ALP boss calls for more grassroots say

Richard Willingham The  ALP federal vice-president, Jane Garrett, has slammed the influence of  the NSW branch of the party and called for reform to give grassroots members  more say. Ms Garrett, who is also the state MP for Brunswick, said it was  ”embarrassing that 20..

Ryan may be called to inquiry

"It's fair to say that Peter Ryan, who was dumped from his position, has presided over yet another scandal and cover-up," she said. In a letter dated March 6 this year, Mr Ryan told Ms Garrett that Fiskville "remains a safe site". But she said she believed documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws showed that was incorrect.

Sperm donors back efforts to change law on anonymity

The state government is now considering whether to give all donors equal access - including the donor's name, date of birth, and address - as recommended by Parliament's law reform committee.

Rural liquor inspectors abolished

In an overhaul of the state's alcohol and gaming authorities, Victoria's regions will have no dedicated liquor inspectors, a move that has enraged police and others trying to curb alcohol abuse in the country.

Patrons lose hope

THE State Government’s decision to scrap the historic Hope St bus service was based on flimsy data, an opposition MP says.

Devastated residents demand service’s return

FORMER Hope St bus patrons say the decision to scrap the service has impacted on their quality of life. The Brunswick West residents said Freedom of Information data, collected by Brunswick state Labor MP Jane Garrett, confirmed that more passengers were using route 509 than..

Route 509 regulars lament axed service

CHRIS HINGSTON FORMER Hope Street bus rider Sylvia Gascoigne says she was not the hardest hit by the state government’s decision to axe the service – after all, she “only” used the bus for 16 years. The 83-year-old Brunswick West resident has put together a..

Brunswick Terminal Station plans slammed

CHRIS HINGSTON COUNCILS of the inner north will unite to advocate for residents, as plans for a larger Brunswick Terminal Station move forward. Last week residents met councillors from the cities of Moreland, Yarra and Darebin, to form a coalition to visit state parliament and..

Call for lights, cameras

Suzanne Robson FORUM CREATES ACTION PLAN TO MAKE SYDNEY RD SAFER ADDITIONAL taxi ranks, CCTV and more street lighting were high on the agenda at last week’s Brunswick Community Safety Forum, which was prompted by the death of Jill Meagher. More than 150 Moreland residents..

Brunswick unites as forum addresses public safety fears

CHRIS HINGSTON THE Brunswick community has united in an attempt to tackle public safety fears.At a town hall forum last week residents raised issues like poorly-lit side streets, vacant shop fronts and violence against women. The safety forum follows the rape and murder of 29-year-old..

Forum focuses on Brunswick safety

Chris Hingston CCTV cameras, street lighting and preventing violence against women are to be discussed at a Brunswick safety forum next week. The community safety meeting follows the rape and murder of 29-year-old Jill Meagher in September. Ms Meagher’s death motivated tens of thousands to..

Respite for families

Suzanne Robson CARERS OFFER SICK CHILDREN A ‘LITTLE HOLIDAY’ ONE weekend each month, Coburg’s Jane O’Brien opens her home and heart so a young child can enjoy a ‘‘little holiday’’. She’s not a member of the child’s family or a foster carer, but her role..

Ideas on improving safety to be aired

RESIDENTS can share their views about improving safety in Brunswick at a forum next month. The forum, on Monday, November 19, will include police and Moreland Council and will be hosted by Wills federal Labor MP Kelvin Thomson and Brunswick state Labor MP Jane Garrett…

Traders back safety push

Suzanne Robson ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS PROMISE OF FUNDING FOR CCTV CAMERAS THE Sydney Road Brunswick Association has welcomed a Federal Opposition commitment to fund CCTV in crime hotspots in the wake of Jill Meagher’s death. President Rohini Ratnakar said traders were in favour of any measures..