Saturday, August 14, 2010

News:

1 Ascot Vale Rd
Council has received amended plans ahead of the VCAT hearing commencing on September 20th. The plans are not significantly different from the plans council rejected last month – 20 storeys reaching a similar height. Council will make a decision on the amended plans in early September. The plans are on Council’s website. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Community Grants
Council’s Community Grants will be opening soon. There are information sessions throughout August. Look out for details in Valleyview: August 3rd, 10:30am at Flemington community centre; August 11th, 6pm at the Civic Centre; August 23rd, 1pm at Niddrie Hub. Applications for grants close August 30th.

Flexicar in Moonee Ponds and Flemington
From www.mvcc.vic.gov.au : Moonee Valley City Council and Flexicar have joined forces to give residents and businesses another sustainable transport option by introducing a local carshare scheme. The scheme enables residents and businesses, who do not own a vehicle, to book and access a four-door Honda Jazz, when they need to make certain trips by car. Flexicar and Council will on Monday (2 August) launch one car in Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds near Moonee Ponds train station, and another in Racecourse Road, Flemington near Newmarket train station and tram route 57. Later in August a third carshare car park will be available in Union Road, near the intersection of Maribyrnong Road in Ascot Vale. Residents who sign up for the program receive a personal access card and can book online or over the telephone to hire a vehicle by the hour. Anyone interested in signing up to the program should visit www.flexicar.com.au or call 1300 36 37 80.

Energy Efficient Streetlighting
From www.mvcc.vic.gov.au : Moonee Valley City Council is calling on the community to get behind Council’s efforts to replace street lighting with new energy-efficient lights on all local roads. Moonee Valley has joined the Municipal Association of Victoria and 40 other councils to call on the Victorian and Federal Governments to help fund a bulk changeover to energy-efficient lights. The Give Our Streets the Green Light campaign aims to achieve a 78,000 tonne greenhouse gas emissions reduction and a $7 million cost saving to Victorian local government each year. Over the life of the lights, that equals 31.2 billion black balloons, or 341,917 cars off the road for a year. You can visit the campaign website at greenlightourstreets.org.au to fill out the online petition, download fact sheets, posters and other resources, and send a letter of support to local MPs and Ministers.

Win a set of bike lights
Enter a council competition to win one of 50 sets of bike lights. Check out the MVCC website for competition details then email entry to lbagnati@mvcc.vic.gov.au. Competition ends August 15.

Spirit of Moonee Valley Awards Open
From www.mvcc.vic.gov.au : The Spirit of Moonee Valley Community Awards gives us the opportunity to honour our local community members who have gone beyond what is expected of them to contribute to the wellbeing of our City. The awards recognise volunteers within the community, including individuals, groups and businesses and celebrates their commitment to improving the quality and sustainability of the Moonee Valley lifestyle. The 2010 categories are:• Contribution to Arts and Culture• Contribution to Sport• Contribution to Neighbourhood• Contribution to Family• Contribution by Youth (under 25 years)• Contribution to Older Persons• Contribution to Environment• Contribution by Business to the CommunityFrom one of the above category winners, Moonee Valley’s Citizen of the Year will be selected. Nominations are now open and will close 5pm on Friday 20 August 2010. Download a nomination form (pdf, 77kb) or get a hard copy from the Civic Centre, Libraries and Community Centres, or by telephoning the number below. Nominations can either be posted, hand delivered, faxed or emailed.

Consultation:

Mt Alexander Road Precinct Action Plan
Council is seeking feedback on a plan to balance residential amenity with business activities. The draft plan can be found on the MVCC website. Comments are required by 24 September.
Draft Municipal Parking Strategy
Council is also seeking feedback on a draft parking strategy. The draft plan can be found on the MVCC website or at Council libraries. Comments are required by 16 August.

Events:

Early Years Forum: August 4th

From www.mvcc.vic.gov.au : Following extensive community consultation, Moonee Valley City Council has adopted its new Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP) and has organised to officially launch the document at an important forum on Wednesday 4 August at 3pm at Windy Hill. The MEYP aims to ensure local children’s services are effective, targeted, robust, and meet the needs of families in Moonee Valley today and into the future. The MEYP focuses on services for children birth to eight years.

Environment Forum – Transitioning Communities: September 6th
Join me on Monday 6 September at 7pm for Council’s Environment Forum – Transitioning Communities

Council meetings – August 3rd and 17th
Meetings for August are on Tuesday 3rd August (6pm Citizens’ Forum and 7pm Planning Meeting) and Tuesday 17th August 7pm (Ordinary Council Meeting). All meetings are held at the Civic centre and are open to the public.

Planting days
Sunday August 1st 10am Aberfeldie Park – National Tree Day Event
Saturday August 7th 11am Spring Gully Reserve, 200m downstream from Keilor Rd Carpark – West Side of Creek E Keilor, Melways Ref. 15 G20
Saturday August 7th 2pm 5 Mile Creek Reserve, End of Government Rd Essendon, Melways Ref. 28 J2

Hockey Lane Consultation: August 9th
Monday 9th 6pm, venue TBC Residents in Hockey Lane have been notified of this meetings.

Eid Festival Event: September 18th
Debneys’ Park – from 12pm with morning prayer event.

And finally: a Media Release
Water saving infrastructure needed to drought-proof ovals and parks
Relaxing water restrictions on sports ovals without providing necessary funds for drought-proofing open space is short-sighted, says Rose Iser, Greens Councillor and candidate for the state seat of Essendon.
“Moonee Valley and Essendon sports grounds need real investment in effective, sustainable water infrastructure, not just a short-term allowance to water during Spring” Cr Iser said.
“With our water supplies at no more than 36%, the Victorian Government today irresponsibly announced that from 1 September 2010 councils will be able to water 100 per cent of sportsgrounds. The Thomson dam is only at 23% of capacity. The short-term allowances during the wet months of Spring will not assist community members in the long-run.”
“Funding is needed for stormwater harvesting and other sustainable infrastructure to ensure the health of our parks and sports ovals long-term, not just ahead of this year’s state election.
“Many of our ovals have struggled over the past ten years of drought, but using our precious stores of potable water this spring won’t solve the problem for the years to come,” Cr Iser said.

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