"People have a right to a say in the character of their street, and their neighbourhood. The principle of subsidiarity, of devolving power to the lowest practical level, is important. It is indeed good for people’s mental health if they have a say, and bad for their mental health if they feel powerless.
An https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6443/881international study has revealed extensive removal of legal protection for conservation reserves, at a time when the preservation of these areas is more important than ever to biodiversity.
The driving force behind the Protectors of Public Lands, Julianne Bell, passed away on Friday January 27 this year. Julianne was an indefatigable and tireless campaigner for the protection of Melbourne’s public open spaces.
Despite the fact there are no publicly available plans for this project, Stage One of construction of the East West Link has already commenced with "geological investigation" (i.e. drilling for soil and rock samples and testing for underground water) along the proposed alignment of the above/under/on ground road way.
BP/gas/mining/cattle interests are conspiring with government (Bureau of Land Management) to uses taxpayer funds in order to control how public lands are managed. The rounding up and destruction of wild mustangs in Nevada is for the Ruby Pipeline (675 million acres for the cost of $3 billion using 42" pipe going from Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah to Oregon) and the 2nd biggest beneficiary of this pipeline is BP. Surprise, surprise!