NORTH ESSENDON/KEILOR RD STRUCTURE PLANS

Council’s C117 Amendment proposed specific controls for residential land included in the North Essendon and Keilor Road Structure Plans. These controls would ensure that only villa units or townhouses could be built in these residential streets and would prevent inappropriate development from occurring in these areas. Much work went into the development of these controls and I sincerely thank the residents who were directly involved in this for their time and commitment.

Hence, it is extremely disappointing that the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has approved Amendment C117 without these controls. There has been much community concern about activity centres, structure plan boundaries and the potential for development in residential areas. The proposed controls would clearly define what could and could not be built, and where.  I believe our residential streets need protection from large inappropriate apartment blocks and overdevelopment.

The decision to exclude these controls from this amendment is not reflective of community concerns and clearly highlights that decisions relating to how our residents want to see their suburbs develop should be left to the Council, rather than another tier of government that has no idea about our area and our residents.

If you have a local issue that you want to talk to me about, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES

Council has recently completed it’s work on the new residential zones to be proposed in all residential areas in Moonee Valley.  The new zones are vastly different from the current Residential zone 1 that exists and all residents should have a look at the proposal.  The details can be found at

www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/newzones

I would welcome feedback from residents on this issue.  The proposed zones show clearly where we want to see growth, such as along main roads and transport hubs, where smaller developments can occur, such as townhouses, and where minimal change should occur, such as in heritage overlay areas and residential precincts.

Please have a look at the map and zone details and let me know what you think

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MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE

The Advisory Committee has finalised their report on the re-development of the Moonee Valley Racecourse.  Details of the report and Council’s position on this issue can be found at:

www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/mvrc

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ZUMBOKOWATHON

This Sunday get down to Ukranian House, Russel Street Essendon, to help raise money for baby Luca. Luca has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and needs urgent medical treatment.  It’s on from 11-4pm – hope to see you there!!

Have a look at the link for more information

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=aa640839de&view=att&th=141e8d432b413d51&attid=0.2&disp=safe&zw

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HOMELESS WEEK

In recognition of Homeless Week and to raise awareness of the issue the “Hidden Homeless”, myself and Deputy Mayor Cr Cusack will be sleeping rough at the Civic Centre.  We will be raising money for Latitude, which is an organisation that helps 18-25 year olds who are at risk of not having a place to stay and “couch surf” at different houses.  We are well on the way to reaching our target of $ 5,000 – a big thankyou to all the businesses that have donated to the cause

http://www.theweeklyreviewmooneevalley.com.au/story/1702427/councillors-couch-surf-for-the-hidden-homeless/?cs=1482

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MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE

The State Government’s Advisory Committee will commence consultation on the Moonee Valley Racecourse revised Master Plan and Council’s proposed heritage controls over the site on 29th of July. Surrounding residents have been sent a letter informing them of the proposal.

Council is encouraging residents to get involved and make a submission to the Advisory Committee. Council will also be putting in its own submission as part of the process.

Council’s position on the master plan has not changed. We believe the plan, including the revised version, still lacks a lot of critical information.

There are still major information gaps about how the master plan will impact the local area in relation to traffic and transport, open space, public access and safety, increased race events, pressure on local services and neighbourhood amenity.

We are concerned at the racing club’s “top down” approach. They have effectively determined how many people to put into the site based on what they consider is needed to support an upgrade of the racecourse, rather than first considering what is an appropriate level of development in this part of Moonee Ponds.

We feel this has created some poor outcomes in the master plan including location, size and layout of the proposed residential and commercial buildings.

To help the community stay informed and to understand the process, Council is holding information sessions at the Clocktower Centre on Mt Alexander Road on Sunday 11 August from 2pm to 4pm and Thursday 15 August from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

 
I hope to see you there!
 
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EAST WEST LINK

The East West Link Tunnel map and design has been released. Details still aren’t clear about the actual impact this tunnel and road may have on the residents of Moonee Valley. We are monitoring the situation and will hold an information session about the project in the near future.
It’s very disappointing to learn that the Linking Melbourne Authority have sent letters to residents in Moonee Valley regarding possible acquistion of their homes. Council is only aware of a few of these letters, so please let me know if you have received one. We have requested a meeting with Linking Melbourne Authority in the next few weeks
 
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MOONEE VALLEY WEEKLY INTERVIEW

I got a write up in the Moonee Valley Weekly “My Valley” section this week!

Have a look!!

http://www.theweeklyreviewmooneevalley.com.au/story/1626389/my-valley-narelle-sharp/

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WELL BEING WEB

Rhiannon from The Wellbeing Web loves supporting and connecting with mums in the local community. Her next event ‘The Winter Warm Up’ is being held @ Raine &Humble on Tuesday the 23rd of July. Rhiannon, is giving away 4 tickets to the mums in the Moonee Valley community!!  The first four mums to send an email to rhiannon@wellbeingweb.com.au will secure their seat at this very special event.

To find out more about The Winter Warm Up visit http://www.wellbeingweb.com.au/events.html

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COUNCIL MEETING

I vacated “the Chair” at last Tuesday night’s Council meeting (which is something I have not seen done in the last 5 years) to take part in the debate on the North Essendon and Keilor Rd Structure Plans. I moved an alternative motion to reject a Panel Recommendation that dismissed the the use of wording that specifies Townhouse/Unit type developments can only be built in residential streets within activity centres.  I stated that Council has argued this point for the last five years and requested that we stay firm in our resolve to protect residential amenity.  The Planning Minister often states that Council has the final say in what we want to see occur in our suburbs and streets.  Well this needs to be proven.  The Minister must honor this pledge and allow Council to specify the type of development our residents will accept.  No one wants our streets to become concrete jungles.   I thank all Councillors for their support of my alternative motion, it was passed unanimously.  I then returned to “the Chair”.
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