Lu­di­crous tree-chop an ur­ban as­sault

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FEEDBACK -

I SOME­TIMES visit St Marys on my way to and from Syd­ney. Re­cently I had a shock driv­ing down the main street of St Marys.

Re­moval of plane trees along foot­paths at the train sta­tion end of Queen St looks like an inane waste of ratepayer money.

The vile aes­thetic would ap­pal ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment scholar El­iz­a­beth Far­relly – if she could be lured from tren­doid in­ner-city haunts to lay eyes on this ug­li­ness Pen­rith Coun­cil is hell­bent on mak­ing.

Why, oh why, is coun­cil em­ploy­ing men to an­ni­hi­late a row of Euro­pean-style trees that have kept the streetscape bear­able to wit­ness for me as a vis­i­tor.

I know St Marys has suf­fered in lat­ter years from the vampire-like West­field mega-mall in Pen­rith. It sucks com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity out of more lo­calised strip shop­ping ar­eas into it­self, but do the coun­cil have to mag­nify the slow death of a ma­jor street in its do­main by root­ing up coun­cil-planted trees barely 25 years in the grow­ing?

Had ratepay­ers been given no­tice of this weird de­ci­sion, and what is in­tended af­ter the mass killing fin­ishes?

Did any of lo­cals, like the con­sul­ta­tive panel re­ported by ( The Stan­dard’s) jour­nal­ist Ms Bald­ing last Septem­ber, ac­tu­ally re­quest the tree re­moval may­hem? Do the street busi­nesses ap­prove of it?

What in hell are truly valid rea­sons for coun­cil to raze all trees along the thor­ough­fare? Do the dead leaves block too many drains in late au­tumn and win­ter?

Un­less it’s the ex­cuse of pub­lic safety at risk and the like­li­hood of in­sur­ance claims on coun­cil by peo­ple fall­ing or slip­ping.

Can’t any­one th­ese days take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own lack of at­ten­tion to where they step on foot­paths? Sure, if a huge branch falls on some­one af­ter it is known and re­ported as a dan­ger to life and limb, but oth­er­wise, why pull down a mass of them keep­ing a main street at­trac­tive; or at least de­cent to the eye.

Pen­rith Coun­cil must an­swer for this lu­di­crous tree-lop­ping in an age that re­quires more and more trees to re­ab­sorb CO2 from the air, and green­ery to dis­perse fumes from buses and cars along a main street like that of St Marys.

Tree de­struc­tion in St Marys is a wan­ton, mind­less act against that ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment.

RUS­SELL PINK, Leura

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