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


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

Melbourne Metro Rail Project Business Case Released

“London. Paris. New York. Singapore. Arden.”

Released today – Melbourne Metro Rail business case details, doesn’t a $1.10 return rule all over the pathetic $0.45 return for East West Link?

Daniel Andrews: Time For Turnbull To Back Melbourne Metro (23 February 2016)

The updated Melbourne Metro business case has been released today with Premier Daniel Andrews writing to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeking federal funding for the nation’s biggest public transport project. The business case has also been submitted to Infrastructure Australia, which has previously provided a positive assessment of the project and categorised it as a high priority.

Analysis: Metro Rail Project: Is Victoria worth $4.5 billion to Malcolm Turnbull? Josh Gordon (23 February 2016)

If our public transport-loving Prime Minister were solely motivated by base political considerations, he might ponder the following question as he prepares for the looming election: is Victoria worth $4.5 billion?

AFR: Andrews demands $4.5 billion from Turnbull for Melbourne rail project (23 February 2016)

The Victorian Andrews’ government is banking on a $4.5 billion handout from the federal government to fund its Melbourne Metro Rail Project. Mr Andrews said Victorians paid taxes to the federal government and that should be returned in infrastructure. “Victorian tax dollars should be paying for Victorian projects,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

ABC Victoria: Melbourne Metro Rail Project: Victoria pleads for $4.5b in federal funding. Jean Edwards

The Victorian Government is pleading for $4.5 billion in Federal Government funding for the Melbourne Metro Rail, to match its contribution to the country’s biggest public transport project.

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Citizen Tram

Enjoy watching this blatant tram propaganda: Citizen Tram, a 1960s MMTB Film

This is a 1960s era Promotional Film produced by Crawford Productions for the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board. The film details the benefits to Melbourne of the Boards Tram and Bus services, and puts forward the case for the retention of tramway operations in Melbourne. This film is from the Public Records Office Victoria – Public Transport Collection

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