Murdered Over Land Clearing: ‘Cultivating Murder’

A heart-moving feature documentary about Glen Turner, who investigated evidence of illegal land-clearing of Australian native vegetation and was murdered on site by farmer Ian Turnbull 24 miles (40 km) from Moree, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

Filmed in Australia, the story is told by four Australians:

  • Alison McKenzie, Glens wife and mother to his two children;
  • Fran Pearce, Glen’s younger sister, who joined Alison as they attended the Supreme Court in Sydney;
  • Alaine Anderson, a farmer in Croppa Creek and neighbor of Ian Turnbull, who she knew for many years, and also has concerns about the community being divided;
  • Phil Spark, an environment consultant who now takes on the job of investigating broad scale land-clearing when the government fail to do this, even though this job is dangerous.

This documentary also explores the dangers of illegal land clearing of the Australian native vegetation; this issue was of great concern to the victim.

'This documentary also explores the dangers of illegal land-clearing of the Australian native vegetation; this issue was of great concern to the victim.' (Image: Pixabay / CC0)

This documentary also explores the dangers of illegal land clearing of the Australian native vegetation; this issue was of great concern to the victim. (Image: Pixabay / CC0)

Ian Turnbull knew where Glen Turner was on the side of a public road at Croppa Creek where he shot Glen. Ian Turnbull felt the Office of Environment and Heritage was bankrupting his agribusiness and he was suffering from deep depression. This was found incorrect. Ian Turnbull died at the age of 82 in hospital while serving a jail sentence of 35 years.

Since the death of Glen Turner, the NSW Government has removed the Native Vegetation Act and has put in place a more relaxed legislation that will approve a wider scale of land clearing to occur in the state of NSW, Australia.

This film is currently being screened in the state of NSW and will be shown in capital cities and rural areas in all states of Australia. You can find a screening in your state at cultivatingmurder.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/CultivatingMeurtreDoco/

Director: Gregory Miller courtesy of Film Projects

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