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The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - CONTENTS -

We moved house a lot when I was young – six ad­dresses in 16 years – my dad ea­ger to cap­i­talise on growth op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Bris­bane prop­erty mar­ket. Mum and I couldn’t have cared less. We were home­bod­ies, and noth­ing has changed. But more than the bricks and mor­tar, or the tim­ber and tiles, were the trees – mag­nif­i­cent sprawl­ing poin­cianas, jacaran­das with their mauve car­pet, mango trees heavy with ripe fruit. The back yards of my child­hood were lush havens where I’d es­cape the heat, find peace within a book or lie on the grass and day­dream. These days, green space is harder to find as big­ger homes swal­low smaller blocks. This week­end, ahead of Queens­land Ar­bor Day, Matthew Con­don tells of his fam­ily’s heartache at the re­moval of a much-loved tree, deemed a pest by Queens­land’s Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

Kylie Lang on Sun­day, to­mor­row in The Sun­day Mail

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