Nor­folk Is­land pines not our nat­u­ral land­scape

South Western Times - - Point Of View - Sal­lie Coul­son, South Bun­bury

Cli­mate change is no longer a de­bate, it’s about what we need to be do­ing now to­wards mit­i­ga­tion which is im­por­tant.

Plant­ing and re­tain­ing na­tive trees will go a long way in con­tribut­ing to the re­duc­tion of our sum­mer’s high air tem­per­a­ture and de­clin­ing rain­fall.

So while I com­mend the City of Bun­bury on their many great tree plant­ing projects, there is still much more that can be done.

How­ever, I’ve been greatly dis­ap­pointed in the ex­treme plant­ings of Nor­folk Is­land pines, es­pe­cially along Ocean Drive through to the Dol­phin Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre.

Not only will they cre­ate nu­mer­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems, they are not part of our nat­u­ral land­scape, and their pro­fuse plant­ings are mind numb­ingly bor­ing.

While there have been nu­mer­ous pub­lic sub­mis­sions to the City of Bun­bury clearly stat­ing ‘no more Nor­folk Is­land Pines please’, it does lead one to won­der where this ir­ra­tional de­ci­sion has come from.

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