October 5, 2020

Roads, roads, roads

The pecking order for the renewal of our roads is based on fixing the worst ones first. Over the years, Council would allocate about $6 million a year to road renewal. But this year, it has been ramped up to $11.6 million and in 2021-22, the plan is to increase that to $13 million. While much of the focus in …

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October 4, 2020

Time to plan new basketball centre

The extension of the basketball/netball centre in Altona Meadows is on track. When this project was being planned, Hobsons Bay City Council engaged Otium Planning Group about four years ago to analyse our needs. Otium told us that the growth in basketball participation – our fastest growing sport – meant that Hobsons Bay City Council would need to build two …

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September 27, 2020

Spotswood housing development

I have become alarmed at the tactics used by the new owner of the land on the corner of Melbourne Rd and Birmingham St in Spotswood. This land is well recognised by the old Way and Works building on the site. There have been a number of proposals for this land during the past couple of decades, including for affordable …

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September 24, 2020

Tide Gauge House gets a makeover

One of Williamstown’s historic maritime icons will get a facelift this year. The Tide Gauge House in Commonwealth Reserve will have its masonry cleaned and the mortar repaired as part of a conservation project. It will also include installation of interpretive signage. The Tide Gauge House was built about 1857 with labour from prisoners held on the prison hulks moored …

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September 20, 2020

Box lacrosse to fire up

In early 2018, I was approached by the late Alan Lewer about renewing the old box lacrosse court in Paisley Park, Altona North. Alan was highly regarded in the lacrosse world and was passionate about reinvigorating the old facility. He had seen how popular box lacrosse was in the US and in Europe and the magnificent stadiums they built in …

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September 17, 2020

Peter nominates for a record seventh term

I have just nominated for the October 24 Hobsons Bay City Council election. If elected, it will be my seventh term on the council and I relish the challenge to again serve our community. I still have the passion to work for the Hobsons Bay community. In fact, the past couple of years have been the most rewarding of the …

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September 13, 2020

Spotswood clubrooms demolished

Demolition of the Spotswood Football and Cricket pavilion at Donald McLean Reserve has finally occurred, paving the way for construction to begin on its replacement. The new pavilion will include a much bigger social space, easing the pressure on the often overcrowded football and cricket events in the rooms after matches. It is all part of an $8 million redevelopment …

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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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