Eastern great egret at the Cooks River

Eastern great egret at the Cooks River

The community asked for it, but repeatedly Marrickville Councillors voted not to have live video streaming of Council Meetings.

Much to my delight I read a press release from the Inner West Council of 6th October 2016 saying, “live streaming of Inner Council meetings via YouTube will start this year in a move to make it easier for many more in the community to follow meetings and hear about issues that interest them.”  Yes!

The first live streaming is expected to start with the December Ordinary Meeting.  It will be real time & also accessible later.

However, the Council did not say for how long the video of the council meeting will be accessible on YouTube.  Will it be removed after 30-days or another period of time?  I hope not.

Council should allow the videos to remain on YouTube forever.  This will be especially good resource for researchers & anyone with an avid interest in Council.  Besides, YouTube is a free service, so leaving the videos up will not cost Council anything, yet will serve greater benefits by leaving them available.

In the press release the Administrator Mr Richard Pearson said, “For the many in our community that can’t attend meetings due to issues of time or accessibility, live streaming is a practical step that will allow anyone anywhere to watch and listen to the meeting in real time. …. Increasing & expanding public access through streaming also helps us to meet open government obligations of transparency and accountability.”

I think this is fantastic & about time.  Although we do not have Councillors at the moment & won’t until after the 2017 elections, is it important that the community is able to see how our future Councillors will perform in council meetings.  It can be an eye-opener to say the least.

Live video streaming will have the added benefit of stopping any bullying behavior & long-winded diatribes that add little to the issue.  Having gone through a period of around 2.5 years where we attended council meetings most weeks, I can say with all honesty that these meetings can be very interesting.   It is also important to see how Council works under an Administrator.

I think live streaming will be embraced by the community, though it may be slow to take off.  Or maybe not.  Regardless of view numbers, I think live streaming should continue as a norm because it allows true equal access to the community.

Tuesday evenings is not a good time for most families to attend council meetings.  People with health issues also find it difficult.  By having live streaming available for the community to watch/listen when they have the time offers excellent transparency to the operations of council & the decisions of the Administraor & of the future Councillors.  I also think the community will become more engaged when they learn of the issues dealt with by Council.

I have only two concerns.  The first is how long the videos will remain accessible to the community on YouTube.  The second concerns privacy.

The Administrator Mr Richard Pearson said, “all speakers addressing Council will be advised that the meeting will be broadcast before the start of each meeting.”   The press release does not address privacy more than this statement.

The Council’s published statement does not leave room for informed consent. It is a dictatorial notice that if you speak, your image will be shared with the whole world whether you like it or not.   No room for exceptions – at least in the press release.

I think it is important for speakers from the community to be able to elect not to be filmed.  It is easy to not have the camera pointing towards them while they address the Councillors or if multiple cameras are used, have the camera that films the community speaker turned off for the 3-6 minutes that they are given to address Council.  Not having vision of the person speaking will not detract from the transparency principle, as their voice & therefore their message, will be recorded.  The same goes for a speaker’s address.

All the time we attended meetings at the Council, there was not requirement for a speaker to specifically state their home address. There was and still is good reason for that.  It adds nothing to the issue discussed or the transparency of the decision making process if the whole world knows exactly where a speaker lives.  It is the message that matters.

The same applies to a speaker’s image, unless the speaker freely consents to their image being broadcast around the world and maybe copied by others later.

It is the same as the issue of consenting to having a video or photos taken of you to be posted onto the internet to go who knows where if you attend library events.

Part of Council’s statement for attending library events is as follows, “….you should be aware that any information published on the internet is accessible to millions of users from all over the world, that it will be indexed by search engines and that it may be copied and used by any web user.”  See – http://bit.ly/2dCOKHd

YouTube content poses exactly the same issues.  It is very easy to take a screenshot from a video posted on the internet. 

An even greater threat is the easy way in which cheap technology these days does facial recognition matching. Anyone with a couple of hundred spare dollars and/or companies anywhere with an interest to collate a “digital dossier” on you can use your image from council’s meetings as part of stitching together your whole life story. Maybe some people do not mind.  But maybe some do.

It may be that most people coming to address Council will not care about being videoed, but there will be some, myself included, who will not want their image on the internet.  The community should have the right to have the privacy of their image respected.

I have spoken at Council Meetings about issues concerning the urban forest on a number of occasions, but I will never address the Councillors again if I have to be filmed.   Unfortunately, a lack of speakers is often interpreted as a lack of community interest in the issue, which is far from reality as far as I am concerned.

If filming a citizen’s face is mandatory, then Council effectively prevents some members of the community from exercising their democratic rights whilst retaining ownership of their own image.  This is not equal access to me.    Council locks us out without knowing the reasons why we choose not to have our image posted on the internet.  Neither should they know.  This is the private right of all citizens & should not require explanation.

With video streaming, the speakers’ image will be exposed to the world with the risk of being misappropriated by an uncontrollable number of individuals & more importantly, for an unpredictable range of purposes not connected with the issue of the council meeting.

There are valid & important reasons to have exceptions to filming, as there are many groups of people who may not wish to have their image shared with the world or copied from screens.  Victims of domestic violence have very good reasons why they would not want anyone to see their image connected with a particular location.  It simply may lead to perpetrators locating them and start harassing them again.  It is the same with Silent Voters.  Young people are always at a special risk.  Then there are the people who may wish to speak about a contentious issue, especially about development applications.  It is not necessary for their image to be displayed & adds to any risk towards them.  This issue was clearly identified by the City of Sydney, whose discussion of live steaming included:

“STREAMING OF COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS.  Privacy & legal risks:  A key risk is disclosure of personal information without consent in breach of the Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act 1198.  Personal information is often disclosed during the course of discussions or submissions at Committee meetings (especially during the Planning and Development Committee).  The city would need to either not record input from members of the public or ensure that public consent to broadcasting was obtained from attendees (including parental consent for minors).”  From Corporate, Finance, Properties and Tenders Committee 8th September 2014.

There is also no mention in the press release whether the people sitting in the Gallery will be filmed either.  

Remember, anyone who attends a Council Meeting is prohibited from taking photos, recording or filming the council meeting.  If you want to do any of that you are at the absolutely discretionary whim of Council to give you permission, plus you have to give your details & provide reasons why you want to take photos, record or video proceedings.   Whether or not you get permission is debated & voted upon by the Councillors at the start of the meeting & they can refuse to allow this.

While I think it is excellent that the Inner West Council is going to get with the times & live stream council meetings, the public announcement lacks any proper analysis of privacy risks.  If privacy risks were considered by Council, as opposed to being ignored, then it was essential and in keeping with the open government and transparency principle that the announcement espouses to have also released any report that Council commissioned on privacy risks from live streaming. If the community deserve transparency as Council suggests, they deserve it before any new regime that affects one of their most fundamental rights kicks off.

Trees ... we need them

Trees … we need them and so do the wildlife.

This is the second time in the last month that I have been impressed by the Inner West Council’s actions regarding our urban forest.  The first was meeting with power company Ausgrid where significant changes to pruning standards were agreed upon & Council elected to stop using the services of the tree pruning company.  See – http://bit.ly/2diy0V9

The second was this week when council put out a media release titled, ‘Inner west councils demand Cooks River trees be saved.’  Now we are talking!

The issue concerns hundreds of trees that have been tagged along Marrickville’s side of the Cooks River from Kendrick Park in Tempe all the way to Strathfield Golf Course. Peter Munro, Secretary of Cooks River Valley Association, was the first to take action approaching the local councils to find out why the trees had been tagged.  Unfortunately, the councils knew of this or who had done the tagging.

Viva Energy Australia & Sydney Metropolitan Pipeline own the underground pipelines.  Viva Energy confirmed an arborist had been hired after a safety audit of the easement raised concerns “about trees growing close to the two pipelines”.

The Inner West Council’s media release said that council is working with other stakeholders to save up to 800 trees that have been tagged for possible removal by energy companies.”

Council wrote to the NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Lands and Water, & also to the Managing Director & CEO of Caltex.

Council also met with Caltex representatives earlier this week “to reinforce Council’s strong objection to the trees removal.”

Council felt that their concerns were heard.

“We are insisting that they consult with all affected councils and we are calling for all necessary assessments to be undertaken that measure the actual impacts the trees are having on the pipelines – not just assumptions made on tree and soil types.

We are also saying that this process must abide by all environmental laws such as the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Council has invested so much time and money to rehabilitate and improve this Cooks River corridor, any tree removal should be the absolute last option available to us.”

I thank the Inner West Council for taking action on this serious issue & for clearly setting out responsibilities & criteria for any tree removal.  I believe that it was poor form for the Viva Energy not to inform the relevant councils of their plan to tag trees & their reason for doing so.  Neither the local councils nor the community should have been left in the dark about what is threatening the trees along the river.  This is our urban forest & we should be informed of any risk to it.

I also believe the manager of a gas company who told me a couple of years ago that the pipes are buried so deep that they would be unaffected by the roots of any tree.  There are all sorts of modern techniques to lay or replace underground pipes without causing damage or necessitating tree removal.  See –  http://bit.ly/2e0mykl

The Poplars in Mackey Park have also been tagged.

The Poplars in Mackey Park have also been tagged.

Little corollas.  Mum and Dad start to prune their chick.

Little corollas. Mum and Dad start to prune their upset chick – just like human parents settle their own baby.

What is wrong with the Baird Liberal government?

An article in today’ Sydney Morning Herald ( http://bit.ly/2dxn4Bx ) says that the Baird government will abolish the need to get a licence to kill native animals.

“Last year 47,000 native animals and birds were killed in NSW by property owners using a “s121 licence”.”

47,000!  If this were 47,000 human beings, there would be outrage.

Permits were given to kill “34 species, or a total of 145,550 animals and birds to be killed in 2015-16. This included more than 100,000 eastern grey kangaroos, almost 9000 corellas, 6500 sulphur crested cockatoos, 5500 galahs, 655 emus, 175 swamp wallabies, 113 wombats and 83 magpies.”

“An application to kill kookaburras at North Head by a lessee in Sydney Harbour National Park was refused.”  Why would anyone want to kill a Kookaburra?

It gets worse – “Species to be exempt from offences relating to harming animals will include sulphur crested cockatoos, galahs, purple swamp hens, ravens and crows.”  It might be carnage on the golf courses.  I often get correspondence from people who want to kill birds on golf courses.

With no licence needed, no-one will know how many animals & birds will be killed.

The Baird Liberal government plans to take what they seriously call “biodiversity legislation” to NSW Parliament in October.  I sincerely hope the Senate will refuse to pass this.

We cannot go so far backwards in our society where it is okay to kill native species because we don’t like them and not be accountable at the same time and our government not wanting to even know how many we kill.








This is a big tree - one of hundreds of big trees that will be removed to widen Campbell Street & Euston Road for the WestConnex Motorway

This is a very big tree – one of hundreds of big trees that will be removed to widen Campbell Street & Euston Road for the WestConnex Motorway

The trees in Euston Road are big, much bigger than the street trees we are used to seeing in the old Marrickville municipality

The trees in Euston Road are big, much bigger than the street trees we are used to seeing in what until recently, was Marrickville municipality.  Stand here and all you can here is birdsong, especially Fig birds.

Every tree you see is to be removed. Just past the grass is the lower pond filled with water birds. It appears that the land taken by WestConnex will come very close to this pond.

Every tree you see is to be removed. Just past the grass is the lower pond filled with water birds. It appears that the land taken by WestConnex will come very close to this pond.

We have just returned from the ‘Save Sydney Park Festival’ organised by the WestConnex Action Group & Reclaim the Streets.   We also visited the Camp of residents who have stayed in the park for the past 13 days.   It has not been without drama though.  At 3am on 20th September, police evicted the camp & the WestConnex Authority came & fenced off the campsite.  The Camp moved further up the park & re-pitched their tents.  Today a lone security guard sat in the fenced off area protecting the trees from the community for the WestConnex Authority.  Taxpayers’ dollars at work. It’s the community which wants to save the trees.

The Camp of the WestConnex Action Group & supporters

The Camp of the WestConnex Action Group & supporters

The WestConnex Authority is preparing to chop down hundreds of trees along Campbell Street & Euston Road St Peters.  If this wasn’t bad enough, they also intend to encroach 12-metres into Sydney Park itself & remove many mature trees, shrubs & gardens.

The WestConnex Action Group ( http://www.westconnexactiongroup.org.au ) says that, “The State Government is cutting down more than 350 trees & taking 14,000 square metres of Sydney Park to build their dirty toll road.”

The WestConnex Action Group has spent a significant number of people hours tying blue fabric around each tree to be removed.  There is blue everywhere you look.  Hundreds of decades old trees will be felled.  Even worse is the blue fabric around massive trees inside Sydney Park.  It is also reasonable to think that any tree within 10-metres of the work zone would also be at risk of dying if their roots extend into the work zone, so perhaps more precious trees will be casualties of this motorway.

Sydney Park may seem like a big park, but we don;t have much green space in the area & to lose any is terrible. Sydney Park is only across the road from the boundary of the old Marrickville Municipality.  The old Marrickville municipality has the least green space in Australia.  Therefore, Sydney Park is used a lot by this community, plus the community of the City of Sydney municipality & the numerous visitors who travel significant distance to spend time in the park.  No wonder. It is a beautiful park that just keeps on improving every year.

So for the WestConnex Authority to take a whopping 14,000 square metres of Sydney Park in an area with very little green space is a huge loss.

Campbell Street & Euston Road St Peters will be widened into 6 lanes taking traffic from the St Peters Interchange (colloquially known as the Spaghetti Junction) to Alexandria, Mascot & Newtown then into surrounding roads originally built for horses with carts.  The traffic bottle necks are going to be very frustrating to drivers & for the local community who are going to be hit with far more traffic than they have ever experienced, plus associated air pollution & health issues from the pollution.

The St Peters Interchange itself is massive & one wonders why it needs to be so large.  Looking at the plans it looks to be three-quarters the size of Sydney Park.

An article published three days ago in the Telegraph, (which I am unable to access again to give you the link) said that 85,000 square metres of new parkland will be created under & around the St Peters Interchange.  The new parkland will come with two ventilation stacks.   The first public space is due to be opened in 2019 & the second in 2023.

Now I don’t know about you, but we will be very unlikely to choose to spend our time outdoors under a freeway spaghetti junction with particulate matter dropping down on us from the vehicles traveling above & pollution from the two ventilation stacks.   It won’t matter how green the grass is.

It seems that the WestConnex Authority has carte blanche to seize public green space for this motorway.  Just a couple of weeks ago they levelled 1.4 hectares of critically endangered REMNANT Cooks River Castlereagh Ironbark forest in Wolli Creek for a TEMPORARY car park.  Unbelievable!   See – http://bit.ly/2cpNw1i   This action is a big fat “we just don’t care about the environment” by the WestConnex Authority, aka the NSW government.

The WestConnex Authority tried it on for historic Ashfield Park wanting to destroy heritage trees & take away community green space, again for a car park.  See – http://bit.ly/2dkCivB   Thankfully the community won & Ashfield Park was saved.  Hopefully Sydney Park can also be saved.

My question to the NSW Government is – why do you choose to rob the Inner West community of green space?  Why not purchase the industrial buildings across the road from Sydney Park to provide the space needed to widen the road?  They certainly did not hesitate to force people out of their homes, so why not the same equity for industrial properties?   Or why not build better public transport?

We looked around, spoke to numerous people & heard the anger, dismay & the concern for the park, the trees & the wildlife.  Then we cycled around for a good look at what is proposed to be lost to road.  Of concern is the wildlife – the Bell frogs, the Tawny frogmouths & number other birds & all the other creatures that live in the trees to be removed.  The area subsumed comes mighty close to the bottom pond, which is also of concern.  Hopefully my photos will show what is to be lost more effectively than my words.

Everywhere I looked I saw big trees and blue ribbons indicating that these trees were to be chopped down.

Everywhere I looked I saw big trees and blue ribbons indicating that these trees were to be chopped down.  All the trees in the centre of the photograph are also in the area to be claimed by the WestConnex Authority.

The signs say it clearly

The signs say it clearly.   We cannot forget about the wildlife.

Some of the signs in the Camp.

Some of the signs in the Camp.

More signs

More signs

A sign in Campbell Street eloquently expresses community anger

A sign in Campbell Street eloquently expresses community anger

Local graffiti directing people to

Local graffiti is another visible sign of community anger.

The Town and Country Hotel at St Peter's -immortalised in the Duncan song by Slim Dusty is a casualty of WestConnex.

The Town and Country Hotel at St Peter’s -immortalised in the Duncan song by Slim Dusty & also a casualty of WestConnex.    PS.  In the Sun-Herald today, 2nd October 2016, there is an article titled, ‘Legal row leaves pub with no beer.’  In a nutshell, the Town and Country Hotel “fought off the threat from an extension to WestConnex….”  So I was wrong.  This iconic pub survives.







Most of the canopy is on the ground.

Most of the canopy is on the ground.

Great news for our street tree & our streetscapes.  Great news also for the wildlife who have barely any habitat as it is.

A statement from the Inner West Council said Mr Trevor Armstrong, CEO of Ausgrid power company, has made a commitment to the Council & therefore the whole community, “that contractors will reduce the cutback they are carrying out on local street trees following strong advocacy from Council and the community.” See – http://bit.ly/2dq10wk

After meeting with the Inner West Council, Ausgrid has said that “the maximum trimming for regrowth in the future will be 0.5 metres.”   Ausgrid’s current guidelines are for a “clearance of 1 metre around bare low voltage powerlines.”

The Inner West Council also resolved not to retain “TreeServe, the company responsible for the excessive pruning,” on their contractors list.  Let’s hope that the next contractors do a better job pruning our street trees.

I want to thank Ausgrid for taking this issue seriously & making the changes.   I also thank the Inner West Council for taking this issue to Ausgrid & pursuing the protection of our street trees.  Our urban forest is extremely important to most in the community & the look of butchered street trees does have a negative impact on us.

Two branches left after pruning by Ausgrid in 2014.

Two branches left after pruning by Ausgrid in 2014.


Striated heron - Cooks River. Such shy little birds that sneak out of the mangroves when they think no-one ois looking. Expert catchers of fish too.

Striated heron – Cooks River. Such shy little birds that sneak out of the mangroves when they think no-one is looking. Expert catchers of fish too.

Back for the third year, Birdlife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count is looking for people to participate & help this important citizen science research.

In 2015 over 42,000 Australians counted over 1,000,000 birds.

“The Top 10 most common bird species in Australia remained unchanged from last year, with the Rainbow Lorikeet once again taking out the number one spot. There were minor changes in the order of some of the top 10 birds – Common Myna, Galah and Silver Gull were bumped down a place or two, with House Sparrow, Red Wattlebird and the Welcome Swallow moving up the list.

Other notable changes occurred in some of the state’s Top 3 birds, with the Budgerigar failing to make the Top 3 for the NT and being replaced by the Rainbow Lorikeet.

The Australian White Ibis lost its place in QLD to the Plumed Whistling Duck.

In the ACT the Galah and Crimson Rosella were replaced with the Magpie-lark and the Pied Currawong.

And in WA the Silver Gull had its spot in the Top 3 taken by the Galah.

The Top 3 bird species remained the same in VIC, TAS, NSW & SA.”

It’s easy to be involved.  All it takes is 20-minutes.  Record the birds you see in your backyard or in your favourite outdoor space.  You can do one count or as many counts as you like, but they all need to be done during the one week.

First you need to register as a counter. http://aussiebirdcount.org.au

There is an app that you can download, which allows you to submit your count.  This is available at the above link.  If you participated last year, your already downloaded app will have an update.

You can also choose to provide information about your count directly to the website, but you still need to register as a counter.

Birdlife Australia have also prepared lesson plans for teachers.  These are available here – http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/teachers/

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is happening during the week of 17-23rd October 2016.

Little Wattlebird

Little Wattlebird

Euston Road in 2011 during the NO CSG March.  As you can see the street trees are well above the top of the power poles.

Euston Road in 2011 during the NO CSG March. As you can see the street trees are well above the top of the power poles.

I read this wonderful article titled, ‘Our trees are wiser than our leaders,’ written by Elizabeth Farrelly in the Sydney Morning Herald.  See – http://bit.ly/2cXGvpV

Ms Farrelly writes about the Tawny frogmouths who are losing their home, a Swamp mahogany on Euston Road Alexandria because all the trees along here are to be chopped down for the WestConnex Motorway.  Her article is more than about the birds.  I highly recommend reading it.

“WestConnex is not just a war on birds, or on trees, public space, climate or the inner city, although it is all of those things. It’s a war on the kind of world view that values connectivity over objects: a war on complexity, in particular those complex systems we call community and nature. This is why it seems so blindingly old fashioned; a crude 1950s response to our complex 21st-century transport needs.  It is also ultra-masculinist. “Men see objects,” wrote John Fowles in The Magus. “Women see the relationship between objects … War is a psychosis caused by an inability to see relationships.”

“It’s happening everywhere. For Sydney the smell of woodchips has become the smell of death.

 In Frenchs Forest, hundreds of towering eucalypts have been felled for the six-lane highway to the new Northern Beaches Hospital.

In Randwick and Moore Park, 10 hectares of tree canopy are to be destroyed for temporary light-rail traffic diversions – including the Habitat Tree and the Tree of Knowledge, already gone.

In Wolli Creek, endangered forest was recently clear-felled for a temporary construction carpark.

Across Summer Hill and Haberfield – already reeling from WestConnex demolitions – entire avenues of gracious street trees have been reduced to deformed and leafless stumps after the government relaxed regulations governing Ausgrid’s “pruning” under power lines.

And that’s without the Regional Forest Agreements that allow unscrutinised cutting in NSW forests and the Baird government’s cynical Biodiversity Conservation Bill, expected to dramatically increase land-clearing and decrease protections across the state.”

Sydney is changing.  Sadly, our trees are being hit hard & this will have a domino effect down through the wildlife, to the happiness & health of the community.

All that is left is three orange safety cones.

All that is left is three orange safety cones.

From my memory three Lombardy poplar trees were planted at the front of the Revolution apartments on Illawarra Road Marrickville around 2 – 2.5 years ago, shortly after the development was completed.  The trees were growing well.  This species is fast growing, so they were noticeable on the streetscape.

Sometime in the last week all three trees were removed & replaced by orange safety cones.  I have read reports that men with a truck removed the trees, so the trees were not removed by an opportunistic vandal.

Who knows why the trees were removed or even who removed them?  There is no Notification of Removal on Inner West Councils website.   Makes me sigh.

Gorgeous and much loved avenue of Poplar trees along the Cooks River Foreshore.  The gas pipes travel this route.

Gorgeous and much loved avenue of Poplar trees along the Cooks River Foreshore. The gas pipes travel this route.

I have been aware of this issue for a while since first reading about it on Facebook. Apparently, no local council knew or could provide reasons as to why the trees had been tagged or who was responsible.

It has now come to light, thanks to the persistent work of Peter Munro, Secretary of Cooks River Valley Association.

According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald –

As many as 1000 trees along the Cooks River are being assessed for potential removal by energy companies, which operate an underground network of pipelines running beneath kilometres of parklands in south-western Sydney.  Hundreds of mature trees – including Moreton Bay figs, eucalypts, and casuarinas – which line kilometres of pipeline easement from Port Botany to Newington in Sydney’s inner west have been tagged by arborists to determine whether they pose a threat to the pipelines.”   See – http://bit.ly/2cYuBK2

The underground pipelines are operated by Viva Energy Australia & Sydney Metropolitan Pipeline.

“A spokesman for Energy Minister Anthony Roberts confirmed his department was aware of the tagging, and said: “The pipeline route [was] being assessed for any possible threats to the pipelines.  If any trees are identified as possibly requiring removal, the licensee will have to go through all normal approval processes.”

Around 2-years ago, I spoke informally with a manager of the gas company which was repairing pipes near the storm water drain beside Mackey Park.   I asked why trees were not allowed to be planted along the riverbank as had been told to me by Marrickville Council a few years back.  His response was to laugh & say that the pipes are buried so deep that they would be unaffected by the roots of any tree.

Therefore, I would question the need to remove any tree along the Cooks River by Viva Energy Australia & Sydney Metropolitan Pipeline.

The trees along the Cooks River are vital for the health of the river & the community.  There has been much research of late about trees & their positive impact on the mental, physical & spiritual health of human beings.  Trees are recognized as important assets & a public health issue.

The Cooks River & the riverbanks are classified as a ‘biodiversity corridor.’ They support a wide range of wildlife, which is growing due to the good work being done by local councils & Sydney Water to increase the biodiversity & restore the riverbanks.

There would need to be a very good reason why any tree would need to be removed from this location, let alone 1,000 trees.  The impact of removing hundreds of trees would be massive & not only destructive to the environment & the wildlife that rely on the trees, but also throwing away the time, hard work & ratepayers money that has gone into re-vegetating the riverbanks.

I believe the manager who told me that the trees were no threat to the the deeply buried pipelines.  So, I am not persuaded that anyone considering tree removal along the Cooks River has made their case.

Inner West Council have given notification that they have removed a Small-Leaved Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii ) outside 73 Station Street Petersham.

Council gave the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree was in poor condition with structural root instability.
  • Active termites & advanced internal decay at base.
  • The tree posed an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”

They say they will replace this tree with a Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) in the 2017 Street Tree Planting Program.



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