Cultivating Murder details the death of environmental officer Glen Turner

Glen Turner
Glen Turner

Politicians and those concerned about the implication of changes to the state’s environmental protection laws are invited to a special “work-in-progress” screening of Cultivating Murder.

The film is a new feature documentary about the murder of land-clearing compliance officer and former Telegraph Point resident Glen Turner who was shot dead by Moree farmer Ian Turnbull in 2014. 

The film asks how and why did the patriarch of one of NSW richest farming families come to commit cold-blooded murder, and shows the devastating impact the crime has had on Turner’s family and workmates. 

The court case concluded with Turnbull's guilty verdict in May this year.

To unravel the events of the afternoon of July 29, 2014, Cultivating Murder features in depth interviews with Glen Turner’s wife Alison McKenzie, his sister Fran Pearce and the key witness to the murder, Glen’s work colleague Robert Strange, Turnbull’s neighbor Alaine Anderson and environmental experts. 

Film Projects has organised the rough-cut preview screening to coincide with the anticipated introduction of the new draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill into NSW Parliament later this in October.

The film is slated for general release in November.

While the film is still being completed, the NSW Government prepares to table its Biodiversity Conservation Bill, which significantly weakens environmental protections and land-clearing controls, considerably changed from the earlier Native Vegetation Act.

More than eight million hectares of the state’s trees, forests and woodlands, including 2.2 million hectares of endangered koala habitat, could be bulldozed under the new regulations.


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