WHAT: Make walking safer: community meeting

WHEN: Tuesday 17 September 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm

WHERE: St Ambrose Community Centre, 287 Sydney Road, Brunswick (Just north of Glenlyon Road)

INFO: Inquiries 0421 840 100 or

COST: Free (though we’re always happy to take donations to cover our costs).

Better development


Improving mixed-use development

In our June 2019 BRN newsletter, we reported on the “ghost shops” and empty spaces underneath new apartment towers in Lygon Street and Sydney Road.

An interesting article in The Conversation highlights the ways that the re-zoning of industrial land has not led to extensive “mixed-use” development, combing residential, retail and commercial services. Instead, the gentrification of the inner-city has been driven by property speculators who have little interest in providing the social and employment opportunities that should accompany increased housing densification. In Brunswick, replacing industrial sites with new apartments has often meant the loss of small manufacturers, creative producers, and the quality jobs and vital services that they provide.

The authors argue: “Two-thirds of Melbourne’s industrial land was rezoned to promote residential development or other mixed use that does not permit industrial activity. That leads to an immediate rise in property values and, of course, speculative investment…. Paradoxically, while ‘mixed-use’ is the planner’s holy grail, many new mixed-use projects do not foster the dense and walkable neighbourhoods they seek. Most are simply ‘shop-top’ apartments with nominal ground-floor retail, not a diverse mix of uses.”

Three ways to fix the problems caused by rezoning inner-city industrial land for mixed-use apartments, The Conversation, 26 August 2019

New commercial zones to help planning

At their September meeting, Moreland councillors are likely to begin the process to rezone a number of industrial sites in Brunswick, to ensure that future developments involve a proportion of affordable housing or guaranteed amounts of office space for local employment. This follows a series of incidents – such as projects in Brunswick Road and the East Brunswick Village – where developers have resisted Council policy on affordable housing at VCAT, or have sought amendments to permits which reduce the mixed-use component of their buildings (the mix of space allocated to residential, retail and commercial uses).

The Moreland Industrial Land Strategy 2015-2030 (MILS) provides a land use framework for all industrial land across Moreland.

Amendment C192 proposes to amend the planning scheme by rezoning land at 98-102 Albert Street, Brunswick and 197-199 Albion Street, Brunswick to Commercial 1 Zone. The rezoning of these properties to a Commercial 1 Zone is conditional upon the registration of a section 173 Agreement on title that requires a minimum of 30% of the gross floor area of any new building to be for employment and economic uses and a minimum of 20% of dwellings within the same building to be provided for Affordable Housing as defined by the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

On 4 October 2018, the State government introduced the Commercial 3 Zone (C3Z) into the Victoria Planning Provisions, which is a true ‘mixed use’ zone. C3Z priorities employment uses over residential uses by mandating a fixed maximum amount of residential floorspace allowed within a development. Amendment C193 to the Moreland Planning Scheme, to be discussed on 11 September at Council, proposes to rezone 55 properties within the Brunswick Structure Plan Area identified as Employment Areas (Category 2) to the Commercial 3 Zone, with a maximum 50% residential floor area requirement.

If approved, these amendments will go out to consultation and a planning panel, before being put to the State Government for adoption as binding changes to the Moreland Planning Scheme.

Council will also discuss a new Affordable Housing Action Plan (AHAP) as the successor to the Moreland Affordable Housing Strategy 2014-2018. The lack of supply of affordable housing is continuing to negatively impact Moreland’s diverse community and recent research identifies a need for at least 7,000 new affordable homes by 2036.

Have your say: Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods 

The State Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has announced changes to the planning rules for apartment projects, with a focus on “the relationship between new apartment developments and the amenity of existing neighbourhoods”.

Better late than never – they’re trying to fix a number of problems that arose in late 2016, when the State Government released its ‘Better Apartments Design Standards’, setting guidelines for light, ventilation, apartment height etc.

Although these standards were a step forward, they were still much weaker than those set in other jurisdictions (for example, New South Wales sets minimum floor sizes for apartments, while the Victorian standards set no minimum). At the time, Planning Minister Richard Wynne rejected positive aspects in the Moreland Apartment Design Code (MADC), such as proposals for minimum floor sizes for apartments.

Now, the State Government is seeking feedback before 27 September on a new Discussion Paper on “Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods”.

You can make a submission on the proposed changes to the planning rules for apartment developments, due before Friday 27 September 2019. DELWP has prepared a template you can use for your submission.

Action on flooding in Brunswick

Last December, the BRN newsletter reported on a longstanding problem of flooding in Michael Street, Brunswick. In the last five years, the Otto apartment building on Michael Street has been flooded at least seven times because of poor drainage and ancient infrastructure at the intersection of Michael Street and Saxon Street. The area has no flood overlay in the planning scheme.

On Melbourne Cup Day 2018, a torrential downpour caused a short flash flood that was strong enough to lift the cover off a drain. A man in his 70s walking along the street fell into the uncovered drain hole and risked drowning.

In late 2018, residents pushed Moreland Council for action to fix the drains and culverts to end the flooding. At this month’s Council meeting, councillors are likely to approve a tender for the works, amounting to nearly $1.5 million (to meet this amount, drainage works in other areas will be deferred and money drawn down from next year’s financial budget.)

The proposed works involve the construction of underground tanks under Michael Street from Sydney Road to the Upfield Railway Line to capture and store 770 cubic metres of stormwater. This will slowly be released into the drainage system in Sydney Road once the storm has subsided. Additional pits and underground pipes are to be constructed along Michael Street and Saxon Street to capture and direct stormwater into the underground storage tanks.



Great ideas for urban renewal

We are not alone! All around Melbourne, people are looking to innovative ideas to improve the liveability of our suburbs. Here’s a few groups that are discussing new ways of organising our cities:

Streets Alive Yarra is a resident and ratepayer action group with a vision for more trees, wider footpaths and vibrant businesses in thriving neighbourhoods: “We see our streets being used by people from 8 to 80 years old, irrespective of whether they choose to walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.”

The Our Streets are not Garages campaign in Collingwood is actively pursuing an open space opportunity in Oxford Street, Collingwood.

Melbourne CBD’s “Little” streets could be closed to cars at certain times, at least 30 kilometres of new bike lanes built and more on-street car parks removed, under the Council’s new 10-year transport plan.

Urban Happiness: Melbourne planning and design ideas are a bunch of planning nerds, designers and transport engineers. Don’t let their love of tall apartment towers put you off the great ideas on their Facebook page:

Know of other interesting groups? – send us your weblinks to



VCAT: Worse development


 The “Rumi” building:   Derco Nominees Pty Ltd v Moreland CC [2019] VCAT 1251 (21 August 2019)

VCAT has ruled on a long-standing proposal for a new building at 116-118 Lygon Street and 205 Edward Street in Brunswick East, behind a site that currently houses the Rumi restaurant.

The original proposal was for an eight story building incorporating 47 dwellings, five shops and a restaurant, plus 72 car spaces in two basement levels, with substantial use of car stackers. As a compromise proposal, Moreland councillors approved a six-storey building but after two hearings, VCAT has ruled that a permit for a seven story building should be approved.

With the original proposal eight stories high, the new building would have a maximum height of 27.05 metres, more than 10 metres higher than the preferred maximum height for the site. Guidelines in the Brunswick Structure Plan for this location proposed a maximum height of 17 metres (five stories), with a street wall of up to 11 metres (three stories), then a horizontal setback from the street wall of 3-5 metres.

One significant feature of the case was that elected councillors supported a six-storey building as a compromise, while the council staff planner supported a seven-storey building, with only one level dropped from the application plans. The VCAT ruling cited the case of Parkhowe v Macedon Ranges SC[2004] VCAT 2468 as one of a line of Tribunal decisions affirming that it is appropriate for the Tribunal to give some weight to the views of the Council Delegate Planner.

It’s a major problem that Moreland Council staff regularly ignore the guidelines set out in their own structure plan, and that Council seems to have given up trying to persuade the State government to set mandatory rather than discretionary controls for these major activity centres. If you don’t fight, you lose!

Park Street monstrosity update

A giant apartment building has been proposed for 699 Park Street, Brunswick (currently a motel and surrounds), directly opposite Princes Park.  The original proposal for 13 storeys and 333 apartments was rejected by VCAT in May so the developers JW Land have submitted new plans. The Council unanimously rejected these plans, and together with local residents will submit to VCAT that plans do not comply with VCAT’s May decision.

The maximum height and number of dwellings have been reduced in the latest plans to 10 storeys and 214 dwellings. Issues outlined in a report to the August Council planning meeting included concerns that the heritage substation (ordered by VCAT to be retained) is enclosed in an awkward and unsympathetic location;  that the pedestrian entry to Park Street is uninviting; and required details are missing.

The developers have until 13 September to respond. Both Council and members of Protect Park Street Precinct have been involved in the long and costly battle for a less hideous outcome for this prominent site, so we should thank them for their work.



Green and open space

Register your significant tree

Do you have a favourite tree in your garden or do you covet a neighbour’s tree? To recognise, celebrate and protect significant trees on privately owned land, Council is establishing a Significant Tree Register of trees to be protected in the Moreland Planning Scheme. With many houses being bulldozed and replaced with townhouses or apartments, many blocks lose garden space and trees that play a crucial role for our health and environment.

After the adoption of the Moreland Urban Forest Strategy 2017-2027, Council is working to plan more trees in public land in streets and parks throughout the municipality. However there is an opportunity to nominate significant trees on private land for protection, before Friday, 18 October 2019.

Nominated trees may have scientific, social, historic or aesthetic significance, and you can fill in an online application form to propose local trees that deserve protection.

Tinning street park

Moreland Council has purchased the former Winsome Hosiery site at 55-61 Tinning Street, Brunswick, to create a new pocket park. Demolition on the site will start soon, but there’s still a chance to have your say over the draft design concepts for Tinning Street, until Friday 20 September. Draft plans include a playground, lawns and trees.

The hosiery factory outlasted most other Brunswick textile businesses by supplying local niche producers of tights and leggings, but closed in 2013.

For large developments, the developer must pay “open space contributions”  which go into a specific Council fund for extra parkland. BRN has lobbied for these funds to be spent as they should be, near the areas of high density development. So we applaud the recent purchases of several sites in Brunswick.

Council staff will hold two drop-in sessions where you can look at and discuss the plans: on Thursday afternoon, 12 September (3 – 6pm) and Saturday 14 September (10am – 2pm). Otherwise you can submit your comments before 20 September by emailing 

WHAT: Drop in sessions to discuss Tinning Street Park plans

WHEN: Thursday 12 September, 3–6pm and Saturday 14 September, 10am–2pm

WHERE: Siteworks Community Room 1, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick

New life for Fleming Park grandstand

Last year, Moreland Council conducted an update of the Fleming Park Master Plan as the guideline for the redevelopment of the park – one of the largest pieces of green open space in Brunswick East.

As we reported in our newsletters in February 2018 and April 2018, there are diverse opinions about what should happen to the grandstand located next to the footy oval in Fleming Park. The grandstand is presently fenced off and deemed unsafe for use – some residents argued for its revitalisation as a piece of heritage – others argued it was a piece of junk and not worth refurbishing.

Now, preliminary design for the overall Fleming Park Redevelopment is anticipated to be considered by next month’s Council meeting (October 2019).

In particular, Council has developed new designs for the grandstand, which have been released for public comments, by Monday 16 September, although only front and aerial views are given. The proposal is to  rebuild, rather than fix up (see picture).

You can email Council staff at, or attend the drop in session at the Clarrie Wohlers Senior Citizens Centre in Fleming Park, between 4–8pm next Wednesday 11 September.

WHAT: Drop-in session on Fleming Park grandstand

WHEN: Wednesday 11 September, 4–8pm

WHERE: Clarrie Wohlers Senior Citizens Centre, 51 Albert Street, Brunswick (in Fleming Park)



Transport, traffic and bikes


New drawings released for Upfield Sky Rail 

In their latest PR exercise, the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) has released “design” plans for the Bell Street to Moreland Road level crossing removal project, including the Upfield Shared Path, a very busy arterial walking and cycling route through Moreland that parallels the railway line. This slick video was followed up by a household leaflet drop last week, with a little more detail.

The Andrews Government continues its contempt for our community by drip-feeding information a scrap at a time through the media. Moreland Council continues to struggle to get detailed responses from the LXRP about the proposed Sky Rail along the Upfield rail line. The State Transport Minister and LXRP are still refusing to engage in a genuine dialogue with the community about the diverse impacts on motorists, cyclists and pedestrians – as well as train users – from the proposed removal of level crossings at Bell Street, Reynard Street and Munro Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.

The newly released plans include lots of glossy images and artist impressions, but do not address in any systematic way, the community concerns and questions already submitted to the LXRP authority. These concerns include the need for cycling and pedestrian crossings at Bell Street and Moreland Road, as well as other issues around pedestrian access at Coburg and Moreland stations, and the availability of escalators.

There are some positives, as the new designs have images of the new train stations at Moreland and Coburg, showing the actual heritage station buildings retained, separated ground-level bike and pedestrian paths (though not for the whole distance), and more greenery. The separation of trains from heavy traffic is safer for road and train travellers.

But substantive issues are unresolved:

  • It appears that a number of existing trees in Gandolfo Park will be razed and replaced with saplings
  • The station access is poor – there are no escalators or ramps. and the stations are not accessible from all sides. There is one lift per platform, with back-up power but no alternative in case of mechanical failure.
  • There are no physically separated bike and pedestrian bridges at Bell Street and Moreland Road.
  • It appears that bikes and pedestrians will share a path in the busy areas north of Coburg Station and across the front of the Moreland Station

The Upfield Corridor Coalition (with BRN as a member) has released a detailed analysis of the proposed changes. They see positives such as the separated paths for walking and cycling between Munro Street and the Moreland Station precinct, but there are also some unknowns (such as what priority will be given to cyclists and pedestrians at minor road crossings). There are also quite a few negatives, especially around the Moreland Road and Bell Street crossings. There is substantial potential for pedestrian/cycling conflict at these main road crossings and around the station precincts, which this latest design does not resolve.

The Good, the Bad and the plain Ugly: Assessing Coburg level crossing removal and the Upfield Bike Path, Upfield Corridor Coalition

Moreland Bicycle Users Group (BUG) has recorded that during winter there were 217 north-south cyclists, and 260 pedestrians crossing Bell Street in the two-hour morning peak (on 11 June 2019). At the Moreland Road crossing there were 505 cyclists and 300 pedestrians in the morning peak (5 February 2019).

Currently, cyclists receive the benefit of the ‘Upfield wave’ when boom gates are down (getting a clear north-south run as cars stop when the train moves southwards). The new designs do not detail how cyclists can benefit at the main road crossings and station precincts. The design does not address the conundrum: if the Upfield bike trip is slowed down significantly, riders may head for Sydney Road – but a pedestrian crossing at road level, favorable to bikes and walkers, will slow traffic and negate one of the main reasons for the crossing removal!

Bike groups continue to lobby for an elevated Veloway for the full length of the rail viaduct, or at least cycle bridges over Bell Street and Moreland Road and past the station precincts to improve commuter cycling flow and safety for both cyclists and pedestrians. If this is not done, the crossing removal may actually disadvantage these groups (and make access to the stations worse).

As well as the level crossing removals, councils in the inner-north want the State Government to commit funding to an upgrade of the Upfield line. Hume Council has now joined with Moreland Council for advocacy to the State government to upgrade the rail line, with track duplication after Gowrie station and extension to the outer north suburbs. In the medium term, this work requires track duplication, a new station at Campbellfield, a second platform at Upfield, and extending the line via the Somerton link to Craigieburn and Wallan.

You can have your say at an LXRP drop in day on 14 September 2019, or submit your comments through an LXRP Online Hub, which will open from 14 September to 28 September 2019.

WHAT: LXRP community consultation for Brunswick and Coburg

WHEN: Saturday 14 September 2019, 10am to 12:30pm

WHERE:  Batman Royale events space, Colonel Room 14 Gaffney Street, Coburg North.

For more detailed information:

Delays on Upfield rail line

The Upfield rail line will be out of action from 2020 as new work begins on level crossing removals. But recently analysed data shows extensive cancellations, delayed trains, short-shuntings and disruptions on the Upfield Line over the last 22 months (October 2017 to 9 August 2019). These failures average 32.8 incidents a month, with most of these on working days, not weekends. Monthly stats for the first half of this year: 33 disruptions (January); 33 (February); 35 (March); 32 (April); 37 (May); 26 (June); 46 (July). (Thanks to John Englart for this information).

Traffic strategy trials to resolve competing transport interests

As BRN has reported in many newsletters, there are growing pressures on the main north-south transport routes running through Brunswick East, Brunswick and Brunswick West. With significant population increase in the suburbs and a number of people from the outer north transiting through Brunswick on the way to the CBD, there is significant pressure on major arterial routes like Lygon Street, Sydney Road and Nicholson Street. It’s getting hard to meet the often competing demands of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in these relatively narrow streets, at a time that greater priority should be given to the faster movement of trams as mass public transport.

For some years, there has been a push to remove some parking from Sydney Road in Brunswick and parts of Coburg, relocating parking to off-street, Council-owned or private car parks. This would free up space to introduce dedicated bike lanes, wider foot paths and a clear run for trams on route 19. This pressure for change is increasing, with the proposed closure next year of the Upfield Rail Line and the Upfield Shared Path (looming works by the Level Crossing Removal Project will relocate more people onto Sydney Road).

A vocal lobby group of Sydney Road traders has long argued that the removal of parking in the major thoroughfare would devastate their businesses. However, their claims have often been long on emotion and short on evidence. Studies in other cities and other suburbs of Melbourne have documented how the revitalisation of major shopping strips through better public transport, bike and pedestrian access can make up for the lost business from motorists who can’t park directly outside their favourite shop. Sydney Road’s major supermarkets, such as Aldi, IGA, Barkly Square’s Woolies and Coles, and Mediterranean Wholesalers also have their own off-street dedicated carparks – as do Bunnings, and veggie empire La Manna .

Now, surveys of Sydney Road users commissioned by Moreland Council have revealed that only 13 per cent of those surveyed drove and parked on Sydney Road itself. A significant number of trips by car were made over short distances, including within the same postcode. On average, traders estimated that 61 per cent of customers came by car (compared to the actual figure of 39 per cent), and that 14 per cent came by foot (compared to the actual figure of 31 per cent).

Earlier this year, under the Sydney Road Improvement Project, the Department of Transport conducted a public survey, seeking attitudes to five different options for this thoroughfare. These options ranged from the status quo to an option that removed extensive car parking, to allow the construction of dedicated bike lanes and faster tram movement.

At their August meeting, Moreland Council agreed to recommend the State Government conduct a 6-month trial of the “Option 3 treatment” on Sydney Road between Brunswick Road and Glenlyon Road. Further north, Council also agreed to the temporary removal of car parking on Sydney Road, Coburg for the period of the disruption to the Upfield Shared Path by the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP).

With these changes in Sydney Road, Council has also responded to long standing community campaigning for protection of the East Brunswick shimmy, the other main north-south bike path that runs through Fleming Park and John Street in Brunswick East.

As discussed in previous BRN newsletters, Council’s August meeting agreed “to erect temporary barriers in John Street to a point 8 metres south of Albert Street to block the passage of vehicles other than bicycles, for the purpose of a genuine traffic diversion experiment.”

During community consultation around this proposal, residents of parallel roads such as Hutchinson Street were concerned that the closure of John Street would simply displace rat running traffic to the west. For this reason, Moreland Council will install ‘Local Traffic Only’ signage at the north and south end of Hutchinson Street as part of the trial. Staff will also undertake traffic counts before and during the closure in John Street, Hutchinson Street, Albert Street, Glenlyon Road, Ethel Street, French Avenue, Clarke Street, Deakin Street and Methven Street in Brunswick East, to assess the redistribution of traffic in the area as a result of the closure.

Brunswick Residents Network welcomes both trials in Sydney Road and John Street, to gather evidence that can help make long-term decisions about north-south traffic movement through the South ward.

Money for bikes: fact-check

Next time you hear a motorist whingeing about the cost of new cycling infrastructure, just remind them about the allocation of new transport funding in the State Budget:

  • roads – 68.9 per cent;
  • public transport (including level crossing removals) – 28.6 per cent;
  • road safety, boating, Carrum promenade revitalisation – 2.3 per cent;
  • and cycling – 0.175 per cent.



Is Utopia a documentary?

This week’s episode of ABC Wednesday night comedy series Utopia took a close look at Community Consultation and had many people wondering whether this series on the fictional Nation Building Authority is really an undercover documentary. It’s clearly based on local events  . . . such as:

  • The drip-feeding of information by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (see above)
  • The variations in “facts” given by traffic engineers in response to queries at the Sydney Road re-vamp consultation. Yes the tram stops are accessible. No the tram stops are not accessible.
  • Similar conflicting or muddled information was given out at the LXRP “drop-in”. Staff came to the meeting saying they didnt have preconceived ideas for station designs. Just days later, designs were released to the media!
  • Brunswick Baths surveyed users on our preferred room for Group Fitness classes – then the instructor told us the very next day, that the decision to change rooms already been confirmed with staff.
You may have wondered why,  following the upgrading of the 96 tram route, there is one accessible tramstop not yet built in Nicholson Street – stop 25, near Kirkdale Street, just north of Albert, city-bound. PTV responded to an enquiry saying ” Stop 25 has required some additional design work for the southbound platform”. We understand that they hadn’t allowed for the garbage transfer and landscape supplies businesses in Kirkdale Street, which have large-ish trucks turning into Nicholson Street. Oops.

Check the documentary on community consultation in Episode 3 of the current series of Utopia is on iView now:…/series/4/video/CO1811V003S00

(We love how Rhonda the PR flack particularly hates residents who are “retirees with Facebook skills”)

Send BRN any further evidence that Utopia is a documentary, to



Culture and fitness


Three Moreland bands based in Cross Street Brunswick are having an annual fund-raiser and an opportunity to show off their musical talents.

Original music and standards, jazz, funk and big band music.

WHAT: Moreland City Band Big Band Blast

WHEN: 2.30–5pm, Saturday 14 September

WHERE: Cross Street Music Hall (Fleming Park)

COST: $5

School holidays at Brunswick Neighborhood House

Download the flyer for details of activities including coding, stop motion animation, and pottery. Sounds links fun!

Bike rides for all ages

Neighbourly Rides will be starting its cycling program in Brunswick on Sunday 15 September.  For inexperienced riders, this is a new program organised by Bunchrides, targeted at new bike riders of all ages. You can book for a free, safe ride of about 40 minutes around your neighbourhood. Ideal for new bike riders and children building up confidence on a bike.

There will be coffee and food and stalls from 9am at the Brunswick Cycling Club Velodrome, followed by a gentle 40-minute ride starting at 10am. You can register online

WHAT: Neighbourly Ride Brunswick Launch

WHEN: Sunday 15 September 9am – 12pm

WHERE: Brunswick Cycling Club Velodrome, Harrison Street, Brunswick East

INFO: Andrew on 0419 948 683 or email

For more experienced riders, Moreland Bicycle Users Group (Moreland BUG) also runs highly enjoyable all-day social rides every 2nd Wednesday, almost entirely on off-road paths. The pace is leisurely depending on requirements of the group.

Rides start at the Moreland Railway station at 10:00am for a 10:10 departure, usually ending by 4:27pm. Bring bike, sunscreen, wet weather gear, water, MYKI, snacks, lunch (and/or money).

Dates of upcoming BUG rides and a link to their e-news (where the destination is announced) can be seen at:



BRN volunteers

If you are able to offer some time to volunteer to help organise our campaigns, and support our work, please get in contact. Our work includes organising meetings, leafleting and letter boxing, graphic design and publicity, and research; on planning, greening Brunswick and traffic management.

In particular we have some new mini-flyers and business cards so if you’d like some to share with your neighbours, let us know and we’ll drop them off.     Thanks to those who’ve already volunteered!



Next Moreland Council meetings

All Council meetings – held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month –  are normally held at: Council Chamber, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street*, Coburg.

Council meetings for the remainder of 2019 are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday 11 September 2019
  • Monday 23 September 2019 – 6 pm – Consider the Draft Annual Report
  • Wednesday 9 October 2019
  • Monday 28 October 2019 – Ceremonial Council Meeting
  • Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • Wednesday 11 December 2019

Council planning meetings for the rest of 2019 are:

  • Wednesday 25 September 2019
  • Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019
  • Wednesday 18 December 2019

Dates sometimes change, so check for all meeting details at the Council website. Council meetings can be watched online, either live, or later – you can find details here along with the agenda for the next Council meeting.

  • *Hint: If you go to an evening meeting at 90 Bell Street and find the doors locked, you can probably get in through the back door via Urquhart Street.



Contacts for our local councillors

Mark Riley (Deputy Mayor)

Mobile: 0499 807044


Lambros Tapinos

Mobile: 0433 419 075


Jess Dorney

Mobile: 0419 560 055





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