Picket line to stop Westerfield bushand being bulldozed

Tomorrow at 7 am Monday 5 July 2010 construction will start on the Westerfield bushland heritage property. It is being bulldozed for the Peninsula Link freeway route. Local groups will be picketing the site.
 
Work is to start despite the fact that :
 

    Rising tides in Port Phillip Bay – is channel deepening to blame?

    "There have been growing reports of higher tides, beach erosion, faster currents and an increase in swell (surge from Bass Strait) since the Entrance to Port Phillip Bay was deepened,” Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said today.

    Western Port ecosystem more important than plans to expand Port of Hastings

    The Greens have rejected the government's proposal to abolish the Port of Hastings Corporation and incorporate it into the Port of Melbourne Corporation, under the Ports Integration bill in state parliament this week.

    Sue Pennicuik, Greens spokesperson for Ports said. "The Greens have grave concerns about the impact of a larger Port of Hastings on the local environment and on Western Port Bay, which is a Ramsar-listed wetland."

    Say NO to VC67 and trashing Melbourne

    22/06/2010 12:45
    PROTEST MEETING 12:45 PM FOR 1 PM TUESDAY 22 JUNE 2010 AT PARLIAMENT - SAY NO TO VC 67 AND SAY NO TO TRASHING MELBOURNE
     
    Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. has joined with the Green Wedges Coalition Inc. and Planning Backlash to hold a protest SAY NO TO VC67 PLANNING AMENDMENT - STOP URBAN SPRAWL, GREEN WEDGES DESTRUCTION AND HIGH RISE ON TRAM/BUS ROUTES.
     
    If ratified by Parliament this planning amendment could signify a catastrophe for Melbourne - our city will be changed irrevocably forever. We are, therefore, inviting our supporters to our protest and a call for action - simply email Members of Parliament to say VOTE NO TO VC 67

    Growth Area expansion madness

    Local Greens Party candidate slams NEW suburban Growth Area intrusion into what should be Melbourne’s Food Bowl. The threatened land

    Neil Rankine, the endorsed Greens Party candidate for Bass, sees the expansion of suburbia into prime, high yield, cropping country, as offensive to local farmers and the community’s ideals for livable suburbs
     
    “The State Government is proposing an expansion of the Growth Area Boundary into an area bounded by Thomson Rd, Cardinia Creek, Ballarto Rd, Manks Rd and the South Gippsland Highway (see map attached). Approximately 40 square kilometers (4000 Hectare) of land is involved in this new expansion to the South East of Melbourne.
     

    PROTEST AGAINST BUSHLAND DESTRUCTION AND EPBC BREACHES

    Save Our Bush RALLY,  WED 2 JUNE @ 8.30am
    Local community and environmental groups from the Save Our Bush Alliance will protest against the illegal bulldozing of environmentally significant remnant bushland and wetlands along the Peninsula Link freeway reservation:

     Gather outside the Victorian Transport Conference 2010, Crown Conference Centre, Crown Promenade Hotel, 8 Whiteman Street (cnr Queensbridge St), Southbank

    Greens true to their word on growth areas tax

    Last night in Parliament the controversial Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) became law.  Remaining true to their word, Greens MPs voted against the flat tax and the urban growth boundary extension*

    "We have stated from the beginning that we wouldn't support the infrastructure contribution being levied against landholders, nor do we support the current proposal for the extension of the urban growth boundaries" said Colleen Hartland last night

    Commuters left waiting while Government misses the bus

     Co-ordination of buses so that they connect with trains is a simple and low cost initiative that represents a missed opportunity in last weeks State Budget that would have greatly improved the quality of local public transport services.

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