Sunday, October 25, 2009

Relay for Life Duncan Mckinnon

The annual Relay for Life relay -a community event to raise funds and awareness for cancer research was held over the weekend at Duncan McKinnon reserve.

Approx 32 teams participated in this 24hr event from 12pm sat to 12pm sun. I was very happy to be a part of the Glen Eira council team with many staff and crs taking part.

Entertainment and food were provided as teams headed into the night. It was especially moving to see the candles around the track lit in memory of loved ones.

Sundays conditions werent as good but this didn't dampen the enthusiasim of all those involved.
The nĂșmber of teams unfortunately was down on previous years. Hopefully many more will participate in this fine event next year.

Special thanks to Dragana Lolic and Steven Tang for organising our team

Monday, October 19, 2009

Community Forum this Wed- early childhood services

Just a reminder that the Early Childhood Services Forum in Glen Eira I am hosting is on this Wednesday 21 st Oct from 1 to 3 pm at Parker Park rooms Leila Rd Murrumbeena -melways 68 J8

I have been very heartened by the response and encouragement received.

This should be a very informative and constructive afternoon. I believe our council does have an important role to play in the planning for and delivering of quality services and facilties in this area be it maternal health care , long day care , immunisation or kindergartons.

I am very pleased that Colleen Hartland MLC State Parliament has agreed to participate and speak.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 16, 2009

From the Chamber Tues 13 Oct - Council votes not to sell public land

There were several important items on last weeks council meeting agenda - The full minutes are available on the Glen Eira council website - click on under links.

Firstly Cr. Oscar Lobo was sworn in and warmly welcomed as the new councillor for Tucker Ward to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Nick Staikos.

Oscar has a financial and banking background, is well known in the Bentleigh area and has had a long involvement with several community groups.

Packer Park - decision on disused former site of Mckinnon Bowls Club
As most readers will be aware in August council announced a proposal to sell this land which is adjacent to Packer Park for a two storey development to be built. This sale would fund the acquisition of 112 and 118 Oakleigh Rd , two properties that are surrounded on three sides by the park.

This proposal went out for public consultation, with a community meeting held in late Aug and many submissions received . The overall position expressed from the community was that whilst the acquisition of the Oakleigh rd properties was supported this shouldnt be linked to the sale of the bowling green site and this land should not be sold but kept as parkland or for other community uses

All nine councillors voted for a motion endorsing this view.

I spoke of the importance of fully consulting with the community in deciding on the future use of this land.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Glen Eira Community Bike Day - Oct 24th Packer Park

I hope as many as people as possible will come along to the first GE Bike Day on the afternoon of 24th Oct at Packer Park details below- Lots of fun and activities for all the family , young and old!

The numbers of cyclists across Melbourne has dramatically increased in recent years in all the uses of transport, recreation and fitness. Come along with your bikes for a fun day out. Hope to see you there. This event has been organised by our local group -CCOF - climate change our future who organised the successful public meeting on cc in August at Glen Eira town hall.

Dust off your bike day

We invite you and your families to Packer Park, Carnegie for
a day of fun and participation in support of a safe climate.

Date: Saturday 24th October
Time: 11am to 3pm
Place: Packer Park, Leila Rd
Carnegie (68J8)
Free bicycle engraving by Victoria Police
Fun cycling skills for kids with help
from volunteers from Bicycle Victoria
Free basic bike maintenance lessons

Bring your bikes, a picnic and invite your friends
for a great day out.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Neerim Rd Murrumbeena carpark returned to the Community!

In a previous posting I outlined the on-going problems in the Neerim Rd strip shopping centre caused by the loss of the short term carpark opp Bendigo Bank.

In the mid sixties traders had banded together and raised several thousand pounds to secure the site and for the next 40+ years the carpark was leased to council on a peppercorn lease basis (approx $100 pa)

Several years ago Victrack requested this change to a commercial lease which council didn't agree to.

Residents, traders and shoppers particularly the elderly, have suffered because of this change and it was certainly having a detrimental impact on the area.

Last week I am very happy to report that after lobbying by council ,Victrack has agreed to return the carpark to the previous conditions.

A great result and many thanks to the staff involved, councillors for their support, and for the Mayor Helen Whiteside visiting the area last mth to listen to concerns on this issue.