La Trobe candidates get behind Tecoma locals in their fight against McDonalds

By Michelle Slater August 16, 2013 Residents of Tecoma, a small township in the La Trobe electorate, believe they have won the support of all local federal election candidates in their campaign to stop the building of a McDonald’s restaurant. The fierce two-year battle in the electorate’s eastern foothills is far from over with protests ongoing, court cases looming and social media playing a big part. In 2011 the development was rejected by the Yarra Ranges Council, but the fast food giant successfully appealed the decision before the Victorian Civil Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) in 2012. Since then protesters have picketed the site and in one incident eight people, since dubbed the […]

Favoured Liberal in marginal La Trobe avoids public forum, as first shots fired in campaign for Julia Gillard’s old seat of Lalor

By Jenny Bates in Lalor and Michelle Slater in La Trobe August 13 Liberal candidate for  the marginal outer-Melbourne seat of La Trobe Jason Wood has declined to attend a public meet-the-candidates forum about education, saying he does not want to attend a single-issue forum. The forum, to be held on Thursday at Emerald Secondary College, will focus on education issues in the marginal seat. Labor MP Laura Smythe’s office organised the event. In an email obtained by No Fibs, Mr Wood told Ms Smythe’s office: “I will not be attending the forum. When the election is called, we will have a debate on all issues.” Mr Wood told No Fibs, […]

Marginal La Trobe: @DottedLine3MDR reports

View Larger Map La Trobe Seat Profile By Michelle Slater @DottedLine3MDR 4 August 2013 Welcome to the beautiful bellwether seat of La Trobe! Let’s take a tour through an electorate that includes a rainforest-covered mountain dotted by small villages, then sweeps down to rapid urban growth-belts on its southern flat-lands. Who the hell is Michelle? I’m passionate about independent media and giving a voice to communities. I have a special interest in politics and the environment and I’m also a freelance journo. Check out my gear here. However, in my mind– at the end of the day, rock n roll will save the world! I host The Dotted Line on community radio […]