General Members Meeting 22nd March

Special Meeting – Plan Ahead, Put it in Your Diary!!

We are able to confirm that Roch Desmier de Chenon will be the speaker at our General meeting on 22nd March.

Roch will talk to us about native bees.  Roch is an internationally recognised entomologist and former Professor of Entomology

If you were able to attend the Insect survey you will have met Roch as he introduced us to the bees in the native garden.

Date: Thursday March 22nd

Time: 7pm

Where: Walmsley House, Australian Native Garden, 161 Gatehouse Street Parkville

Do join us for a most informative evening and a light supper.

A Poem for our Park…..

If in New York the cry would be

Leave our park alone; it belongs to me.

We seem so lax and careless too

In stopping developers from what they would do.

This amazing space that is Royal Park

Must be saved from intentions dark.

Our forebears had vision, they set aside

this great open space; acclaimed with pride.

But each development project whatever its worth

Willingly claims this supposed free earth.

But parkland is priceless; of value so great

We must stand up to secure its fate.

Use your park; join a group; speak up for its future

Remember our lives are inextricably linked to open space and nature.

……with thanks to Anne Phefley

Insect Survey 25 Nov 10am

Do you want to know more about our native bees?

Come along to an insect survey on:
When : SATURDAY NOV 25TH, 10am-12noon
Meet : Walmsley House – Australian Native Garden Royal Park 161 Gatehouse St Parkville

ALL WELCOME (See brochure)

Hosted by Friends of Royal Park, Parkville and Serco

Parkville Gardens (Faulty) Towers

The developer of the Parkville Gardens Stages 9-12 has applied for increased building heights – St 9 40 to 67m; St 10 43 to 61m; St 11 40 to 79m; St 12 49 to 54m (already approved).   Note 79m is equivalent to a 26 storey building!!

The COM has put in an objection to this overdevelopment.

See article in The Age 8/5/17.

The final decision is in the Ministers hands.

Bush Tucker Walk & Talk May 27 10am

The next activity in the park is:

Bush Tucker Walk & Talk

Where: Meet at Walmsley House – then to ANG and environs

When: May 27 at 10am

Led by Bruce Crotty, long-time CoM Parks and Gardens employee.

All welcome.  Bring friends too.

Held in conjunction with Friends of Royal Park.

Julianne Bell

Dear Members and Friends,

The service for Julianne was well attended by some 150+ people and was a fitting tribute to this great lady.  A selection of notices and tributes from friends and family and a special tribute from Bob Brown are attached here and here.

In the last few weeks we prepared a commemorative thankyou for Julianne and also a “draft role description” (see below) for her replacement – Julianne got a good chuckle out of these!!

Draft Role Description for Replacement People’s Warrior…..

  • Must be indefatigable, tenacious and never accept a no for an answer
  • Must have extensive contact list within the Public Service, Government (all levels),  major Public Corporations and Newspaper and Radio outlets
  • Must read all newspapers, Government (state and local) announcements to ensure you know what is happening….everywhere
  • Prepare narratives and links to all important matters and report on those already in the news
  • Attend Council Meetings to present case for protection of our assets
  • Arrange meetings with “stakeholders” to ensure a) they know we are watching and care, and b) to note errors or improvements to such proposals that may be in the offing
  • Consult with legal representatives when required to obtain advice
  • Keep the press informed and be able to provide information, appear on radio, write to local and major newspapers on matters of the day
  • Hassle other members of Community Groups into taking action
  • Attend meetings of said Community Groups
  • Be a resource on all known history of said Community Groups and matters that have been tackled
  • ……more to be added…..


If you think this role is you then please contact us immediately!!!