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Update on Frankston Victoria, Demonstration to defend Nature Friday, July 30th, 2010

Demonstration in Frankston, on behalf of Nature,

11:00am., Friday, July 30th, 2010
Everyone Welcome

Meet at Shannon Mall, Frankston (MEL 100a D7 and just down from the Frankston station) and walk with us to the office of Frankston MP Alistair Harkness. Bring your favourite environmental or political sign!

We will be presenting Mr. Harkness with an indigenous tree in honor of National Tree Day on Sunday. We will also to let him know we are very unhappy with him and the Labor Government that has failed in their duty to protect our natural environment. By failing their duty, they have endangered our children's future. A government that is not taking care of
our future is not the government we want.

We will be leaving some of our group at the Westerfield site so that we can return there if the bulldozers come, although we believe that Abigroup has a lot of work to do before they can even think about it. Unfortunately, the terrible environmental destruction continues elsewhere in the freeway right-of-way.

Walt Whitman, American Poet, had this to say in 1892:

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality. and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.

But only if we save it now. Hope to see you at the picket any time you can make it, and on Friday at 11:00am.

Gillian Collins
Pines Protectors
12 Tecoma Street
Frankston North
Victoria 3200
0414 309 960

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South Australia's oldest commercial vineyard is set to be bulldozed for housing.
Stony Hill, at Old Reynella - named after its first settler and wine pioneer John Reynell - was part of the original 32ha planted with cabernet sauvignon vines in 1839.

Devine Homes group is understood to be planning to subdivide the 2.13ha into 41 homes. Many neighbours were dismayed at the loss of the "historic value of the vineyard".

The vineyard's State Heritage listing had been removed by the Department of Environment and Heritage. Very conveniently, the State Government simply deemed the site "did not warrant retention as part of the broader site listing". Any historical links, community opinion, or agricultural land, can simply be wiped away with a signature, leaving the way open for parasitic developers to bulldoze their way through!

Wine is the area's biggest export. However, the site of the first commercial vineyard in SA will be "being flogged for houses" and will not alleviate any housing "shortages" while the "tap" of population growth, immigration, is still running!

Like the word "racist" is a label to silence use on immigration issues, "nimby" is another emotional manipulator to silence those who object to developers having access to our suburbs, our heritage, our land for their own self-serving ends.

Only 6% of Australia's land is arable, and covering food (or wine) producing food bowls with housing estates is simply reckless and madness.

Subject: Saturday afternoon event at Westerfield's

You are invited to an exciting community-building event at Westerfield's (MEL 103 C11), planned by some of the young people who have so impressed us with their passion to protect our environmental heritage. Please circulate this invitation to your networks. The weather forecast is good, and we're on rain or shine!

Saturday August 7th from 12.00pm.

Westerfield's Reserve: Campfire at the back fence. BYO chair and some food to share.

12.00pm Community Picnic: Bring food to share.
1.00pm Symphony with the wildflowers: A space to informally share songs, music, stories, poems and sentiments to honour Westerfield's, her custodians and the caring community

2.00pm From Despair to Empowerment: Creating a space to gather together in solidarity for the challenges ahead. Community sharing circle, campaign update, creative ideas building plus art space and Community Mural.
3.00pm Close with Healing Meditation

3:15pm Guided walk through the property

Gillian Collins
Pines Protectors
Frankston North
Victoria 3200

0414 309 960