Republic of Moreland

September 28, 2009

Tinpan Orange launch

Filed under: cafes & pubs,events,music — Kath @ 1:03 pm

Absolutely beautiful achy bittersweet storybook.

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December 11, 2008

Coburg pool opening!

Filed under: architecture,Coburg,events — Kath @ 4:26 pm

coburg

April 9, 2008

Meeting in Brunswick to discuss proposed freeway

The following is from the Moreland Greens’ Mike Puleston:

Moreland Council will be sponsoring a Public Meeting on the proposed East-West Freeway at Brunswick Town Hall on Sunday April 13 at 2.00. This will follow the Cyclovia, [pictured] when Sydney Rd will be closed to motor vehicles from Bell St to Brunswick Rd for the morning.

The Greens are opposed to the proposed freeway for a number of reasons:

1. The project puts motor vehicles at the centre of a transport strategy that should be looking first and foremost at public transport in this era of climate change. For example, motor traffic would be greatly reduced by construction of a light railway from Doncaster along the Eastern Freeway to link up with inner city public transport – this railway has been on the books since the 1970s.

2. Provision of freeways is massively more expensive than public transport options. The billions earmarked for the East-West Freeway could be better spent on public transport, including better rail connections to outer suburbs.

3. The freeway would funnel even larger numbers of motor vehicles into inner suburbs. Even though Eddington does not have off-ramps into the City in his report, there is general agreement that the project’s financial backers would not accept a lack of off-ramps. The increased congestion would not only affect suburbs such as Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton. It would also cause slowdowns to trams coming from further out, and greater risks to cyclists.

4. The freeway would cause massive disfigurement of Royal Park – which has already suffered from land grabs in recent years.

And so it goes on.

It would be good to have a strong turnout of Greens members and supporters. Please bring your Greens triangles – there will be triangles available if you do not have one.

Brunswick Labor MP for Brunswick Carlo Carli is showing uncharacteristic energy on this issue, and will speak at the meeting. It is hard not to think that Carlo’s rare burst of vigour has been largely promptly by the threat to his seat posed by the 30% Greeens vote in 2006 – the highest in the state. With a few more % in the primary vote and favorable preferences, the Greens will take this seat in 2010, as we will take Melbourne, Richmond, and possibly Northcote.

Although Carlo may speak out against the freeway, he is a small cog in the Brumby Labor machine. When it comes to voting in Parliament Carlo will toe the Party line – to do otherwise would be political suicide.

We need more Greens in state parliament to ask the questions others are afraid to ask.

December 6, 2007

Christmas on The Avenue

Filed under: art,Coburg,events — Kath @ 2:20 pm

April 5, 2007

Terry Hicks to speak out

Filed under: crime,events,politics — Kath @ 10:27 am

They’ve silenced David Hicks, but they can’t silence Terry. Hear him speak on how the government forced his son to plead guilty and why Guantanamo must be closed. 1pm Saturday 21st April State Library. Speakers include Terry Hicks and  Bob Brown. For info call: 0407856628.

Endorsed by Civil Rights Defence, Liberty Victoria, Victorian Trades Hall.

March 28, 2007

Justice for young Moreland men

Filed under: crime,events,Glenroy,neighbours,politics — Kath @ 3:02 pm

Few people swallow the federal government’s spin that David Hicks’ guilty plea vindicates the charges against him or his treatment. As Bob Brown told SBS last night: “David Hicks’ guilt will always be in doubt. John Howard’s guilt won’t be.” Or something like that, bless him.

Last night, at a legal briefing organised by Civil Rights Defence, concern was expressed that while Australia is rightly worried about the treatment of David Hicks, few of us are aware of the Guantanamo-style conditions happening to those branded ‘terror suspects’ in Melbourne. (more…)

March 21, 2007

Time to outlaw petrol-heads

I’m starting to be a bit of a fan of Moreland author and stand-up comedian Catherine Deveny. She has an oped in today’s paper which, despite its meandering, is spot on:

HOW about that Grand Prix, eh? One look at the racing fans is all it takes for me to realise that some suburbs should have fences around them. Knuckle-dragging petrol-heads, anorexic bottle blondes marinated in fake tan and middle-aged blokes with man boobs and pimples on their arses paying exorbitant money to watch cars go fast…

I’m sure the parents of terminally ill children suffering rare diseases that there is no funding for researching will take comfort in the fact that the State Government has probably spent $30 million on loud, polluting cars while their child dies. They’ll be at peace knowing that Bernie Ecclestone has pocketed a $20 million licensing fee. (more…)

March 15, 2007

Brunswick music festival

Filed under: Brunswick,cafes & pubs,events,music,notices,Sydney Road — Kath @ 9:15 pm

starts today. Dunno what to go and see.

March 6, 2007

Playing with TMcK

Filed under: Brunswick,events,music,notices — Kath @ 10:43 pm

This notice comes from Helen of cast iron balcony. She’s performing with Tess McKenna at the Brunswick Green (313 Sydney Road) every Saturday afternoon this month, 4:30 pm. Helen reckons: “They make a bloody good bloody Mary!” Just the ticket for folk like me who simply forgot all about the Sydney Road Street Party. FREE for all ages. Having never seen Helen play, I can’t vouch for her musical skills. But if her playing is as spicy as her thinking, you’re in for a treat. And you can hear McKenna here.

March 1, 2007

VCAT to review decision to abolish Coburg High School

Filed under: architecture,Coburg,events,notices,politics,urban planning — Kath @ 1:28 pm

The pain of school closures from the Kennett years is still felt by many Victorians. Coburg High School was one of many Jeffed communities, and 11 years later, its site remains a source of contention. This is among a number of pictures of the heritage school site taken by Peter Robertson and available on his blogsite. As Peter reports, residents who opposed the Council decision to demolish the heritage building are attending a VCAT hearing to determine the validity of the Council decision. 10am, 7 March, 55 King St, Melbourne.

February 17, 2007

Moreland needs your brains

Filed under: art,Brunswick,environment,events,Sydney Road — leonaaardo @ 10:57 am

storm-over-the-burbs.jpg Storm over the Burbs (more…)

February 6, 2007

Rally to save Coburg parklands

Filed under: Coburg,events,gardens,notices,politics,urban planning — Kath @ 4:57 pm

The Merri and Edgar’s Creek Parkland Group is holding a public rally next Tuesday 13 February, to stop the sale of public parkland in Coburg into private hands. It’s on the steps of Parliament, so those working in town could perhaps take an early lunchbreak. The MECPG says: (more…)

January 12, 2007

Weekly vigil for David Hicks

Filed under: events,notices — Kath @ 5:41 pm

It’s only a short tram-ride, or a place to go in your lunchbreak. The 96 will take you straight there, or else you can get of the Sydney Road tram and walk from the Vic Market. (more…)

Free workshops

Filed under: Coburg,events,Fawkner,Glenroy,notices,water — Kath @ 11:16 am

Here’s a thing. Moreland Energy Foundation is offering free Home Energy workshops. Did I mention free? Only for Moreland residents, but. You can go to an organised one or they can come to your home to give them. Attendees “also receive a FREE energy retrofit kit valued at over $50!!” I’m not sure what the kits consist of, so I’ve emailed the foundation to ask, and will update you. (more…)

January 9, 2007

unknown unknowns

Filed under: books & writing,cafes & pubs,events,notices — furiouscowgirl @ 9:45 pm

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January 5, 2007

Locking up our neighbours

Filed under: crime,events,politics — Kath @ 12:02 am

Next week, on the 11th at lunchtime, is the vigil for David Hicks. While we campaign for his return, it’s worthwhile also thinking about some Moreland victims of the Howard government’s war on terror campaign.
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December 22, 2006

Open for business

Sydney roadWELCOME TO Republic of Moreland. I did pen a tagline under its masthead but, for reasons unknown, WordPress refused to publish it. I thought about using Almost Pretty, the title of a history of Sydney Road, which, incidentally, is the longest continuous retail strip in the Southern Hemisphere, or so a prominent local real estate auctioneer is very fond of shouting. (If you’re lucky enough to covet property, you know who I’m talking about. He with the year-round suntan.) It’s an impressive fact, until you think about the other cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Anyway, suggestions for the tagline, and how to get it up there, will be warmly received. (more…)

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