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A new lookout, planting & clay paths.

A new lookout, planting, sandstone benches & clay paths.  All the fencing has been removed, with  just this little bit in place. Regardless. people preferred to slip under the fence & sit on the sandstone blocks to watch the river. 

Showing the graduated stone riverbank which will create habitat & places for birds to sit.

Showing the graduated stone riverbank which will create habitat & places for birds to sit.

Sydney Water has done a great deal of naturalization work along the bank of the Cooks River near Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland in Canterbury over the last few months & it is looking terrific.   The remediation work extends from way past Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland & to the other side of Cup & Saucer Creek almost to the pedestrian bridge over the river.

They have added seating – their trademark sandstone benches, which are comfy, durable & quite attractive in my opinion. The seating is under a light shade structure, which does not impede on the landscape.

They have added compressed clay paths & a couple of lookout areas. A massive saltwater wetland has been built. I understand that this will only fill during king tides & if expected sea level rises impact on the river.

Thousands of plants are in the ground. It already looks much better than the lawn that was there before work started. This area was almost always empty of people, except for those passing through, so hopefully this newly vegetated space will encourage people to use this part of the river.  It will be a peaceful place to sit & watch the river & the many waterbirds that are often gathered opposite.

Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland is connected to this new remediation work. This  is a magnificent space & the rate of plant growth in under twelve months surprised me. I expect the growth of the newly planted areas will also look dramatically different this time next year.

The work done will provide new habitat for the wildlife of the Cooks River.  One day I hope the whole of the river will be naturalised.  The damage done during the last century was incredible, so it is wonder to see work being done to return natural beauty to the river.

The only thing that made me wonder is – where are the new trees promised?   Sydney Water removed twelve trees to make the land slope towards the river. They said they would plant “many new trees.”   To increase the urban forest more than twelve trees should be planted along here. There is certainly room for triple the amount of trees that were removed.

I hope I am just posting about this too early & they have not got around to planting the trees yet.

Showing the newly created saltwater wetland.

Showing the newly created saltwater wetland.  It’s very large.

Showing a large section of new planting.

Showing a large section of new planting.  It needs trees.


This photo of Boat Harbour was taken last April.  I found it quite sad to see the beauty of the birds & the river spoiled by floating plastic bottles & other debris.  Soon this will be a thing of the past in this location.

This photo of Boat Harbour was taken last April. I found it quite sad to see the beauty of the birds & the river spoiled by floating plastic bottles & other debris. Soon this will be a thing of the past in this location.

Terrific news – Canterbury Council & Sydney Water are soon to install a floating litter boom with a one-way entrance that will collect floating litter at Boat Harbour at Hurlstone Park.

Boat Harbour tends to attract floating bottles & other litter with the tidal movement. The boom will be great for this location, as well as the river as a whole.

Canterbury Council has recently created a bird sanctuary at Boat Harbour – the first wildlife sanctuary on the Cooks River, which is pretty special.   Keeping humans out has brought the waterbirds back. It is wonderful to see these birds & know that they are now able to safely stay at one of their prime fishing spots.

For many years there was a litter collection boom just outside the entrance to Boat Harbour. Even after it broke waterbirds of all species could be found sitting on it & watching the river.  To have a boom returned is great. Because the boom provides perch sites, this may make this section even more attractive to wildlife & we benefit from the beauty this brings.

Sydney Water will clean the boom regularly.  Their naturalization work of the river bank close by on the opposite side should be starting soon. I think this section of the river from Boat Harbour to near & including Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland will end up being a haven for wildlife. This is what a river should provide & I am pretty excited about this.

For a photo of a similar trap & more information see –

Cormorants waiting on the old stormwater boom. A variety of waterbirds could always been seen here.

Cormorants waiting on the old stormwater boom. A variety of waterbirds could always been seen here.

Both sides of this stormwater canal in Alexandria has been naturalized by Sydney Water making it a wildlife corridor in an area that is mostly industrial & therefore heavily concreted.

Both sides of this stormwater canal in Alexandria has been naturalized by Sydney Water making it a wildlife corridor in an area that is mostly industrial & therefore heavily concreted.

This Google map shows how important the naturalization of the stormwater canal is  for biodiversity .  The area is industrial & therefore mostly concrete.

This Google map shows how important the naturalization of the stormwater canal is for biodiversity.  The area is industrial & therefore mostly concrete.

The Nick Scali store in O’Riordan Street Alexandria has extensive & very attractive landscaping in front of their store.  This in itself is wonderful & I wish more businesses took care to landscape their street frontage.  It was their landscaping that made us stop the car & have a look.  It was then that we discovered the stormwater canal beside the store & had a walk along it.

The storm water canal travels underneath O’Riordan Street on both sides.   Sydney Water has planted both sides of the stormwater canal with native plants & trees, effectively creating a wildlife corridor.  For what they had to work with, it is very good.  They also left an area of lawn making it a perfect place for local employees to have somewhere natural & away from the traffic to spend their lunch break.  I didn’t see any housing, but I am sure the local children know about this place.

Lilly Pilly fruit was available in abundance

Lilly Pilly fruit was available in abundance

Banksia & Acacia trees lined both sides of the canal, as well as an understory of Grevillias & native grasses & other shrubs that I couldn’t identify.  There were also quite a few Lilly Pilly trees bursting with fruit along the pathway.  This was not something I expected to find in this industrial/retail area.   The pathway is probably a bicycle route & a shortcut for pedestrians though I do not know how far the path travels.

The flora along this stormwater canal is a boon for wildlife in the area, especially as there are lots of native food-producing plants & trees.  It showed me that these usually quite ugly areas can be transformed into something beautiful & immensely beneficial for urban wildlife, even where there is not much space. Often the only fresh water the birds have to drink is the water that dribbles down these canals.

I wonder why these areas are not naturalized more often.   Probably because it costs money, but many of these areas beside stormwater canals across Sydney could be naturalized for just the cost of clearing & the plants by holding regular community planting events.  These places are perfect for improving on biodiversity.

Graffiti signage showing the direction of the Alexandra Canal for those who are lost.

Graffiti signage showing the direction of the Alexandra Canal for those who are lost.

I’ve only seen one other naturalized stormwater canal & that one is opposite Marrickville Metro.  The Sydney Water has planted native plants to see if they can control weeds.  I’d say it has been a resounding success.  Even though you can’t see much from the street, it looks great.  There are Gum trees & many plants, mostly native grasses.  These plants will not only offer habitat & perhaps food for urban wildlife, the plants also cool the area down & make it much more pleasant for the local neighbourhood.

There are two substantial areas beside stormwater canals in Marrickville South between Renwick & Cary Streets & a very large area in Mackey Park.  Both have large areas of lawn & seem like wasted space to me.  The one in Mackey Park appears to be owned by Council.  It would be great if this space could be naturalized.  I have never seen anyone walk there.

Well-done Sydney Water. The O’Riordan Street stormwater canal looks great.  I’ll post photos of the canal opposite Marrickville Metro soon.

Grassed area & pedestrain bridge

Grassed area & pedestrain bridge

Pedestrian pathway lined with Lilly Pilly trees

Pedestrian pathway lined with Lilly Pilly trees. It was a hot day so were grateful for the cool shade.

Area beside Nick Scali

Area beside Nick Scali on the right. This screams – we care about the environment.

Showing a small section of the area beside the stormwater canal in Mackey Park. There are 3 White-faced Herons & 3 Ibis here.

Showing a small section of the area beside the stormwater canal in Mackey Park. There are 3 White-faced Herons & 3 Ibis here – all who have come for a drink.

Sydney Water plans for bank restoration at Cup & Saucer Creek

The restoration will give a home for these Cormorants. They are sitting at the point on the diagram above.

I received some really exciting news about the Cooks River from Mudcrabs.  Sydney Water recently spent over $3-million removing more than 6,000 tonnes of silt from the Cooks River & now intends to naturalise over 1km of the riverbank at three sites.  They have called for tenders & work is planned to start in early 2013.

The three areas of riverbank to be targeted are at Whitten Reserve in Belfield, Flockhart Park to Beamish Street Campsie & the area in front of & adjoining Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland at Canterbury.  All planning diagrams for the three sites show the planting of many new trees.  This is a bonanza for the health of the Cooks River, the wildlife & the community.

From Sydney Water’s website –Riverbank naturalisation can take different forms, but generally involves the removal of some, or all of the steep concrete channel bank & creating a more gently sloping bank. This is stabilised with native plants, trees & rocks. Naturalisation creates a softer landscape feel & can greatly improve the riverbank habitat for native birds & other animals.  Wetlands can also be established as part of the naturalisation process. Wetlands have a significant role in improving the river’s ecology & health by treating stormwater runoff from streets & industrial areas, before it enters the river.”

Last year the Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland won the Highly Commended award at the NSW Stormwater Infrastructure Association Annual Awards for Excellence. Sydney Water deserved to win.  The wetland cost $900,000 & was money well spent.  Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland is a fantastic achievement & is very beautiful.  Lucky are the people whose properties back on to or face the wetland.  I’d love to be waking up to the sound of the birds in the morning.

From being a lawn with a couple of trees, it is now an important habitat area filled with waterbirds & other life, including turtles.  On top of this, the wetland cleans the stormwater coming down the Cup & Saucer Creek channel before it enters the Cooks River.  The community will benefit from the new works too, as we have already benefited from the environment of the Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland.

The habitat around Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland from the pedestrian bridge at the Sugar Factory to Mary McKillop Park will be extended & the lawn removed.  This is a good length in an area filled with waterbirds.  There will be new viewing platforms, new seating (great because there isn’t much), saltmarsh plants & gravel paths, plus many new trees.  The area from Burwood Road to Beamish Street will also have new trees, saltmarsh plants, a viewing platform & a gravel footpath.  Similar additions are planned for the area at Whiddens Reserve.

Slowly this beautiful river will be repaired from the terrible damage inflicted upon it over the last century.  The restoration works by Sydney Water will be a better legacy to bestow on future generations & I am quite excited about it.

You can download the plans here –

For more information see Sydney Water’s website –

Sydney Water plans for the area from Flockhart Park to Beamish Street

Sydney Water plans for Whidden Reserve


Sydney Water wrote to me today regarding the post, Sydney Water – Come, kill & go, where I wrote about what I and other people in the community thought was their appalling lack of care with the plants at the roundabout in Renwick Street Marrickville South.

Part of Sydney Water’s e-mail said –

“Marrickville Council will replant the roundabout once Sydney Water has finished relining the wastewater pipe under Renwick Street. Marrickville Council removed some agapanthus plants from the roundabout so that Sydney Water could access the pipe more easily.”

So this destruction was done by our own Council, not Sydney Water.  I apologise to Sydney Water for getting this wrong.

I was told that Sydney Water workers removed the plants as they were the ones the community saw working on the roundabout. Obviously, no-one saw Marrickville Council, who must have come earlier.

I know Marrickville Council monitors this blog weekly.  It would have been so easy for them to contact me & explain that Council workers did this & that the damage would be repaired once Sydney Water had finished their work. Instead, their silence allowed another government authority to be thought of by many in the neighbourhood as the butcher.

There has been a long history across this LGA of trees promised to be replaced but they are not, trees removed, cement holes in footpaths left empty for years & verges & traffic islands (where plants had been stolen) left unrepaired forever.  If a plant goes, it’s gone. End of story.

Many people in this area felt frustrated & angry that what was a good-looking site (where new mulch had been put down days before) had been decimated.  Basically, those with whom I spoke expected that this roundabout would remain looking damaged for years until the agapanthus managed to spread.

How difficult is it for Marrickville Council to peg a sign into the ground informing the community that they will repair the site on which they do some work that appears destructive?  The community are not psychic & this is just one example where not understanding what was happening & for what purpose has caused negative feelings.

To read the original post see –


One of the 3 ponds with sandstone pillars for the birds & the turtles

Today was the grand opening of the Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland in Canterbury.  We missed the official opening & the speeches, but apparently a good crowd of more than 100 people attended.

Sydney Water in co-operation with Canterbury Council have done something very special by creating a wetland from scratch. Despite its pretty name Cup & Saucer Creek is a concrete drain. It leads directly into the Cooks River taking with it anything & everything picked up in the local stormwater drains.

With the new wetland system, stormwater that comes down Cup & Saucer Creek gets diverted by a weir & taken into the first of 3 ponds.  Plants filter the water before it flows into 2 smaller ponds.  From these ponds, the water filters through the ground into the Cooks River or when it is really full, enters the lower end of Cup & Saucer Creek through an overflow system & then into the Cooks River.

30,000 plants (grasses & shrubs) have already been planted in the heavily mulched area with a further 10,000 water plants to be planted in the ponds soon. Around 30 Eucalypts, Turpentine & Angophoras have also been planted. Let’s hope they all survive.  One thing about Canterbury  Council that I like is that they do plant trees species that grow large & they don’t only rely on Casuarinas with a terrific selection of large trees along their section of the Cooks River parklands.

The storm water is diverted from Cup & Saucer Creek into the wetlands, then out into the lower section of Cup & Saucer Creek & then into the Cooks River

They also put down permeable paths. The only bit of cement I could see on the whole site was a little bit used to cement the sandstone seats together.

Elements such as sandstone blocks sticking out from the pond water appear Zen-like, but actually were installed for birds to perch & for the Sydney Long-necked Turtle to bask in the sun.  I didn’t know the Cooks River had turtles.  Apparently the turtles have trouble getting out of some sections of the river because of the steel & wooden purpose-built banks. So, this area will provide a safe habitat for them. Frogs, birds & other animals/insects will also benefit.  It’s like high-class housing for urban wildlife.

Right now the wetland is in its infancy, but it still looks beautiful. In 3-6 months time it will look very different as the grass & the plants will have grown. In 2 years it will look stunning.

Stream Watch will be collecting samples first from Cup & Saucer Creek & then from the end process of filtration to check on water quality & the efficiency of the wetlands. It will not only be a fantastic natural intervention to clean up stormwater pollution before it enters the Cooks River, but it will also do much to improve the water-quality of the river itself.  Imagine if all the councils along the Cooks River created wetlands like these. In time the river would become swimmable & that would be a great gift to leave our grandchildren & the urban wildlife of the future. A pelican was sunning on a sandbar in the river while we were there & everyone admired him.

I want to thank Marrickville Council for installing a brand new audio system. It allowed us to hear clearly for the first time since we have been attending Council Meetings. The screen above the Chairperson is great & I am pleased this is continuing in the large format.  A new screen has been provided to allow the Chair & staff members to read the minutes as they are being written which is also a good addition.  I also think there will be many people who will be pleased to see the flags removed from behind the screen.  The following is my understanding of the Meeting & all mistakes are mine.

Financial support for The Pollys Club float in the 2010 Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade – A member of the Pollys spoke about the need for Council to have high visibility in support for the gay & lesbian community & supporting a float in the Mardi Gras Parade would achieve this. He said although

Our beautiful Cooks River, a precious gem that should be looked after to the best of our ability

times have changed since the first parade in 1978, there are still problems with covert discrimination & support from Council helps change the culture. He said The Pollys Club, a community-based organisation hold most of their functions in Marrickville LGA.

Clrs Wright & Kontellis supported the Mayoral Minute for Council to allocate $3,000 for the Pollys Mardi Gras float.  Clr O’Sullivan also supported saying that the Pollys started when gay & lesbians risked gaol & being beaten up for their sexuality & thought Marrickville Council should have a clear association with the Pollys float.

Clr Thanos said he had ridden on the Pollys float one year & experienced homophobia for the first time with many watchers of the parade being abusive & offensive towards him. He said the allocation of money for the Pollys float came up annually via a Mayoral Minute & moved an amendment that the allocation of money to the Pollys float as part of Mardi Gras be part of the annual budget.

Clr Phillips asked whether the flags & banners were generic or included 2010. He supported rainbow flags down main-street, but wanted them to be reusable to save money as they were half the Banner budget.  The Mayoral Minute & Clr Thanos’s amendment carried unanimously.

Formation of a Cooks River Alliance between Councils along the Cooks River – A resident

Cooks River from Mackey Park

who has a long history of participation on a number of local environmental committees spoke in support of the alliance. He said the Cooks River has 2 main structural problems.  The river has been channeled destroying its natural eco-system & has been formed into a drain. He said most of the waste material collected by Mudcrabs (in blogroll on left) is plastic bottles & they are lobbying for a bottle-return program. Secondly, the state of the sewerage infrastructure is so bad that raw sewerage goes into the Cooks River & Sydney Water says fixing this is at the bottom of their list. (I think there is room for community protest about this). As the Cooks River is used as a boundary, there is no over-riding governing body. He said in the 90s the Cooks River Catchment Committee did a lot of good work regarding the river & hopefully the Cooks River Alliance will help the river. He said the Cooks River Catchment Committee functioned on a 1-tier level with residents the same as others & was concerned that this current proposal has a 3-tier level with the community in the third tier. He thought this was not the best way to engage with the community. He also said he would like the Alliance to co-ordinate the river monitoring system which is currently fragmented.

Clr Phillips said the formation of an alliance is exciting & thought there should be a forum where the Councils & the community got together. Mayor Iskandar responded that this current proposal stated 18 months ago, was still in draft form & everyone was interested in working with the community.

Clr O’Sullivan said the Report was a significant achievement & she has been serving on the Cooks River Committee with Clr Olive. She said that because the river has 2 banks it doesn’t work on boundaries & Hurstville, Bankstown & Botany Bay Councils are not committed as yet. She suggested that the Report be endorsed, the other Councils be asked to join & a Report come back to Council by end 2010 about who has signed up & then look at governance.

Clr Olive said previous attempts to set up alliance have been unsuccessful, but this Report looked like it may work. He said the Report was vague on community involvement.  Clr Phillips moved a motion that Marrickville Council work within the Alliance to provide a forum with direct community interaction.   Carried unanimously.

Establishment of a $3,500 Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery – A resident spoke in support of the motion to fund an annual Marrickville Contemporary Art

Mangroves along the Cooks River Marrickville

Prize. He spoke about the resident-run arts initiative in King Street that has had over 70 exhibitions since opening 4 years ago. They have now initiated the Marrickville Contemporary Arts Prize that acknowledges & celebrates artists in Marrickville LGA. Vanishing Point Gallery has decided to hold an exhibition of this year’s winner as part of the Fringe Festival coinciding with the Art Prize.  He suggested that a further $1,500 be included in next year’s budget for more prizes in next year’s event in consultation with Council staff.

Clrs Byrne, Phillips, Olive & Clr O’Sullivan supported the motion.  O’Sullivan said Council needed to keep an eye on it because once it becomes a centerpiece event in Council’s calendar Council may need to consider what sort of work is acceptable.  Carried unanimously.

The last item we remained for was the Auditor’s Report on Marrickville Council’s budget. This was extremely interesting & to do it justice, I will write about this as a separate post.

Trees reflected in the Cooks River

Wallangarra White Gum to be removed outside 1 Park Rd Marrickville

Marrickville Council has put up notification that they want to remove a Wallangarra White Gum (Eucalyptus scoparia) outside 1 Park Road, Marrickville (actually on Addison Road).

Reason for removal:

  • An independent arborist’s aerial assessment identified the subject tree as having an open cavity on its main stem at 4 metres above the ground.
  • Resistograph testing found that decay associated with the cavity accounts for 73% of the diameter of the stem at the point of testing & consequently the residual soundwood at this point constitutes 27% of the stem wall.
  • Stem failure potential has been established at starting in the range of 35-30% residual hardwood, with the frequency of failure increasing from 30% & lower. Therefore a stem with a residual soundwood shell of 27% presents a significant & unacceptable risk of stem failure.
  • Stem breakage would result in the tree falling onto Addison Rd, resulting in the possibility of serious injury or damage to persons or property.

It is great that Council is providing detailed information for the tree removal & that they are removing trees that are not healthy & for good reason.

It is obvious this tree is in decline & presents a significant risk of falling.  It’s a shame

Area of rot in the Gum at 1 Park Rd Marrickville

because it is a lovely tall tree & has a circumference of at least 3.5 metres.   It does have a considerable lean over Addison Road.

Council will replace this tree with a Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) though they don’t indicate when they will do this.

The deadline for submissions is 23 July 2010.  I will not be putting in a submission.  Thank you to Council for fixing up the link quickly.

We also went to have a look at the 2 Casuarinas that are to be removed so Sydney Water can repair a main water pipe.  They are nice mature trees & it’s a shame they have to go.  However, the Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylia) that line the road to Tempe Reserve are close by & replacing these Casuarinas will be a better fit in the scheme of this area.

Almost gone, these 2 Casuarinas will be removed from Tempe Reserve

Casuarinas on the Banks of the Cooks River

Sydney Water has told Marrickville Council to remove 2 Casuarinas (She Oaks) because they need to remove & replace a ruptured water main pipe where the trees are located.  The trees are adjacent to the Cooks River on the eastern side of the Princes Highway Tempe.

Because it is a direction from Sydney Water there is no opportunity for community opposition to the removal of these trees. It is just one of those things that happen & main water pipes have to be repaired.

The trees will be replaced with 2 Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylia) which I personally think are far nicer trees than Casuarinas.

Another tree is up for removal at 1 Park Street Marrickville, however there is an Error 404 happening with the link so I can’t provide details as yet. Council has been notified.  The deadline for submissions for that tree is the 23rd July 2010.

On 19th March, the following 3 street trees were put up on Marrickville Council’s web-site for removal.

1. Mature Corymbia citriodora (Lemon Scented Gum) outside 11 Union Street Dulwich Hill.  This tree was the first campaign for SoT in June last year.  At that time Council said the problem was ‘whole tree failure’ which I & other members of the community disputed.

showing the recent splits & the 'bleeding' from the nails which were hammered in last June 2009 - using a wide angle lens makes the tree appear taller than it is

The outcome was Council surveyed the tree & intended to monitor to see if the lean increased.  Their report says a lot has happened to this tree since then.

This time they say: Asymmetric root–plate development due to restrictive growth environment. (as does a huge percentage of mature trees in Marrickville LGA due to failure to remove cement from around their trunks), buttressing of the base of the tree over the adjacent kerb.  This predisposes the tree to wind-throw in extreme weather conditions.  There is also a risk of whole tree failure if the kerb collapses. Extensive structural root & crown decay in the plane of compressive stress.  This condition is compounded by the tree exhibiting a moderate lean in the plane of decay.  The decay has been caused by the presence of the naturally occurring fungal decay pathogen Armilaria leuteobubalina.  The tree is exposed to south-easterly winds in the direction of lean & in the plane of decay.  This is compounded by the tree exhibiting an asymmetric canopy, with the majority of the canopy being present in the direction of the lean of the tree (what does Council think of all the masses of asymmetric trees which have been made this way by Energy Australia?)  Severance of structural roots on the windward side of the tree as a result of excavations undertaken by Sydney Water.

I interpret the above as: this tree is likely to fall over if there is an extreme weather event, especially if the wind comes from a south-easterly direction or if the sandstone kerb collapses.  The tree has been placed at risk because Sydney Water severed its structural roots.  Finally, the tree has caught a fungal disease & this sews up the argument for removal.  As this fungus stays in the ground for a while, Council will not replace the tree for 2 years. Council does not say what species the replacement will be.

I went to have a look at this tree & its condition has really changed.  In my opinion it needs to go.  I can’t identify Armilaria leuteobubalina, but I can tell when a tree is deteriorating & this one is.  It has recently developed 2 large vertical splits in its trunk that regardless of the other things afflicting this tree, indicate its demise.

Its loss is going to have a dramatic affect on the streetscape as it cascades beautifully over Union Street & is clearly visible from the café on the corner.  The deadline for submissions is 2nd April 2010.

2. The second street tree is a Eucalyptus scoparia (Wallangarra White Gum) outside 70 Railway Street Petersham.  Council’s report says:  Extensive stem decay & is at risk of

showing the decay & damage by borers

breakage. No disagreement from me with this tree.  It looks like it has or had borers & they entered via a newly cut branch.

I am pleased to note that Council says they will replace it with a Lemon Scented Gum.  I do know a number of Petersham residents who are worried that Council will remove their Gums.  (I just realised how this reads like & will leave it for a bit of fun).  Put in a way that does not sound like dental work, residents fear that Council will remove the Eucalypts, so replacement with a tall growing Eucalypt will please many.  The deadline for submissions is 9th April 2010.

3.  The third tree required a certain amount of sleuthing on my part to locate because I failed to notice the word ‘adjacent.’  This is another Eucalyptus scoparia (Wallangarra

massive damage to this tree as well as termites

White Gum).  It sits in a lovely little space between 2 types of stairs (ordinary/normal stairs & thrill-seeker/kill off your granny stairs – see photo in this post) that connect Day Street with Hampden Avenue.  There are a number of mature trees in this little triangle of dirt.

Council’s report says: Extensive column decay in trunk. Termite activity evident. Again, both these were easy to see.  I also think the people who live in the house directly next to & below this particular tree may breath a sigh of relief when it goes.  They may have held their breath through a few storms, worried that it would crash on their house.  I know I would have.  Council will replace this tree with a Eucalyptus microcorys (Tallow Wood), which will be nice.  The deadline for submissions is 9th April 2010.

I was enormously pleased to see that Marrickville Council had used wide sticky tape to fasten the ‘notice of removal’ signs on all 3 trees.  Thank you for doing this.  This is a big

The ramp on the right is very steep - I assume it was used when the quarry across the road was active

change from previous practice of nailing in the signs & seems more effective because all 6 signs are still in place.

I was also very pleased to note the more detailed information provided with the ‘notification for removal.’  Although I recognise this takes more time for Council staff, it helps them in the long run because the community does not have to guess why the trees are up for removal.  All 3 notifications & especially the one in Union Street gave clear & descriptive reasons.  Coupled with the use of tape instead of nails, this is a great improvement & goes to generating goodwill.

Apparently the period for submissions for public trees is 14 days, not 21 as we have experienced throughout the latter half of 2009.  Council says they allow 21 days for submissions if the tree is significant in some way.  14 days doesn’t allow much time, but if we are organised, it can be done.  It also means that I cannot be slow in noticing new trees for removal on their web-site.

I am not going to put in a submission for any of the current trees as I believe they all should be removed.



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