Melbourne's Royal Park was originally 1000 hectares. It is now 170 hectares. The government stole our park and they want to steal more.
Fawkner Park originally bordered St Kilda Road, but a strip was taken away for housing. Again, the government stole our park.
More recently Melbourne Tennis Centre was built, with a promise to compensate with other parkland. It never happened.
Yarra Park was supposed to be cleared of carparking for football match goers. That never happened. I can't understand why people battle Punt Road traffic to park in Yarra Park to see a football match when trains can get them there very efficiently.
Our supposed Green Wedges, land protected from development, radiating out from Melbourne have been and are being whittled away.
Our government tried to turn our National Parks into grazing land for cows. The Australian environment never had to deal with cloven hooved animals until white people arrived. It is not well suited to them.
Now our State Government wants to allow private developments in National Parks. Make no mistake, it will not be affordable and modest accommodation, such as exits in the National Park, Wilsons Promontory. This is purely payback and favours for rich developer mates.
Tourism Victoria can sing the idea's praises all it likes, beholden to the government as it is, but our National Parks are supposed to be..........well, natural.
The filthy hands of developers in Victoria do not have a great record. What makes anyone think this proposal will be any different. I can see the brochures now, ecologically sustainable development, lalalalala. Hands over ears. I have heard it all before.