Weekend Wanderings – No Freeway Through Banyule
This is what the state government wants to do near where I live, build a freeway right through some of the most amazing land in the city of Melbourne. We have a government that is very short sighted and they only think cars. The solution to every problem is to build more freeways, apparently. We get promised train lines, but then they renege. So today I thought I might show you where they want to put the freeway.
People have these signs up in the front of their houses, us included. I found this one lying on the ground on top of a nearby hill. When I went out this morning I wanted to see if I could get photos of the sunrise on a hill not far from where I live. Of course, as my luck goes, I went out and there was no real sunrise.
There were too many clouds, and this was perhaps as good as it got. It is so disappointing. Though I can walk to here, so I should start going more often, see what I get. It is a gorgeous view up there. There aren’t too many hills that don’t have houses all over them that you can see for miles. The other thing that makes this area so special is that we aren’t that far from the city, in fact if you walk a bit further you can see the tops of the buildings in the city. We are only 13 or so kilometres from the city, and the city goes out a lot further than that.
This is Banyule Flats. Down the road from my place. It is usually full of water, but the dry summer has dried it up. It is home to so many different birds. Even now with almost no water in it there are birds galore there. I saw at least 5 different types.
This is what will be lost if they build this freeway they are talking about. Initially they said they would build it underground, but it would have to go under here and under the river, and I’ve heard the soil under the river isn’t stable enough, so if they do it it will be either be straight through or over the top. Neither are good options. I don’t like being political on here, but it would be such a shame to see this go.
I do not go there enough and take photos. I should start doing more. See if I can catch it in all different light. At the moment the cracked mud was very appealing. I love the trees too. I have to say that while it was cloudy, at least they were interesting clouds.
I think I can do something with many of these images and would really like to try this week. I took lots of bracketed shots, so it could be interesting to see what I can do.
If you are interested in hearing or reading more about the locals are doing to try and stop the freeway, then I have two links for you. The first is the website, Friends of Banyule, and the second is a blog you could follow for updates and such, Friends of Banyule Blog.
I have a gallery with images now. I think I will go back a few more times, I walk around this area all the time, so I should start taking my camera with me more. I must remember to wear my gumboots though, my runners are muddy now.