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This tree news is a month old. I wrote the post, but didn’t put it up as there were other issues I was more interested in at the time. It’s still relevant.

1.      The Chinderah Fig tree gets to live on.  The residents of Chinderah in

I think this Fig is in Enmore Park

Northern NSW mounted a campaign demanding that Tweed Shire Council overhaul their tree protection laws to save a 114-year-old commemorative White Fig tree. The Fig located in the grounds of Chinderah Tavern lost a major limb.  Kingscliff arborist Brett Hamlin was the first to prevent the removal of the tree by staging a ‘sit-in’ until other residents arrived to take over the fight. “Tweed councillor Katie Milne said the tree, which stood on private property, should be protected by council rules or listed on a significant tree register, but was not. 
‘The council has resisted all past attempts at adopting some heritage controls which could protect important trees like this one,’ she said.
 ‘It’s hard to believe the Tweed with so many historic & significant trees doesn’t have protection for them, even the Gold Coast has a blanket TPO (tree preservation order) & Byron Council also has them.”

On 14th September 2010, Tweed Shire Council held an Extraordinary Council Meeting about the tree. Councillors voted to provide financial assistance to stabilize the tree, & the Hotel have undertaken to prune the tree “to ensure the tree can remain, while meeting the company’s health and safety and insurance requirements.”

On 16th September 2010 Tweed Council decided against seeking a Heritage Order to protect the tree “despite assurances from experts that it was in reasonable health & could last another 100 years. Instead the Council accepted a non-binding assurance from the owner of the Chinderah Tavern not to remove the 114-year-old White Fig from a hotel car park & to undertake urgent maintenance work.”

2.      Let’s hope the same can happen for the Laman Street Figs in Newcastle.  Every night between 6-8pm the residents meet for a nightly vigil as part of a peaceful protest to save these trees from removal. The Parks & Playground Association took Newcastle City Council on behalf of the community to both the Land & Environment Court & the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court’s decision should be published soon.  I hope the community wins & these beautiful & healthy trees get to live on for another few decades. There are links to 5 other articles about these trees, including ‘Teddy on Guard’ to save Fig Trees where kids have been leaving their stuff toys & ribbons toed around the trees. It’s quite heartbreaking really. – Then a second Arborist took a position against the assessment of Newcastle Council. Sean Freeman who has worked as a Consultant Arborist for Local Government said, ‘‘My time in [Laman] street didn’t leave me with an impression that the trees were an enormous risk … to public safety.’’ You can keep up to date with what is happening with the Laman Street Figs by visiting –

3.       A road called Peninsula Link on an environmentally sensitive Westfield property in Frankston South of Melbourne in Victoria has angered locals who are protesting the removal of trees & native bushland that provides habitat to endangered animals.  A picket line has been happening for the past 6 weeks preventing work starting. There are 4 other articles providing a history of the protest.

4.      The Euclyptus trees in McLaren Vale South Australia are causing concern to the locals who fear they are sick. Dean Nicolle, a eucalypt specialist from the Currency Creek Arboretum said, “A proliferation of seasonal boring insects are currently making their way through branches, causing weak points. The native corellas & cockatoos have been particularly vigilant about weaseling out the young borer larvae for food, which has exacerbated the weak points, while high growth & a large number of flowers on branches have made them heavier and more likely to fall off.”


A weird thing happened to me last night in the Gallery of Marrickville Council.  I lost all motivation.  The audio was again dreadful.  It was very difficult trying to listen to the Councillors through the sound which alternated between frying eggs & sitting next to a bubbling aquarium.  The heat was stifling.  Clr Olive was alert to this & wore a t-shirt.

I wonder whether the Councillors also have trouble hearing each other & think if they do, it would make the long hours they spent in meetings very difficult.  It’s stressful to hear a constant sizzling noise in the background while the voices of the speakers are on low sound.  I think Council should bite the bullet & invest in a new audio system.

Last night was the Development Assessment Committee Meeting, which is not my favourite meeting.  Sometimes it is interesting when it concerns high-rise, destruction of heritage buildings, Backpackers, the removal of mature trees or the like, but after the first item I found I couldn’t stay.  The lure of the Sultan’s Table in Enmore was too great so we slipped out into the fresh air.

These trees on private property opposite the bridge at West Street Lewisham are a local landmark. I love them & hope they stay for many more years

We did stay for the first item, a DA at 51 Thornley Street Marrickville South. They were applying to build a dual occupancy with one of the dwellings in the back garden. What was of interest to me was the DA sought to remove 2 mature trees on the property. Both trees were protected by Marrickville Council’s tree preservation order.  A consulting Arborist made a report.  While the Arborist agreed the trees could be removed & replacement trees be planted along with general landscaping, it is my understanding this was not accepted by Council. The trees will stay & the Fig will have one branch pruned.  The DA was passed which would have pleased the owners as they first submitted a DA in August 2008.

Councillor Tsardoulias was back in his seat, so he seems to have recovered, which is good.  Clrs Byrnes, Wright & Iskandar were absent.  Here ends the shortest Report from the Gallery I have ever written.  Once again, any mistakes are mine.

The Major Projects Steering Committee Meeting meets tonight 5th May 2010.

Regarding the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre (the new 50 metre pool in Enmore Park) the following is an extract from the committee’s paper.

“51 trees will be removed.  This number includes trees exempt from the Tree Preservation Order & various small & previously damaged & unsafe trees. As part of the new works including the new playground, 34 trees will be planted.  In addition 6,500 other small plants are to be included to be planted as part of the project in mass landscape beds surrounding the new centre.  The landscape plan includes for the planting of a substantial tree to the WSW of the café corner along with the relocation of a further palm tree to reinforce the row of palms along the main pathway.  A project arborist is attending the site on a regular basis to inspect all trees, including the relocated palms.”

I have been told 31 of the trees have already been removed.

These are the only 2 photos I have which show the perimeter fence around the pool complex. (the blue bit in the distance) The playground is in the right photo on the left. I won't know whether which trees have been removed until I visit

On 24th January 2010 I reported in Tree News Local & International of a report by The Cumberland Courier of the death of a grove of 40 year old Gums on a property in Boundary Road, Box Hill which was being investigated by Hills Shire Council & Castle Hill police.  Seems Hills Shire Council believes the trees have been poisoned as they have drill holes in them.  Apart from the Gums, a number of Ironbarks thought to be older than 100 years are also dying on this property.   Sad. Sad. Sad.  You can read the first part of the story here –

& the second follow-up article here –

Energy Australia is getting more negative publicity this time from the  Inner West Courier.

Coffs Harbour City Council just won a court case against a company owner for the removal of koala habitat trees on a Moonee property in June 2009.  The company received a hefty fine.  To read this click on the following –

I don’t know if this type of offence has always made news, but it seems to me that tree vandalism is making the news globally at the moment. I think this is terrific.  When I was growing up people did dreadful things to trees & there was no-one to call them to account for it.  The attitude was ‘man conquers trees’ & we have huge loss of forests world-wide & a massive reduction in the percentage of urban trees to show for it.

Times have changed & it seems the community is insisting that offences against trees be punished.  This type of attitudinal shift will only benefit us in the long-term & perhaps over the next 30 years we can leave the world in a much better state than it is currently.

The Cooks River Valley Times this week had the intended massive expansion (more than double) of Marrickville Metro shopping centre on their front page.  If AMP do get approval to expand Marrickville Metro, we will lose another lot of healthy, mature & old Hills Figs.  There are more than 20 which surround the shopping complex.  Apart from the food & shelter these trees give to local wildlife, they serve a very important role in disguising the visually unpleasant complex, which is basically a cement box with entrances & ramps leading to car parking.  Okay, this is what malls generally look like, but the Figs are way too precious to be chopped down to significantly enlarge a centre where shop-keepers have told me during general chit-chat over last 2-3 years that they are struggling to survive.  There are also a number of tall Eucalypts with trunks around 2-3 metres which may also have to go if the building expands outwards & not upwards.  This DA is going to have a big impact for the community if it goes ahead. I seem to remember Marrickville Council’s Draft LEP mentioning something about new units planned to house thousands of people within 800 metres from Metro.  Oh boy. More high-rise.

Integral Energy have “chastised some of its contactors for overzealous pruning of street trees” after the street trees in Christine Street Northmead were ruined.  Intergal Energy admitted their contactor “got it wrong.”  In the article written in the Cumberland Courier the energy company talks about their tree pruning practices & training.



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