Winged Victory when it was at the War Memorial outside Marrickville Town Hall.

Winged Victory when it was at the War Memorial outside Marrickville Town Hall.

This was the Council Meeting.  Absent: Clrs Tsardoulias, Hanna & Leary.   Note: MC = Marrickville Council.

Councillors & Wards are as follows – LABOR:  Iskandar/Central, Haylen/North, Tsardoulias/West, Woods/South. GREENS:  Phillips/Central, Ellsmore/North, Brooks/West, Leary/South.  LIBERALS: Gardener/North, Tyler/West. INDEPENDENT:  Macri/Central, Hanna/South.

Last night’s Marrickville Council Meeting had some interesting items.  I did not attend.  The information below comes form the papers for the meeting & getting feedback about the votes.

Mayoral Minute – Save our streetscape amenity  – by Mayor Macri.  In brief: “In 2009, Council tree maintenance staff expressed concerns about the work health & safety of doing pruning work near over head electrical wires.”  The work was outsourced to Ausgrid & later, also in 2009, MC outsourced its tree maintenance work.  A resident alerted MC “that trees were being decimated along Federation Street Camperdown along the boundary of Camperdown Memorial Park.”  MC’s Tree Management Team assessed the work & found the pruning to be extreme & requested the Ausgrid contrator to cease work.  The Council Officer thought the pruning excessive, but within Ausgrid’s pruning standards.

The Mayoral Minute suggests an option to avoid this happening in the future is for MC to pay for Aerial Bundled Cabling to be installed in several key locations across Marrickville LGA “where valuable mature significant trees are being continually lopped.”

The vote was unanimous (Mayor Macri, Clrs Iskandar, Halen Woods, Phillips, Brooks, Ellsmore, Gardener & Tyler) for Council to write to Ausgrid seeking Aerial Bundled Cabling to minimize the adverse impact of pruning on trees & “confirmation that pruning by contractors be undertaken within acceptable standards that properly accounted for the potential adverse impacts of overpruning.”

[Well hooray!   I applaud the Mayor for this motion.  Let’s hope the Hill’s Fig trees on Carrington Road Marrickville that already have Aerial Bundled Cabling installed are left alone.  Their decline was rapid with most of the trees losing a full side.   I would like MC to ask if it is really necessary for Ausgrid to come every 6-months to prune trees as one of their contractors told me was the new way of doing business.  Before they took over from Energy Australia it was a 6-7 year pruning cycle.]

Winged Victory Statue – The vote was unanimous (Mayor Macri, Clrs Iskandar, Halen Woods, Phillips, Brooks, Ellsmore, Gardener & Tyler) for MC to retain the original Winged Victory statue created in 1919 & keep it in storage until funding becomes available, plus a suitable location for it to be displayed.  MC will call for an expression of interest for a replica to be made.   [Many people & some community groups have suggested that it should be on permanent display in the new Marrickville Library, which I think is a great choice.  The community will be able to see the much loved Winged Victory in this prime location & importantly it will be safe from thieves.  Many years ago one of the stone towers in Richardsons Reserve was stolen & has never been recovered, so thieves are not intimidated by the size of the object.]

Notice of Motion – Remove street tree at 16 Temple Street Stanmore – Clr Tasdoulias put up this Motion.  In December 2012 Councillors voted to give this Lemon Scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) a 12-month reprieve to observe the tree.  See –  http://bit.ly/TICPY1  Two small branches – under 50mm at the point of detachment fell in February 2013.  A Brushbox tree,  plus verge garden was proposed as a replacement.  Vote to remove the tree – Mayor Macri, Clrs Iskandar, Haylen Woods, Gardener & Tyler.  Vote to retain the tree – Clrs Phillips, Brooks & Ellsmore.  This tree will be chopped down.

Notice of Motion – Urgent protection for Fatima Island – put up by Clrs Ellsmore & Leary.  Fatima Island opposite Kendrick Park Tempe is the last remaining island in the Cooks River. The island has important historical links & is the only area of safety & habitat for waterbirds.  In 2013 MC said they would include Fatima Island in the Cooks River Parks Plan of Management, not to be implemented this year.  However, erosion is destroying Fatima Island at a rapid rate.  Council staff responses in the business paper were not encouraging mentioning the need for consultants, an environmental assessment, costs, no legal requirement to look after Fatima Island as it is crown land, need for staff to be removed from existing operational priorities.  The vote was unanimous – Mayor Macri, Clrs Iskandar, Halen Woods, Phillips, Brooks, Ellsmore, Gardener & Tyler.  However, there was an amendment, of which I do not know the content.

Fatima Island at high tide last weekend. With the current rate of erosion, I doubt that this island will last long.

Fatima Island at high tide last weekend. With the current rate of erosion, I doubt that this island or its trees will last long.  To lose it would be dreadful, especially for the waterbirds.  It is an extremely important site for biodiversity.  Visible in this photo is one Egret & three Cormorants.  It is not unusual to see Darters, Pelicans, Ibis, Gulls, Masked Lapwings & ducks here.

 

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