Brunswick Residents News, February 2021

Lots of local news: links to our Walking Survey, a special feature on transport ideas; planning updates, cultural happenings, Council consultations, the Lomond controversy . . . and much more. Scroll down to read in slightly clunky format, or read here with tidy formatting.

What would help you walk more often? Have your say in our survey. Feb Feature: transport ideas. Moreland democracy update, Lomond music debate, garbage options . . .and of course planning.
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Brunswick Residents Network News,
February 2021

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Happy lockdown reading! We hope we’ll all be back to “normal” by Thursday morning – we have crossed our fingers and left event times in our “Culture Corner” unchanged. At a loose end? Take our Walking Survey and forward it to some friends.

Walking: Please take our survey

What makes walking enjoyable? Are there times or places you avoid? Is it easier moving around, or getting harder? What will make it better? Have your say now, in our 7-minute walking survey for Brunswick residents.  We’ll use the results to lobby councillors and politicians, and to provide evidence on what works, and what’s needed.

It’s important to have your views, plus getting a big response helps a lot with lobbying.

  • Share this link with everyone you know in Brunswick. You can also share from our Facebook page
  • If you can help stick up a poster (alone, or in one of our teams), drop off a flyer, or take paper copies to your neighbours, please download copies from our website, or email us.
  • Do you have access to cheap/free copying? We’d love your help! Email us and we’ll tell you what our priorities are. (Currently we need everything!)
  • We’ve had the survey translated into Greek and Italian – please email us for copies

Thanks to our 50 early responders . .  and to our joint working group with Work on Moreland who’ve helped plan this survey, and our translation team who did it all gratis!

  • History: Check out our influential 2011 and 2014 traffic surveys on our survey web page, which helped bring 40km speed limits to our streets.

Council elections fall-out

Election tampering allegations return to VCAT 

Last November, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) referred the results of the Moreland North West Ward elections to VCAT and Victoria Police, following apparent vote tampering, even as they declared all councillors elected according to the votes as counted. Next Monday, 15 February, a VCAT directions hearing is expected to set a date to hear the matter, and determine whether the election should be voided. VCAT has the power to call for a fresh election for North West Ward. The police investigation is ongoing.

Council election donations

Details of publicly declared donations to candidates in the 2020 Moreland Council elections are now available. The sums range from nothing declared to more than $14,400, but don’t detail other measures of support that might benefit a candidate (like unpaid labour, mates’ rates or printing discounts).

Failure to vote notices

While we await the VCAT and Victoria Police investigations on the consequences of vote tampering in the North-West Ward . . . .

In the next few weeks, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) will be sending out ‘failure to vote’ notices for the Moreland 2020 council election. If you receive one of these notices, you are required to complete the form explaining why you didn’t vote and return the form in the reply-paid envelope, before Friday 19 March 2021. The fine for not having a valid reason to not vote in the election is $83. (The fine for voting multiple times is still to be determined . . .)

Feature article:
Transport ideas

Many people are changing the way they move around Brunswick because of the pandemic (more walking, less trams, cyclists everywhere). This month’s newsletter has lots of ideas to spur debate about how we can transform transport as we come out of the pandemic. Check out these links – from twisting the mind of little kiddies so they love bicycles, to changing urban speed limits or analysing the health impacts of the level crossing removal in Brunswick and Coburg. There’s even a fantastic website for gunzels (look it up!).

Lego does bikes

We start with the tale of a quest to get one of the most popular toymakers in the world to make a little space for bicycles.

A thousand years ago, back in 2019, a regional councillor in the Netherlands named Marcel Steeman undertook a seemingly impossible challenge: convince the makers of Lego to do something a little different. He wanted the toy production company, based in Billund Denmark, to add bike lanes to their tiny, brick-made cities.

Lego is a giant corporation, and their products go global. Approximately 20 billion Lego pieces are manufactured each year (that’s 35,000 every minute), so the idea of updating Lego cities to include more public transport and cycling makes great sense. Lego has now taken the first step by creating new sets 60304 (Road Plates) and 60306 (Shopping Streets). Buildable and adjustable roads, bikes and even a cargo bike were introduced.

Now Steeman’s campaign continues, to get Lego to redesign their sets to create bike lanes that are wide enough to be safe to ride on and wide enough for a cargo bike. Steeman has uploaded his proposal to the Lego Ideas website – a place which allows users to submit proposals for Lego products to be turned into commercially available sets. Simply called ‘Bike lanes’, the project wants to make Lego City a bicycle friendly city, but needs your support to make it happen.

Lego nerds (young or old) are encouraged to create an account on the Lego Ideas website, to support this proposal for a new, fully re-designed bike lanes kit!

Slow down for pedestrians

An increasing proportion of those being killed on Victorian roads are people walking, especially older people. Australia has some of the highest urban speed limits in the developed world, and vehicle speed is a key factor in road deaths and injuries.

Victoria Walks has just issued a new position statement, seeking to make streets safer for everyone, particularly people walking to local destinations like schools, shops and public transport. The statement outlines how traffic speeds relate to walking, the evidence for lower speeds, the current approach to setting speed limits, and recommendations to improve walking conditions and public spaces through safer speed limits.

Health impacts of level crossing removal

For the last few years, residents’ groups, cyclists and Moreland Council have been battling with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, to try to improve the social outcomes of the Upfield rail line upgrade. Dan the Man tells us the state government is getting things done, but how do you measure the positives and negatives from such a major infrastructure project?

‘Environmental Impact Assessment Review’ has just published an interesting study on the LXRP rail upgrade through Brunswick and Coburg (available for free download for the next month). The technical study examines ways to measure public health impacts: looking at social cohesion, public open space, leisure, impact on housing and natural environment and more.

The authors look at how work on the Upfield line has led to construction noise, the removal of over 150 mature trees and heritage structures, and the loss of cyclists’ serendipitous “green wave”, where north-south cycle travel on the adjacent path could be coordinated with the boom gates. They report: “The level crossing removals have an opportunity to ensure that changes to the built environment make healthy behaviours the ‘easy option’. Such changes are generally more effective and equitable and can yield more sustained health benefits than health promotion programs.”

Melbourne transport ideas

In Melbourne, there’s lots of websites where you can find innovative policy ideas about public transport, safer driving, cycling and walking:

Streets Alive Yarra:
Streets Alive Yarra is a resident action group with a vision for thriving neighbourhoods, where streets are used by people of all ages, irrespective of whether they choose to walk, cycle, use public transport or drive. Given the similarities between Yarra and Moreland’s South Ward, this site is a wonderful resource with ideas to transform our streets.
Melbourne on Transit:
Commentary on the service aspects of public transport in Melbourne. Covers networks, routes, timetables, planning, co-ordination, information, marketing and more.
Urban Happiness – Melbourne planning and design ideas:
We shamelessly pinch stuff all the time from this wonderful Facebook group, which provides lots of info and debate on urban planning and transport. Great crowdsourcing of interesting urban ideas for Melbourne from across the globe!
Metropolitan Transport Forum:
Twenty six metropolitan local governments – including Moreland and neighbours like Yarra and Darebin –  currently constitute the MTF membership. Monthly meetings (currently online) and campaigns for policy changes on public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure.
Extend the Upfield Bike Path to Upfield:
The Upfield transport corridor has been designated a Strategic Cycling Corridor. Building the Upfield path to Upfield could provide VicRoads with a safe alternative for cyclists. Building the Upfield Path would provide an important commuter cycling route through Moreland to the City of Melbourne.
Wongm’s Rail Gallery:
For all you gunzels out there, this one’s for you! A website with 2,307 pages of train porn: photographs of trains and railway infrastructure from around Victoria.
The name says it all: advocacy, ideas and research to encourage walking in urban and rural Victoria.

Bunnings Glenlyon:
Community fund-raises for VCAT hearing

The planning application to build a Bunnings Warehouse at 145 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick will be decided at VCAT after an 8-day hearing starting 26 April. The site is located near the intersection of Lygon Street, with a truck exit through Pitt Street into Lygon.

Council decided unanimously to oppose the application, after receiving over 530 objections.

Residents are now fund-raising to pay for an expert witnesses to attend the VCAT hearing. Stop Bunnings Glenlyon is engaging a planning advocate to argue the community case for outright rejection. They are also intending to call experts on traffic safety and social impacts.

They hope to raise $30,000 to engage a planning advocate and experts, plus associated data collection. Please consider lending a hand.

More planning issues

Transparency for Amendment C193?

At their meeting on 10 February, councillors rushed through a resolution on Amendment C193 to the Moreland Planning Scheme, which flags Moreland Council’s intention to abort a Commercial 3 re-zoning of 56 industrial sites in Brunswick.

Last year, officers decided to commission ‘ID Consulting’ to undertake a review of commercial floorspace in the suburb, and now wants the State Government to delay finalising Amendment C193 until this work is completed and presented to Council in April.

Last Wednesday, Council staff reported to councillors that “early drafts of the further strategic analysis indicate that requiring significant commercial floor space on a small number of sites (as proposed by Amendment C193) may no longer be the most effective way to meet Moreland’s commercial floor space needs.

“This progress report indicates that it may be appropriate for Council to withdraw the request to authorise Amendment C193 and commence a new Amendment. The new Amendment may seek to implement an Activity Centre Zone across the Brunswick Activity Centre, as this zone allows Council to tailor the zone at a precinct level and provide improved ability for Council to direct outcomes within activity centres.”

BRN is concerned about the sudden flagging of the Activity Centre Zone and about the transparency of the process. The review commissioned by council staff and given to the firm ‘ID Consulting’ has been undertaken during COVID-19 State Emergency measures (instead of the decision being made or noted at a council meeting). From our discussion with councillors, it appears the terms of reference (TOR) for the review were not put to our elected representatives before the review began.

In the interests of transparency, we believe the initial interim findings of this review should be released to the councillors and to the wider public. Furthermore BRN believes the TOR for ID Consulting – developed last year by staff – should also be made available. We think that councillors are entitled to see the TOR and initial findings before deciding to proceed with changes. Moreland Council claims it has a new commitment to transparency and engagement – now’s the time to show it!

There are many questions about what changes to the Brunswick Activity Centre might look like. It’s still early days, but after months of work by Council staff, there’s little publicly available information. There are no maps or schedules for a new Activity Centre Zone and no indication of how prescriptive the zone will be. For instance, what uses are prohibited, and what are permitted, or as-of-right? What sites will remain industrial and how many (if any) will be transferred to a Commercial 3 Zone (C3Z)? The C3Z allows for encouragement of a range of artistic, cultural and start up activities, and many residents believe such a zone would have contributed to a better ‘sense of place’ and also benefited the cultural and social well-being of the community through better development.

Watch this space – this extensive investigation looking at the Brunswick Activity Centre Zone will have big implications for our suburb.

Breathe again in Anstey

A group of local residents and business owners are challenging a proposed development at 215-219 Albion Street, Brunswick, for a nine storey apartment building that will sit directly opposite the Anstey Nightingale apartments at 216 Albion Street.

The proposal is the latest project initiated by Breathe Architecture – the firm responsible for the Commons and the Nightingale buildings near Anstey Station. While Breathe seeks to develop more environmentally sustainable buildings, they have sought to trade off height and set-backs with Moreland Council, regularly building taller than the guidelines outlined in the decade-old Brunswick Structure Plan. Breathe’s projects have then led to brawls with neighbouring developers who want to put up buildings with similar height and setbacks, without the same ESD components.

A number of residents have written with their concerns over the project and the lack of proper engagement by the developer: “We believe the development should be no higher than five storeys. There are a significant number of objections listed for the development, however we are very concerned that it appears that this development is being fast tracked and is falling under the radar of the local community.”

A common tactic for developers is to publicise their permit applications during the Christmas/New year period, when locals are often distracted. The advertising for this development closed on 17 December.

A planning information and discussion (PID) meeting was held on the 2 February with invitations sent to objectors, as an opportunity for them to raise their concerns. Residents complained that “the developer utilised their time slot to promote their product, with little to no response to the objections raised. They clearly stated that they would not be making changes to their existing plans, in particular to the nine storey height.”

Some residents are concerned that if this development proceeds, there will be a nine storey high wall alongside Ilhan Lane and the property will be built right to the boundary on Albion Street: “Crossing Albion Street to Anstey station is incredibly dangerous at the moment. When the new bike path from the Upfield Sky Rail opens this will significantly increase the bike traffic along the Tinning Street to Albion Street on the bike lane.”

Parking fees re-introduced in Brunswick

In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic kicked off, Moreland Council removed the need to pay for parking in council-run parking sites around the municipality. The only locations in the whole of Moreland with paid parking are in Brunswick: along with a designated area on Barkly Street, there are seven off-street car park sites with paid parking in our suburb, with time-restricted parking paid through ticket machines and mobile apps.

At this month’s Council meeting, in a motion moved by the Mayor Annalivia Carli Hannan and passed 7-4, Moreland Council re-instated fees for all these sites from 22 February 2021:

  • Staley Street Brunswick car park;
  • Barkly Street Brunswick (3 ticket machines for on-street parking);
  • 797 Sydney Road Brunswick car park;
  • 7-11 Dawson Street Brunswick car park;
  • 11 Union Street Brunswick car park;
  • 682-688 Sydney Road Brunswick car park;
  • 13-15 Edward Street Brunswick car park;
  • 2 Rosser Street Brunswick car park.

Council staff reported that more vehicles are being parked in paid parking areas for extended periods of time, without a regular turnover of vehicles, especially the Dawson Street car park near the Town Hall and shopping and business precincts such as the Edward Street car park and Barkly Street.

During the pandemic, the reduced level of car movement and the loss of parking spots to on-street dining has hit the budget of some inner-city councils (even though the amount is off-set by reduced fees to the State Government for every paid parking spot, maintenance costs etc). In Moreland, it’s estimated that $277,240 potential paid parking revenue has been forfeited for the period April 2020 to January 2021. According to the Age, “the City of Yarra’s inability to collect millions of dollars in parking revenue during lockdown has contributed to an anticipated operating deficit of more than $12 million.”

Outdoor dining under a cloud as cash-strapped council misses parking fees, The Age, 10 February 2021.

Noise, music and The Lomond  

The much-loved Lomond Hotel hit the headlines last month when music was shut down in its new outdoor dining area, following complaints from neighbours. A petition was quickly set up to restore the music, which to date has attracted over 5,000 signatures. Although some advocates claimed there was no need for permission for such an outdoor venue, this only applies if the music is low level, around “normal TV set” loudness.

The Lomond is a popular, friendly venue where music has been played for many years – amplified, but not earsplitting, inside its solid soundproof stone walls. BRN understands, however, that the establishment of a pandemic friendly outdoor dining area was extended to include a music stage, breaching a condition of the outdoor dining planning permit.

According to Moreland Council’s news page, at the end of January, Council officers facilitated a meeting between The Lomond and interested residents to assist with a new planning permit application. About 10 residents attended, with Council stating that the meeting provided an opportunity for the Lomond Hotel operator to hear from surrounding residents about how they’d like to see their amenity protected if live music is to be played in the hotel carpark. We understand that options are now being considered by the Lomond, in the hope that a permit can be processed smoothly.

This controversy raises a number of broader issues.

Ironically on the week BRN received the petition to support the hotel, we were sent another by a nearby resident who was unable to get Council or EPA action on very loud music from next-door neighbours. Just a few weeks ago, residents in the new apartments above the East Brunswick Hotel contacted us about their campaign against a permit application for a piano bar in the hotel to open till 1.30am.

Before the Council news report, there was no public information on who had complained, but this didn’t stop some Lomond supporters insulting them, assuming their concerns were unreasonable, and claiming they were new-comers who shouldn’t live in Brunswick if they didn’t like loud music. But it’s time for some common sense. People who move into Brunswick and purchase a property near an existing live music venue should do some homework. Caveat Emptor! But music lovers should also think of the well-being of fellow residents who may be adversely affected by loud noise at different times of the day (shift workers who sleep at odd hours, families with cranky babies, locals who have to clean up the vomit from late night revellers etc). Because low frequencies travel further than high, the beautiful song you hear at the venue becomes annoying doof doof further up the street.

With increased density of living, noise is a major issue in quality of life. In past newsletters we’ve covered the fight against noisy carstackers in new apartment blocks. In Brunswick, more residential apartment towers are being built near to existing pubs, clubs and live music venues. These tensions are going to increase, arising from increasing housing density in urban entertainment areas and the implementation of neoliberal principles around the deregulation of alcohol sales.

For people interested in this debate, check out our June 2018 BRN newsletter, which featured an article on ‘Noise, bands, and booze.’ Our story reported on debates over the proposed expansion of the Penny Black in Sydney Road, and new apartments being built near Howler, with differing views about who got there first (residents or noise!). Our 2018 report has lots of links to useful documents on noise from the EPA and state government, detailed design guidelines for licenced venues and info on the music industry’s Agents for Change policy.

There’s always the temptation to campaign for relaxing rules for your favourite pub (or developer) without considering that this may set a precedent for others. A prominent example is the way when rules were bent for “environmentally sensitive” developers Breathe Architecture (The Commons, et cetera), which set a precedent for less environmentally sustainable projects. Both developers and the liquor industry are relentless in taking every opportunity to push for looser rules across a larger area.

In the words of Vika and Linda, “Be careful what you pray for”.

Disclosure: The author of this article plays 2nd accordion in a band that doesn’t need amplification.

Garbage, floods and other local issues

Council “consultations”

Moreland Council has been putting up lots of stuff for comment on the Conversations Moreland website. This seems to have become their major avenue for “community consultation” – although most controversial projects rarely appear.

On the positive side, this is an easy way to view proposals, make a comment, and interact with other readers. It’s worth keeping your eye open for stuff that interests you, and registering to get updates. Here are some pages you may like to read or comment on

Imagine Moreland – This page has a general free-for-all about how you would like Moreland (or the Council) to change. If you scroll down this page you will find some other general headings:

  • Neighbourhoods: This “Imagining Moreland” topic page has only received two comments, maybe because in the case of urban planning the horse seems to have already bolted. However there are significant issues here in the downloadable “topic paper”, including planning controls, housing availability and heritage protection. (And a lot of blather.)
  • Getting around includes discussion on road use, congestion, parking and accessibility.  The “topic paper” seems to overlook the links between transport and increased housing density, and the broader questions of the effect of vehicle traffic on liveability.
  • Other Imagine Moreland topic headings are Economy and the Arts, Pandemic Recovery, and the Council Budget.

The deluge

Flood Mapping:  With Brunswick’s drainage system designed in the last century, it’s hard to keep ignoring the effects of climate change and incidents of flooding in our neighbourhood (the December 2018 BRN newsletter reported on repeated incidents of flooding in Saxon Street and Michael Street, Brunswick).

Now Moreland Council has prepared plans of areas that will flood in the type of intense storm that has a “one in a hundred” chance of happening in any given year. This flooding happens when stormwater drains can’t cope with the increased flow of rainwater. As the example above shows, these “one in a hundred year” estimates may be outdated.

You can check your address to see if it’s listed as flood-prone under this definition. You’d expect to see the creeks and wetlands marked, but a surprising number of local streets, and some houses, on higher lying areas are listed as likely to flood. If your property is listed, you will be required to get an additional permit to build there, possibly with additional conditions (like making the slab higher – our example). There are some public consultations coming up the week starting February 22, though the website doesn’t say where. And there is a helpful council officer listed, who answers his phone!

Local MP visits school hot spots 

We reported in December that Brunswick MP Tim Read had surveyed parents to identify danger spots on the way to school, and to discuss ways to further increase kids walking and riding to school. Tim is following up by visiting local schools at before and after school drop-off times. He’ll be at Brunswick South Primary (Friday 19/2, 8.45pm) Merri Creek Primary (Friday 19, 3.30pm) and at other Brunswick schools in the next few weeks (check the schedule on Facebook, below). This is a chance to chat with your local MP and check out locations where parents have identified serious safety issues:

Garbage!

Moreland Council has completed the first stage of a consultation on garbage collection, both on the weekly collections and on hard rubbish after the state government decided we should have a 4-bin system. Now there are a series of options outlined, with pros and cons for each. There’s the opportunity to take a survey, and to ask questions.

One issue that hasn’t been considered is the type of collection trucks used. Often, the size of garbage trucks is used as an argument against traffic management by road-narrowing, which is a bit like the tail wagging the dog. Our garbage trucks have one driver and can only pick up from the left hand side which means that each truck goes along the street twice. This will be eight passes, with associated noise and pollution, once we go to a 4-bin system. Nothing can be done when the bin falls over. The City of Yarra has smaller trucks with a driver and a person loading the bins. They only pass once along local streets, and bins are placed more neatly on the footpath.

Meanwhile, Council have advertised on Facebook for people “passionate about waste” to explain the various options, and the need for change, to the community, and become “Moreland Waste Champions”.  This may sound like a joke, it could be a job advertisement, but most likely it’s a call for volunteers. Should we rubbish it? Decide for yourselves:

Brunswick park upgrades

Fleming Park

Strolling around Fleming Park the other day, you can’t miss the tradies hard at work on the upgraded grandstand next to the footie oval. The grandstand is going to end up like ‘great-grandfather’s axe’ – my grandfather replaced the blade and Mum replaced the handle, but we’re so proud to still have this family heirloom!

Depending on budget, Council has grand plans to create a new multipurpose sports pavilion in Fleming Park, that will comply with various sports and disability access requirements (including more facilities for women and girls). On paper, main construction starts from July, but sports enthusiasts may want to keep an eye on Council’s 2021-22 budget process in coming weeks.

BRN has long proposed the slowly of traffic in the streets surrounding the park, making it safer for kids/prams/dogs/elderly and everyone else to safely access the park. Council has been developing two shared zone trials on either side of the park in Albert Street and Victoria Street, which are supposed to begin from May this year. Consultation is still open on these projects: if you haven’t yet commented, it’s on this page:

Frith Street Park

The first round of public consultation for the new park in Frith Street officially finished on 7 February (though we notice it’s still open for comments online). Council will now move to finalise a concept plan for the new park proposed for 14 Frith Street, Brunswick (the old Fletcher Jones industrial site, on the corner of Frith and Howard Streets, a block west of Sydney Road). Many commentators responded to the design proposals by calling for more green space, and less concrete and cafes, so we hope this advice is taken. Keep an eye out for the updated plans on “Conversations Moreland” or contact Andrew Blight at Moreland Council for details (Phone 9240 1111 or email ablight@moreland.vic.gov.au).

Control your dogs, please

Fleming Park is a well-known haunt of the Brunswick dog-walking mafia, but the pandemic-inspired exercise craze has spread more dogs along the Merri Creek walking/cycling path. As well as an increased number of doggy landmines for joggers, this has led to dangerous impacts on local fauna and birdlife, especially in sensitive areas along the Merri Creek Reserve from Lorne Street to Hood Crescent.

Last year, Friends of Merri Creek sought Moreland Council support to better protect wildlife. Council staff have now reported that “people were generally unaware of which areas are ‘on leash’ and which are ‘off leash’. Observations also showed that signage was, in some instances, inconsistent and confusing; in some instances, areas were incorrectly signed; and that many dog walkers are unaware of their responsibilities and obligations; that they did not pick up after their dogs and often did not have effective control of their dogs.”

Last Wednesday, Councillors passed a resolution to fund a range of initiatives and encourage appropriate doggy behaviour: improved signage and designation of ‘on leash’ and ‘off leash’ areas; use of signage to educate the community and to direct dog walkers to designated ‘off leash’ areas; an increase of patrols in specific areas and running a community awareness campaign.

The message to dog owners: “Get your shit together” (literally and metaphorically).

Culture Corner

These items were written before the lock-down was announced. We hope the times listed will be correct from Thursday 18 February! 

Counihan Gallery re-opens

After an enforced shut-down in 2020, the doors to the Counihan Gallery has re-opened and hours have gone back to normal.

The gallery is open 11am – 5pm Wednesday – Saturday and 1pm – 5pm on Sundays. They still have COVID-safe measures in place – if you visit, a mask is mandatory and you will need to check in for contact tracing.

Come along to see three stunning exhibitions to begin the year – “Disobedient Daughters”, “Making Marks: Australia to Afghanistan” and “Garden”, which will run until Sunday 21 March and align with International Women’s Day celebrations across Moreland.

Never been there before? The Counihan Gallery is located next to the Brunswick Town Hall on the corner of Sydney Road and Dawson Street (enter off Sydney Road to the left of the main portico).

New hours for Brunswick Library

All of you who hung onto Brunswick Library books throughout the pandemic – times up! You now have more opening hours to access the library.

At their February meeting, councillors approved a proposed trial to extend Moreland City Libraries’ opening hours, which will see libraries open to the public for an extra 15 hours per week.

During the trial, which will run until June 2021, Brunswick and Coburg Libraries will open at 9 am rather than 10 am Monday to Friday. The Campbell Turnbull Library will open at 1pm rather than 11 am on Monday; at 10 am rather than 11 am Tuesday to Friday, and close at 5 pm rather than 5.30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Brunswick Music Festival

And don’t forget the Brunswick Music Festival, which runs from 5-14 March. A great mix of musos at venues around Brunswick, and concerts in the new, improved and COVID-safer wide open space of Gilpin Park!

Lots of free stuff, but bookings required and tickets going fast. Check out the program at:

Brunswick Neighbourhood House

Many courses and social activities at reasonable fees are offered by Brunswick Neighbourhood House. Some are run at their Warr Park venue in De Carle Street, and some in the south of Brunswick at Garden Street. Courses have already started, but some you can join any time, or join a new round in April.

Brunswick Residents Network needs your help

We’d love some help from readers with technical skills in:

  • Modifying (and demystifying) our Mailchimp templates
  • Working out how a smooth transfer for our newsletter from Mailchimp to a WordPress post
  • Laying out our Walking Survey (when complete, probably early May)

We’d also love help with copying the flyers and hard copies of our survey (either by making copies, or by donations).  And with letterboxing them in Brunswick streets.

Please email us at brunswickresidentsnetwork@gmail.com

Moreland Council stuff

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

Dates advertised for the rest of 2021 are:

  • 10 March
  • 14 April
  • 12 May
  • 9 June
  • 14 July
  • 11 August
  • 8 September
  • 13 October
  • 10 November
  • 15 November – Mayoral Election
  • 8 December

Meeting details are normally posted at the Council website. Coming meetings are expected to be live at the Council Chamber, rather than just online – but check  to make sure. The link above also has a form to ask questions, but we should expect live questions to be possible with live meetings.

Council meetings can be watched online, either live, or later – you can find details here along with the agenda for the next Council meeting when it’s posted on the Friday before the monthly meeting. You can register there to receive an alert when the agenda is posted. Recent meetings have also been live-streamed on the Council Facebook page.

Email us!

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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.

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Contacts for our local councillors

Mark Riley (Deputy Mayor)
Mobile: 0499 807044
Email: mriley@moreland.vic.gov.au

Lambros Tapinos
Mobile: 0433 419 075
Email: ltapinos@moreland.vic.gov.au

James Conlan
Mobile: 0409 279 335
Email: JConlan@moreland.vic.gov.au

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