Please read below the thoughts of one Flemington resident, Louise Donn. I’m grateful to Louise for sharing her family’s concerns about the likely impact of COVID-19 and the urgent necessity for Australians to take this seriously.
At the second Council meeting for the year, a controversial planning application in Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon, was approved, the Flemington Hub was advanced in a new location adjacent to the existing centre, and Council will advocate for more mature trees to be planted in Buckley St to replace those removed for the underpass.
The blog is back for the first Council meeting of the year.
The happy news was shared Thursday morning, following a nervous overnight wait, that Metro has agreed to work with Moonee Valley Council to find engineering solutions and preserve Red while reinforcing the platform retaining wall.
A huge thanks to 200 Flemington, Kensington and Moonee Valley folk for joining the community action on Wednesday 5 February. Here are some beautiful photos taken by Patomporn Ruyun.
The most important action this week will be at 7am Weds morning when we will demonstrate the depth of community support for heritage trees to Metro ahead of their meeting with Moonee Valley Council.
At tonight’s Special Meeting of Council, a unanimous decision was made to write to Metro and ask for them to agree in writing by 12pm next Wednesday not to remove the River Red Gum, and to work with Council on an engineering solution that enabled to retention of the tree.
Dear Mayor and Councillors,
I am writing to you ahead of tonight’s Special Council meeting to consider the future of the heritage trees at Newmarket Station.
Newmarket trees FAQ & what you can do to #SaveRed
About 80 people attended the meeting this morning.
Here’s what I, Rose, said at the meeting this morning. Jennie from the Flemington Association and Felicity from the National Trust also spoke. The Mayor and ward councillors responded to questions.
We will meet again at 5pm today for an update and to hear whether we need to be vigilant tonight to #SaveRed.