I am honoured to have been elected Mayor for the 2014/2015 year. I am passionate about our community and love where I live. I grew up here, was schooled locally and worked in the municipality prior to being elected on council. I’m looking forward to representing Council over the next year. I thank my fellow Councillors for their support. Congratulations to Cr Cam Nation on his appointment as Deputy
However I do not support spending ratepayers funds of at least $500,000 on a legal fight which will not stop the project. I would prefer to see a small working group made up of residents and Councillors, to talk to LMA directly about the implications of the road and the effects on our residents, with the aim of having the project re-designed.
This, I believe, would benefit the whole community.
The Vote on Wednesday night was 7-1. Myself being the one vote against taking legal action. One Councillor was absent
The VCAT report is attached
As part of my election promise, I advocated strongly for the Keilor Road/Bulla Road/Lincoln Rd and Mt Alexander Road to be signalised. I’m pleased to report that the endorsed traffic management plans include a provision to prepare a concept plan and design for this major intersection. We have huge volumes of traffic travelling through this intersection on a daily basis and the trams add an extra point of conflict. It needs to be addressed urgently
2015 Kinder session timetable for Moonee Valley is now on our website. Follow the link below for more information
In a tight vote last night, Moonee Valley Councillors decided not to obtain further legal advice on the merits and costs of pursuing Supreme Court action against the Government over the construction of the East West link. Personally I don’t believe we have a majority of “community buy in” on this issue. I don’t believe we should be potentially spending millions of dollars of rate payers money on pursuing legal action. I voted against this proposal and would be interested to hear residents thoughts
You can’t agree on the proposals of 55 Victorian Councils and leave the remaining 24 Councils “hanging out to dry”.
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.
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
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