Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pink Ribbon Breakfast October 22nd

Book your tickets now for the Pink Ribbon Breakfast in support of the National Breastcancer Foundation at Flemington Racecourse on October 22nd. For tickets, contact Flemington Customer Service 1300 727 575 by Wednesday 14th October.

Celebrate Diwali at the Clocktower Centre

A visual spectacular of projected images, colour and designs will light up the Clocktower Centre from 12 to 17 October in celebration of Diwali.

Popularly known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is the inspiration behind a large scale lighting project, created by The Gertrude Association and supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, which will illuminate the building during the five nights of Diwali.

The projection will be launched on Monday, 12 October and Moonee Valley City Council invites the community to attend its celebration of Diwali at the launch of the projection.

Diwali is widely celebrated across the world and observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.
Spiritually, Diwali represents an awareness of the inner light and is often celebrated with fireworks, decorating the home with small clay pot lanterns, sweets, gifts and religious rituals such as the puja.

Projection launch: 7.30pm on Monday, 12 October 2009 Clocktower Centre

Projection dates: Every evening from Monday, 12 October to Saturday, 17 October 2009 (8pm to midnight).

Have Your Say- Draft Road Safety Plan (2009-2014)

How to have your say

The Draft Road Safety Plan is now available for public comment and will be on public exhibition until Friday, 2 October 2009.

We encourage you to have a look at the Draft Road Safety Plan and Summary Brochure and provide comments and feedback in the following ways:

• Complete feedback forms on line at Feedback forms will also be available at the Council Civic Centre at 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds and at all local libraries; or alternatively

• Make a written submission and send it to:
Moonee Valley City Council
Transport and Major Projects
PO Box 126
Moonee Ponds Vic 3039

For further information please contact, Lisa Bagnati on 9243 8888 or at

Have Your Say- Municipal Early Years Plan

Council is currently developing a Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP) to ensure local children’s services meet the changing needs of families today and in the future.

Council is asking for community input and feedback to help develop the plan.

How you can have your say:

• Fill in the online survey for parents, guardians and carers.

• Join a focus group or service provider forum.

• Attend a one-on-one interview in person or over the phone.

All those who submit a survey and provide their details will go into the draw to win a Specialised Children’s Book voucher valued at $100. For more information please contact Jennifer McCurry on 9243 8744 or email

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Learn about Ramadan and Eid Festival – Sun. 13th September 2pm

Join us at the Flemington Community Centre to cross some cultural bridges and hear from religious leaders about the meaning of Ramadan and the Eid Festival. All welcome.

Respond to the Vic Govt’s Green Paper on Climate Change
Have a read and make your views known. This is the Victorian Government’s response to the most pressing issue of our time. Is it adequate? Submissions close September 30th.


Would you like to see Flexicars at Newmarket and Moonee Ponds Train stations? Comment below or send me an email so that I can raise the issue at Council.

Parking in Mt Road Village

Although the report to Council recommended allowing non-permit parking until 111pm alongside commercial premises in residential streets, this was successfully amended to 9pm. 8pm would have been preferable, but the agreed time of 9pm will be trialled for 12 months – with increased enforcement, better signage to keep non-residential traffic out of side-streets after 9pm and applications to fund street treatments to restrict traffic flow. We all support responsible traders in the area, but night amenity for residents is a priority.

Environmental Forum at Moonee Valley – September 14th

Sustainable Housing – Green homes, green suburbs

Monday, 14 September 2009
7.30pm – 9pm
Council Chamber at Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds

How can we create environmentally sustainable homes and suburbs?
Come along to discuss what sustainable development means for you and your local area.

Guest speakers include:

Ecologically sustainable design of cities: Dr Marcus Spiller, Director SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd Sustainable and accessible transport – Dr Janet Stanley, Monash University Green your home – Michael O'Connell, Alternative Technology Association

Free event • Refreshments provided • Giveaways

Flemington Hill residents Traffic Action Group

Weds 16th Sept. 7pm Flemington Library

All welcome.

Municipal Early Years Plan - consultation

Moonee Valley City Council is currently developing its Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP).

Council is undertaking research and will consult widely during September and October to develop the draft plan.

This consultation process will be launched on Thursday, 17 September with a community forum where families and service providers will be asked to provide their input, feedback and ideas about early years services in Moonee Valley.

At the forum, presenter and key note speaker Ms Sherryl Garbutt, Chair of the Victorian Children’s Council and former Victorian Minister for Children will bring an extensive knowledge of children’s issues and public policy making.

Community Forum
When: Thursday 17 September
Where: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Member’s Lounge (level 2)
Time: 7.15 arrival - for a 7.30pm start
RSVP: By 11 September to 9243 8888 for catering purposes

A light supper will also be provided.

Have Your Say- Draft Road Safety Plan (2009-2014)

Moonee Valley City Council has developed a new Draft Road Safety Plan (2009-2014), which will greatly enhance the safety of all road users within the municipality.

This is an important five-year plan for Moonee Valley. Through this new Draft Road Safety Plan, Council aims to bring together key players like Victoria Police, VicRoads, community groups and residents so that we can all work together to achieve increased levels of safety on not just roads, but on bike paths and footpaths.

Council has already undertaken many projects over the past eight years, and has seen fatal crashes reduce by 18 per cent from 1998 to 2007, however, more work still needs to be done.

Draft Road Safety Plan (pdf, 770kb)
Summary Brochure (pdf, 1.5MB)

How to have your say

The Draft Road Safety Plan is now available for public comment and will be on public exhibition until Friday, 2 October 2009. See

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Events for your diary …

‘Imagine Flemington’ Community Forum/Workshop

Hosted by Cr Rose Iser

Saturday 22 August 2:30 to 4:00
Flemington Community Centre

Participate in a discussion on the issues facing Flemington and the future we can imagine for our community. We will discuss planning, open space, community cohesion, safety, traffic, climate change and more. Everybody welcome.

(To be followed by ‘Imagine Ascot Vale’ and ‘Imagine Moonee Ponds’ at later dates)

Auskick Extravaganza

Tuesday 11 August from 3.45 to 5pm
Debneys Park

There will be Auskick activities for all of the primary school aged children who attend, some give-aways, a guest appearance by Essendon Football Players and also a Halal BBQ for those attending.

2010 Moonee Valley Community Grants Program Info Session

Wednesday 12 August from 6:00 to 8:00
Moonee Valley Civic Centre

Moonee Valley Community Grants Program for 2010 opens on 3 August 2009 until 31 August 2009.
The program enables Council to partner with the community by making funding available for a broad range of innovative programs and services. See

Racecourse Rd Structure Plan Meeting

Thursday 13 August from 6:30 to 8 pm
Flem/Ken Bowls Club

Screening of the new movie "Balibo', benefit for Friends of Liquica (East Timor)

Sunday 16 August 5 pm
Sun Theatre (Yarraville)

Proceeds to teacher training scholarships for students in the District of Liquica.
$20 full, $15 concession, bookings 9376 3440,

Composting in a Sustainable Garden

Wednesday 19 August 2:30 to 4:30
Flemington Community Garden

Join James Blunt from CERES Environmental Park down at the fantastic community garden in Flemington to learn all about a composting system for your garden. Great prizes to be won and afternoon tea will be provided.

Farnham Park Meeting

Wednesday 2 September 7:30
Farnham neighbourhood Learning Centre

Your feedback is sought …

Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Structure Plan

Council is inviting the community to provide us with feedback on the draft MPAC Structure Plan during this public exhibition period.


Fill out the Feedback Form and post it back to Council.
Send an email to
Send a letter to:Moonee Ponds Activity Centre - Strategic PlanningMoonee Valley City Council: PO Box 126Moonee PondsVIC 3039

The closing date for submissions will be Friday 4 September 2009.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Why I have nominated for Greens pre-selection in the State seat of Melbourne

In the face of an environmental crisis, positive change is essential. Turning frustration and anger into action, empowerment, vision and leadership – the community of Melbourne is ready for change and I am standing up to lead that change.

Life-changing moments happen without rehearsal. Three weeks ago, I was writing my weekly email to all VLGA members, Councillors and Councils. I was increasingly angry as I wrote about urban growth boundaries, further call-ins by the Planning Minister, further erosions of local democracy and inadequate amendments to the Solar Feed-in Tariff Bill.

For three years, I have worked on the ground in the local community of Melbourne, Flemington and Moonee Valley championing positive environmental and social change. Within community groups and at the council level, we have taken small and bigger steps towards a cohesive community that nurtures our land, our families, our younger and older friends and relatives, our newly arrived neighbours, our open spaces and our waterways. Yet there is a ceiling on our efforts in the regressive and uninspired policies of the State Government – an unimaginative and irresponsible water policy, painstakingly slow steps on public transport, a Budget silent on environmental investment.

Environmental and social change, solutions to the reality of climate change, sustainable communities with enhanced liveability are all possible – they are essential. Access to public transport, to local produce, to local employment is as critical as excellent public education and health services and good planning. The communities of Melbourne are hungry for these changes and share both my frustrations and my vision of a sustainable Melbourne.

The communities of Melbourne, already ahead of their government, are ready to create the next sustainable city of world-class environmental credentials. The people of Victoria, from farmers, to small business owners and retirees are crying out for assistance to empower them to live more sustainably. I have removed ceilings at Moonee Valley Council and am now standing up to transform political vision in Melbourne and Victoria.

In the face of an environmental crisis, positive change is essential. Turning frustration and anger into action, empowerment, vision and leadership – the community of Melbourne is ready for change and I am standing up to lead that change.

Monday, July 27, 2009

This month, I have had a focus on Flemington, with many community projects and events on the go.

Community Forum

I am holding a forum for Flemington residents:

Sat 22 August 2:30 – 4:00
Flemington Community Centre

Please join me to share your views on a vision for Flemington

Community cohesion
Planning for Flemington
Future capital works priorities
Sustainable Flemington - can we be a Transition Town?

For more information, call or email me.

Shopping locally in Flemington

The footpath extension has finally been completed in Pin Oak Crescent.

Please support our local retailers especially in Pin Oak Crescent!

Buy some flowers, a new dress, go out for lunch or service your bike.

When the landscaping and added extras are all completed, the area will be an even better place to shop locally. We have wonderful neighbourhood shops in Pin Oak Crescent and Racecourse Rd – please support local enterprise.

To celebrate the completion of these works there will be an open day for shoppers and local residents.There will be free activities and entertainment on the day including:• Balloons for the kids• A roving entertainer• Face painting • Surprise giveaways

Saturday, 1 August10am-1pm
Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington

Debneys Park

The concept plan for Debneys Park improvements are available at: or at the library or at the Council Civic Centre.

If you are interested in having a look and making comments, please do so soon. Your input will be accepted after the advertised cut-off – but hurry!

I am continuing to work with some other Councillors to prevent more of Debneys Park being lost to road space. Further information about options will be made available to Council within the coming month.

Community Grants

The Community grants process will be open from August 3rd to August 31st.

Community groups large and small are encouraged to apply for grants to assist with projects, admin, partnerships etc.

Please visit or contact Moonee Valley Council on 9243 8888 for more information.

Farnham St Reserve

Stage One of the works are finally underway.

Stage Two will be commenced in August/September if all goes to plan.

We are working on further opportunities for community input – planting and working bee days.
Watch out for signs on site with dates for involvement.

Racecourse Rd Structure Plan Meetings

The next meetings to discuss the Structure Plan will be on:

Thursday 13 Aug and Thurs 24 Sept
6.30pm – 8.30pm

Flemington and Kensington Bowls Club

Many residents have commented to me on their desire to protect our 'village' shopping strip surrounded by heritage Flemington and Kensington. Come along to the meetings to contribute to the Structure Plan.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

It has been a busy month! Here is an update on South Ward matters.

1 Ascot Vale Rd

The PDP has reported back to Council (see ). The Planning Minister offered a facilitated design workshop, but it was felt by Council that this was premature. Council is seeking a response from the applicant as to whether they wish to proceed with advertising the current plans in light of the PDP advice.

Hard copies of the PDP report are available at the Flemington Library (313 Racecourse Rd, Flemington) and at the Planning Counter at Moonee Valley Council’s Civic Centre (9 Kellaway Ave, Moonee Ponds).Council will hold two public information sessions to update the community on the PDP Report and the MGS Architects Report, as well as the next steps in the application process.
Session one: Monday, 20 July12.30pm-1.30pm
Session two: Monday, 20 July7.00pm-8.30pm
Both sessions will be held at the Moonee Valley Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Ave, Moonee Ponds.

Debneys Park

Regarding the proposed sale of an additional portion of Debneys Park, the majority of Council voted in favour of this with me and Cr Cusack strongly opposing this proposal. The Mayor is working with South Ward Councillors to try to develop new plans that do not require any sale of parkland. I will keep you posted.

Improvements at Debneys Park

Council with support from the Heart Foundation and with input from a special group of local primary school students and Flemington residents, has developed a draft plan to improve and activate Debneys Park in Flemington.

Overall improvements outlined in the draft plan include:
Introducing new active play spaces for children of all ages while retaining the basketball court
New seating and furniture
Improved pathways for pedestrians and cyclists
Viewing platforms over the creek
Improvements to biodiversity through new plantings including retention of all existing trees
Increased shade and habitat
Improved entry points to the park
Improvements to the community garden including new fencing, entry point and possible market place

The draft Concept Plan is on consultation for two weeks from 8 July to 22 July.
Copies of the draft Concept Plan will be on display in Debneys Park, Council’s Civic Centre, at the Flemington Community Centre, at the Flemington Library and at

All residents are encouraged to view this plan and to send their comments to:Email: 9243 8888Post: PO Box 126, Moonee Ponds 3039

Pin Oak Crescent

The works in Pin Oak Crescent are to widen the footpath to allow for seating for cafes, bike racks and other beautification. The works have disrupted business for the traders and I thank them for their patience. Please help boost the area and make it a great shopping strip by supporting the shops in this area – it is a tough climate for traders and local shops need your support.


Residents have now received a survey so you can let us know what sort of street sweeping program you would like for Flemington Hill. Please provide any feedback you think is relevant. I am absolutely committed to getting this right and finding a solution that does not cause concern or frustration for residents. Please work with Councillors to help us get this right! Call with any queries.

Racecourse and Union Rd Structure Plans

There have been some concerns expressed about the current set of plans for Racecourse Rd Structure Plan. There is another meeting coming up in August – time and date to follow. Please let me know if you would like more information. We need to get the Structure Plan right.

Community Planning

I am hoping to hold a community planning session in August at Flemington Community Centre. It will be a workshop to hear from community members about our vision for the area. If you are interested in attending, let me know and I will try and find a time that suits those interested.

Parking and traffic surveys

Are taking place in Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds. Thanks for your patience, cooperation and feedback. When the survey results come to Council for a decision, I will hope that Council supports the views put forward by South ward residents.

Greenhouse and Climate change

We are still waiting of the Greenhouse Action Plan to come to Council, but I believe it is not far away. It is an important plan for establishing actions to meet our ambitious targets. Look out for it and make comments.

Cycling and Walking

The committee meets Monday 13th July and I chair this Council group. Please let me know of any cycling and walking issues that require attention.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Flemington Housing Estate - funding welcome, but still no office

As the Flemington community celebrates the investment of $1m over the next four years into the Flemington Housing Estate, residents are still waiting for an Office on the estate to respond to their rental and maintenance inquiries.

Recently, a petition was tabled by Greg Barber in Parliment with the signatures of residents who hope that one day they won't have to travel to Ascot Vale for simple inquiries. Phone calls are often thwarted by language issues and some requests must be made in person. The Office of Housing has on average ten requests from the Flemington Estate per day and I believe this justifies staffing an office on-site.

Having an office on the Estate may have helped the residents of 120 Racecourse Rd who have been struggling with only one lift operating during May and June while the other undergoes maintenance. Information about this was difficult for residents to obtain.

Harmony Day

I joined in the festivities today at Debney's Park while people donned their orange T-shirts to walk to the Docklands for Essendon's match. Thanks to all the supporting agencies and community groups. We have a proudly diverse community in Flemington and Moonee Valley and today was a chance to celebrate - even if footy is not your thing!

Street Sweeping in Flemington

Residents will soon be issued with a survey to tell us how you would like your streets to be cleaned. Please use this opportunity to help us provide a service that fits your needs.

World Environment Day

Happy World Environment day for Friday 5th June. I know many South Ward students from Ascto Vale and Flemington Primary Schools participated in events at the Water Conference and at the Zoo and that many new trees were planted and watered by today's rains.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bushfires, Pedal Party, VLGA, DASIS, Enviromental Forum


We are all trying to find ways of turning our grief and shock into practical assistance. There have been many fundraising events and informal community collections. Affected communities will require ongoing support and we will all continue to provide this in many and varied ways. My condolences to all affected families and communities.


Life has become a little busier with the addition of a new role - President of the Victorian Local Governance Association. This new role will provide opportunities to advocate on behalf of councils and communities across Victoria - as well as Moonee Valley. I will continue to serve the community of Moonee Valley.


Bring your bikes to Boeing Reserve, Strathmore Heights on Feb. 22nd between 11am and 4 pm for bike and riding tips, information and fun as well as other environmental activities and information.

ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM: Sustainability on your street

Monday 23 Feb at 7:30pm at Moonee Valley Civic Centre. Join us for practical advice and information on climate change actions in Moonee Valley


The Diversity, Access and Social Inclusion Strategy is now available for community comment. Jump on and provide your feedback.


Bike paths, Racecourse Rd Structure Plan, VicTrack land, graffiti, street trees, open space works, Moonee Pond Creek, residential amenity near Mt Road Village, Kindergarten places, Public Housing, gaming ... work continues on all these matters and more.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Childcare Summit, Big Day Out, Climate Change and Gaza rally


A discussion on the future of childcare in Australia will be taking place at the Sol Green Community Centre in Port Phillip on Wednesday 21 January between 1 and 5 pm. I will be presenting ideas about the role of local government in childcare and possibilities for the future. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Colleen Hartland, MLC will be among the speakers.

All interested community members are welcome to attend. Please contact me on for more details.


The Big Day Out will again be held at the Flemington racecourse on Australia Day (Sat Jan 26) this year. Council is working closely with the organisers to try to minimise the disruption to residents. There is a RESIDENT HOTLINE that residents can call if they have concerns or queries - 9372 5572. This number will be staffed during office hours before the event and from 6am on 26 January.


I am keen to hear what residents are doing to reduce their carbon emissions or their ecological footprint. Please email me on I will soon be organising a community forum on climate change action so watch out for more details.


There is a rally at the State Library at 2pm this Sunday January 18 calling for an immediate peaceful resolution in Gaza. For more information visit

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Back for another four-year term!

Thanks to support from all of you, my constituents, during the recently held council elections, I am back as a Moonee Valley councillor until 2012. During the next four years I hope we can continue to improve services and amenities for South Ward.

Some of the issues I particularly look forward to resolving are:
- implementing more efficient street lighting
- improving public recycling
- installing water tanks and harvesting storm water
- improving community services for children, older people and
- making improvements to Racecourse Rd through the Structure

Keeping in touch
Going forward, I will be using this site to communicate with constituents. Look out for weekly updates that will include information on local issues, updates on Council decisions and links to important websites.

Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any suggestions for other ways I can continue to improve my communication with the local community.

Making requests
If there is a local issue that is bothering you, or if you have not had a timely response to a request, please feel free to email or call me. Although I always do my best to keep up with correspondence, some matters do take a little time and some requests are easier than others to fulfill - so I welcome friendly reminders!

Thanks again for your overwhelming support. I look forward to working with you in 2009 and beyond.