Media Releases 2012
Support for resident summit with Premier on Brunswick Terminal Station
08 March 2012
Yarra Council is calling on the Victorian Premier to meet with residents who are deeply concerned by the Planning Minister’s approval of an expanded electricity substation in Brunswick.
Mayor Geoff Barbour said Council had resolved at its meeting on Tuesday night to write to Premier Ted Baillieu requesting that he meet with representatives of the Merri Creek Residents Group to discuss the community impacts of the Minister’s decision.
Cr Barbour said while the electricity substation was in neighbouring Moreland, many Yarra residents were concerned about the potential health and environmental impacts of expanding the substation.
“We don’t think it is asking too much for the Premier to sit down with residents and really listen to their concerns," Cr Barbour said.
He said Yarra Council was horrified that the Planning Minister had intervened to approve a controversial development that had been refused by Moreland Council.
“Councils are the best barometer of how a community feels on an issue, so to override a Council decision is to override the community’s wishes,” he said.
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