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In this edition: our feature story takes a look at walking, why it’s getting more dangerous around the world – not just here – and what can be done about it; an update on changes at Moreland Council; some bad news on planning and building decisions; balanced with some good news from our cultural and creative communities!. And more . . .
New Council CEO
Moreland City Council has appointed Ms Cathy Henderson as the new Chief Executive Officer. She replaces outgoing CEO Nerina Di Lorenzo, who has taken up a new job with Melbourne Water after four years as the boss at Moreland.
Ms Henderson (pictured) has previously worked in the local government sector in New South Wales and Victoria, in an executive role between 2012 and 2017 at Waverley Council in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, and more recently as General Manager (Community) at neighbouring Darebin City Council.
“I’m looking forward to working with the community and Councillors to make Moreland an extraordinary place to live, work and play,” said Ms Henderson.
Lambros heads VLGA
At this year’s board elections of the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA), South Ward councillor Lambros Tapinos was appointed as President of this peak body for councils and councillors.
Lambros was elected to Moreland City Council in 2008 and has served as Mayor on two occasions: 2008–2009 and 2013–2014. Over the past seven years, he has served on the VLGA Board, including five years as Treasurer.
Olive Way is Brunswick Uniting Church’s place of welcome, open to all who want to use it beyond the church’s traditional Sunday mornings. They say: “While we are open to anyone who wants a place to rest, chat, read the paper or just sit with a cup of tea, our particular focus is those people who are on the edge of their communities and may not have a place to feel comfortable or welcomed anywhere else”.
Their work was celebrated earlier this month when they received the Collaborative Partnerships Award at Moreland’s annual community awards presentation. They’re in the church buildings in Sydney Road just south of Glenlyon. Check their website – they also welcome volunteers.
Pedestrian safety follow-up meeting
Tuesday 12 November is the date for our follow-up forum on walking – details below in our feature on walking. As promised at our well-attended discussion a few weeks ago we’ll get together to set priorities and follow up initiatives flagged at our September meeting.
Overcrowded trams on Lygon Street
According to a new state government report, Melbourne’s most crowded trams are Route 1 to East Coburg and Route 6 to Moreland – both inner-north routes that run through Brunswick along Lygon Street.
However, the report also claims overcrowding is rare and the commuter crush at peak times is improving, which may be news to residents trying to get home on a Lygon Street tram at 5.30pm! Public transport advocates have criticised the report, saying it misses the real story of overcrowded trams in the CBD by cherry-picking survey locations to deliver more favourable results.
The RACV is currently running the 2019 ‘On Track survey’, which allows train users to rate their train station and service. The RACV will analyse this data and share it with varying government agencies.
The survey is run every two years, and it’s interesting to compare past reports from 2015 and 2017. Looking at Anstey, Brunswick and Jewell stations, all three dropped in rankings in the two years between 2015 and 2017. Particular concerns included infrequent service, overcrowding, lack of parking, staffing and toilet facilities.
You can have your say for the 2019 survey until 20 November. Over to you . . .
Passengers on the Upfield train line facing cancelled or delayed trains can also report their experience to the Upfield Transport Alliance. The alliance is campaigning for the duplication of the Upfield rail line to the north of Gowrie station, to allow more trains to run each day.
Improvements to the Upfield line have also been endorsed by Rail Futures, an independent rail advisory group, in its Melbourne Rail Plan 2020-2050. Among recommendations from Rail Futures is the duplication of the Upfield line between Gowrie and Upfield stations; the extension of the line to Roxburgh Park, where it will connect with the Craigieburn line; and the opening of a new station at Campbellfield by 2024.
“We talk a great deal about how cars congest our cities and pollute the atmosphere. We talk less about how they keep killing and maiming people simply trying to get from A to B on two feet.”
Last month, Brunswick Residents Network (BRN) hosted a successful community meeting on walking in our neighbourhood, and how we can improve accessibility, mobility and safety for pedestrians.
Moreland Council’s recently adopted Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS) includes a number of proposals about infrastructure to improve cycling and make public transport move more freely through congestion – but what sort of investment do we want to assist pedestrians?
Walking affects different people in different ways, and people at the meeting came to the issue from many perspectives. Some focused on safety for women walking around our suburbs at night – others highlighted the hazards to children walking to school from rat-running traffic. Elderly people often highlight the dangers crossing major roads in Brunswick or the poor quality of footpaths. People with disabilities battle crowded footpaths and some road crossings lack safety sounds or markers. With many new construction projects around Brunswick, many developers fail to properly fix footpaths and road surfaces that have been ripped up for water, electricity and gas lines.
A summary of the presentations to the meeting can be found at the Walk on Moreland Facebook page. The following sections highlight a number of different issues arising from the meeting.
Andrea Bunting of Walk on Moreland recently looked at pedestrian deaths and injury statistics. These show that, per capita, Moreland municipality has the second highest death rate for pedestrians in Melbourne – much higher than neighbouring Darebin – despite getting less publicity than cyclist fatalities.
According to data from the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) and Department of Transport, more than 400 pedestrians lost their lives on Victorian roads in the last 10 years. One third of pedestrians who lost their lives are aged 70 years or over. Most (74 per cent) lost their lives in metropolitan Melbourne and most (67 per cent) were male. Over the last five years, an average of 37 pedestrians were killed each year on Victorian roads. Of the 37 pedestrian lives lost in 2018, 43 per cent lost their lives on roads sign posted at 60km/hr or lower.
In Moreland municipality, pedestrians make up 55 per cent of road deaths. Per capita, our municipality is also the 4th worst in Melbourne for serious injuries. Our rate of pedestrian trauma is nearly twice the rate of the whole state. According to TAC records, dangerous areas in Moreland for pedestrians include: Bell St; Sydney Road; Gaffney Street; Lygon Street; Dawson Street; Nicholson Street near Moreland Road; Pascoe Vale Road near Glenroy shops.
Every time a car hits a pedestrian, it represents the intersection of a vast number of variables. At the level of those involved, there is the question of who is distracted, reckless, drunk, or on the phone. Beyond this, there are factors such as the design and condition of the road, the quality (or absence) of a marked pedestrian crossing, the speed limit, the local lighting, the weight and height of the car involved.
Community education is important but it’s not enough. We need to stop telling children and seniors to take greater care and create road environments that take care of them. Rather than blaming the victim, state and local government can take initiatives on road design at traffic lights, unsignalised intersections, roundabouts, mid-block locations, and footpaths, driveways and carparks.
Suggestions for action by councils and Department of Transport can be found in “Safer road design for older pedestrians”, a 2016 report by Victoria Walks:
Being a pedestrian is becoming increasingly dangerous in major urban centres around the world. For example, 41 per cent more US pedestrians were killed in 2018 than in 2008. A recent report in the Guardian notes: “In almost every country in the world, regardless of national prosperity, it remains on average more dangerous, per mile of travel, to be a pedestrian than to be a car driver or passenger.” Just why pedestrian deaths – which were gradually decreasing for many years – are now rising, is now under the microscope. This article discusses the relationship between car dependency, speed and vehicle type (e.g. SUVs); and pedestrian deaths:
At September’s BRN meeting, we heard an interesting presentation from Tim Lecky and Murray West from the consultancy firm MR Cagney. They prepared a “Walking Discussion Paper” for the City of Melbourne, as it was developing a new traffic strategy for the CBD and surrounding suburbs. The City of Melbourne has just released its “Traffic Strategy 2030”, which outlines a number of measures to reduce through traffic in the busiest parts of the CBD.
The Melbourne strategy flags trials of lower speed limits for some ‘Little streets’ (Little Collins, Little Bourke etc) to continue the creation of pedestrian-priority zones at peak times. These shared zones aim to better support the CBD’s retail economy and café culture. The move will boost economic activity through increased footfall in retail and hospitality precincts, and improve safety for people walking in the city centre. Retail and hospitality contribute a combined $5.7 billion to the city’s economy every year (something that Sydney Road traders might want to reflect upon).
Other projects to be delivered in the first four years include introducing protected bike lanes on Exhibition Street, Latrobe Street Bridge and Rathdowne Street, and 300 new on-street motorcycle parking spaces. Melbourne Council will work with the Victorian Government to deliver consistent 40 km/h vehicle speed limits across the municipality, with removal of current 50kph limits in Parkville Gardens, North and West Melbourne and Yarra’s Edge.
Long-term objectives include:
1. Reduce by half the number of people killed or seriously injured on our streets. That number today is 231 annually. By 2040 they want it to be zero.
2. Reduce by half the proportion of central city-through traffic.
3. Increase public transport, walking and cycling mode share to 70 per cent of all trips.
4. Increase the proportion of women cycling to 40 per cent. It is currently at 24 per cent.
A feature of the discussion at the BRN meeting was the need for local residents and businesses to actively campaign for particular pedestrian projects. Moreland Council staff have a 10-year capital works program already mapped out, and there’s a need to lobby to re-prioritise funds or seek extra finance for new projects.
Local community activists Helen Macdonald and Helen Kratzmann discussed positive campaigns that have seen change in our neighbourhoods. McDonald outlined the successful campaign for a foot/bike bridge over the Merri Creek to link with Northcote, due to be built this financial year, with work on the foundations well under way. Funding for the multi-million-dollar project will come from both Moreland and Darebin Councils, an interesting example of the synergy that comes at transport boundaries and interconnections.
Helen Kratzmann is from the group Pedestrian Safety for Nicholson Street, Coburg and a leader of the successful campaign for mid-block pedestrian lights in Holmes Street. This new crossing links apartments and an IGA supermarket with a mosque and houses on the other side, on one of the busiest and hazardous areas in Brunswick and Coburg. Local residents continue to advocate for further safety improvements around the Holmes Street and Albion Street intersection, and north along Nicholson Street.
A central challenge is to improve safety for children walking or riding to local public schools such as Brunswick primary schools – South, South West, North, North West – Princes Hill and Brunswick Secondary Colleges, as well as many independent schools.
In recent years, neighbouring Darebin Council has been running an “Octopus School” program to invest in safety infrastructure alongside behaviour change programs to make it safer to walk, cycle or skate to school. The Octopus School initiative gets parents and teachers to work directly with Council to identify issues in the school precinct, including possible traffic infrastructure such as raised crossings, footpath improvements or signage identifying safer routes to school.
The original pilot in 2018 saw a call for primary schools to apply for over $100,000 of investment in and around the school (it’s now up to $150,000)! After choosing a school, the Council budgeted finance and staff time for intensive assistance throughout the year, including the development of safe and active travel programs and construction of new infrastructure.
Reservoir West Primary School piloted the Octopus School Program during 2018 and is now running Bike Ed for all students in Grade 3 to Grade 6, with the use of their brand new fleet of 18 bicycles, stored in a newly built bike shed. The school held a competition to design decals that were applied to the road surface outside the school, pointing the way and the distance.
In early 2019, Newlands Primary School was selected as the second school in Darebin to take part in the Octopus School program. They have received new bike and scooter parking that will shelter 18 bikes and 18 scooters from the weather, while a student and parent survey generated data on travelling actively to school. (This school is just outside Moreland’s boundary so the program benefits many Moreland children).
In Brunswick, parents and local residents could mirror this process, in co-operation with Moreland Council traffic engineers. A starting point would be to conduct road safety audits along priority routes through the South Ward. These audits can identify key infrastructure and road safety improvements, ranging from better school facilities (e.g. secure bike parking) to local works (e.g. pedestrian refuges at crossing points on busier roads). Then it’s a matter of getting Council to stump up the money and prioritise the work. Parents or teachers in local schools can get in touch with BRN, to discuss how we can make this work in Brunswick. Any takers out there?
October is Walk to School month, promoted by VicHealth – you can find out more about health and safety for children on the way to school in the VicHealth report “Strategies to encourage active travel to school”:
Brunswick Residents Network has started mapping hazards spots for pedestrians and location where walking could be made safer (through better crossings, lighting, signage, visual cues like tree planting or other measures). Let us know your ideas at email@example.com
Following our recent public meeting, local Brunswick MP Tim Read has taken up our challenge to improve things for pedestrians – starting with a survey. Please take a minute or two to fill in the survey at: whatisimportant.com.au/pedestrian-safety
The Victorian Government is developing its next Road Safety strategy– they have a public questionnaire open until 31 October – you are invited to state your road safety concerns and what you think are the highest priority solutions. You might like to offer a pedestrian perspective! Take the survey
Brunswick Residents Network will hold a follow-up forum, in a working group format, to follow initiatives flagged in last month’s community meeting. Please join us on Tuesday 12 November to discuss new community initiatives and campaigns, including a Moreland schools’ program and work on Sydney Road.
WHAT: Brunswick Residents Network follow-up forum on pedestrian safety
WHEN: Tuesday 12 November 2019, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
WHERE: St Ambrose Community Centre, 287 Sydney Road Brunswick (just north of Dawson Street)
INFO: Contact Nancy on 0490 182 041 or Andrea on 0424 508 535
For further info:
Walk on Moreland has a Facebook page with lots of info and updates on getting around our municipality on foot.
Victoria Walks has news and information on walking around Melbourne and regional Victoria, and reports on safety, health and accessibility.
VCAT & building news: no wins
VCAT approves project near CERES
Last month, VCAT issued its final ruling on a long dispute for a proposed development at 269 Stewart Street, Brunswick (application P1316/2018), near the CERES Environment Park and the Merri Creek.
VCAT has overruled community concern and Moreland Council’s final policy, approving construction of a part-five and part-six storey building with 75 apartments, retail shops, double basement car parking and a roof deck.
The proposal, in different forms, has twice been refused by Moreland City Council. An earlier proposal for this site from developers Lucent was rejected by VCAT in 2017. New plans were submitted and following a hearing in November 2018, VCAT issued an interim ruling on 5 April this year, effectively conceding that a six-storey project would be approved. Their final decision in September drops the axe.
Local residents had long expressed concern over the scale of the original proposal, highlighting its effect on the character of the Merri Creek corridor character; the impact on adjacent residential properties; streetscape appearance; and impact on traffic (including the main entrance to CERES, which is widely used by school groups, cyclists and other visitors).
Residents noted that the interim ruling from VCAT last April said “a four-storey height on this site could be an acceptable scale” and that any taller building would be “challenging” for several reasons, including that “there is no support within the planning scheme for this level of intensification.” However, by approving the application in September (below), VCAT overruled the final planning decision of Moreland Council.
In the final plans, apartment numbers have been cut from 106 to 75 or less, building setbacks from CERES’ boundary have increased from as little as 1 metre to 6 metres at ground level and over 11 metres on upper floors, enabling substantial landscaping and large screening trees. A greatly improved interface with Stewart Street includes retention of existing mature trees, a deep forecourt and a widened footway.
On their Facebook page, local residents note: “Not the ideal outcome. However, it has vastly improved from the original submission of 109 apartments some years ago. It will be an anomaly building for an anomaly site, too high for a side street off activity corridor. Good luck on traversing this street once the childcare centre goes in at the Cretan Brotherhood.”
Once again, Moreland Council’s failure to properly integrate the Brunswick Structure Plan into the Moreland Planning Scheme has allowed developers to ride roughshod over community concerns, with VCAT unwilling to take account of long-agreed guidelines for the area. See:
Flammable cladding repairs for Brunswick buildings
As reported in previous newsletters, the State Government has approved $600 million of taxpayers’ funds to start renovating buildings identified as a hazard from inappropriate cladding. According to recent media reports, the Anstey Square apartments in Sydney Road (pictured), Brunswick and the Equus apartments on Lygon Street near Victoria Street will be amongst the first 15 buildings to be repaired using public funds. They were amongst hundreds of buildings identified as a fire hazard.
The State government established a new agency, Cladding Safety Victoria, to oversee repairs and decide which buildings get their flammable cladding removed with public funding. Last July, the State government allocated $600 million to address the problems in 500 buildings identified by the Victorian Building Authority as being at high risk of a cladding fire. Some of this money will come from a new levy to be paid by developers on multi-storey buildings valued at more than $800,000.
However, after an audit of 2,500 buildings, at least 500 require removal of fire-risk cladding, and the bill may mount.
Shonky construction work by greedy developers is killing the goose that laid the golden egg. The ABC reports that the capital city apartment market is being damaged by constant reports of poor construction and cladding fires. This collapse in value is hitting off-the-plan buyers hard. There has been a significant rise in the number of newly constructed units now worth less at completion than the price they were originally purchased.
According to data for August from the property agency CoreLogic, more than half of newly constructed off-the-plan apartments in Sydney and Melbourne were worth less than the owners bought them (52.9 per cent of off-the-plan apartments in Melbourne were valued lower than their contract price at the time of settlement).
Big changes round Beith Street
VCAT has approved a five-storey building accommodating eight (8) dwellings in four storeys over a retail space. The project is located on the north east corner of the intersection of Beith and Lobb Street, Brunswick, and is the first in a series of likely changes to this corner of Brunswick, just off Sydney Road between Victoria and Albert Streets.
Over the last few years, Moreland City Council has offered developers a variety of “fast track” mechanisms to get their projects approved more easily, in exchange for designing the apartments to a very high standard. The latest version, known as the design excellence scorecard, requires developers to meet benchmarks on environmental impact, building design and materials used, accessibility and community benefit.
We critiqued this process in our March BRN newsletter, noting: “The scorecard once again takes decision making within the planning industry bubble – the closed circuit of developers, architectural firms, consultants and council staff. We believe that planning should be more democratic, and must engage people who have to live with the consequences after the consultants and builders have moved on to greener pastures.”
However, the developers aren’t exactly lining up with environmentally sustainable projects – according to Domain, just one apartment block has met the guidelines since the scheme was introduced!
Background: A giant apartment building has been proposed for 699 Park Street, Brunswick (currently a motel and surrounds), directly opposite and overshadowing Princes Park. The original proposal for 13 storeys and 333 apartments was rejected by VCAT in May so the developers JW Land submitted new plans.
Moreland Council and community members through Protect Park Street Precinct have rejected the new plans with a series of objections. A VCAT hearing date has been set to begin on 24 February and is expected to run for six days.
Protecting our green spaces
Save the Gandolfo trees
Sam (Salvatore) Gandolfo was the first overseas-born Mayor of Coburg, serving from 1968–69. Today, his name is honoured at Gandolfo Gardens, which surround the heritage-registered Moreland train station on the Upfield Line. Now the State Government is planning to devastate the gardens, by chopping down 113 trees – most of the trees in the heritage reserve – as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) in order to remove 4 level crossings by raising the railway line. Some of the trees in the gardens are believed to have been planted in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with the majority planted in the 1950s or 60s.
Local residents have long argued a more suitable site should have been found. The State Government has not explained why the new station could not be built south of Moreland Road, over the road, or on the north side next to Moreland Road. LXRP have failed to provide possible alternative construction methodologies to minimise the number of trees to be removed. A car park just 30 metres away could be used to house cranes and equipment that will be used during construction.
More than 200 locals from Brunswick and Coburg held a rally last Sunday, 20 October, to protest the Victorian Government plan to destroy the trees.
The gardens around Moreland Station, with mature trees and playground equipment, are there because local residents campaigned strongly for these parklands and amenities more than 100 years ago, from 1910 to 1911. LXRP plans include removal of 2 magnificent Sugar Gum trees, thought to be part of the original 1911 tree plantings. They provide no reason these trees need to be destroyed, no options for working around these significant trees to do the construction work. These trees have a significant heritage value to the community.
Victoria’s Planning Minister Richard Wynne recently cut short an assessment by Heritage Victoria of community submissions opposing aspects of the project, including the demolition of the trees and other historic features such as signal boxes and gates on the heritage listed Upfield train line.
The Minister now has sole responsibility for decision making on the proposed changes to the Heritage registration of the gardens and signal box, using powers under the Heritage Act 2017.
Like many people living in Brunswick, we’d like dog owners to clean up after their pooches. But we weren’t persuaded by the latest idea from Councillor Lambros Tapinos. Our South Ward representative proposed allocating $100,000 to create a DNA database of the suburb’s pet dogs, so that errant excrement littering Brunswick’s streets and parks might be traced back to animals, and their owners fined. At this month’s Council meeting, the proposal lapsed for want of support from other councillors. May it rest in peace.
Brunswick sculptor Michael Sibel has won the 2019 Tesselaar Sculpture Prize for his work Rising Angel. Cast in bronze and corten (weathered) steel, it was described by the judges as a ‘remarkable piece sitting subtly between figuration and abstraction’. (Pictured).
Michael has worked and studied as a sculptor for 35 years and has a long family association with Brunswick. In 1990, he purchased a small former shampoo factory at 343A Lygon Street to convert to a studio. He recalls dissatisfied customers of the factory returning to complain about the quality of the shampoo.
Michael remembers Lygon Street in the midst of the Kennett cuts and the 90s recession, as a quirky mix of rag trade factories and outlets, workshops, pubs and gambling dens, reminiscent of the classic film “Death in Brunswick.”
Years before the arrival of high-rise and gentrification, the memorable Covo Sportivo was the only coffee shop on the strip.
Since 2006, 343A Lygon Street has been home to Armature Pilates, a business Michael (pictured) shares with his partner Stephanie Glickman.
Ned’s mum comes to Brunswick
Neil Cole used to be Victoria’s Attorney General, but in recent years, he’s been a prolific playwright, with recent shows including ‘1916’, looking at the WW1 conscription debate and ‘Liberian Days’, a profile of jazz singer Nina Simone. His latest production ‘Ned Kelly’s Mother’ will be performed in Brunswick this Friday, 25 October.
The show is a one-hour monologue with songs, featuring Ellen Kelly (nee Quinn), who was quite a woman in her own right, apart from being mother to Ned.
WHAT: Ned Kelly’s Mother
WHEN: Friday, 25 October, 6.30 pm
WHERE: Brunswick Community House (Warr Park, de Carle St, Brunswick, near Albion St)
Evening story times at Brunswick library include a selection of stories, rhymes and songs. These story time sessions are held in the evening, so working parents, preschool and primary school children are able to attend.
WHAT: Children’s Week story time at Brunswick Library
WHEN: Wednesday 23 October, 6.15 – 7.30pm
WHERE: Brunswick Library, Corner Sydney Road and Dawson Street (enter from Dawson Street), Brunswick
The beautiful Mechanics Institute has been done up inside and outside, and everyone is invited to the free celebration. We notice it’s also got its proper historic name back, hurray, after a few years of being called something odd that no-one ever remembered. You can join the Mayor for speeches at 4pm, see local students perform, then have a guided tour if you get there before 5pm, see an Indigenous performance , and later a DJ in the new outdoor performance space.
DATE: Thursday 14 November
TIME: From 4pm, into the evening
WHERE: Brunswick Mechanics Institute, corner of Glenlyon and Sydney Roads.
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This month we will have flyers for our Walking forum, and we still have plenty of our new mini-flyers and business cards (great for cafes and businesses), so if you’d like some to share with your neighbours, let us know what you can use, and we’ll drop them off. Thanks to those who’ve already volunteered!
All Council meetings – held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month – are normally held at: Council Chamber, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street*, Coburg.
Note that citizens are invited to the ceremonial meeting next Monday 28 October, to view the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, hear the Mayor’s speech, and enjoy refreshments. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday this week.
Council meetings for the remainder of 2019 are scheduled for:
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 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.
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