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A town square for Fawkner?

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This Saturday, 7th March, for a couple of weeks a laneway off Bonwick Street will be transformed into a town Square.

This is an opportunity to meet other residents, socialise, sit down and have a coffee, listen to some music, buy some craft items from the suitcase popup market, and more.

But more than anything, the utility of the place is up to you to make it work as a social space.

See you at Fawkner’s own Con Temporary place.

More info see the Con Temporary Place Facebook page.

Healthscope launches campaign to bully residents and Moreland Council over John Fawkner Hospital re-development

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This story is a little different from my usual fare. It is about a major Health company – Healthscope – launching a campaign against local residents and Moreland Council for the redevelopment of the John Fawkner private hospital.

If you live in Fawkner, or elsewhere in Moreland, you may have been surprised to see a letter sent to your address in your letterbox from John Fawkner Hospital yesterday or today.

So why would John Fawkner Hospital, located on Moreland Road in Coburg and bordering Brunswick be sending these letters out to distant parts of the municipality like Fawkner?

Perhaps they have done a mailing to every address in the municipality? I don’t know.

So this letter explains that they want to redevelop and expand the site including building a multi-level car park. But their development plans have gone to Moreland Council and twice been rejected. Something fishy is going on here.

The first time the plans were rejected by Council in July 2012 as inappropriate. John Fawkner Hospital appealed the decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) but lost. Strange, because usually VCAT decisions predominantly support development proposals.
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Sustainable Activities in February 2015 in Fawkner

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Moreland Mayor Meghan Hopper and Wills MP Kelvin Thomson joined the Fawkner community in a planting mini-parade and celebration in December 2014

Welcome to 2015 and February launches with a busy schedule of community events which Sustainable Fawkner will be involved in.

BBQ Fundraiser
Firstly, the Fawkner Community House is having a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser on Saturday February 14th and is looking for helpers. Soon the Community House will be running two Community sites, when it takes over the old Fawkner Kinder site. Fundraising will help us run a diverse and accessible range of services and activities.

There are lots of jobs and shifts to choose from:
8 -11am
11am-1pm
1pm-4pm
We also need a ‘taxi driver’ to go get people and things as required on the day, help setting and packing up and help buying things beforehand. If you can help (and we really, really need as many people as possible!) please contact the Community House on 9357 4631 or reply to this email. Unfortunately, sausages and BBQ are not halal, but hopefully there is a suitable job for everyone! And please pass the word on to others.

North-East Ward residents’ meeting
Wednesday, February 4, 7-8:30pm
Fawkner Senior Citizens’ Centre, 77 Jukes Rd, Fawkner (near Fawkner Leisure Centre & Fawkner Library)
Meet your local councilor Cr Sue Bolton. What issues concern you?
· Council’s policy for dealing with extreme heat
· Tree cover in Moreland
· Traffic congestion
· Development issues
· Amenities in Fawkner, Coburg North & Coburg
· Food security & community gardens
· Other issues?

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Open Table Lunch
First Open Table lunch for the year is Saturday 7 February from 1 pm – 3 pm. It’s  free halal vegetarian meal and everyone is welcome. It’s at the Senior Citizens Centre in CB Smith Reserve. Apologies, but this event has been cancelled.

Tree of Faith Project
Saturday 14 and 28 February from 2 till 5 at the Community House. Chat informally about faith while creating the Fawkner Tree of Faith –a lasting fabric artwork to be exhibited in the community. No art or craft experience necessary! See attached flyer for more details.

Women’s Morning Tea
Women of all ages and cultures are welcome to come along to our monthly morning tea for good conversation and delicious cakes. Meet your neighbours. Kids welcome. FREE.
Thursday 12 February 10.30 am – 12 noon

Sustainable Fawkner Food Swap
Saturday 14 February 10.30 – 12.30

Merri Creek bird survey at Bababi Djinanang in Fawkner
Sunday 15 February, from 8:45 to 10:30am.
Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2). More information

Craft Afternoon
Saturday 28 February 12-3pm

Fawkner Lawn Bowls Market
Sunday 22 February 10am – 3pm
86 Lorne St, Charles Mutton Reserve
Sausage sizzle (halal), devonshire tea, Face painting and glitter, marmalade and pickles, Greek pastry and cakes, craft and collectibles, pot plants, books, jewellery and Bric-a-brac

Movies in the Park
Friday 13 February 2015 Bain Reserve Merlynston
Bend it like Beckham (PG-13) – free entertainment and film
8 pm onwards (film screening around 9 pm)

Friday 20 February 2015 CB Smith Reserve Fawkner
Ponyo (G) – free entertainment and film
8 pm onwards (film screening around 9 pm)
For more details:
http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/arts-and-festivals/community-festivals/movies-in-the-park.html

Fawkner gives a grilling to Broadmeadows MP Frank Maguire

Collen Jones from Fawkner Strengthening Committee opening the Forum

Collen Jones from Fawkner Strengthening Committee opening the Forum


Broadmeadows is one of the ALP’s safest seats in Victoria with over 20 per cent two party preferred margin to the Liberals. Because it is safe it gets largely ignored by the Liberals when in office, and to a lesser extent, also ignored by the Labor party who direct more funding for projects in their marginal seats.

The electorate is located in northern Melbourne stretching from the northern suburbs of Glenroy, Hadfield and Fawkner in the City of Moreland up to Dallas, Broadmeadows, Westmeadows, and Meadow Heights in the City of Hume. It is located across the Federal seats of Wills and Calwell.

Fawkner is a socially disadvantaged suburb in the southern part of the Broadmeadows electorate. Although historically the suburb was once part of Broadmeadows Council area along with Hadfield and Glenroy before the Kennett era council amalgamations, now it is part of the north eastern ward of Moreland Council.
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Climate change is #OnMyAgenda in Fawkner for the G20

Australia is hosting the G20 and climate change is not on the agenda. Come along to a screening of ‘Reasons for Hope‘ film and a discussion to show that Australians want climate change #OnMyAgenda. Local resident John Englart will lead the discussion.

When: 6.00pm Saturday 15 November
Where: Fawkner Community House, CB Smith Reserve
Bring a plate of food to share.
You’ll join friendly local people who care.

Click here for details and to RSVP:

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was pushing for climate change to be off the agenda at the Brisbane G20 meeting at all. However the United States and France have exerted pressure and it will be listed as a minor item under Energy Efficiency.

As climate change has been taken ‘off the main agenda’ by the Australian Government, the Australian Conservation Foundation is organising for people round Australia (and elsewhere) to put climate change #onmyagenda in self organised events and parties from November 12-15. Anyone can organise an event for their community. You can register your event here.

John Englart, as a member of Sustainable Fawkner and Climate Action Moreland is holding an event called Climate change is #OnMyAgenda in Fawkner on November 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the Fawkner Community House.

If you wish, you may also attend Sustainable Fawkner’s monthly meeting 4pm to 5.30pm, Come a little early to do a little bit of veggie gardening in our community garden.

The #OnMyAgenda event will start about 6pm. All welcome.

John is a member of Sustainable Fawkner, Climate Action Moreland and has been blogging on climate issues for over 10 years.

Thanks!

Open Table Community Lunch

Free Community Lunch this Saturday

Everyone welcome

Food will be Vegetarian Halal

Invite your friends, family and neighbours and meet other members of the community while sharing a meal.

Saturday 2nd August 2014
1 – 3pm
Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre
CB Smith Reserve,
77 Jukes Rd, Fawkner

For more information visit www.open-table.org
or call (03) 9357 4631
Everyone welcome – no need to RSVP

Threat to Merri Creek Path with Sale of Lakeside Secondary College site

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Merri Creek forms an important parkland for the north-south length of Fawkner and Reservoir. It is also an important corridor for wildlife and for users of the Merri Creek Shared bike path which winds its way along the creek sometimes on the east and sometimes the west bank.

The path uses the east bank of the creek behind the Department of Education site in Reservoir, where Lakeside Secondary College once stood. The title to the this site at 31 Radford St, Reservoir extends down to the creek verge. The Educational Department wants to sell the property and has requested the site to be rezoned for Industrial use.

Several hectares of the site lie outside the school fence on a bend of the Creek and have been planted and managed for about 30 years by Darebin Council, as part of the Merri Creek open space corridor.

If the creek frontage is sold without transfer of title to the Crown or Darebin Council, access to and use of the Merri Creek Shared pathway could be threatened.
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Chilling out at a hot February Food Swap

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Inspecting the graden produce

Come along this Saturday 8 February and share produce, commiserate over lost plants and frizzled vegies with the summer heatwaves, and make plans for Autumn.

We’ll retreat to the House if it’s too ridiculously hot. We have a volunteer offering to bring icy poles so we can chill out!

The Melbourne weather forecast for Saturday is for the temperature to reach 40C. “Hot and sunny. Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon.”

Temperatures overnight on Saturday are expected to stay high at 30 degrees, approaching the overnight minimum record. The record high minimum temperature of 30.6 degrees was set on February 2, 1902 and matched on January 12, 2010.

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Food Swap
Saturday 8 February
10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Fawkner Community House
CB Smith Reserve
Jukes Rd Fawkner

Remember in this hot weather to stay cool, drink lots of water and keep a look out for elderly neighbours who may be feeling the heat. Put out plenty of water for pets and bird life and other native animals, especially if you live near the Merri Creek nature corridor.

More information on health and heatwaves from Moreland Council, and Victorian Department of Health.

Next Merri Creek Bird survey 16 February 2014

IMG_1101_New_Holland_HoneyeaterInterested in seeing the Bababi Djinanang grasslands in Fawkner and the native fauna and flora of the area? Come along to the next bird survey on Sunday 16 February, 8.45-10.30am.

Bird surveys gather data which provides useful information for tracking bird species numbers and movements over several seasons.

Beginners welcome. Bring drinking water, and binoculars if you have them. Closed-in footwear and a sunhat would also be useful. No dogs, please. Be aware that snakes could be around.

In Fawkner: Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2) at 8.45am. The bird suvey provides an opportunity to explore the fenced off area of Bababi Djinanang grasslands area, an opportunity to see some of the rarer grassland plant species and the birds that make this part of Merri Creek their home. In recent months there has been a small mob of kangaroos in the grasslands.

Friends of Merri Creek run the bird survey on a quarterly basis up and down Merri Creek.

How about visiting a part of the Merri that you haven’t seen? – choose a site from the list below.

Survey meeting points for Sunday 16 February 2014 at 8.45-10.30am:

Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
Phillips Reserve, Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
Hall Reserve- Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
Galgi Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway (Melway 180 E6).

Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands): Meet outside the Istrian Social Club, Cooper St Epping (Melway 387K10). The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 23 February, 8.45-10.30am.

Solar PV Panel installations in Fawkner exceed 5 per cent of dwellings

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In my travels around the internet I found this site put together by the Australian PV Institute showing the level of installation of solar photovoltaic panel installation by postcode or Local Government area.

In Fawkner there have been about 246 solar PV installations. This amounts to approximately 5.4% of the estimated 4520 dwellings in our suburb with an installed capacity of 571kW.

This is lower than the Moreland average of 6.1%. Moreland Local Government Area (LGA) and is also below other municipal areas in Melbourne’s north. Maribyrnong has 7% solar installation, Moonee Valley is on 6.5%, Darebin is on 6.9%, Banyule on 6.7%, Whittlesea on 9.7%, and Hume on 11%.
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