Metro Trains: Follow due process in relation to the protected heritage trees at Newmarket

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UPDATE: For everyone who received an email about tomorrow's Community Rally at 7am at Newmarket Station, Western Entrance ... that should of course have read WEDNESDAY FEB 5, at 7am (not Tuesday).
So much going on right now that we've gotten a bit .... temporally challenged ...
We do hope to see everyone there on WEDNESDAY morning. With D-day for the trees approaching this FRIDAY, there will never be a more important time to show your support - bring friends, bring family, and please share through your social networks.

What's At Stake?
The planned removal of 10 trees at Newmarket Station (1 Peppercorn , 6 Poplars, 1 Elm and 1 Pittosporum on east side and 1 River Red Gum on west side) requires a planning permit application to Moonee Valley City Council since all trees are covered under Heritage Overlay (HO380) and the River Red Gum by Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO2), unless a clear threat to safety has been demonstrated.

Metro Trains has not even attempted to demonstrate this imperative to any other party, nor has it applied for the necessary planning permits. On that basis, we call on all responsible authorities to act URGENTLY to prevent the planned removal of these trees, currently anticipated to occur from Friday January 31.

What is community asking for?

  • For Metro and PTV to seek a planning permit from MVCC;
  • For heritage trees to be protected;
  • For any evidence of safety risk to be made publicly available; and
  • For solutions to be found to undertake necessary works and preserve healthy heritage trees.

What can you do to help?

1. Write to and ring:

Danny Pearson, Local MP for Essendon, danny.pearson@parliament.vic.gov.au, 9370 7777
Minister Melissa Horne, Minister for Public Transport, Melissa.Horne@parliament.vic.gov.au, 8392 8020
Minister Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning, richard.wynne@parliament.vic.gov.au, 8683 0964 
 
2. Contact Moonee Valley Councillors to ask them to support any legal action the Council can take (e.g. Injunction)

3. Sign a petition available at Newmarket Station. 

4. Attend on site:

3pm Mon 27 Jan – Banner making
6pm Weds 29 Jan – Community update
From 3pm Fri 31 Jan – Meet on site to #SaveRed as necessary


5. Share this information with neighbours and on social media


Contact:

Rose Iser 0414959427 roseiser@gmail.com
Logan Shield 0402689598 ljshield@bigpond.com
Flemington Association info@flemingtonassociation.org.au 
Moonee Valley Heritage Action 0425 320 533 adam@rattlingtram.melbourne