Resident stumped by delays
MOSMAN Park resident Roz MacNish continues to fight for trees the she says are threatened by sand and mulch mounds in the new Minim Cove Park adventure playground being built by the Town’s Men’s Shed and council.
“Some mounds are considered too close to the trunks of the trees whereby the loss of water infiltration and oxygen to trees’ roots may render some trees to decline over the next 12 months to two years,” an arborist’s December report to the council said.
Volunteers have built the playground using $30,000 from the council and $65,000 combined from the Men’s Shed and Mosman Park Rotary.
The site in a copse now has a new playing stream, cubbies, tug of war and climbing ropes.
Ms MacNish said while she supported the project to get children playing out- doors, the issues with the trees could have been solved if the report and a playground plan had been obtained by the council before work started last year.
“And there’s still exposed wire on a rope octopus that could be dangerous,” she said while touring the playground last Thursday.
The report recommended the mounds be moved at least 1m to one side of trunks, three 1.5m-tall, thin stumps be removed, with other deadwood and scars on bark trimmed.
Logs close to trees needed shifting and placed on mulch, watering done every four to six weeks to lessen trees’ stress and the playground surveyed three months after its official opening to identify any pruning.
The council has repeatedly said the problem with the mound and mulch would be solved before its official opening this month.
Chief executive Kevin Poynton said work from the report’s recommendations was being carried out in a final safety audit as well as more site work before the playground’s official opening and he would meet with Ms MacNish this week to discuss her concerns.