Republic of Moreland

April 16, 2009

Coburg Urban Harvest

Filed under: Coburg,gardening,neighbours,notices,urban farming — Kath @ 3:52 pm


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.

June 8, 2007

Yes, I know that’s not my nature-strip

Filed under: notices — Kath @ 9:35 pm

To those who emailed me to exclaim what hogwash I’m posting on the interwebs (“That’s not your nature strip! You don’t even live in that street!”), may I point out that The Republic is a group site? Try as I might to dominate and bore people senseless by banging on about my obsessions, Faith also makes posts here. (She’s ‘Vaguely Specific’). Leonaardo makes posts here, too, but he’s hybernating awhile, while he gets his exhibition together, which I’m sure we’ll hear about. To determine who wrote the post, just check the grey byline at the top of the post, next to ‘filed under’ 🙂 Fanks.

May 21, 2007

Solar info for Morelanders

Filed under: architecture,environment,gardens,notices — Kath @ 7:14 pm

These pictures are for Faith, who asked about integrating roof gardens and solar panels.

There’s a site which explains about integration of green roofs and solar panels here.

Faith also alerted me to the Moreland Energy Foundation‘s solar power information session on 31 May.

The sesssion will cover:

  • Information on solar power technology
  • Displays of solar paneles and hot water systems
  • Information on prices for various systems
  • An opportunity to register interest in group discounts for people living in the same area.
  • 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 18, 2007

    Online petition to save Brunswick Baths

    Filed under: Brunswick,environment,notices,politics — Kath @ 10:10 pm

    is here.

    UPDATE: Interesting to see  Cr. John Kavanagh’s response to this petition here.


    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 14, 2007

    Radio City

    Filed under: books & writing,Brunswick,notices — Kath @ 11:04 am

    From the Vulgar Press:

    Over the course of three decades, 3RRR-FM has become an indispensable part of Melbourne’s cultural fabric, a vital hub of the city’s renowned music and arts scenes and an independent voice among a chorus of repetition.

    But it wasn’t always so. Born in 1976, the product of an experiment in public radio just as the DIY spirit of punk music was hitting the streets, much of Triple R’s existence was fraught and surrounded by chaos. (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 11, 2007

    Up for grabs

    Filed under: notices — Kath @ 4:05 pm

    is a gift voucher for an hour’s massage at Fitzroy Holistic Health. Someone gave it to me about a year ago and, despite only excellent experiences at FHH, I now go to osteopath Steven Sexton, who works from Wilson Street, Brunswick. He is the God of Massage.

    So if anyone visiting this site would like to have this, worth around 60 bucks I reckon, just comment below and I’ll send you an email to get postal details, and I’ll pop it in the mail for you.

    UPDATE: As with other posts, within moments of me putting this up Bane of Malakas was loitering with intent. (Bane, you must be on RSS feed, or else hitting ‘refresh’ all day. Get a job you bludger.) But I take it from his comment below he doesn’t want the voucher. Instead, he suggests a competition for the foulest commentary. I suggest a competition for the best suggestion for a competition. (Really, the suggestion can be totally lame. Or you can just say why you really really want it. A sob story. Anything. I just want to give away the voucher.) If no-one comments within the next coupla days, I’ll donate this voucher as a givaway for this event.

    January 9, 2007

    unknown unknowns

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











    January 4, 2007


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