Monthly Archives: March 2015

Rally in support of Refugees Palm Sunday 29th

Let’s make a big noise in support of Refugees Palm Sunday Rally Sunday 29 March 2pm outside State Library

The Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees was a huge success in 2014
with over 8,000 people turning up to show their support in Melbourne alone!

Music will start at 1.30pm and speeches from 2pm.

We will then proceed down to Queen Victoria Gardens ­ opposite the NGV on St
Kilda Road. This is about 1 kilometre (please let RAC know if you will need
any assistance with your mobility).

Further speeches and some activities at the Queen Victoria Gardens

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Make cycling easy in SE Melbourne …. Open Public Forum

Back to school: Following the leaders in the Cities of Yarra and Boroondara!
Wednesday 25 March, 2015.  7.15pm registration for 7.30 – 9.15pm

This is a forum to hear, ask questions and debate directions on how to make riding easier and safer for all ages within our community in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Neighbouring councils Yarra and Boroondara have both achieved the highest levels of bike riding in the country. Yarra has the highest proportion of people who cycle to work in Australia at 8.5%, and they aim to reach 15% in 2015. Boroondara has the very popular Anniversary and Gardiner’s Creek Trails, plus Bike Ed schools training program.

With rising levels of obesity and traffic congestion, how do we enable and support kids to ride to school, and adults to ride for exercise and transport? What are the infrastructure and
communication solutions, budgets and commitments required for success? How do we overcome the roadblocks to a safe riding future?

Panel Speakers:

 Malcolm Dow, Primary School Assistant Principal & member Glen Eira Bicycle User Group
 Dean Steinberg, Government and External Relations, Bicycle Network
 Cr Philip Mallis, City of Boroondara
 Alistair McDonald, Bicycle Strategy Project Manager, City of Yarra.

Wednesday 25 March, 2015
7.15 Registration for 7.30-9.15pm
Glen Eira Secondary College Library
Cnr Booran and Neerim Roads, Caulfield East. Melway: 68 D3.

Close to Caulfield and Glen Huntly Train Stations, Tram 67, Bus 623&624 and bike parking on site. Entry by donation (all proceeds go to school for venue).

Enquiries: Cathy, Glen Eira Bicycle User Group, 0412 119 807, email gleneirabug@gmail.com

GREEN AGENDA Where Green Ideas Connect

Thursday evening at the Library at Docklands, saw the launch of the Green Agenda. Green Agenda is the Greens Institutes new online publishing project to stimulate public discussion, and to present ideas and deepen understanding of greens politics and philosophy.

The event was well attended and lots of lively Q & A’s. The Institute needs to raise $60.000 within the next year to get the ball rolling.  Head to greenagenda.org.au and join

Green Agenda will be publishing online for 15 months with selected contributions to be published in a book form in 2016. Essay contribution will be welcome. As will be donations of the financial kind.margaret_blakers_1_12-03-2015Margaret Blakers (above) presented the event at Docklands
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Clare Ozich,  Charlie Wood, Melanie Lowe & Peter Christoff formed the discussion panel

MAKE MELBOURNE SAFE FOR CYCLISTS

CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

Join Ellen Sandell and Adam Bandt and call on Premier Daniel Andrews to make Melbourne safe for cyclists. We urgently need more investment in safer cycling infrastructure and driver education programs.

Dear Premier Daniel Andrews,

Last Friday, Melbourne received some devastating news about the death of a young man, Alberto Paulon. He was killed on his way to work when an opening car door knocked him off his bike into the path of a truck on Sydney Rd.

It’s time to have a serious conversation about doing what it take to make Melbourne safe for cyclists. We know that cycling is important for Melbourne’s liveability and that it helps reduce congestion, pollution and to keep our city moving.

We need the vision to back cycling for the future and make sure cyclists are safe on Melbourne roads.

We call on you to make Melbourne safe for cyclists by:

  • funding a TAC public awareness campaign on dooring and safe driving around cyclists;
  • approving separated bike lanes on Sydney Rd, Flemington Rd, Royal Parade and St Kilda Rd; and
  • investing in an integrated bike lane network that is safe and goes where people need to go.