No airport rail on Broadmeadows Line!
In 2000, the State Government proposed to use the Broadmeadows Line for a rail service to Melbourne Airport. Residents were concerned about increased rail traffic, likely to be 24 hours. As one group on the Line, the Kensington Association provided leadership to Kensington for people to have their say. There were over 250 submissions from Kensington. Eventually, in the face of opposition up and down the Line, the Government abandoned the proposal. During the campaign, it was noted that the Albion rail freight line could be used for such a service.
In 2007 the Association provided leadership in a push to reunite Kensington under one Council, rather than being split between Moonee Valley and Melbourne. An Association poll of 600+ residents showed that over 90% favoured reuniting under the City of Melbourne. Eventually the State Government held a review, and kensington was reunited.
‘Hands off Holland Park!’
In 2008 the Eddington Report recommended an East-West Road Tunnel. The plan showed the tunnel emerging in JJ Holland Park. Notes said that the Park would be out of action for 5 to 8 years. The Association rallied resident opposition. In June 600+ residents met in the Park to show their opposition. The rally received extensive media coverage. Eventually the Government promised that if the Tunnel went ahead, the Park would not be used for a construction and staging post.