Graeme Bushby has watched Mernda grow over the past 30 years. Now he is advocating for infrastructure and services for his community as the new president of the Mernda and District Residents Association.
How long have you lived in Mernda and what brought you to the area?
I have lived in Mernda for 30 years. I came to Mernda for peace and open space, while still being within range of the city.
How has Mernda changed over the past 30 years?
There has been lots of development. I live in the old township and I used to look out over the back of my place and be able to see cows grazing. Now I see roofs.
What do you like about living in Mernda?
I like living in Mernda because I feel safe. My neighbours are all friendly and we help each other.
Has the area changed for the better? What, if anything, would you change?
I love it up here and I don’t think I will ever leave but I think the changes could have been done better. With all the new development, crime has gone up. I feel safe where I live because people don’t bother us here. I also think all the developments around us are closing us in and destroying the local ecology.
What is your favourite local place to spend time?
I enjoy going to Yan Yean Reservoir for peace and quiet. I like travelling along the Murray River also.
How long have you been a member of MADRA?
I have been involved with MADRA since it was formed in 2003. I am the last of the founding members still active with MADRA.
Why did you join?
I first became involved with MADRA when the council and developers excluded the old township from services such as natural gas.