Planting & free BBQ at Bababi Djinanang Fawkner

You are invited to help out at the following event:

Bababi DjinanangSunday 23 June, 10.00am-12.30pm
East end of Jukes Rd, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2 – see Google map)
Help re-establish a range of grassy ground-cover plants and reintroduce several rare wildflowers to this native grassland in Fawkner. Free BBQ lunch with halal and vegetarian options.

Funded by Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority.

It would be appreciated it if you are able to post the attached poster where interested people might see it.

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Birdwatching along the Merri in May

Sacred Kingfisher at Fawkner

Sacred Kingfisher at Fawkner logged in Nov 2011 birdsurvey

The bird surveys on Merri Creek in May are on soon. How are the birds faring after a long dry summer? Pick a site and come along! The following details are supplied by Friends of Merri Creek.
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Fawkner residents urge upgrade to the #Upfieldline

Sheridan Tate from Coolaroo speaking outside Gowrie Station

Fawkner residents rely on the Upfield train line as the primary public transport link into the city.

Residents and others from up and down the Upfield line attended a rally on Saturday in Bonwick Street to push for more trains, track duplication and upgrade of the Upfield line. See full report (including speeches) at the Upfield Transport Alliance: Duplicate the Upfield Line needs to be a priority says Fawkner Rally.
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Climate, environment and forest issues in Victorian 2018 state election #vicvotes

Northern Metro region ballot paper

Our state election comes at an important time as we face major environmental issues with accelerating impacts of climate change, plastic pollution, continued deforestation.

The MPs we elect will make important decisions for us in Fawkner, our City of Moreland, and for all of Victoria that will have ramifications well into the future, sometimes for decades.

Most of us are caught up with day to day lives, with work and paying our taxes and our bills, raising our children. But it is so important to ensure that the benefits we enjoy today are maintained for the future, and the future of our children. If we don’t take the requisite actions we leave an enormous economic, social and environmental debt for future generations.

The big over-arching issue of the Victorian election campaign is addressing climate action at the state level. The recent IPCC 1.5C report articulated strongly that we need rapid and transformative social change at all levels of society if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. We are in a climate emergency.

This is so important as the Federal Liberal Government has failed in 5 years of delivering any climate and energy policy, with Australian emissions continuing to rise under the Prime Ministerships of Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison.

Here we provide different organisations reviewing the policies of candidates and parties in the 2018 Victorian state election in the hope that you find this useful for making your vote count in the Victorian state election.
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On the Cemetery Kangaroos and Moreland Council Biodiversity strategy

Campbellfield Creek

When I started raising concerns about the Kangaroos in Northern memorial Park, I thought this was a fairly simple issue about their welfare in the face of cemetery development.

After a meeting with Cemetery staff I am now reassured about their continuing welfare.

But as I made wider enquiries I discovered further issues with regard to Moreland Council’s lack of action in developing a Biodiversity Strategy.

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Moreland’s Kangaroo population facing grave development?

Grave site development in Northern memorial Park squeezing out Native Grasslands and Kangaroos


Over several years I have watched the mob of kangaroos within the Northern Memorial Park. Usually I see them from the Western Ring Road trail, but occasionally when I venture in to the cemetery, they can sometimes be seen among the native grasslands from the northern graves section.

But the cemetery is expanding, and new grave sites are being opened up on the north western area of the Northern Memorial Park. The area of native grasslands is shrinking.

On a cycle ride along the Western Ring road on July 17 I counted at least 18 Eastern Grey Kangaroos. This is perhaps the last mob of kangaroos permanently living within the bounds of the Municipality of Moreland. I think they are worthwhile to conserve and maintain in our municipality.

A little bit of kangaroo wildness in our rapidly urban consolidating municipality.
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Congestion on the Upfield Line: why we need dual track upgrade as a priority

Packed like Sardines on Upfield line due to Craigieburn line closure. Photo by Corey Cresswell @coreycresswell /Twitter

There have been quite a few complaints about congestion on the Upfield rail line this last week from Friday 22 June to Wednesday 27 June. Metro Trains and Level Crossing Removal Authority have badly stuffed up their communications to passengers about closing the Craigieburn train line, provision of replacement bus services, and the implications for users of the Upfield Train line.

“The Upfield line needs track duplication from Gowrie to Upfield as a priority so that increased service frequency can be offered when the Craigieburn line is closed.” said sustainable transport campaigner and Fawkner resident John Englart.

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Will Broadmeadows SES move to Fawkner?

The Broadmeadows SES unit is currently located on Mahoneys Road, just west of Merri Creek, but it’s lease on this land, although extended, is set to expire in 2019.

One option is for the Broadmeadows SES unit to move down to a new home base next to the Fawkner police station, but it would require a new building and the State Government providing funds for such a move.

SES Broadmeadows to move to Fawkner?


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VicRoads land sale of open space parkland bordering Merri Creek Trail

Sale of VicRoads land between McBryde street and Merri Creek Trail, Fawkner

VicRoads has declared its intention to sell vacant land linking McBryde street to the Merri Creek parkland in Fawkner.

Sustainable Fawkner strongly believes the State Government should gift this land to Moreland Council to continue to maintain this as open space, and perhaps expand the bordering native grassland reserve into this space.
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The Green Chain – Film Fundraiser for Toxic Free Fawkner

Toxic Free Fawkner is campaigning to get the properties that were part of the old NuFarm site cleaned up and opposing inappropriate development of these properties.

Later this week the group will be showing a film to help raise funds for the campaign. This is to raise money for a VCAT case about the toxic site at 102 McBryde St Fawkner.

This site isn’t any contaminated site. It is one of a small number of sites in Australia that is contaminated with dioxin.

Several dangerous chemicals were produced on the site, but the most dangerous one is dioxin. Dioxin is a by-product of the chemicals that were produced on the site 24-D and 245-T. These two chemicals make Agent Orange if they are mixed together.
The group are screening a film about the impact of dioxin on a New Zealand community and the campaign to get the site cleaned up.

Details:
Thursday 19 April, 7.30pm
Fawkner Primary School, corner Lorne St & McBryde St, Fawkner
(enter from McBryde St)

Entry $15 waged/ $5 concession/ $20 solidarity
Children Free

Register to go on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1711045325645164/