Update – Council Meeting 16 April 2013

Here is an update on a few items I raised at tonight’s council meeting:-

1.    LeadWest.

Council will join LeadWest!  This is a result of one of the motions I raised in the council following last year’s council re-election, and will result in us joining with other western suburbs council  to advocate as a strong, united voice.  I am very pleased with this decision.


2.   Seaholme Station.

The works at the Seaholme station will increase safety and amenity at the station, and will resolve in a loss of around 4 car parking spaces in total. Previously drivers were driving over the footpath causing accessibility and safety issues, so the footpath and car parking is being relocated. The council will also look at the issue of bicycle parking at the station, noting I have previously written to the state government and metro seeking a bike locker at Seaholme Station. The works are expected to be finished in May.


3. Altona and Seaholme Foreshore Master Plan.

The council will provide a report on the Altona and Seaholme Foreshore Master Plan in either May or June. I specifically requested that this report include details on the way the council will engage with the community about any plans before they are adopted.


4.   Mobil Refinery.

I explained that I received a number of complaints recently about unpleasant odours from Mobil, Altona. I was advised Mobil was not aware of the complaints until today but will investigate. I also raised concerns about the planned significant works at Mobil which they have warned will cause odours. It is extremely disappointing the community will again have to put up with Mobil causing odours in Altona, Altona North and Seaholme.


5.   31 Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn.

The council is expected to consider the future of this block of land at the next council meeting. (Please note I oppose the sale of council land).


6.   Innova (Proposed Toxic Soil Facility in Altona).

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal is yet to release its decision regarding Innova’s appeal against the council decision to oppose their toxic soil facility in Altona. The council were expecting the decision in March.


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