Hamer legacy under threat

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Green team: Soumitra Chakrablorty, Julia Hamer, Patricia Cassin and Trevor Shewan rode through Kingston’s Green Wedge last week. Picture: Yanni

Green team: Soumitra Chakrablorty, Julia Hamer, Patricia Cassin and Trevor Shewan rode through Kingston’s Green Wedge last week. Picture: Yanni

THE daughter of former Victorian premier Sir Rupert Hamer visited Kingston’s Green Wedge last week to see how her late father’s legacy could be threatened by encroaching development.

Julia Hamer joined Defenders of the South East Green Wedge president Trevor Shewan and fellow environmentalists on a cycle ride from Seaford wetlands to Braeside Park and the Southern Golf Club.

Her father, a Liberal premier from 1972 until 1981, famously described the non-urban green wedges as “the lungs of Melbourne”.

The Hamer government mapped out the green wedges to protect future generations from excessive urban sprawl. Ms Hamer said the environmentally-sensitive areas “should not be interfered with at all”.

“The green wedges have been nibbled at over the years,” Ms Hamer said.

“My father would be set against any kind of development in the green wedges”.

Ms Hamer expressed disappointment at recent Kingston Council moves to seek to rezone some parts of the Kingston Green Wedge for potential residential development.

“We only have so much habitat and once it’s gone it’s gone for good,” she said.

“It should be used for parks and open space”.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News

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