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

  1. Poster 1
  2. Poster 2
  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)

My Place: the Royal Park wetlands

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The Age: My Place: the Royal Park wetlands. Vanessa Gavens. April 12, 2015

This peaceful interface of man-made shapes and nature is no longer threatened, writes Vanessa Gavens.

I am so grateful that the proposed East West Link tunnel exit will not swallow up my place any time soon. Photo: Supplied

I sit here and listen to the squawks of water birds and the gentle splashes of frogs and ducks hitting the water. The low hum of traffic noise from the adjacent Tullamarine freeway provides a mere background tone.

I sit here and marvel at the interface of man-made shapes and nature, as though Jeffrey Smart takes on the bush! Bold shards of bright yellow and red create unexpected angles against the royal blue panes and straight lines of the apartment blocks behind.

These are framed above and below by a cloudless blue sky, a soft line of trees and bulrushes, and calm reflective water in the foreground.

I sit here and watch a mother duck glide by with her very young ducklings following in perfect single file and wonder whether they have to learn to swim in a straight line or if it comes in their DNA.

I sit here and feel the gentle breeze, carrying with it unlikely sounds from the zoo up the hill; an elephant trumpeting and a lion’s roar.

I sit here and am so grateful that after the recent state election, the proposed East West Link tunnel exit will not swallow up my place any time soon.

I sit here and celebrate the fact that the impact of urbanisation does not have to be an angry collision, but can maintain harmony and a sense of place for such a diversity of creatures.

My place is the wetlands of Royal Park.

What is your favourite place – the place where you find serenity and joy? Perhaps it is a place of deep reflection or one of melancholy. Send in your 250-word piece to sunday@theage.com.au. You can even attach a photograph.

Napthine thumbs his nose at Victorians over EW Link

Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. (PPL VIC) – Media Release Thursday 27 November 2014

Napthine thumbs his nose at Victorians over EW Link

Everyone knows that that the Coalition Government (now in caretaker mode) led by Denis Napthine has already signed the contracts for the infamous East West Link Toll Road in advance of the election this Saturday. What the public may not appreciate is that the East West Connect, a consortium contracted to carry out the construction of the biggest infrastructure project ever seen in Victoria, has already commenced work on the project in Royal Park. Last week teams of EWC surveyors moved in and commenced marking trees for removal in the vicinity of the planned tunnel entrance over the Ross Straw Field in Royal Park West as well marking what appears to be a construction road up Brens Drive, through the State Netball and Hockey Centre carpark and north on to the area of Royal Park designated by Linking Melbourne Authority for a construction camp and carpark.  Continue Reading…

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