Well it has been sometime since my last post but that doesn’t mean I havent been busy in fact it’s quite the reverse.
I was re-elected again as joint President of the Port Melbourne branch of the Australian Labor Party and last week I was elected on to the Transport Policy Committee where I will have the chance to have input into the future of the Labor Party’s Transport Policy.
I am still actively following the developments of 1-7 Waterfront Place and still support the development 100%. I believe it will be great for the area and the design itself is spectacular. It will also have a much needed positive impact on our great local traders to whom I still regularly speak with who all tell me they are doing tough.
The Montague Development is still on everyones lips and I hope any development includes decent public space and amenity. I don’t mean a little park overshadowed by tall buildings, I mean considered, planned and sizeable space. I’m not concerned with the heights of the developments but what I am concerned with is the desperate need for at least one primary school. I’m still concerned about the lack of childcare facilites and community services. Docklands is great if you like windy, soulless ghost towns.
I’ve listened to the frustrations of the Garden City residents and there ridiculous and unfair rate rises. I just dont think Council get it and I don’t believe they’ve done enough to help. Token lip service is not help.
I went to Middle Park last week to the City of Port Phillip Solar Seminar which was really informative. It got my partner Alison and I thinking that we would like to do it however the red tape and hurdles Council put in front of you make it less than easy to take the step. I believe in environment over heritage. With over 80% of the City of Port Phillip in Heritage Overlay and a Council that loves red-tape to slow things down it all makes it rather daunting.
On a personal level I have been keeping fit by riding 6 days a week and racing where I can. Alison and I recently completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, The Beechworth Gran Fondo and The Rapha Gentlemans Ride.
Remember it’s the squeaky door that gets oiled so if you’re not happy say something!
My new Team Kit and Bike.
Alison and I