As we predicted the 80 – 100 foot gum that had its roots ripped out to make way for a $600,000 car park has now gone into the dustbin of history. Below we feature some of our earlier photos and the carnage that has (unnecessarily we believe) been wrought. Another huge gum along this stretch of redevelopment will, we believe, go the same way.  Questions must be asked and answered about what is utter and total negligence and incompetence:

  • What precautions did council take to ensure the survival of these trees? Did they in fact give a damn?
  • Did the right hand (ie contractors) know what the left hand (arborists?) required to ensure survival? Was there any discussion preceding the commencement of works? Where is this documented?
  • What is the monetary value of these trees and how much will it cost to come within cooeee of a replacement?
  • What does this episode reveal about this council’s transparency and accountability when neither the officers’ report nor one single councillor had the integrity to state that open space would be lost and that mature and valuable trees would be hacked to pieces? And why weren’t residents “consulted” much less any traffic analysis provided?

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HERE’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE NOW

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