As the forthcoming City of Yarra local government elections get closer, the politics is starting to stink. The only party that seems to have policies and ideas that it shares with residents is the Socialist Party, whose blog I read regularly. Anthony Main, Socialist Party candidate for Nicholls Ward, recently posted this story (which is also a letter to the Melbourne Times):
At a secret Yarra Council meeting this month the pro-ALP Councillors attempted to push through plans to build a new library on the grounds of the Edinburgh Gardens.
Any plans for a new library in North Fitzroy should be welcomed. Yarra residents pay some of the highest rates in Melbourne and deserve decent services.
But at the same time we also need to protect our parks. There is no reason why North Fitzroy residents shouldn’t get a new library without sacrificing open space.
This is another example of the ALP giving with one hand and taking back with the other. It must be opposed.
I urge all concerned residents to attend the next Yarra Council meeting, 7pm Tuesday October 21 at Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road where this issue will be redebated and voted on.
This is madness. There are plenty of potential sites for a new library in North Fitzroy, and there is no need to build on park land. In high density inner urban areas like Fitzroy open public space, especially recreational space like the Edinburgh Gardens, is invaluable and essential for the mental and physical health of residents. It’s one of my favourite picnic spaces. These ALP retards need back off now.