September 10, 2020

New rugby pitches at Bayside College

Work has now been completed on the new rugby pitches, floodlights and changerooms at the Paisley campus of Bayside College in West Newport. Hobsons Bay City Council and the State Government both shared in the cost of the redevelopment, about $2.5 million. It includes a drainage and irrigation system for the pitches and competition grade lights, allowing rugby matches to …

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September 7, 2020

Time to clean up the pollution

I welcome the release of the Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group’s report on air quality which has been a detriment to Hobsons Bay. It is now time for the State Government to clean up unwarranted pollution in the west which has emanated from landfill, heavy industry, waste storage sites and other polluting sources. One of the particularly worrying …

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September 6, 2020

Big green push

Trees, trees, trees. We can’t plant enough trees. But we can certainly give it a good try. When I joined the Hobsons Bay City Council in 1999, the municipality had about 64,000 trees in its streets and reserves. The level of street tree planting was recognised as low at the time. When Hobsons Bay was hit by the millennium drought, …

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September 3, 2020

Armstrong Reserve gets revamp

Armstrong Reserve in Newport will be opened very soon – probably when Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions are eased by the State Government. The reserve,  off Wilkins St, between Latrobe and Crawford streets, is looking like one of the smartest community areas we have in Hobsons Bay. I love the pelicans perched on the poles. They almost look real. One of …

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August 30, 2020

Council rates to fall

Hobsons Bay ratepayers will, on average, pay less in rates than they did last year after the Council approved the 2020-21 Budget last Tuesday. Despite a number of furphies being circulated by people keen on propagating “fake news”, the average residential property across the city will receive a 0.17 per cent decrease in rates this year. And the commercial sector …

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August 29, 2020

Williamstown Juniors FC clubrooms now complete

Work has been completed on the Williamstown Juniors Football Club rooms at Bayside College in Williamstown. The clubroom extension and refurbishment was one of many sports projects identified in the Hobsons Bay Sports Facility Needs Analysis approved by the Council in June, 2018. It was part of a $2.5 million package of upgrades at Bayside College approved by the council …

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August 29, 2020

Council to roll out solar panel network

Local residents with solar panels on their houses will be able to feed into an innovative solar power system about to be built for Hobsons Bay City Council. The new system is a Virtual Energy Network which will help us fulfil our goals to reduce council net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by this year and community emissions to zero …

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August 28, 2020

Save Our Station

I am calling for an SOS – Save Our Station – to Williamstown residents over plans to bulldoze one of its iconic heritage station buildings. It is appalling the Level Crossing Removal Authority is thumbing its nose at residents who had overwhelmingly sent a message to the rail authority they wanted to retain both heritage station buildings at the North …

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August 22, 2020

Edwards Reserve playground

The playground at Edwards Reserve in South Kingsville is taking shape and should be opened by the end of August. It will make a great little park and I know some kids are itching for it to open. It was supposed to open about the end of August but with Covid-19 restrictions, I am not sure exactly when kiddies will …

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August 21, 2020

Ferguson Street rail crossing removal

Hobsons Bay City Council has put forward practical solutions to pedestrian and commuter safety at the Ferguson Street Crossing removal after consulting with its community. I want to commend the Williamstown Crossing Group and individuals who have fed us their views on where we should go on the level crossing removal. The Labor Government has always said the removal of …

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