Farewell Flemington Road Gum

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“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way” William Blake

Tuesday 26th July 2016: Update from Guardians of the Flemington Road Gum: Our beloved Lemon-Scented Gum is now just a memory. A request to all meet and have a “minutes silence” tonight for those who were unable to attend this morning. Bring flowers if able! Does 7pm work for everyone?

Full canopy of the Flemington Road Gum, early 2016, Photo credit: National Trust of Victoria

Full canopy of the Flemington Road Gum, early 2016, Photo credit: National Trust of Victoria

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Poor community consultation by VicRoads costs taxpayers

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The lemon scented gum report. from Daniel Doody on Vimeo.

Along Mt Alexander Road in Parkville, is a lemon scented gum tree that sits on an island median strip, that City Link want to remove to introduce two new lanes and create a smooth traffic flow… they have already cut down 4 trees, but VicRoads are still in discussion with the community on alternative arrangements to keep this one.

UPDATE 2: Monday 25th July 2016: news is circulating that VicRoad may move on removing the Lemon-scented Gum in the next 24-48 hours, it’s imperative to show support & contact Guardians of the Flemington Road Gum if you can volunteer to guard the tree.

UPDATE 1: VicRoads has reviewed Option 6 and provided a response. The attached table presents a guardian response to the VicRoads comments that were clearly aimed at discrediting the alternative design rather than moving closer to embracing a much safer alternative for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. It is now up to Transurban to determine whether they will ignore the better design that has been developed.

Read Option 6: Flemington Road Intersection  |  Read VicRoads response

Media Release: Poor community consultation by VicRoads costs taxpayers $40,000-$50,000 a day (25 July 2016) By Guardians of the Flemington Road Gum

FlemingtonRd_Gum1VicRoads’ failure to engage in community consultation over the redesign of the Tullamarine Freeway Flemington Road off ramp and intersection in Parkville that includes the removal of a stand of mature lemon-scented gums is costing Victorian taxpayers $40,000-$50,000 a day.

Local residents have come together under the name Guardians of the Flemington Road Gum in an attempt to protect the remaining landmark tree classified as significant by the National Trust, potentially one of the first native Australian trees planted in a Melbourne roadway reserve.

After being directed by the City of Melbourne to investigate alternative designs that retained the trees, VicRoads pushed ahead with their original intersection design and began removing the trees on 25 June this year. The Guardians managed to save the one large significant tree.

Less than two weeks later, in a second aggressive move, locals were woken by chainsaws at 1am as the canopy of the significant tree was targeted in a surprise midnight raid. Quick-thinking residents were again able to save the tree by stepping in between its trunk and the work crew.

Since that night, the Guardians have maintained a 24 hour a day, seven day a week presence at the tree. They have also been working with a civil engineer to create a design for the intersection that will retain the tree while meeting all VicRoads’ safe roadway design requirements. Continue Reading…

Video: Flemington Road’s Lemon-scented Gum

Watch: The Lemon Scented Gum from algarhythm on Vimeo

This short 5 min video shows the chain sawing of the 94 year old Lemon scented gum on Flemington Rd Parkville in Victoria Australia, by VicRoads on June 25 2016, despite it’s heritage, environmental and community value. The tree is listed on the significant trees register maintained by National Trust of Victoria, has had a baby born underneath it in the 1980s and people have written love letters to it. I wanted to show the abundant bird life living in this tree (about half way through) and also document how a healthy tree specimen has been destroyed for extremely spurious reasons. In this era of climate change we should not be allowing trees to be cut down that don’t need to be.

Listen 1: Anna Lanigan speaks to Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on talkback with Jon Faine, ABC 774, 6th July 2016

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Listen 2: A song for Flemington Road’s much-loved Lemon-scented Gum – “Lemon Scented Sanity” by Mary Holdsworth & Patricia Mortensen from the CD “Heart Upon The Shore”

Get involved: join Guardians of the Flemington Road Gum on facebook: meet 7am this Saturday 9th July at the tree (120 Flemington Road, Parkville) for a public meeting

Posters and flyers you can print/distribute to show support for the Lemon-Scented Gum campaign

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Additional information

National Trust of Australia (Victoria) update: Flemington Road gum tree still standing, but for how long?

Petitioning VicRoads Our Lemon-scented Gum is worth saving

Flemington Road gum tree still standing, but for how long?

Update on continuing action for saving the Lemon-scented Gum at 120 Flemington Road, Parkville

Update on continuing action for saving the Lemon-scented Gum at 120 Flemington Road, Parkville

Please meet 7am, Saturday 2nd July at 120 Flemington Road, Parkville (if not way before), bring food, a cuppa before you head off to vote.

Posters and flyers you can print/distribute to show support for the Lemon-Scented Gum campaign

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  3. Bulletin from Protectors of Public Land Vic Inc. and Royal Park Protection Group

From National Trust of Australia (Victoria) update: Flemington Road gum tree still standing, but for how long?

Last weekend, community action stopped the works on the Flemington Road gum tree after four hours. Only 40% of the canopy has been removed – the tree is healthy and could still survive and regrow. VicRoads have confirmed that they will not announce when the works will recommence – it could be any time.

A community meeting has been convened by locals at the tree at 7am on Saturday 2 July, Election Day. Please consider attending if you have concerns about the tree’s removal.

The article below links to a new Trust Advocate blog update on what happened last Saturday, what happens next, and some ideas about how you can still show your support for this important tree.

http://www.trustadvocate.org.au/update-flemington-road-gum-tree-still-standing-but-for-how-long/

With thanks,

the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Election jitters jeopardise WestConnex funding

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Community opposition to Sydney's WestConnex motorway is creating headaches for politicians. Sarah Keayes

Community opposition to Sydney’s WestConnex motorway is creating headaches for politicians.
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AFR: Election jitters jeopardise WestConnex funding as national audit gets under way by Jenny Wiggins

Australia’s biggest infrastructure project, Sydney’s $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway, pledges to “ease congestion, create jobs and connect communities”.

But instead of bringing people together, WestConnex is tearing them apart, with politicians launching attacks on one another ahead of the federal election as the motorway’s merits come under fresh scrutiny by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Projects Minister Paul Fletcher on Friday accused federal Labor of hitting “reverse gear” on its previous strong commitment to the motorway, highlighting the $1.8 billion committed by the then Labor government in the 2013 budget and former infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese’s claims that it would improve the quality of life for people in western Sydney.

“But that was before his seat of Grayndler was affected by 2015 Federal Redistribution in NSW, exposing Albanese to a significant challenge from the Greens,” Mr Fletcher said, adding this had led to a “marked change” in position, with Albanese now promising not to spend any more federal money on WestConnex if Labor is elected. Continue Reading…

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