HO HUM TREE STRAT­EGY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

I SAY ho hum to the City of South Perth's re­cent ur­ban for­est strat­egy.

The City has spent more money on pro­fes­sional photography for this re­port than com­ing up with this set of draft strategies.

It's noth­ing but the ‘same old, same old’, with not a sin­gle new ini­tia­tive, when sur­round­ing coun­cils are mak­ing head­way.

Our favourite pub­lic trees are be­ing van­dalised and killed, de­vel­op­ers have no con­straints on cut­ting down trees, there is lit­tle in­cen­tive for res­i­dents to main­tain and trea­sure the trees in their back­yards. Ho hum in­deed. Hey City of South Perth, it is time to lis­ten to res­i­dents (you know, like you had to for the Wes­tralian Cen­tre).

We love our green suburbs; that's why we live here.

We play un­der the trees in our parks, we walk and ex­er­cise along our tree-lined streets and we're hap­pier and health­ier for them.

They are es­sen­tial for re­duc­ing in­ner-city heat in sum­mer and even raise our prop­erty prices so ev­ery­one ben­e­fits.

We know you're un­der-re­sourced, but a quick Google would have given you a spread of ur­ban for­est ini­tia­tives to act on rather than this copy and paste tem­plate. CHRIS MUIR Kens­ing­ton

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