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Chopping down pine trees – near arboretum

AG Canberra 11 September 2008 62

Anyone know why for the past couple of days a mechanical chopper has been working its way through the first few rows of 3 or 4 year old pine trees near the arboretum (adjacent to the Parkway)?

They are being left in neat rows (not unlike the ones set up after the bushfires to get rid of all the material left over) but are in no way ready to be used for timber production.

Buffer zone for bushfire season?
Lots of xmas in September parties?
Cutting down trees to make way for planting more trees?

If the trees did have to go – surely they could have waited another couple of months and let us go and grab one each for Christmas?

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Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:46 am 11 Sep 08

Post Bushfire paranoia is my guess; plus a buffer for the Jon Stanhope “Truth and Honesty Memorial” aboretum.

Another example of the ACT Govt’s stupidity: a mad rush to replant the pine trees after the 2001 fire, then rip them out 6 years later!

justbands justbands 10:50 am 11 Sep 08

> Another example of the ACT Govt’s stupidity: a mad rush to replant the pine trees after the 2001 fire, then rip them out 6 years later!

Well, you don’t know that. There could be perfectly normal & routine reasons for cutting out a row of trees. I have a pine plantation myself, thinning out the trees after some years is normal, sometimes even taking out an entire row.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 10:53 am 11 Sep 08

This doesn’t look like thinning out to me – it’s wholesale clearing. By this morning they are into their third or fourth row….

amarooresident amarooresident 11:06 am 11 Sep 08

Don’t think those trees were replanted. They seeded themselves that’s why they’re not in neat rows

G-Fresh G-Fresh 11:21 am 11 Sep 08

The arboretum is a good thing and should be encouraged by all.

This topic does not in any way concern stupidity.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:22 am 11 Sep 08

amarooresident said :

Don’t think those trees were replanted. They seeded themselves that’s why they’re not in neat rows

They were replanted by contractors in early 2002, after the ACT Govt had been paid insurance money for the loss of the original trees in December 2001.

justbands said :

> Another example of the ACT Govt’s stupidity: a mad rush to replant the pine trees after the 2001 fire, then rip them out 6 years later!

Well, you don’t know that. There could be perfectly normal & routine reasons for cutting out a row of trees. I have a pine plantation myself, thinning out the trees after some years is normal, sometimes even taking out an entire row.

They are being cleared, not thinned.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:22 am 11 Sep 08

Mu guess is to make way for additional Arboretum.

It still stuns me how NOBODY is positive about the Arboretum! Canberra should be embracing this development – instead everyone just hacks the idea down. As history will show, as soon as the general public finally see the benefits of something new, you’ll all be saying “oh yeah, it’s a brilliant idea…I’ve always thought so blah blah blah”.

Instead of wearing blinkers like a bunch of narrow-minded senior citizens, learn more about it, embrace it, and I’m sure you’ll eventually back it when you see “what’s in it for ME”.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 11:29 am 11 Sep 08

What’s in it for the perfectly good trees that are being chopped down?

Tyler – I’m all for progress and have nothing really against the arboretum. I just wanted to know why the tres were being chopped down.

However – can you explain to me what exactly the arboretum will provide to us?
To me the place seems too bloody hilly to be of enjoyment to anybody but a mountain biker or a goat….

Ernie Ernie 11:31 am 11 Sep 08

tylersmayhem – don’t be tarring everybody with your negative brush. I for one can’t wait to see what the Arboretum is going to look like once everything is established.

AG Canberra – wouldn’t it be great if they could have waited a few months and given the trees away to families for Christmas. They are a perfect size.

G-Fresh G-Fresh 11:41 am 11 Sep 08

“The Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens will feature different types of threatened and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world, and in the longer term present a sensational mosaic of permanent gardens. A bonsai pavilion, artworks, a café/restaurant, reflective pavilion and a range of other facilities to enhance the visitor experience are proposed.”

From act gov website

Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 12:05 pm 11 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

Instead of wearing blinkers like a bunch of narrow-minded senior citizens, learn more about it, embrace it, and I’m sure you’ll eventually back it when you see “what’s in it for ME”.

I’d be all for it, if I knew what was in it for me. tylersmayhem – apparently you know something I don’t? Care to share what’s so good about it, rather than just hammering us all for our negativity?

L

Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 12:09 pm 11 Sep 08

G-Fresh said :

“The Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens will feature different types of threatened and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world, and in the longer term present a sensational mosaic of permanent gardens. A bonsai pavilion, artworks, a café/restaurant, reflective pavilion and a range of other facilities to enhance the visitor experience are proposed.”

From act gov website

OK, so it’s another tourist attraction (gee, we don’t have many of those do we?). This one features trees (botanic gardens, anyone?).

I’m still failing to see what’s in it for me (to quote tylersmayhem) …

L

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:11 pm 11 Sep 08

I actually think the aboetum will be a nice addition to Canberra, especially since it was apparently one of Griffin’s planned features for the city.

What I don’t like about the aboretum is how Stanhope has gone about implementing the whole plan. After receiving flak in the media after the black budget he said that work on the site wouldn’t continue because of budget constraints – meanwhile work did continue on the site – and in fact although it did slow down for a while, it never did actually come to a standstill!

Aurelius Aurelius 12:15 pm 11 Sep 08

I am so torn! Tylers says something I agree with. Surely the universe must now implode?

New Yeah New Yeah 12:18 pm 11 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

Surely the universe must now implode?

Wasn’t that supposed to happen yesterday?

Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 12:23 pm 11 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

I am so torn! Tylers says something I agree with. Surely the universe must now implode?

So maybe you can explain why I’m supposed to jumping for joy about this?

L

Whatsup Whatsup 12:48 pm 11 Sep 08

I am struggling to find enthusiasm about the project also. I can think of many other projects that the Government could spend their cash on that would get me a curiously interested at the very least. If anyone would like to sell the concept to me… I am all ears ( well eyes ).

Thumper Thumper 12:49 pm 11 Sep 08

The arboretum will look superb and will be a world class facility. Of this there is no doubt.

However, the whole thing appears to be more a Stanhope legacy rather than anything else and as Mr Evil pointed out, a few porkies may have been told during it’s development.

And we’re in a drought, apparently.

Thumper Thumper 12:50 pm 11 Sep 08

Hey, my post posted before I was finished!

All in all, it will be a benefit to Canberra so I don’t have a problem with it.

justbands justbands 12:52 pm 11 Sep 08

I reckon it’s going to be great, we’ve got a nice view of it from our living room. 🙂

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