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
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:
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
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
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 got a write up in the Moonee Valley Weekly “My Valley” section this week!
Have a look!!
To find out more about The Winter Warm Up visit http://www.wellbeingweb.com.au/events.html