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.

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