Felling lit­tle more than vandalism

South Western Times - - Point Of View - John Bain, South Bun­bury

Fifty years ago felling a ma­ture tree would hardly raise an eye­brow. To­day it’s a dif­fer­ent equa­tion. What makes the in­ci­dent at Gelorup dis­turb­ing is those re­spon­si­ble may have done it for po­lit­i­cal point-scor­ing.

Had it been for fire­wood then at least that’s an ex­pla­na­tion of “me first” be­hav­iour, not an ex­cuse. If it’s for po­lit­i­cal gain there’s none, a 400-year-old jar­rah is dead and noth­ing but noth­ing can change that. What part of ab­surd do these mo­rons not un­der­stand.

Put it this way, the per­pe­tra­tor stood smugly be­side his/her ill-got­ten tro­phy; mean­while there’s fam­i­lies who are try­ing to keep warm dur­ing this wretch of a win­ter. Be­fore the po­lit­i­cally cor­rect burst into hys­ter­ics what else would you do, have the tree mounted? Vandalism costs this com­mu­nity, sim­ple as that.

Sub­se­quently, there’s two easy things these le­gends in their own lunchtime can do, stop van­dal­is­ing our na­tive forests and (B) get a life.

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