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Author: Stuart James

Vicroads; traffic lights on freeways

I am not a fan of Vicroads. In fact, I am often very critical of them. The main reason for this criticism is not what they do, but the way they interact with residents and the community. Rather than acknowledge that there is an issue that needs to be looked […]

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New Parent Groups to start next term

One of my core election commitments was to work towards better services for parents of young children. Last night, with the support of Council, I was elated to move (and have supported) a motion to introduce new parenting support groups to Monash. The groups will be available to all parents […]

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VCAT sides with a Developer – AGAIN

A planning application was submitted to redevelop the Beacon Lighting site on the corner of Dandenong and Warrigal Roads for 18 stories, which Council rejected, and the decision was appealed at VCAT. An amended application was submitted to VCAT for a 10 story development on the same site. At a […]

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Response to recent Media Coverage of Monash Council

Personal Statement There has been some intense discussion in the media, particularly the Herald-Sun on 14/06, referencing Monash Council dealing with the possibility of recognising a conflict between the Armenian / Greeks and the Turkish in the times of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide. There have also been articles […]

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DRAFT Council Plan & 2017/18 Budget

At Wednesday night’s April Council meeting, Councillors voted unanimously to pass the DRAFT Council Plan and 2017/2018 Budget. There are a swag of exciting new initiatives that are included as part of the budget for the next twelve months. Of particular note were the inclusion of two initiatives that I […]

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C125 Planning Amendments Passed

At the last Council meeting, after years of hard work and community consultation, I was pleased to be part of a Council that voted 9-2 in favour of adopting the new planning regulations to help protect our garden city from over development. One of the main reasons that I decided […]

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Live Streaming Begins

I am absolutely stoked to advise that following support from the majority of Councillors at the January Council meeting for my amendment to introduce live streaming of our meetings, the technology was installed and made available earlier than initially planned. This is a fantastic step forward in opening up Council […]

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Marriage Equality

I have struggled for almost six weeks with this motion since Cr. Fergeus first flagged it on Twitter. I have lost quite a bit of sleep over the motion as it originally forced me choose between two things that I hold very dear; my values and my principles. I am […]

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Important motions for the Jan 31st, 2017 Council Meeting

At our first Council meeting for 2017, two motions will go before Council that I believe are very important, the introduction of live streaming and the hanging of historic flags. Live streaming of Council meetings is something that I committed to during my election campaign and I am confident that […]

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Merry Christmas to everyone, but remember….

If this video doesn’t touch you, nothing will. Remember that while we celebrate in a country that allows us to be free, many will spend this Christmas in pain because of decisions in which they played no part. It’s amazing to think Lennon’s vision is now 44 years old – […]

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