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70% of Canberra’s trees to be lopped down?

By johnboy 25 May 2009 34

The Canberra Times informs us that our ever-brilliant government has been surprised by the mass-planting of trees in the last hundred years and is going to have to mass-chainsaw them all down.

Well, not all, just 400,000 of them or 70% of the urban forest.

They could have done staggered removal and replacement, but it appears as usual it’s been left too late.

UPDATED: The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has some thoughts on what’s needed by way of community consultation to make this work.

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BerraBoy68 6:54 pm 06 Jul 09

The most alarming bit in the CT article to me was “The head of Canberra Parks says the city’s majestic tree-lined streetscape will never look the same”. You can mess with many things in my city but please, not the beauty of the streets.

Won’t someone in the greens enlighten us on this? Seems like yet another case of the Gov’t not being able to see the forrest for the trees.

BTW: On Ms Le Couteur’s thoughts on what’s needed by way of community consultation, has the gov’t concluded its community consultation into community consultation yet?

Hells_Bells74 6:42 pm 06 Jul 09

Clown Killer said :

Trees die for all sorts of reasons Hells_Bells. When they die they have to be cut down. Maybe the tree in your mums yard will die.

🙂

Clown Killer 6:32 pm 06 Jul 09

Trees die for all sorts of reasons Hells_Bells. When they die they have to be cut down. Maybe the tree in your mums yard will die.

Hells_Bells74 6:25 pm 06 Jul 09

They recently wouldn’t approve my mum to cut down a straggly gum tree (she planted the tree herself – she’s been there since ’77 and she owns the place) in her backyard in Kaleen that is in the way of where they want to extend out. Yet they are doing this all along? I’m lost?

BerraBoy68 6:09 pm 06 Jul 09

Cue the loony Roo lovers to complain about trees becoming extinct…

johnboy 5:40 pm 06 Jul 09

sorry guys it’s just missing zing.

Now back on topic please.

astrojax 5:39 pm 06 Jul 09

indeed – mandatory, i’d think, fotw guernsey… well spotted.

Thumper 5:21 pm 06 Jul 09

Leaf the trees alone! They are more important than you and your pathetic little life. They live a lot longer, support much more life, suck up carbon dioxide and make oxygen. You and I are but short lived poluting parasite on the planet. Yes a tree or a branch could fall on me on almost any day, but I’m more likely to be hit by a car or mugged by some binge drinker in Civic. Yeah ban all cars and late night grog and we’ll be safer. The world is being run by lawyers and wowsers who would chop down every tree to make us “safer”.

Oh JB, you have got to run that as a rant.

Brilliant, just brilliant.

Clown Killer 4:58 pm 06 Jul 09

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Woz 4:48 pm 06 Jul 09

Leaf the trees alone! They are more important than you and your pathetic little life. They live a lot longer, support much more life, suck up carbon dioxide and make oxygen. You and I are but short lived poluting parasite on the planet. Yes a tree or a branch could fall on me on almost any day, but I’m more likely to be hit by a car or mugged by some binge drinker in Civic. Yeah ban all cars and late night grog and we’ll be safer. The world is being run by lawyers and wowsers who would chop down every tree to make us “safer”.

astrojax 9:17 am 26 May 09

south america has swathes of eucys, too, thumper – i remember a bus ride through ecuador with some rolling hills and plains where i almost thought i was back in oz. until a llama or a local ecuadorian popped into view… ; )

Thumper 8:06 am 26 May 09

In Morocco they have Australian eucs that line the roads. They are regularly lopped so they are quite short but extremely wide of girth. And extremely old as well.

GardeningGirl 11:45 pm 25 May 09

Punter said :

I originally come from Brisbane and I must say the leaves that change colour and drop are one of the most beautiful things I admire and love about this town. It would be a shame if such trees were included in this plan.

I’d hate to see the wonderful autumnal view looking down from Red Hill over the inner south be lost 🙁

Punter 10:33 pm 25 May 09

Please recognise Bisbane as the capital city of Queensland and realise I should have spelled Brisbane.

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