Liberal leader Zed Seselja has raised the interesting point that while this year’s budget has $26 million for trees at the Arboretum, it’s cutting $10 million over three years out of the urban tree program.
When asked about an almost $10 million funding cut to the urban trees program, after much deliberation the Chief Minister finally said the program had been deferred.
Zed: You’re taking money out of street trees but you’ve managing to find in all in this search for savings an extra $26 million for planting trees at the Arboretum.
Stanhope: …Certainly, were partially deferred the program (Estimates, 20/5/10)
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“This just shows where Jon Stanhope’s priorities are for delivery basic services for the Canberra community,” Zed said. “He is quite happy to strip out almost $10 million over three years out of replacing urban trees in our suburbs and at the same time put in more than two and a half times that number of funding into the Arboretum.
Trees on your street? Or trees in a special tree park you might visit once a year?