Monday, January 21, 2019

From Montpellier Park to the You Yangs


Beautiful sprawling Geelong
A veneer of suburbia each and every way
And all of that granite just 22ks north east
With distinct pyramid like peaks
Making the flat plains so much more

It has not always been this way
Station Peak Flinders Peak
A discovering with sheep
Reporting that the natives were unwilling to work
Waves of squatters drove off custodian resistance

Conflict
Aboriginal massacres
Procedural lack of evidence
Enforcement through denial of representation
Legitimizing colonial  right of way

Never to be officially documented
A systemic off the record ‘land grab’
Plunder and claim
Victim accounts reduced to word of mouth
Forever locked into what can be deemed acceptably plausible

Dogs must now be controlled
There are walking and trial bike trails
Picnic tables and toilet facilities
It is challenging and family-friendly
This, the now unquestionable modern day Australian landscape