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Author: Stuart James

Oakleigh Central Paid Parking

Paid parking has been introduced by Oakleigh Central in an effort to tackle rail commuters parking at the centre and using spots that could otherwise be used by customers. Last week I wrote to management acknowledging that this was fundamentally a good idea but requesting that they revert back to […]

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Rowville Tram? Rowville Train? Think bigger!

As printed in The Age, 27th May, 2018 https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/rowville-rail-fits-the-bigger-transport-picture-20180522-p4zgrn.html Melbourne used to plan for the future. We built train lines to the country side and invited people to build around that train line. Now we wait for people to build houses and spend decades trying to find a transport solution […]

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Cabena Childrens Playgroup (FREE)

During my election campaign, one of my key committments was increasing support services for parents. Previously, parents groups were only available for first time parents. Last year I moved a motion in the Chamber to fund playgrounds for parents having their second, third or tenth child (read more here). As […]

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Home & Community Care – Young People

On Tuesday night at Council, I spoke out against the State Government’s plan to cut funding for the delivery of Home and Community Care services to young people in our Municipality. The entire purpose of Government’s existence is to look after the people most vulnerable in our Community. Funding services […]

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Melbourne’s Public Transport Woes

The City Loop was opened in 1981. Since that time, there has been only one train line extension, from Epping to South Morang. Over this time period, we have shutdown train lines to Clyde and Mornington, where population growth has seen a need emerge for them to be recommissioned. The […]

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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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