Fall of EWL Anniversary Picnic

Tollways don't belong in public parks

Tollways don’t belong in public parks

Several community tunnel picket stalwarts, acknowledging one year since the park was saved from East West Link.

Several community tunnel picket stalwarts, acknowledging one year since the park was saved from East West Link.

Tony Murphy

Tony Murphy

Here’s a couple of photos from a quiet little celebration on 16 December 2015 at Royal Park with several community tunnel picket stalwarts, acknowledging one year since the park was saved from East West Link.

“In the weeks before the election, right up to the Friday before, the East West Link Consortium tried to start up preparatory work in Royal Park—surveying for the workers’ carpark, doing water testing etc. (we heard from an engineer they had been instructed to rack up billable hours.) a number of us maintained a deck chair vigil there and were largely able to stop them. a single half-hearted visit from the police.

On the Monday we went back, just in case, but the white trucks stayed away: fortunately we were not in the universe where Denis Napthine won and was forging ahead”

Royal Park Protection Group: Final Nail(s) in Coffin for EWL!!

Exemptions for East West Link Project Deleted from Royal Park Heritage Registration by Heritage Council of Victoria.

The Heritage Council of Victoria announced a decision which was made on 3 December 2015 and communicated yesterday to amend the existing registration of Royal Park on the State Heritage Register to remove the permit exemptions associated with the cancelled East West Link project. (These had been introduced by the former Minister for Planning Matthew Guy.)

A legendary Tunnel Picket dog

A legendary Tunnel Picket dog

Additional Background:

Community Tunnel Picket & Crop Circles at Ross Straw Field (February 2014)

Bid to include Royal Park on Victorian Heritage Register may affect East West Link plans (February 2014)

Royal Park vigil + photo shoot (November 2014)

Could you please ask your surveyors to exit Royal Park?‘ (November 2014)

Royal Park – The Last Summer. Photographs by David Tatnall

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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