What’s the deal in Flemington?

The decision at Council last week to reduce money specifically allocated in the long term budget for the Flemington Community Hub has caused quite a stir – and lots of confusion.

In fact, there is still $40m+ in the budget for the hub and park – the same as there was last year.

This post sets out some of the facts as we know – and some of the remaining mysteries.

New homes needed

On Friday night, in pouring rain, several hundred people gathered at Royal Park for a vigil for a young woman who had been horrifically bashed to death a week earlier. The woman, Courtney Herron, had been reportedly homeless in the weeks before her death. A combination of awful social and personal circumstances, including insecure housing,…

How did we get here? A recent timeline of Debney’s Park

Debney’s Park has an extensive and unusual history: tannery, tip, river bank, open space.

In the last decade, it has seen further reductions and improvements – and now it faces an uncertain future.

This timeline tracks these recent events in the life of Flemington’s largest and most important park.

Fact-checking figures in Flemington

Moonee Valley Council has published various population projections for Flemington to justify its funding pitch for a $40m community hub at Debney’s Park.

Not all of the figures appear to be reasonable projections or statements based on the evidence available.