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Council buys land in Kensington for new park

At last! After eight years of speculation and difficulty, Council has made good on its 2013 pledge – established by a Greens motion – to purchase the first available land in Macaulay suitable to be converted to a public park. The Age covered the Council’s policy position back in 2013: Council has now purchased 70-90 […]

State Government quietly grants itself new planning powers

A rather big change to planning controls across Victoria dropped on Thursday. Cr Rohan Leppert writes: The Minister for Planning has amended the Victoria Planning Provisions to create new permit exemptions for any State Government led or funded (or part funded) project, or project carried out on Crown land. If the Minister declares a project […]

An update on Park Hotel refugee detention and protests

We welcome the release last week of 46 refugees into our community from arbitrary detention, most recently held in The Park Hotel in Carlton. We are concerned by reports that they have been issued Bridging Visas, which are temporary, with conditions with the potential to infringe on human rights. Meanwhile, 14 men remain detained in […]