Independent review commissioned by residents 31.8.2010

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I was so busy being alarmed by the permanent signs on Laman Street this weekend that I failed to notice the hinge in the middle of the signs. This nifty little number turns into a shiny silver sign with ‘Drop and Pick up only’ on the bottom. 

 An independent arborist came and looked at the trees last week and has reviewed the reports so far used to condemn the avenue of Hill’s figs. His full report will be released today but in part he says, 

  ‘Substantial errors have been made in the reports that council have relied upon in making the decision to remove the Laman Street fig trees. I trust that these mistakes were accidental but regardless, as a result, the decision that has been made to remove the Laman Street trees was based on reports that are demonstrably predicated on erroneous assumption and or contain information that is clearly not arboriculturally sound. In fairness to the rate payers, any decision made about historic trees should be based upon reports that are correct and arboriculturally sound.  

 

Whilst it is alarming that it was rate payers and not council staff that picked up the errors it none the less demonstrates the importance of transparency in the decision-making process that has occurred in this instance simply because it allows such mistakes to be found and corrected. The critical point now is that council takes no further action until the substantial defects in the reports are addressed. Only at that point of time can a decision be made that is sound and justifiable from a scientific view point. 

  

Regardless of the final decision it is imperative that the outcome is based on reports that are correct in their content and assumptions and not reports that contain or are based on obviously incorrect assumptions that impact on the final outcome or provide information that is plainly incorrect or obviously inconsistent to everyday rate payers.’ 

Watch this space for the full report. It makes wonderful reading and it’s very accessible to the non-expert. Cheers. Home

This is the tree that the Marsden report says should be taken out now because it's a nuisance, not because it's dangerous

 

    

     

Whilst it is alarming that it was rate payers and not council staff that picked up the errors it none the less demonstrates the importance of transparency in the decision-making process that has occurred in this instance simply because it allows such mistakes to be found and corrected. The critical point now is that council takes no further action until the substantial defects in the reports are addressed. Only at that point of time can a decision be made that is sound and justifiable from a scientific view point.    

     

Regardless of the final decision it is imperative that the outcome is based on reports that are correct in their content and assumptions and not reports that contain or are based on obviously incorrect assumptions that impact on the final outcome or provide information that is plainly incorrect or obviously inconsistent to everyday rate payers. 

Substantial errors have been made in the reports that council have relied upon in making the decision to remove the Laman Street fig trees. I trust that these mistakes were accidental but regardless, as a result, the decision that has been made to remove the Laman Street trees was based on reports that are demonstrably predicated on erroneous assumption and or contain information that is clearly not arboriculturally sound. In fairness to the rate payers, any decision made about historic trees should be based upon reports that are correct and arboriculturally sound.     

     

     

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2 Responses to “Independent review commissioned by residents 31.8.2010”

  1. Ali Says:

    Finally a sensible appraisal. Why cant NCC be so transparent! After all they are supposedly there to represent ratepayers interests.
    The community arent fools, they can see that these trees arent diseased, they are just what some in power classify as being in their way.
    There has been no proper process undertaken for any tree removal in Laman st. Just misreporting & misleading misrepresentation.
    I am however concerned that to date, there has been an unbridled adhoc chainsaw approach allowed to occur. Including digging up roots at every opportunity.Thanks god these trees & the tenacious community are reknowned for their resilience. Thankyou for sharing aspects of the independent assessment.

  2. Phoenix Says:

    Fantastic to hear the new arborists report tonight – well done all you hardworking tree advocates, Saveourtrees and figjammers. Without your ongoing determination the trees could have already been gone!!! I know its far from over but this is wonderful news. I hope the NBN news report dispels the myths and rallies the community to put pressure on the Council and save the trees. Phoenix

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