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.