Save the Dandenongs League

The League began in 1950 when residents and non-residents of the Ranges were drawn together by the efforts of Miss Moon, John Turner and Cr Leane of Ferntree Gully to express their united concern about sub-division unplanned urban development across the Ranges unregulated activities of public and semi-public bodies such as the State Electricity Commission and the Country Roads Board.

Glenfern Green Wedge VCAT Hearing April 2013

The VCAT hearing to decide the fate of the Glenfern Green Wedge Cattle run took place between 22 - 24 April. For the members of the Friends of the Glenfern Green Wedge, it confirmed our worst fears about this proposal to subdivide the property into 5 residential lots incorporating hobby farms

Guest Speaker at our AGM 3 June 2012

Glenn Brooks-MacMillan is the newly appointed Facilitator for the Southern Ranges Environmental Alliance, whose domain basically runs along the Puffing Billy Corridor. It is a three-year appointment that requires two to three days’ work per week, making people aware of groups and organising funding for them.

May Moon MBE

May Moon, MBE was born in 1893 and became a kindergarten teacher. During World War II she ran a nursery boarding school at Montrose. She retired in 1950 and built her own small cottage to live in at Kalorama.

May became aware of threats to the natural environment in the Dandenongs such as tree removal and small lot subdivision. With assistance from Prof. John Turner (Professor of Botany), she called a public meeting at Olinda Hall, attended by 200 people and ‘Save The Dandenongs League’ was born.

She became hon. Secretary for the next 27 years.

2011 AGM Guest Speaker

At our AGM held on 5th June 2011, Jeff Latter from the Woori Yallock Creek Park Alliance gave an illustrated talk about the proposal to create the Yellingbo State Emblems Park.

A double Australia Day honour for Dandenongs legend

Article by Kimberley Seedy

KALLISTA environmental activist Betty Marsden received a double honour this Australia Day - the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia and the Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Yarra Ranges Council.

60th Birthday Celebrations - October 2010

The 60th Birthday of Save the Dandenongs League Inc. was held in October, 2010, at Karwarra Australian Plant Garden, Kalorama. About 40 people attended on a fairly cold day including two of our Yarra Ranges councillors, Cr Samantha Dunn and Cr Noel Cliff, whose Wards cover most of the Dandenong Ranges.  Betty Marsden, as President, welcomed those in attendance including Shire Councillors and also read a list of Apologies. She indicated that a number of former committee members would give some reminiscences of the League in earlier times.

Recollections on the 60th Birthday of The Save the Dandenongs League

Gordon Mitchell, October 2010

My wife and I live in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges at the gateway to the beautiful Lysterfield Valley, in the home that we created 60 years ago and where we still live.  I first became involved with the save the Dandenongs League when a group of local residents opposed the development of yet another basalt-rock quarry in that valley.  There was already a plethora of quarries in the area – one at Upper Ferntree Gully and another in Lysterfield.  With help from the Save the Dandenongs League we managed to overcome the proposed new quarry, some councillors lost their seats, and Sherbrooke Council became more environmentally friendly.

Upon joining the League, I was appointed as vice-President, the late Professor John Turner, an eminent botanist at Melbourne University was President, and the Late May Moon, a determined advocate for the conservation of the Dandenongs, was Hon. Secretary.  Other committee members that I recall were Mr. & Mrs. Peters, Peter Hiscock (later in charge of Sovereign Hill at Ballarat), Dr Willis and the Sherbrooke foresters.

President's Page - May 2009

We have been involved in a number of issues throughout the year 2008. However, the small number of committee members has at times limited our activities. The first two items below are wins and the second two are losses.

President's Page - May 2007

We have reached the fiftieth edition of our newsletter which we currently call “Greenprint”. This has grown from very humble beginnings, nearly thirty years ago, to a more substantial version that we have today. It includes articles, press releases and photographs about the Dandenongs, and feedback from our readers suggests that many people enjoy its contents. Carolyn Ebdon has now taken on the task of being editor and is doing a fine job, following in the footsteps of Betty Hotchin who enhanced the publication with her own distinctive style.


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