Park Meeting - Brimbank Gardens
I have been conducting a series of park meetings to talk to local residents about the issues that effect them.
The old expression 'think global, act local' has never been more relevant if we are to address what I think is the challenge, not of this next parliamentary term, nor even the next decade, but the remainder of this century. I want State Government to do more, faster on climate change, and to help Derrimut residents do the same. I think tackling this issue also has the capacity to create local initiatives that build neighbourliness and caring for each other as well as the environment.
Many Brimbank Gardens residents moved into the area attracted by the low density of housing. The caveat has now expired and the developer is now subdividing lots. Melbourne needs high density living, but there is currently no plan to make it liveable.
We must have a Government-led plan to provide:
- Efficient, high frequency public transport
- More high quality open spaces (multi-use – parks, places for kids to hang out, attractive streetscapes, community gardens)
- Sustainable housing design
- Locally accessible Govt-funded services for families (community health centres, schools, childcare centres etc).
We need to initiate more community input into these issues.