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Save the trees because we’re incapable cryeth TAMS

By johnboy - 15 January 2014 53

Territory and Municipal Services are hoping you can get out and water street trees because they’re not very good at doing their own jobs:

With ongoing dry weather and this week’s very high temperatures, the ACT Government is seeking help from residents to look after Canberra’s trees.

Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS), who manage Canberra’s trees, have a current tree watering program focussed on watering approximately 21,000 young trees located on nature strips and in parks. These trees are watered once a month but would benefit from an extra drink where possible.

“While we are doing our best to ensure Canberra’s trees remain healthy; any help from the community in terms of watering is always appreciated and very beneficial, especially during the hot and dry conditions forecast over the next few days,” said Luke Bulkeley, Acting Manager, Urban Treescapes.

“A little help from the community will make a significant difference when keeping trees alive during this hot, dry period. The effect of this week’s conditions is cumulative as the soil is already very dry from the weather conditions in the last few months.

“An eight litre bucket of water once a week could provide enough supplementary water for young trees during dry periods. A larger tree of over five metres may require several buckets once a week, during the cool of the morning or evening. The water should be applied slowly under the tree close to the trunk.”

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Save the trees because we’re incapable cryeth TAMS
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Persephone 2:19 pm
15 Jan 14
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I am happy to pay 4 cents worth of water to give my street trees a drink. They give beautiful cooling shade and oxygen. The birds also enjoy the shade, and make my street look nice. TAMS do a good job, but in this heat wave, it’s understandable they might need some help from Canberra residents to keep their street trees in good condition.

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Thumper 3:11 pm
15 Jan 14
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You couldn’t make it up if you tried….

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zorro29 3:26 pm
15 Jan 14
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I don’t mind watering plants….although I have quite the black thumb so I wouldn’t trust me with it.

Sydney is really good with maintenance/cleaning/gardening (although it may be just cos I live near the CBD and we have a mass of services)

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A_Cog 3:39 pm
15 Jan 14
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Nah TAMS.

Given that you tell me what I can do with my trees, I’m gonna tell you what you can do with yours:

*&$#$ $* &% #(&$ a@&%$*&% @##

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Antagonist 4:01 pm
15 Jan 14
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It is a bit early for this April Fools sh!t, isn’t it ???

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Postalgeek 4:17 pm
15 Jan 14
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Persephone said :

I am happy to pay 4 cents worth of water to give my street trees a drink. They give beautiful cooling shade and oxygen. The birds also enjoy the shade, and make my street look nice. TAMS do a good job, but in this heat wave, it’s understandable they might need some help from Canberra residents to keep their street trees in good condition.

+1 But if some people want a dirt patch in front of their home, nobody’s going to force them to water their trees.

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thatsnotme 4:20 pm
15 Jan 14
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Ohh FFS…heaven forbid the good citizens of Canberra actually get off their fat arses to pour a bucket of water on a tree! A tree which, ultimately, you helped pay for.

I know! We’ll hire a few dozen new staff specifically for tree watering duties. They’ll have to work only mornings and evenings, because watering in the middle of the day is a waste of time in heat like this, so will only ever be paid overtime rates. They’ll also spend most of the year doing nothing, when we don’t have a heatwave, and the trees can survive with normal watering.

Oh! Or we’ll just pull other staff off their normal duties and make them water trees instead! So your wait at Canberra Connect shopfronts might be a hell of a lot longer, and the bins in the town centres might overflow more than normal, but the trees will survive, and you can live satisfied in the knowledge that you didn’t have to do anything to help yourself.

Bravo!!

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Jim Jones 4:42 pm
15 Jan 14
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It’s amazing how quickly some people will go from whining about the ‘nanny state’ to whining about the government not doing everything for them, without any hint of irony.

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c_c™ 4:54 pm
15 Jan 14
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No beer at the cricket, cry for the hills and let slip the dogs of war. But looking after your city on a handful of extreme heat days, oh no go away. You can tell some people have their priorities wrong.

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DrKoresh 4:57 pm
15 Jan 14
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Territory and Municipal Services are hoping you can get out and water street trees because they’re not very good at doing their own jobs:

And people say Canberra lacks community spirit!

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gazket 5:07 pm
15 Jan 14
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thatsnotme said :

Ohh FFS…heaven forbid the good citizens of Canberra actually get off their fat arses to pour a bucket of water on a tree! A tree which, ultimately, you helped pay for.

I know! We’ll hire a few dozen new staff specifically for tree watering duties. They’ll have to work only mornings and evenings, because watering in the middle of the day is a waste of time in heat like this, so will only ever be paid overtime rates. They’ll also spend most of the year doing nothing, when we don’t have a heatwave, and the trees can survive with normal watering.

Oh! Or we’ll just pull other staff off their normal duties and make them water trees instead! So your wait at Canberra Connect shopfronts might be a hell of a lot longer, and the bins in the town centres might overflow more than normal, but the trees will survive, and you can live satisfied in the knowledge that you didn’t have to do anything to help yourself.

Bravo!!

I highly doubt people from the Canberra Connect shop fronts are going outside to work. They would be complaining of blistered hands in and sweat in their eyes in minutes.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:13 pm
15 Jan 14
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Not a bad community initiative in my eyes. But on the same token, I hope they do not complain when next season I claim a decent patch of park to grow a community veggie patch and plant a few extra shade trees.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:14 pm
15 Jan 14
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A_Cog said :

Nah TAMS.

Given that you tell me what I can do with my trees, I’m gonna tell you what you can do with yours:

*&$#$ $* &% #(&$ a@&%$*&% @##

Haha, this is also a good point.

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Antagonist 6:22 pm
15 Jan 14
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DrKoresh said :

Territory and Municipal Services are hoping you can get out and water street trees because they’re not very good at doing their own jobs:

And people say Canberra lacks community spirit!

The garbo is feeling a little tired from the heat – time to take my own rubbish out to the tip now it is summer. And the guys that drive the skippys around to collect rubbish from public bins are tired from the heat also – I will take the rubbish out to the tip for them too. Oh, and those poor rude folks on the phones at Canberra Connect … I shall man the phones for them too, so they can have a bitch about what nasty people the Canberra public are! I wonder if they need a break at the ACT Government Shopfront – I will give the rude concierge a break, before relieving the folks behind the counter so they can have a coffee (or several) on paid work time. [/sarcasm]

Now what is it that I pay rates/taxes/stamp duty for again ???

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DrKoresh 7:44 pm
15 Jan 14
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Antagonist said :

The garbo is feeling a little tired from the heat – time to take my own rubbish out to the tip now it is summer. And the guys that drive the skippys around to collect rubbish from public bins are tired from the heat also – I will take the rubbish out to the tip for them too. Oh, and those poor rude folks on the phones at Canberra Connect … I shall man the phones for them too, so they can have a bitch about what nasty people the Canberra public are! I wonder if they need a break at the ACT Government Shopfront – I will give the rude concierge a break, before relieving the folks behind the counter so they can have a coffee (or several) on paid work time. [/sarcasm]

Now what is it that I pay rates/taxes/stamp duty for again ???

And they say people in Canberra are self-centred and entitled!

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