TREE REMOVAL: WHO BENEFITS?
WHY does City of South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland refer to the destruction of the tree on the foreshore (“Tree vandal sought”, Southern Gazette, June 27) as mindless vandalism?
Petty activities like graffiti and smashing windows, carried out by kids, teenagers and silly adults is mindless vandalism.
This act, I respectfully suggest, was carefully thought out, planned, and paid for, more than likely by persons looking to improve their views?
The authorities should take a good look around at who would benefit from the removal of this tree.
Though proof will be required to prosecute this deliberate act, the general community is unlikely to be under any illusions as to who did this. Name and address supplied both startling and unacceptable.
One in three Australians will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents.
We need to acknowledge those who are doing groundbreaking work in this area.
The Australian Mental Health Prize seeks to recognise Australians who have made outstanding contributions to either the promotion of mental health or the prevention and treatment of mental illness in areas such as advocacy, research or service.
I would like to encourage clinicians, health professionals and the public to nominate the people they feel should be recognised for their work.
More information and nomination forms can be obtained from www.australianmentalhealthprize.org.au Entries close on August 31. For those who are living with the burden of mental illness every day, thank you for your support.
ITA BUTTROSE Chair of the Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Group