Monthly Archives: July 2014

The plan for Narracan: Will you join us?

We live in a beautiful part of Victoria, this is of Neerim.

We live in a beautiful part of Victoria, this is Neerim Juntion

Victoria is a great place to live and work – a strong diverse economy, wonderful livable cities and the beautiful environment of our countryside. But in the last 4 years bad policy and lazy government means we have real problems to address. With our population growing by 1,900 extra people a week, our roads are clogged and our trains and trams over-crowded. The promised investment in public transport never happened. Irrational government laws have stopped the development of renewable energy in its tracks while our carbon pollution and power bills increase. Thousands are losing their jobs and the state government just stands by, no fight, no plan. leaving those workers facing an uncertain future. A vote for The Greens will start re-investing in Victoria to solve these problems and create new jobs. Rather than spend $15 billion on the East-West toll road we would re-direct that money to buy more trains and trams, build new rail lines and create more bus routes. We will remove the barriers to investment in wind and solar to get the renewable energy industry back on its feet. We will restore the cuts to the TAFE system and lead the needed changes in our economy to create prosperity. These problems cannot be fixed overnight but we need to start the investment now.

The Greens policies will:
• Cut travel times and over-crowding on public transport
• Drive the development of new clean industries
Create new jobs at a time of increasing unemployment

Implementing these policies will be the price that the old parties will have to pay for Green support in the next Parliament.

I’m Malcolm McKelvie, and I’ve been a member of the Greens for more than 10 years. In my role as President of the Baw Baw Sustainability Network since 2008, I am committed to educating and inspiring local community members to make sustainability part of their everyday lifestyle.

Now I’m taking my passion for the environment to the next State Election as I stand as the Greens candidate for Narracan. As a long time Yarragon resident and a local doctor, I am very aware of the unique challenges facing this region, and I feel I am best able to represent the interests of the people of this area.

For this campaign to be successful, it will require the support and contributions of the community. We have a volunteer network who are organising brochures, flyers, signs, and helping me to get out among the locals and spread The Greens message.

We are seeking donations to help us meet our fundraising goal which will allow us to run a television and radio campaign in conjunction with other Greens candidates from the Gippsland area. We would welcome your donations to help us meet our goal. Goods or services could be used as prizes at a silent auction/trivia fundraiser, and cash donations are always welcome. As we are a registered political party, please keep in mind that your donation may be tax deductible.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 by 30 of August 2014. I ask for your support in this immense challenge. Your gift will make a difference and help us work towards a healthier, more sustainable future for our region. Please contact me with offers of goods or services for a silent auction or make cash donations to the Gippsland branch bank account:
The Greens Vic- Gippsland
BSB 633000
Acct 118133107

You can also donate through this link or sign up to volunteer. http://greens.org.au/vic/candidates/narracan

With thanks in advance for your encouragement and support,

Dr. Malcolm McKevlie
Candidate for Narracan
1 Campbell St, Yarragon
MOB: 0417364615 E: malcolm.mckelvie@vic.greens.org.au

For more information visit: vic.greens.org.au
Connect with us online TW: @malmckel FB: facebook.com/malcolm.mckelvie.greens

Mt Baw Baw, Narracan, Baw Baw Shire, Snow, green scape, Simon Chapman Mt Baw Baw  A view from Mount Baw Baw near Melbourne Australia

Our beautiful patch of Victoria. Isn’t this a stunning view from Mt Baw Baw?

What is adequate community consultation when it comes to major planning decisions?

Dr. Malcolm McKelvie at Drouin Community Group meeting

The rezoning proposal in Drouin (C108) being decided by the council next week is a great example of planning on the run and should be reconsidered.
In a nutshell, the proposal places medium density housing lots (up to 33 dwellings per hectare) in areas about 6 km from the centre of town and amongst current low density, non sewered housing (2 dwellings per hectare). It contradicts previous documents outlining the plans for urban growth in the shire, is being introduced in a hurry, sloppily, without proper consultation with the public and defies common sense in the use of infrastructure. What disturbs me in particular is the lack of consideration for the future challenges of global warming and the end of cheap energy.
If local government and the community had ongoing, substantive and meaningful participation in planning decisions there would not be hastily given and ill thought orders from the state planning minister to the region, the notice regarding the planned changes would not be distributed to only a select few adjoining landowners just a few days prior to community consultation sessions and nor would the time given for consideration of the change and submissions due be a matter of days to weeks. Proper planning should be evidence based, well considered regarding existing transport, infrastructure, biodiversity and open space as well as the wider issues of preserving agricultural land and adaptation to the warming climate and give interested members of the public sufficient time to read, digest, consult and discuss it.
If the shire thinks their process will increase public confidence in the planning system it is sorely mistaken. There is disbelief that the documents presented contain basic mistakes and inconsistencies, that the consultation sessions have been poorly advertised and held at times of the day difficult for working people to attend. For public submissions to be made one day and a council decision the next beggars belief that due consideration will be given to those submissions.
Kevin Roberts and the people who attended a community meeting this week are right to be upset. They heard from an experienced local councilor in the UK who said that a similar process in his council would take 2-5 years to be completed and any planning decision would need to be evidence based with plenty of time for community consultation.
There is a clear need to plan for increased population in our shire. There is also a clear need to ensure that population growth does not compromise our ability to grow food, maximizes the efficiency of existing infrastructure like the train station, sewerage systems, shopping areas and access to schools and health facilities. If the local population is to increase substantially there is also the need to plan for substantial new kindergarten and school places, child care, healthcare facilities, business and industrial sites, shops and community facilities. Hastily placing medium density housing six kilometres from such infrastructure and amongst existing low density residential living areas let alone up to the boundary of a battery hen enterprise without proper consultation is a recipe for discontent and regret in future years.