This month's e-news includes:  Tuesday's forum on trees and open space in Brunswick. Traffic safety campaigns, surveys on new shared paths and bridges, lots of public forums
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Brunswick Residents Network News, April 2016

Open Space Forum this Tuesday

"Trees, parks and greenery – open space in Brunswick"

There's been a great response to the announcement of our community forum  “Trees and parks” – a discussion of green open space in Brunswick.
Moreland ranks 26 out of 29 Melbourne Councils, for the amount of open space! We don’t have much open space or parkland, especially in Brunswick and Brunswick East.
What can we do to create green, open space in Brunswick? Pocket parks, rooftop gardens, better tree canopy, urban forests, upgrading facilities at Fleming Park and the Merri Creek?  Bring along your ideas for action
Speakers will include Alex English (Open Space planner for Moreland Council), Friends of Edward Street and Communities for Nature.
WHAT: Community forum on "Trees, parks and greenery – open space in Brunswick"
WHERE: St. Ambrose Community Centre (287 Sydney Road, just north of Dawson Street)
WHEN: Tuesday 10 May, 6.30pm to 8pm
INFO:  Brunswick Residents Network Facebook where the discussion has already begun, or 0421 840 100
ENTICEMENTS: All welcome! Tea and biscuits served.

Safety in Ewing Street

Local residents in Ewing Street, Brunswick have been campaigning for upgrades to improve safety and traffic management in the street. After a public consultation meeting on road safety last year, several concept plans have now been developed based on the feedback provided, traffic survey data and site inspections.
In order to progress to detailed design, Council are hoping for more feedback from the community. There will be a presentation of draft designs this Thursday, 12 May, at Brunswick Town Hall. For further information, contact Darrell Boseley (Transport Team Leader, Moreland City Council) on 9384 9237.
WHAT: Presentation on Ewing Street traffic management
WHEN: Thursday 12 May, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Atrium, Brunswick Town Hall

East Brunswick: Brunswick MP supports safer streets

State Member for Brunswick Jane Garrett is supporting a local campaign to make the top of Nicholson Street safer, especially for children at the East Brunswick Primary School.

With a 60kph speed limit, the road is dangerous for all users, especially around the curves between Stewart and Lygon Streets and there have been several recent crashes.

Jane has met with the Minister for Roads, and produced this poster (copies available from her office).

Short survey to help Merri bridge

If a new bridge was built over the Merri Creek near CERES, between East Brunswick and Northcote - would you use it? Fill out this 5 minute survey and have your say.

(We reported last month that the  community campaign for a pedestrian and bike bridge over the Merri creek has reached another stage with the two Councils, Moreland and Darebin, funding a study by engineers Pitt and Sherry.)

Even if it would only be occasionally, it would help if you could explain exactly how you would use the bridge.

You can also:
Meanwhile, near Rushall Station, a new shared path proposal to comment on:

Further down the creek, Yarra Council is proposing a new path to run directly from the east end of Holden Street, to Rushall Station.

The path has been welcomed especially by cyclists, but others are concerned about loss of parkland and peace. You can view the draft design, artist impressions and have your say via an online survey at:

Growing number of Moreland planning applications

Over the last six months, there have been a growing number of applications for planning permits in Moreland: 525 planning applications for the December 2015 quarter and 395 applications for the March 2016 quarter (Even though it appears that numbers have fallen over the last three months, the March quarter is traditionally the quietest period of the year, and the number of applications is significantly higher than in previous years).
Council made decisions on 438 planning applications in the first three months of this year -the highest number ever made in a first quarter (This compares with 557 for the December quarter, which was also a record decision making period).
There is increasing complexity of planning applications with 43 applications lodged in the last six months for over a million dollars’ worth of works.

Have your say on the Council budget

Moreland Council endorsed its Proposed 2016-17 Budget at its 26 April meeting.
Residents can suggest changes to the proposed budget and rating strategy, with submissions closing at 5 pm on Thursday 26 May 2016. All submissions will be published in a Council Report and reviewed at the Council Meeting to be held at 6 pm on Monday 6 June.
  Taking of money: East Brunswickians most generous in Victoria

It's official: we're generous people. Brunswick East and Brunswick are respectively the most generous, and third most generous, postcodes in Victoria (taking charitable donations as a percentage of income). And sixth and eleventh, across Australia.
  • Read a summary, or click the link to the full report, at the NAB.

Sydney Road leads bike crash list

There were 223 bike crashes on Sydney Road reported to VicRoads from 2006 to 2015, dozens more than any other street in Melbourne. However The Age reports that only 40 per cent of Sydney Road vehicle-bike collisions reported to police in 2014-15 resulted in the offender being fined. BUG meets last Thursday of the month

The next meeting of the Moreland Bicycle Users Group (BUG) will be held at 7pm on Thursday 26 May in the upstairs room at My Handlebar, 581 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Food and drinks can be purchased before, during and after the meeting.
Moreland Bicycle Users Group (BUG)

Saxon Street opened

“Siteworks on Saxon Street” was officially opened on Sunday 1 May by Mayor Samantha Ratnam.  The site includes a 19th century mansion, and the former St Ambrose secondary school buildings.

Meeting rooms are available for small or larger meetings, at reasonable prices. Hours are currently limited but will be extended as the facilities are completed. Other facilities include a community garden, with a bee-keeper as pictured here. The BlakDot gallery is moving to the former stables and will open shortly.
WHERE: 33 Saxon Street (near the baths, north of Glenlyon)

Wills candidates talk climate

With the Federal Election campaign underway, Climate Action Moreland (CAM) will hold a candidates meeting for the Federal seat of Wills, to discuss party policies on climate action.
Two leading candidates for the seat, previously held by retiring MP Kelvin Thompson, are Peter Khalil of the Australian Labor Party and Samantha Ratnam of the Australian Greens (who currently serves as Mayor of Moreland Council). The seat of Wills includes areas north of Park Street through Brunswick, right up to the Western Ring Road past Glenroy and Fawkner.
The CAM forum will allow voters to question the candidates’ policies on climate change and sustainability (with participation by other candidates as they are confirmed).
WHAT: Wills electorate ‘Meet the Candidates Forum’ on climate change
WHERE: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg
WHEN: Monday 30 May, 7pm-9pm
INFO: Andrea Bunting, mobile: 0424 508535

Solar and batteries: time to buy?

Come along to a local information session to find out more about solar and battery storage, whether you already have solar or are thinking of installing it.

Moreland City Council has  teamed up with the independent energy experts at Positive Charge to assist you in installing solar on your home or business. This information session will help you:
  • Understand how solar works
  • Work out if solar with or without battery storage might be right for your household or business
  • Find out how Positive Charge selects their suppliers
  • Understand the financial rebates available
Free but please  register to attend.

WHEN: Monday, 16 May 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
WHERE: Coburg Concert Hall - Rear of Coburg Town Hall Urquhart St, Coburg
WHAT:  Ward meeting with South Ward Councillor Lambros Tapinos,
INFO : If you can't come, you can still call Positive Charge for advice on 9385 8555

Engage with your South Ward councillor

Cr Lambros Tapinos, one of three councillors in the South Ward (which covers Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West) will be holding a ward meeting this Thursday 12 May. It’s an opportunity to meet with one of our local representatives to discuss your ideas, concerns or issues.
WHAT:  Ward meeting with South Ward Councillor Lambros Tapinos,
WHEN: Thursday 12 May 2016, 6.30 pm
WHERE: Temple Park Senior Citizens Centre, 24 Gray Street, Brunswick
INFO : Mobile: 0433 419 075, Email:

Next Moreland Council meetings

All Council meetings - held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month- and Urban Planning Committee meetings - held on the 4th Wednesday of each month - are now held at: Council Chamber, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street*, Coburg. Council meetings  are on:
  • Monday 6 June (Consider Budget Submissions)*
  • Wednesday 8 June at 7 pm
  • Monday 20 June 2016 at 6 pm (adopt the Councillor Code of Conduct)*
  • Monday 20 June 2016 at 6.30 pm (Budget adoption)*
  • Wednesday 13 July 2016 at 7 pm
Check for all meeting details at the Council website. Council meetings can now be watched online, either live, or later - you can find details here along with the agenda for this week's Council meeting. However the special meetings (*asterisked) won't be videoed.
  • 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.


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