Homeless miss out as EVO flats acquired because of East West Link go on sale

Get that EVO feeling!

Get that EVO feeling!

Want to buy a luxury apartment with a chequered past and an uncertain future?

Pssstttt … those EVO Apartments in Parkville, across the road from Ross Straw Field, are up for sale. So much for this continuing shell game that the state government is playing via media releases, over dealing with Victoria’s homeless issues.

The Age: Homeless miss out as EVO flats acquired because of East West Link go on sale. Benjamin Preiss

Parkville’s EVO apartments, sold off the plan as offering a luxury lifestyle with views, were all acquired by the state government after it was revealed that the tower would be surrounded by roads as part of the East West Link.

When Daniel Andrews scrapped that controversial road plan, the government suggested the tower could be used to accommodate the homeless.

But that is not to be. The EVO apartments will soon be sold on the private market. Continue Reading…

Farewell Flemington Road Gum

“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

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…

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