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Dog Sees Red On Palmerston North Railway Land


Dog-versus-tank battle in Palmerston North on Railway Land


You might like to do an item about the recreational battle on the Railway Land green space that occurred last Sunday, 19 October at 1 pm. I took the attached photo there. You might enhance it a bit. In the flour smoke of the menacing flour canon and deadly flour grenades flung bravely at the tank, the bull terrier at the left was having a rollicking time barking at the big red box with the dollar sign on the side. The big red box flour cannon wreaked unspeakable casualties for a while, but in the end of course, the big red box was overrun by the people and defeated, its cannon flopping limply down, and its cruel driver, Evan Natress, slumped in the turret, cut to ribbons by numerous rolled-up paper sabres.

The event was not organized by the Railway Land Action Group, but just a group of people wanting to retain the parkland for recreational use by the citizens rather than a commercial takeover by the Warehouse that will exclude such recreational uses. Currently, an environmental commissioner, Paul Cavenagh, QC, is soon to decide whether to allow or disallow zoning changes that would enable the Warehouse to build a huge, 1 hectare shop on the greenspace known as the Railway Land. The tide may be turning against the Warehouse, because the latest round of public submissions has almost entirely opposed the zoning change. Appeal to the Environment Court is likely even if the change is allowed.)

Evan Natress and Ross Harkness. Don Kavenagh had done an item in advance of it in the Standard. Natress' contact is 025-206-8812 or (06) 354-0062.

Marilyn Bulloch, Chair of the Railway Land Action Group, is at 06-357-7338

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