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Public Meeting: Why nature-rich open space is so good for our health - 17 Nov 2018

Dr Dimity Williams will speak at the Protectors of Public Lands Victoria (PPLVic) on 17th November 2018. Dr Dimity Williams is a medical doctor who is fascinated by the relationship between our health and nature, especially how time in nature nourishes the well-being of children. Dimity has been working in general practice for over 20 years and is the Biodiversity Convenor of Doctors for the Environment Australia. She is a co-founder of the Kids in Nature Network and Nature Play week, initiatives that promote the value of giving children the time and space to be in nature.

Protectors of Public Lands, Victoria Inc.

Annual General Meeting

Flemington Community Centre , 25 Mt. Alexander Road, Flemington 3031

Saturday November 17th 2018 at 2.00pm

With Guest speaker, Dr Dimity Williams

All are welcome to come and hear Dr. Williams will speak on

"Why nature-rich open space is so good for our health”


Dr Dimity Williams is a medical doctor who is fascinated by the relationship between our health and nature, especially how time in nature nourishes the well-being of children. Dimity has been working in general practice for over 20 years and is the Biodiversity Convenor of Doctors for the Environment Australia. She is a co-founder of the Kids in Nature Network and Nature Play week, initiatives that promote the value of giving children the time and space to be in nature. 

Time will be allowed for brief reports of local issues and the meeting will be followed by afternoon tea. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact: Jill Quirk 0409742927

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The City of Melbourne is reviewing its overshadowing policy for public parks.
We have put in a submission with regard to Royal Park but would encourage you to visit the Council website to express your thoughts for the Royal Park and all the public parks in the city. Overshadowing is bad for all our parks impacting biodiversity and usage. Access to winter sunshine is really important.
Below is an excerpt from the website inviting your input.
The general reference is www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/parks-open-spaces/pages/sunlight-public-space.aspx and
submission page https://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/amendmentc278

The issues that you may like to raise/endorse are:
Support for no further overshadowing to be allowed
Rule should apply to all structures within and outside of the park boundaries (including sports pavilions, Zoo, SNHC etc)

Submissions are due 5 September.

Without doing any shadow drawings or thinking about this too much it is obvious that a tall building will cast a long shadow in winter when sun is most needed. If the building is situated north of the park then this shadow will fall on the park. Even if the building is to the south of the park it will destroy its ambience, block the view of the sky and destroy the feeling of space. It will change the amount of night light in the park and no doubt affect wild life. As the population increases, large buildings near parks accommodating extra population will leave less useable open space even if the actual area remains the same. And what about in summer? When the sun is high in the sky to the north the buildings will not offer any shade. That's what trees within the park are good for!

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Shadows also reduce or destroy the ability of vegetation to thrive or even establish. They would also reduce the temperature of the soil and the kinds and numbers of soil organisms that store and use carbon. The growth lobby is blissfully ignorant of biology or beauty; it creates narcissistic monuments for its narcissistic membership, which is protected by deviously acquired wealth.