At the second Council meeting for the year, a controversial planning application in Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon, was approved, the Flemington Hub was advanced in a new location adjacent to the existing centre, and Council will advocate for more mature trees to be planted in Buckley St to replace those removed for the underpass.
At tonight’s Special Meeting of Council, a unanimous decision was made to write to Metro and ask for them to agree in writing by 12pm next Wednesday not to remove the River Red Gum, and to work with Council on an engineering solution that enabled to retention of the tree.
Dear Mayor and Councillors,
I am writing to you ahead of tonight’s Special Council meeting to consider the future of the heritage trees at Newmarket Station.
Newmarket trees FAQ & what you can do to #SaveRed
About 80 people attended the meeting this morning.
Here’s what I, Rose, said at the meeting this morning. Jennie from the Flemington Association and Felicity from the National Trust also spoke. The Mayor and ward councillors responded to questions.
We will meet again at 5pm today for an update and to hear whether we need to be vigilant tonight to #SaveRed.
There is a community meeting on site at 7am Friday morning, 24 Jan. All welcome.
At this time, unless convincing evidence is produced that the tree poses an immediate risk, we will be calling for a halt to any proposed works.
A 100-year-old River Red Gum at Newmarket Station, Flemington, is due to be cut down by the Department of Transport this Friday, ahead of the January 26 long weekend.
From the safety of Moonee Valley, most of us have watched the fires consuming Australian bushland, towns and wildlife with horror and a sense of helplessness.
This year on the MVBlog, I will be prioritising the documentation of the ways in which we are addressing climate change in Moonee Valley.
This post is a brief summary of where we are at currently.