160 community & environment groups across Melbourne have formed a coalition to protect Melbourne's green wedges. We regard maintaining the green wedges for future generations as a yardstick for our generation's commitment to developing a sustainable city in a sustainable world.

Even as Justin Madden was making his hypocritical announcement last month about no more urban growth (Minister alters view on sprawl, The Age 3/12), his Development Facilitation Taskforce was recommending that if Cardinia Shire Council wants to assist a private club with its viability problems by facilitating a currently prohibited residential subdivision, it should amend its planning scheme to fit and investigate "developing land surrounding the Club for residential purposes".

Why UGB expansion plans are seriously flawed: analysis by Jenni Bundy

The Melbourne @ 5 Million documents and consequent plan to expand the UGB to provide further green-field residential land from Green Wedges, announced in December 2009, are based on incorrect and deeply flawed land supply estimates. These invalid figures are the basis upon which the Government has deemed it necessary to move the UGB.

The figures require amendment and other relevant planning and particularly, economic factors require re-examination.

Black Saturday: Remembering Jenni Bundy and Jenny Barnett

The Green Wedges Coalition would like to acknowledge the great work for Green Wedges  and the great loss to Green Wedges of our members Jenni Bundy, who perished at St Andrews and Jenny Barnett, who perished with her husband John at Steels Creek on Black Saturday, ten years ago today. Jenny Barnett was a keen and knowledgeable environmentalist who loved the bush and generally attended our meetings with Andrew Booth, Jenni Bundy was Kahn Franke’s right hand in the Green Wedge Protection Group and was enthusiastic about the VPPs. We think of them both today with grief and admiration.

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Save Coomoora Reserve Coalition

Author: 
Damon Anderson, SCRC

Are you aware that VicRoads plans to bulldoze much of Coomoora Woodland Flora and Fauna Reserve in Keysborough soon to make way for the Dingley Bypass?

NEW GOVERNMENT LAND GRAB TO BENEFIT DEVELOPERS, UNFETTERED URBAN SPRAWL DESTROYING MELBOURNE'S GREEN WEDGES

Author: 
Rosemary West

In the latest assault on Melbourne’s green wedges, Planning Minister Matthew Guy plans to take another 6000 ha from the green wedges to give Melbourne more urban sprawl and to concrete over more fertile farmland and environmentally significant wetlands, grasslands and woodlands.

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