Wedding bells 13.4.2011

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I went to a wedding in Sydney last weekend and enjoyed, in no particular order, a spectacular view of the harbour, lovely company, the optimism that always goes with these occasions, gorgeous  readings – and fig trees as far as the eye could see. But not a fence in sight.We walked down New South Head Rd in Rose Bay afterwards, and if I’d stopped to photograph every street that looked like Laman Street we never would have reached the hotel.  

Some good news this week: the Lord Mayor is going to propose that the fences be removed from Laman Street. His minute for the next Council meeting says:

 Over the last weeks I have received many verbal enquiries from constituents asking when Council will take further action in relation to the wire mesh barriers currently in Laman Street.

 I am aware that Council is assembling an Advisory Committee and I support that process continuing.

However, Council is increasingly becoming the subject of criticism from the persons who are contacting me.

I am mindful of the unfavourable position Council found itself in, in respect of the boulder left on Shortland Esplanade for many months. I do not want to see the same situation arising in relation to Laman Street.

 RECOMMENDATION

 I move that the wire mesh barricades in Laman Street be removed forthwith.

 And in other Council news, it’s been announced that a large tree inspection is underway. The implication is that this is an annual event. This is my favourite part:

“A team of experienced arborists will be identifying trees that could benefit from mulch as well as checking for potential defects or disease.”

I have a suggestion: mulch all of them. Annually. And please be careful about pruning.
Also in the news this week was a Herald story on the Newcastle Voice survey about Laman Street/ Civic Park. I plan to read the full report this weekend but according to the story the fig trees were the most liked feature of the street and the park. How surprising.
The least popular proposal was moving war memorials. Surprised again, I am. Not.
And next week is the first meeting of the Working Party that is hoped to give a cold shower to the Council worriers about these Dangerous Trees. You never know, I suppose, when a 160km/hour wind is going to put a 1 inch crack in the base of one of them or move another tree 1cm.
And in unrelated news, I keep reading more sad and bad press about  poor flying foxes. Orange and Bundaberg both have orchardists objecting to their numbers. So it’s timely to remember how beneficial these animals are as pollinators and in insect control.
Reuters reports that ‘in a paper published in the journal Science, bat researchers estimated that a single colony of 150 brown bats in the U.S. state of Indiana eats around 1.3 million pest insects a year, and that the value of such bats to agriculture may be around $22.9 billion a year.’
 
Amazing. Home
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