Boobyalla Plateau and Mount Donna Buang slightly north of centre with snow cover 29 August 2018. Sentinel 2 Satellite Image. Image enhanced.
Upper Yarra Valley and beyond Sentinel 2 Satellite Image taken 25th October 2018 Image enhanced. Upper Yarra Dam slightly north of centre.
The Matthew Guy Urban Interface Zone deception of 2010 cost the bush camp a lot. Many Victorian farming families lost millions because of it. Now Guy wants to become Premier of Victoria.
Victoria's parrot like media are silent on the Urban Interface Zone deception. People need to ask themselves why ? This election promise of Matthew Guy would have created hundreds, perhaps thousands of jobs from surveyors to builders. What is the point of an election promise especially when it would have cost taxpayers nothing. It would also have put hundreds of millions of dollars into the pockets of Victorian farming families. It's obvious to see who the beneficiaries of not implementing the UIZ commitment are Land Bankers, Property Speculators and Developers. What could possibly be wrong with a property such as mine reducing the number of neighbors from 15 to a handful by creating a 2 to 4 hectare UIZ on land that the government itself and the local council had trashed with their sewerage pipes and drain ? On the bottom left corner next to all the houses is where my UIZ would have gone. It would have had Yarra river and creek frontage.
From January 2019 Melbourne Water will be undertaking works to upgrade the O’Shannassy Reservoir. The O’Shannassy Reservoir is a crucial part of Melbourne’s storage reservoirs system. With a high annual yield of 60GL it provides many Melbourne homes and businesses with the world-class drinking water.
The Reservoir was constructed in 1928 by the Metropolitan board of works. Many parts of the Reservoir have been upgraded throughout the years to ensure that the best possible technologies are being used and the reservoir is functioning at its optimum level. This project will replace the Reservoir’s outlet pipe and tower structure to ensure it continues to operate effectively.
Timing of worksConstruction will commence in January 2019 and is expected to be complete in December 2019.
What to expectO’Shannassy Reservoir is closed to the public and so we expect minimal disturbance from the works. A 5 km section of the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail from O’Shannassy Weir to Woods Point Road will be closed during the construction phase to ensure public safety. We suggest visiting Parks Victoria for alternate walking tracks in the area.
We have made every effort to minimise the impact we have on surrounding vegetation, however some vegetation removal will be required to complete the works. Vegetation removal will be undertaken with the supervision of a qualified arborist and wildlife handler and in accordance with statutory requirements.
Matthew Guy current Liberal Opposition Leader has deceived the Bush Camp for 8 long years. I am setting up class action against him for other landowners who were deceived by him. A detailed description of his Urban Interface Zone deception and how it relates to the Yarra Ranges Bush Camp will follow.
The map above shows the approximate location where the 2 hectare Urban Interface Zone was going to go on the bush camp. It was to go from one of the two entry roads and stretch all the way to the Yarra river reserve and include an unnamed creek.
The 2 ha UIZ also contains a council drain and because of the unknown nature of any chemicals in the runoff it is unsuitable for any type of farming but the quantity of water in the creek and drain would be enough to generate hydro power to possibly power a whole eco friendly residence that could have been built on the 2 ha.
This Urban Interface Zone
At the Victorian 2010 State election the Liberal Opposition spruiker for planning Matthew Guy made a signed commitment to create what was called an Urban Interface Zone UIZ. His party was then elected and while he was Planning Minister from 2010 to 2014 he sat on his hand and failed to honor his promise to create an Urban Interface Zone between farming land and residential land. Now in 2018 this deceiver wants to become Premier of Victoria.
The UIZ would have allowed the bush camp to reduce the number of neighbors from 15 down to a handful and thus allow better management of the property. It would finally have allowed a solution ( not the ideal solution ) to an ongoing legal dispute with the MMBW now Yarra Valley Water about a nasty 150 metre long sewerage pipe they installed on the property without notification, consent, compensation or even obtaining an easement. This area where the nasty sewerage pipe was installed has been zoned as green wedge for decades and designated as environmentally significant. I am on septic tank on my farm house and I can't even use the sewerage pipe.
The creation of the Urban Interface Zone would have cost Victorian taxpayers nothing and have lead to hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars in economic activity. It is easy to identify who the beneficiaries of Matthew Guy's deception are : Land Banker and Property Developer mates of his. The losers are just as easy to identify : hundreds, perhaps, thousands of Victorian farming families. The farmers might not even know they have been victims of this deception.
I am in the process of commencing a class action against Matthew Guy for substantial damages. Because the circumstances apply to many others I am looking for them to join me in this class action. There is also a Facebook page for Urban Interface Zone victims as well as a petition in relation to the deception.
This tea tree is unusual in that it died after only about 5 years whereas they can live to several decades usually.
Picked up my new mountain bike yesterday. Now all I need to do is assemble it and then I can ride the bush camp's new mountain bike track that goes for 800 metres from the O'Shannassy aqueduct to the Yarra river.
A couple of photos from this morning of the fantastic forest where the bush camp's private mountain bike is going to go through and later link in with the 30 plus km Mt Donna Buang to Warburton public track. My track will be completed 2 years before the
This afternoon was just too nice to do anything other than sit under a giant blackwood tree and read a book
This is the facebook group to follow to keep informed about the 30 plus km mountain bike track that will be completed on Mt Donna Buang by December 2020
The unusual dry weather during September and now into October has seen substantial progress of cutting up fallen timber between the O'Shannassy Aqueduct and the Yarra River. It should be able to be ridden by mountain bikes by this summer
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