Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Update March 2010

Solar panels in heritage Overlay
Council has approved the second lot of solar panels rejected by planners for being visible in a Hertiage Overlay area. Council has found a good way of bypassing strict heritage guidelines to ensure sustainability is priorisied where panels do not permantly damage or impact on the architechture of a home. Common sense and sustainable practices prevail!

Fairbairn Park Master Plan
Council has approved the master Plan including moving Essendon Cricket Club to Fairbairn Park. I opposed this supporting the 1000 plus resident who have expressed concerns. I am continuing to work with residents to pursue any changes that can be made.

Proposed Sale of Parkland in Flemington
Council will soon consider the sale of 420 sq m of parkland to create an extra lane of traffic on Mt Road. This is to accommodate realigning the tram lines and a right hand turn lane at Boundary Rd. I have expressed views on this matter particularly about the impact of creating an extra lane for only 80m before the traffic funnels into a shared car/tram space at Mooltan St.

Litter Ninjas
Kath Lockett has established a community program to help clean up Flemington. If you think you have what it takes to be a Flemington Litter Ninja or want to find out more about the project, contact Kath Lockett on 9376 1942 or via email: kathl@tpg.com.au

Sustainable Suburbs
This program can help you assess your home and apply for rebates for products including solar hot water and solar panels. See www.envirogroup.com.au/sustainablesuburbs

Public Housing
I recently provided evidence at the Inquiry into Public Housing. I am continuing to work towards better standards of housing through involvement in the Neighbourhood renewal program and advocacy work.

Traffic calming measures
Are you interested in traffic calming measures in your area? Let me know so that we can see what can be included in this year’s budget. The Flemington Hill Residents Traffic Action Group and I have been working with council staff to see what can be improved in the next round of capital works.

Street sweeping in Flemington
Council will have a resolution to this at next week’s Council meeting. Check the agenda at www.mvcc.vic.goc.au for the officer’s recommendation and let me know if you have any concerns.

Top Cuts
The hearing will continue on April 12th at VCAT. Residents with concerns are advised to contact me asap.

Events at Racecourse and Showgrounds
With the new signs in Edinburgh and Illawarra Sts, we will hopefully eliminate parking in residential streets during events. We are still working with event organisers to improve measures to stop patrons from damaging property, leaving rubbish and making sure that noise is within regulations and that hotlines are working when residents need to lodge complaints.

Bouverie Centre Land
How would you like this land to be used after 2011? The State Government has declared the land surplus. I would like the State Government to work with Council to keep the land as public land with a community facility. Let me know what you would like to see there? Evidence of strong community support for a facility will help convince the State Government that this is essential.

Racecourse Road Structure Plan
I am continuing to work to reduce the boundary of the Structure Plan so that Flemington Hill is not covered by an Activity Centre Zone. I will advise of the next meeting which is on hold due to resourcing issues at council.

1 Ascot Vale Road
Council is waiting for the officers to complete their report on this 27 storey application. Objections can still be lodged at Council. Information is on the Council website.

Budget Considerations
Council will be considering the 2010/11 budget soon. If you have projects or suggestions for the budget, please let me know as soon as possible.

Cycling and Walking Committee
If you would like to attend, let me know as we are seeking members. The Committee meets bi-monthly on a Monday at about 6pm at Council.

Caring for our trees
A resident suggested that Council hire out the large plastic containers that are used to drip feed trees over summer. Council staff are looking into making these available for next summer. Thanskf for the suggestion! Other residents have suggested a boost to the Adopt a Tree program and I am looking into this.

Dates to note:

Moonee Valley Classic Fun Run
March 13th 3pm Moonee Valley Athletics Centre, Corio Street, Moonee Ponds

Cycling and Walking Committee
Monday March 15th, 6pm Moonee Valley Civic Centre

Ride 2 School Day
Wednesday March 17th

Microchipping day
Saturday March 20th, Aberfeldie Park

Pooches in the Park Fundraiser
Sunday March 21st Flemington Primary School

Earth Hour
Saturday March, 27th, 8pm

2010 Concert for Peace and Harmony
Sunday March 18th, 11:30am

Moonee Valley Climate Change Action Group
March 24th, 7:30 Sam Merrifield Library

Also:
Melbourne Inner Northwest Transition Initiative - MINTI
Inaugural Film Screening The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.
Flemington Neighbourhood House 28 Farnham Street, Flemington
Monday March 22nd 7.30-9.30pm
Entry by gold coin donation
Would you like to be part of an exciting new initiative working towards effective local responses to oil depletion and climate change in Kensington, Flemington and North Melbourne?
Or would you just like to learn more about the power of communities to make positive change, even in a crisis? Join us for film viewing, discussion and supper.
For more information & to rsvp contact mintitransitioninitiative@gmail.comKind regards,

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