Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stealing your park

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.

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  1. Meanwhile, north of the border our Government is toying with a second casino on the cleared Barangaroo site. Why we would need two casinos is a mystery to me. Is the existing one so overburdened with customers? It never seems that way to me whenever I visit but than I am only there to attend the adjoining theatre not the gambling halls.

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    1. Victor, maybe because the first is so ghastly? But then which are not. It will give a new meaning to the name, Hungry Mile. Courting Packer, I would suggest.

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  2. The filthy hands of developers are everywhere that has a right wing government. It is exactly as we would expect.

    In this state, if local government refuses to allow a developer's plan, the appeal goes to a higher council that invariably ignores local complaints and allows the developer to go ahead.

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    1. Hels, it is a wonder councils even bother saying no, well often they don't, and let it go straight to VCAT and we all know what VCAT will do.

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  3. Our Adelaide Parklands may be under threat too. Governments are saying they are underused so something needs to be done. Perhaps if the ovals were able to be used by more people, not just the clubs that own or lease them, we'd see more park activity. on the other hand, or more correctly, the other side of the road, we have those big empty spaces with scrubby, patchy grass and many trees. They have walking and bike tracks through them, but people rarely use them for games or picnics. In my opinion that is because the damn things are over run with nests of large, extra large and giant ants.

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    1. River, that does sound like a lead up to something similar, buttering up the public first. I don't have a problem with natural parks with walking and bike tracks through them. We need to have a mix of parks, but we need to have them.

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  4. "State Government wants to allow private developments in National Parks" and I would guess this is all about PORTSEA, Point Nepean, a developers wet dream.

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  5. Very much Point Nepean, I fear Ann.

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  6. And here was me thinking that sort of thing only happens in Queensland. That's the problem with Tory governments, they think because enough stupid people have voted for them, they can look after their rich mates.

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    1. Bill, so true. Even our deposed ex Premier Baillieu became even richer in the Kennett years as an estate agent selling off school lands.

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  7. Trains do get you to the football very effectively. However, I'd love to do a comparison after the game, to see which gets you home faster. Sometimes it seems like hours before you finally spill onto the platforms then squeeze yourself into the sardine can with wheels to head home. I have a very real phobia of public transport & it can be my worst nightmare coming home from the football. But somehow I do it!

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  8. Fen, I've only been to an AFL match once and we took the tram. It was ok, but I can understand what you are saying. I hate crowded pt, which why I use the bus that goes past here, in preference to a tram.

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