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Walk to save St Kilda Rd trees and parklands Sunday 30 July 2017

Save the date: Sunday 30 July 2017. Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs for National Tree Day. Walk in St Kilda Road grand boulevard on Sunday 30 July 2017 or join an information walk in St Kilda Road and Environs. There will be information meeting points along St Kilda Road, from opposite Victoria Barracks down to near the intersection of Toorak Road and St Kilda Road, manned at least from 1.00pm to 4.00pm., and planners, engineers, politicians, arborists, heritage consultants and others will be invited and available for information and discussion on St Kilda Road and Environs. Video inside explains what is at stake.

This is an event for National Tree Day, Planet Ark’s National event, as a community tree and naturecare event for St Kilda Road and Environs and its trees, environment, habitats.

- fostering a love of nature and creating positive environmental attitudes and change
- education and awareness
- for the protection and preservation of St Kilda Road and Environs, including the tree canopies of elm and London plane trees in the grand heritage boulevard St Kilda Road, and Domain Parklands.

In the Community

Each year thousands of families, businesses and groups across Australia take part in National Tree Day, which in 2017 will be on Sunday July 30th, although events can be held at any time during the year. National Tree Day is a great opportunity for community and organisations to engage members, recruit new participants or just have a great day out. It can mark the beginning of a long term environmental program or be used to demonstrate the great work you're already doing. Whatever the case is - National Tree Day is a much loved event that will sit nicely on your social calendar.” (Planet Ark: National Tree Day)

We are organizing a nature care and awareness/information event, promoting the trees and natural environment of St Kilda Road and Environs, on the Australian Heritage Register since February 2017 for emergency protection, and drawing awareness to its habitats and the urgent need for its protection and preservation.

• there will be information meeting points along St Kilda Road, from opposite Victoria Barracks down to near the intersection of Toorak Road and St Kilda Road, manned at least from 1.00pm to 4.00pm., and planners, engineers, politicians, arborists, heritage consultants and others will be invited and available for information and discussion on St Kilda Road and Environs

• there will be information walks, from 11.30am to 4.00pm, including:

o A walking tour of the award-winning La Trobe Cottage garden by garden co-ordinator Sandi Pullman. (including information on an elm tree planned to be planted in the future, grown from the original elm at Governor La Trobe’s cottage).
o A walking tour of select favourite St Kilda Road trees, vistas and stories by author and historian Dr Judith Buckrich (author of the iconic book “Melbourne’s Grand Boulevard: The Story of St Kilda Road”, 1996).
o Noted arborist Dr Greg Moore, OAM, University of Melbourne, Chair of the National Trust’s Register of Significant Trees committee, previously Principal of Burnley (Horticulture) College, will lead a walking tour of significant trees in St Kilda Road and Environs, including grand boulevard St Kilda Road’s iconic, world renowned elm trees and London plane trees and tree-canopies, at imminent risk.
o Walking and information tour with John Fordham, arborist and horticulturalist, member of the National Trust’s Register of Significant Trees committee, considering the world significance of the beloved boulevard elm trees and the Australian Standards on the protection of trees on development sites.

Note: the above areas and trees are currently at risk.
Yellow ribbons will identify where there are community information points along St Kilda Road and where to meet for National Tree Day walking tours and information.

This is an opportunity to participate in something positive in this iconic Melbourne environment, to join the community and to reconnect with nature and enjoy its health benefits, to foster creating positive environmental attitudes, preservation and change.

Hope to see you all there.

Come to St Kilda Road and Environs and Be Informed and Inspired to Action: It’s in Our Nature.

Regards,
Bea McNicholas
Event co-ordinator
If you can volunteer to assist on the day or before please contact: Liz Doak on Tel 0401-289-820,
Email: edoak7@bigpond.com
Event/Information Walks details are below and are posted on the National Tree Day website:

Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs for Planet Ark National Tree Day: Sunday 30 July 2017

Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs for Planet Ark National Tree Day: Sunday 30 July 2017

Our parklands, trees and boulevards reflect our character as a nation.
Our Diversity.
Our Grit and Determination.
Our commitment to each other and to future generations.
Our Passion.
You can leave a legacy and make a difference in your community – in St Kilda Road and Environs.
Friends, community and supporters of St Kilda Road and Environs and Planet Ark and Toyota are inviting Melbourne residents and visitors to be inspired by nature and to make a positive difference by attending a National Tree Day event in this heritage registered neighbourhood of St Kilda Road and Environs.

This nature care event on Sunday 30 July 2017 will commence at 11.30am and run to 4.00pm. Come and join us:

Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs for Planet Ark National Tree Day: Sunday 30 July 2017
See National Tree Day 2017 Community Service Announcement:
Share Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwzl3PRqL6U#action=share

Comments

Published 10 Jun 2017

Workers have begun chopping down more than 200 elm trees along one of Melbourne's most picturesque boulevards. The St Kilda Road work is part of the metro rail project, but it's infuriated locals and activists who say it's unnecessary destruction.

I received this message yesterday- it seems all that the community can do now for the St. Kilda Road trees - a continuous vigil
When ? ongoing from now
Where? -St. Kilda Road near the Albert Reserve , near Domain Road and the Shrine.Please read on.

Hi
Trees are being taken down in St Kilda Road today and over the next days or week.
We have the extraordinary situation of this destruction of a Victoria Heritage listed, National Heritage listed, grand, continuous multiway boulevard and its continuous lines of trees and canopy, world famed as an example of this lauded form, historically and in modern urban environments, and formally and officially now a permanent ‘National Treasure’ for Australia.
1. A vigil in St Kilda Road: this is being organised from grass roots level, so it is asked that each and all of you attend and contact others to attend and grow this. Please contact friends, family and associates and go to St Kilda Road, near the Albert Reserve, near Domain Road intersection and the Shrine and begin a vigil. It is intended to grow this as a continuous vigil to show that we care.
It is important to show this care… and attend, even briefly and seek to grow this. Someone could bring a tent for shelter from the rain.
Bring any posters or banners you have, e.g. the Melbourne South Yarra Residents Group ‘Don’t Destroy the St Kilda Road Trees’ one, or the Save St Kilda Road ones, write your own message on cardboard, or just attend.
2. See attached: Maps of what has been permitted by Heritage Victoria (9/2/2018)

3. Following is copy just published by Heritage Victoria, and we absolutely disagree with it. (1) the tree removal/trees are visible. Some are in direct sight of the Shrine and Shrine Reserve. The National Heritage listed place will be “…visibly (and) physically impacted by the permitted works” – as will the works planned to follow these site ‘preparatory’ works, as is and will be the Victorian Heritage listed place St Kilda Road and other Victorian Heritage listed places. And (2) the entirety of St Kilda Road from Princes Bridge to Henry Street at the entrance to St Kilda Junction is on the National Heritage Register. And (3) the multiway boulevard form, for which St Kilda Road is a famed world example, is long and continuous.
“Q & A

Permits Issued by Heritage Victoria Domain (ANZAC) Station Metro Tunnel Project Works Permits

13 February 2018

What heritage permits have been issued?
On 9 February 2018 Heritage Victoria provided permit approval for Metro Tunnel Project (MRP) works for the Domain (ANZAC) Station construction site.
….

What are the implications of the National Heritage Listing of St Kilda and its Environs?

St Kilda Road and its environs, including the Shrine of Remembrance and the Domain Parklands, were given an emergency listing in the Commonwealth Government’s National Heritage List in February 2017.

While all of the St Kilda Road, from the Yarra River to the Henry Street, is included, the heritage values for St Kilda Road focus on the vista from the Yarra River to the Shrine. This portion of the road will not be visually or physically impacted by the permitted works.”
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4. Attached is some information on the world significance and contemporary urban value of internationally acclaimed boulevard St Kilda Road, and the heritage values of its boulevard form and continuous length:NOT ATTACHED IN THIS COMMENT
Ref. The Boulevard Book: History, Evolution, Design of Multiway Boulevards Authors Allan B. Jacobs, Elizabeth Macdonald, Yodan Rofé Edition illustrated Publisher MIT Press, 2002.
This is an award-winning, academically acclaimed, researched book.

5. Photographs: Please send your photos showing the visual and physical impact of the permitted works and tree removals on the National Heritage listed place.

Regards,

B. McNicholas