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25 September 2017

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Peek at the art of the individual By Casey Neill An artist has helped Keysborough students to celebrate their individuality and connectedness. Keysborough Secondary College’s Banksia Campus, with Creative Victoria support, engaged Carla Gottgens as an artist in residence. She worked with 160 Year 9 students on collaborative, creative and personally expressive project My Tree Our Forest. Through a series of seven stop-motion films, students expressed a little of themselves, their heritage, their interests and their humour. They sought and found connections between themselves and their peers and explored technologies to express these connections visually. Campus principal Pat Boyd came across a Creative Victoria offer to connect schools with a practising artist for a unique project tailored to the school’s needs and demographic. The school was looking to address a sense of social rebellion, disengagement or anxiety that often manifests in the Year 9 cohort. It also wanted to actively promote a sense of unity and connectedness between its students, promote similarities and celebrate differences in a way that allowed students to be comfortable with who they were and how they fitted in with the bigger picture.

■ Speculators pushing to carve up their green wedge properties...

Land in the bank By Helen Velissaris There are renewed calls to make the South East green wedge zone permanently immune from over-development. Activists and some Greater Dandenong councillors want to see the area have a permanent boundary, preserving its ecological landscape for years to come.

Defenders of the South East Green Wedge secretary Barry Ross wants the boundary set in stone to stop speculation on the zone’s future. “At the moment there’s a lot of speculation going on land in the green wedge,” he said. “Land bankers are buying large properties and speculating for it to be re-zoned because the value (of their property) goes up by a factor of 10.

“So long as that keeps happening there will always be uncertainty.” Greater Dandenong Council voted to approve the subdivision of the green wedge in mid-2016 and Mr Ross said the council was lobbied strongly by land owners who wanted the change. The issue has come to a head when it was recently revealed that Antonio Madafferi, who owns several hectares of land in the green wedge,

had been campaigning to allow his landholdings to be sub-divided. He is a wealthy grocer and part owner of the La Porchetta pizza chain. Mr Madafferi’s business, Madan Nominees Ptd Ltd, hired Mornington development lobbyist John Woodman to press Greater Dandenong Council on his behalf. Continued page 3

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Dandenong Journal Star - 25th September 2017