Saturday, February 2, 2008

About Rose Iser

Rose Iser is a councillor on Moonee Valley City Council. She was elected in March 2007 to serve the community of Debney Ward.

Rose is endorsed by the Moonee Valley Branch of The Greens. You can learn more about the policies of The Greens at www.vic.greens.org.au

Rose is a qualified lawyer but has spent most of her professional life as a teacher and writer. She has two young children and lives in Flemington.

Rose is passionate about the environment, children's and family services, community engagement, public transport, cycling and walking, open spaces, arts and culture, support for new and emerging communities, social justice and environmentally sustainable planning... and more.

Rose values the role local government can play in strengthening commuities and providing a clean and green environment for residents and visitors.

Development on former Lombard's Site

You may know about the decision of Council to refuse the Stage 2B 21 storey tower proposed for the former Lombard’s site. The developer has appealed this decision at VCAT.

Respecting that the majority of Council also resolved to approve the Stage 2A 9 storey component, Cr Jim Cusack (Deakin ward) and I voted against this proposal in Council on 4 March on a number of grounds:

· Poor use of public transport
· Poor pedestrian and cyclist access
· Poor integration with adjoining residential area
· Poor integration with Stage 1
· Poor connections with open space
· Poor environmental response

The developer has also appealed the conditions put on the Stage 2A development. You can see these conditions at www.mvcc.vic.gov.au - look at the minutes for the Council meeting on 4 March.

The Planning Permits for Stages 2A and 2B are currently being considered by Council. I will continue to argue for improvements to the plans to make the development greener and better suited to its location.