Change types of street trees
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