Change types of street trees

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Af­ter read­ing Ruth McDon­ald’s com­ments about street prun­ing (Gaz 31/10) I wish to have my say.

Street trees have been con­cern­ing my­self and oth­ers for quite some con­sid­er­able time.

Those of us who live in Wood St, Drouin are fed up with gut­ters full of leaves all the time due to in­ap­pro­pri­ate street trees.

These Wood St eu­ca­lypts are scraggy, brit­tle, fine leafed spec­i­mens and need re­mov­ing - one has al­ready fallen on a car. Why aren’t they all re­moved and re­placed? But not with Queens­land box which are also in the vicin­ity and an­other tree that is to­tally un­suit­able for a res­i­den­tial sit­u­a­tion.

Eu­ca­lypts are meant for forests not in sub­ur­bia.

I feel sorry for the peo­ple who live in Hearn St where more eu­ca­lypts are tow­er­ing over their homes, to say noth­ing of them also tow­er­ing over a chil­dren’s play­ground. What a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen.

The maples in Arm­strong Av­enue and Grant Street are also to­tally un­suit­able for street trees.

The pa­per­barks in Long­warry Road Drouin were to­tally un­suit­able and had to be re­moved - the re­plants of crepe myr­tle are much more suit­able.

Why were trees planted un­der pow­er­lines in the first place? Surely it would make more sense to plant them on the other side of the street at least.

An­other clas­sic sit­u­a­tion is the new es­tate of Bona Vista Rd in War­ragul where peo­ple have paid mega bucks for a block with views over the town only to have Fi­ci­fo­lias planted as street trees. Where’s the com­mon sense in that?

As for plant­ing trees in the road­way and then putting bol­lards around them as was done out­side Lo­gan Park, War­ragul just left us all be­wil­dered.

It ap­pears to me that there should be a re­view by Baw Baw Shire to change its pol­icy on street trees and only al­low more com­pact types of trees to be planted in a res­i­den­tial sit­u­a­tion.

These should be trees that grow much lower in height and thus re­duce dra­mat­i­cally the cost to us as ratepay­ers when street trees have to be con­tin­u­ally trimmed. H. Bullen, Drouin rubbed fu­ri­ously all over his shirt to clean up the mess. He wore a white shirt. She wore a black shirt. Ev­ery­body stared. No­body said a word. The next day she got to work and look­ing around she saw that there was a small bot­tle of bright red drink on ev­ery girl's desk. And a glass.

No­body said a word. But eyes met and eyes talked the way eyes do.

The next episode hap­pened in the CEO's of­fice. The man who was sec­ond in charge re­ported to him and sug­gested that the young man be dis­charged be­fore the funny busi­ness got se­ri­ous.

The CEO scoffed, what's wrong with a lit­tle bit of flat­tery, what's wrong with women - he's good at his work. There's been no for­mal com­plaints.

Yes, but all those glasses of red drink on the desks, if spilled on im­por­tant doc­u­ments and the top guy's com­ing from Can­berra and if he sees all those bot­tles.

Noth­ing more was said but a few weeks later the young man dis­ap­peared from the work­place and so did the bot­tles of drink. Lucky how things have changed to-day.

Dawn Gough, War­ragul Athlone, it has been high­lighted that the pro­grams sole pur­pose is to fill a ‘gap’ in the pub­lic health sys­tem, but that would ‘as­sume’ the ‘sys­tem’ would be stretched to its lim­its. I as­sumed wrong.

So why is there a pro­posal for a drug ad­dic­tion ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port cen­tre to be placed in the mid­dle of Athlone.

What ben­e­fits could this re­li­gious based ser­vice pro­vide that the gov­ern­ment run pro­grams don’t al­ready have in the lo­cal­ity of the towns where ‘users’ are.

Shouldn’t a ser­vice like this have ease of ac­cess so in­di­vid­u­als can get help. Un­like the gov­ern­ment funded qual­i­fied ser­vices in Drouin and War­ragul, this pro­posal (if suc­cess­ful) would make it in­ac­ces­si­ble to any­one who de­cided to seek help for them­selves.

If a whole com­mu­nity has stated that they will not use this ser­vice, how can it im­prove the amenity of Athlone. If the ser­vice is in­ac­ces­si­ble, how can it im­prove the amenity of Baw Baw Shire.

Maybe this ser­vice needs to be run along­side the al­ready es­tab­lished ser­vices in Drouin and War­ragul to tar­get in­di­vid­u­als who want to re­ceive help, where ac­ces­si­bil­ity and sup­port from ex­pe­ri­enced, qual­i­fied gov­ern­ment ser­vices are also avail­able for sup­port to the pro­posed pro­gram, and most im­por­tantly, the in­di­vid­u­als seek­ing help.

To me it’s a no brainer J. Hren, Athlone

Good or bad, his­tory is his­tory and should be ac­cepted as just that.

The ac­tivists say there is ir­refutable ev­i­dence of An­gus McMil­lan be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the mas­sacre of hun­dreds of Abo­rig­i­nals, then put for­ward sug­gested fig­ures of be­tween 200-300.

The War­ragul his­tory book “Forests Old Pas­tures New” by Sally Wilde, quotes records of in­ter tribal fight­ing be­tween the Brataoulung, Bra­iakol­ung and Bunurong tribes re­sem­bling a war zone be­tween 1833 and 1840, that partly de­pop­u­lated the area now known as War­ragul.

Ac­tivists need to be re­minded that many thou­sands of Aus­tralian ser­vice men and women, in­clud­ing some very loyal in­dige­nous peo­ple, gave their lives in two world wars and other mi­nor conflicts in defence of this coun­try for all.

I doubt they would be in a po­si­tion to­day to pur­sue their par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties if Ja­pan had been ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful in its ter­ri­to­rial aims in World War II, as would the rest of us.

It was in­evitable that Aus­tralia would even­tu­ally be set­tled and for­tu­nately it was the Bri­tish who gave us the demo­cratic foun­da­tion for the great coun­try we all live in to­day.

In their con­stant call for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, Abo­rig­i­nal ac­tivists at the same time de­mand the di­vi­sive fly­ing of the Abo­rig­i­nal flag on all pub­lic build­ings along­side the Aus­tralian flag.

In­stead of pur­su­ing flag fly­ing, name changes and other such ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­tivists could de­vote their en­er­gies to help­ing the gov­ern­ment over­come in­dige­nous so­cial, ed­u­ca­tional and health is­sues.

Sim­i­larly, it would be ap­pre­ci­ated if Mem­ber for McMil­lan Rus­sell Broad­bent chan­nelled his skills and en­deav­ours to help solve Aus­tralia’s na­tional debt and energy cri­sis rather than spend­ing time sup­port­ing the name change.

D. Mor­ris, War­ragul

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