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Update 15 June 2013: MPC Environment Fund

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Update 28 May 2013

Linking Melbourne Authority has rushed a flurry of announcements ahead of public information sessions between this Saturday 1st June and next Thursday 6th June, including the first clear indicators of the disruption their intended route will cause to the Moonee Ponds Creek and the exemplar wetlands at Royal Park West. The scale and lack of precision of impacts is clearly indicated in the one page PDF linked at right, page 6 of Appendix A of the Project Proposal. The Project Proposal and associated documents are available from a Department of Planning and Community Development page.

On Tuesday Melbourne City Council voted 6-5 to grant LMA permission to extend its test drilling program through an area indicating unambiguous priority to the north bound City Link/Tullamarine Freeway connection, straight through a sensitive escarpment, across Ross Straw Field and the wetlands. Council's meeting documentation page includes a drill site map in the PDF for item 6.5 and 25 minutes of audio debate starting 20+ minutes in.

Last weekend we grabbed some photos through the target zone en route the Brunswick South West planting day, another story for less urgent times.

Page 6 of Appendix A, East West Link

Update 20 May 2013

One side of Melbourne Airport drains into upper Moonee Ponds Creek and since the Airport Corporation's purchase of a private parcel of land their holdings run right down to the Creek in the vicinity of sensitive old quarry and Transpacific Cleanaway landfill sites. They have released the Melbourne Airport Master Plan preliminary draft for comment through Wednesday 21 August. The report cover at right links to their downloads page.

Melbourne Airport Master Plan preliminary draft

Update 18 April 2013

Monday's MPCCC Meeting will be seeing presentations from SP AusNet re their West Melbourne Terminal Station upgrade and from Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority re their draft Regional Catchment Strategy. These projects underline the Moonee Pond Creek's complex challenges from intense urban industrial areas upstream to sources on protected rural landholdings.

Update 2 October 2012

Annual General Meeting re-elects retiring office bearers and executive members.

Update 24 July 2012

Hume, Moonee Valley and Moreland council officers provide MPCCC with progress report against Strategic Plan. Lori Arthur appointed to executive member position left vacant from Annual General Meeting. Suggested route for better trail connection to Melbourne Airport prepared.

Update 25 June 2012

After several months mostly in reactive mode dealing with planning reports from Councils and other bodies and working in conjunction with Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek on various sites, MPCCC Executive meets and schedules full MPCCC meeting for 24 July 2012 with a long agenda preparatory to an October Annual General Meeting and working with Councils after their elections.

Update 29 November 2011

MPCCC Annual General Meeting at Hume Global Learning Centre approves constitutional amendment to increase operational responsibility of expanded Executive. Tony Smith re-elected as President, Cr Jo Connellan as Vice President and Joe Ficara as Treasurer. Nina Eason replaces Stella Blay as Secretary with Stel continuing to produce Ponderings. Julie Law elected to the new second Vice president position and Terry Mundy returned as an Executive member leaving one vacancy.

Update 14 November 2011

Hume City Council has announced the prepartory community consultation phase for the development of a Jacana Valley Master Plan. Planned consultation events include a community picnic on Wednesday 7 December.

Update 7 November 2011

MPCCC has announced that its Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th November at Hume Global Learning Centre. This will be in conjunction with the 50th General Meeting of MPCCC and a Special General Meeting to consider proposed amendments to MPCCC Rules to simplify ongoing operation.

Update 28 June 2011

Item in Moonee Valley Weekly with a less than enthusiastic response by former MPCCC Co-ordinator Gavan O'Neill, now at Melbourne Water, to some ambitious calls to rip up the concrete. This appears to have stemmed from our Creek being high on the list featured in a mid-month Age article based on "the state's Planning Institute (...) list of Melbourne's worst planning disasters".

Update 3 May 2011

Strategic Plan officially released to a wide ranging audience at an early evening function at Strathmore Sports Club providing a good opportunity to initiate a wider conversation about MPCCC's future role which is intended continue through the winter.

Update 13 April 2011

Final version of Strategic Plan delivered with last minute layout changes and MPCCC public meeting set for May 3rd to officially release Plan and to kick start a wider conversation about MPCCC's future role.

Strategic Plan

Update 24 March 2011

Change of government apparently puts sale of the VicTrack-owned land at 1-31 Outlook Drive, Glenroy back on the agenda. Moreland Council provides strong grounds for rejecting the subdivion application, but we still need to keep our eye on this one.

Update 17 December 2010

Limited notice MPCCC Christmas party at the Living Museum goes well for those who can manage to get there.

Update 10 November 2010

With the hard work and direction of Julie Law and Stella Blay, we get the MPCCC records moved from where they had been in storage in Preston to our new home in Melbourne's Living Museum of the West.

Update 4 November 2010

MPCCC Annual General Meeting at Melbourne Town Hall re-elects Tony Smith as President, Cr Jo Connellan as Vice President, Stella Blay as Secretary and Joe Ficara as Treasurer.