Note from Convenor

Dear Members and Friends,

Wishing you all the best for 2015

Thankyou all our loyal members and friends for your wonderful support through the year. Let’s look forward to being able to enjoy our park forever more!

Our thanks to the incoming Victorian Labor Government for the promise to cancel of the project and the Greens for their stand against the EW Link. Thank you to the hundreds of community organisations, local councils, in particular Yarra, Moreland, Moonee Valley and Darebin, inner city residents and local MP’s. Everyone who fought helped save our precious Royal Park.

However there are still outstanding issues to be resolved eg the inclusion of Royal Park on the State Heritage Register and the need to delete exemptions provided by the Napthine Government for the East West Link to be constructed through the Park.

The fight will continue  in the New Year.

When the EWL contracts are finally cancelled we plan to hold a big celebration in the park.

Yours sincerely
Paul Leitinger
Convenor – Royal Park Protection Group Inc.

Postcard delivery

Thank you to everyone who sent in a post card.

postcardWe provided details of origin before the election and now the actual cards have gone to Daniel Andrews.

Cards demonstrated that this was not just an inner city issue.

Citizen Award – Well done everyone!

Hello everyone,
awardHere is a note about the Yarra Community award given to all of us for our efforts to stop the East West link and save our wonderful Royal Park. A lovely gesture by Yarra. I have included the email advising us of the award.
Kind regards
Anne Phefley
Secretary, RPPG

Dear Award Winners

Many of you may have caught up with the news that Yarra Council awarded the Community Service of the Year Award to EVERYONE who campaigned against the East West Link at their Australia Day citizenship ceremony yesterday.

A wonderful recognition of the hard work, commitment, creativeness and tenacity that everyone contributed to the campaign, and of the gratitude of the Yarra community.

Many thanks to Marion Crooke for thinking of and organising the nomination!



  1. Here is a scientific paper of interest:

 Stevens RG, Brainard GC, Blask DE, Lockley SW, Motta ME. (2014)  Breast cancer and circadian disruption from electric lighting in the modern world.  CA: A Cancer Journal for Physicians 64(3): 207-218.


Article first published online: 24 DEC 2013
 DOI: 10.3322/caac.21218


The whole article is available at this URL and is free at present.  The first four authors are the word leaders in the topic.  The fifth author is a cardiologist.


2.This paper in the latest issue of Environmental Health Perspectives indicates that metropolitan nature spaces have positive effects on human health:

We know from many other papers that light pollution has adverse effects on human and wildlife health.  So this paper allows us to say there appears to be an additional adverse effect on human health resulting from the adverse effects of light pollution on wildlife health in metropolitan nature spaces.

Lovely hand made cards available

cardMargaret, a committee member, has crafted a large range of beautiful cards. Dislaying images taken in Royal Park.

These are available at $2 per card or in mixed pack of 6 for $10.

Send to your friends or your favorite politician.

Email or call Anne on 0412 279 256 to place order.

What Can I Do

Things that you can do
1. Come to rallies and meetings Show Details Current Opportunities for Action
Come to the AGM at Flemington on October 26th
Drop by, come and help
Share your love of Royal Park with others encourage them help save the Royal Park
2. Wear our badge Show Details It attracts interest and promotes conversation. Most people do not believe that the park will be affected  3. Letterbox part of your neighbourhood Show Details or identify a business that will display copies of our leaflet.
This is an A5 printed leaflet. Let us know how many copies you need 
4. Involve your family and friends – the more voices the better
5. Write to politicians Show Details Make Politicians aware that you care
The Royal Park is public land. It belongs to all Victorians. We hold it in trust for future generations.
There is no justification for this road.
There is no mandate for this road.
Write to the Premier, Denis Napthine
Minister Mulder, Minister for Public Transport and Roads
Minister Guy Minister for Planning
Your local member
1. Leader of the opposition, Daniel Andrews
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Local member for Melbourne Adam Bandt
“I am of the view that the EW Link project will not solve traffic and freight transport problems nor fix congestion; will vacuum up $8 billion of State funds which should be spent on public transport, in particular, rail projects; will devastate Royal Park, Travancore Park and the Moonee Ponds Creek; will impact on the Melbourne Zoo, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the State Netball and Hockey Centre and the Urban Camp; will obliterate whole neighbourhoods along its route, affect the amenity of the inner suburbs; and destroy heritage streetscapes”.
6. Write to the Council Show Details Write to the Melbourne City Councillors
Lord Mayor
7. Write to the papers Show Details Write to the Papers
The Age
Mail: Letters Editor, PO Box 257, Melbourne, 3001
Fax: (03) 86672414
Herald Sun
Mail: Letters to the Editor, Herald Sun, PO Box 14631, Melbourne, 8001
Fax: (03) 9292 2112
Email: (no attachments)
Text talk Text a message to 19772948 (costs 55 cents per 160 characters)
Your local paper
8. Call talk back radio Show Details Call Talk back radio
Call your favourite station.
ABC 1300222774
Text: 0437774774
3AW: Open Line: 03 96 900 693, Outside Melbourne Open Line: 13133
9. Sign the “Trains not Tollroads” petition Show Details

trains not tolls

Save The Park

Speak up to save Royal Park.

The Royal Park is the only bushland park in the City of Melbourne — just two kilometres from the GPO. The Royal Park is public land. It belongs to all Victorians. We hold it in trust for future generations.
As early as 1862, Town Clerk Mr E G Fitzgibbon protested the further alienation of the park.
“Hands off the parks” was his battle cry. It needs to be our battle cry.

The proposed tollway will destroy Ross Straw field and West Parkville with huge flyovers joining City Link. It will ruin the wetlands. It will butcher the park from Flemington Road to Royal Parade with huge on/off ramps into Elliot Avenue. It will pump pollution into the “lungs of the city”
It will take priceless parkland that can never be replaced.
To save Royal Park we need to stop E.W. Link
What can I do



trains not tolls


To save the Park we have to stop the East West Link.

ActionsLetters & CorrespondenceMedia & Comments
The Age 28/05/2013
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The Age 21/05/2013
The Age 11/05/2013 Tandberg
Peninsula Link IntersectionThe Age 02/05/2013
Herald Sun 18/05/2013
Herald Sun 08/05/2013


Speech to the Annual General Meeting, Royal Park Protection Group Inc.
Flemington Community Centre, 8 September 2012

Kelvin Thomson MP – Federal Member for Wills .

There are many great things about Australia, but to my mind the greatest is the proximity we have to the natural world, to our physical surroundings. Continue reading

Snap Protest – Say No to East West Link – Yes To Doncaster Rail Link

Tuesday 21 August 12:30 pm Outside Dan O’Connell Hotel Carlton 

RPPG joined with Protectors of Public Landands Victoria Inc. and Carlton Residents’ Association at theirsnap protest – Say No to East West Link Yes To Doncaster Rail Link next week. Continue reading