Still not happy about city’s ap­pear­ance

Dubbo Photo News - - Opinion & Analysis -

OUR story last week ti­tled “Coun­cil ex­plains ‘em­bar­rass­ing’ ap­pear­ance to city’s en­trances” [Dubbo Photo News, Jan­uary 24] has prompted more reader re­sponses on the main­te­nance of our city.

That story came about af­ter mul­ti­ple “Thumbs Down” con­tri­bu­tions since Christ­mas from read­ers con­cerned about the city’s ap­pear­ance.

Last week’s story prompted more neg­a­tive com­ments and Thumbs Down. Some of those com­ments are in­cluded here as reader feed­back.

z Thumbs Down to Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil’s at­tempt to lay blame on other or­gan­i­sa­tions (RMS) cur­fews or fire bans (RFS) or irrigation is­sues for main­te­nance around Dubbo

You don’t need irrigation to con­trol weeds! All this has been go­ing on for over 12 months, not just this sum­mer.

Mow­ing doesn’t con­trol weeds – and there has been an epi­demic of mow­ing go­ing on – pity Coun­cil doesn’t know the dif­fer­ence be­tween grass and seedlings planted to im­prove the city land­scape.

Street trees dead and dy­ing all over town (for years some of them), no prun­ing or crown rais­ing of trees, ap­palling choices of species of street trees for our cli­mate (e.g. Hoop pines!), weeds in round­abouts and traf­fic is­lands grow­ing their heads off. Where is the coun­cil plan­ning?

Coun­cil should be en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to con­trol their own weeds on their grass verges and pave­ments to stop the spread of weeds so the postie on his bike doesn’t spread the weeds.

The list goes on – no street sweep­ing, wa­ter­ing of parks on 43C days, ex­pen­sive but rarely used pic­nic ar­eas, brand new play­grounds – what about the

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