Come to a rally and a Council meeting 8.11.2011

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There’s a Council meeting on today which will consider the Laman Street trees. It starts at 5:30pm and there’s a rally on the steps beforehand, starting at 4:30. The figs are first on the agenda and as usual you can turn up when you like, leave when you like and wear what you like.

If this meeting is anything like the last few there will be an overflow room for observers to use as well as the gallery. The Council chamber is up two flights of stairs if you enter from the King Street entrance, then turn left.

Business:  To consider and respond to the recent offer of assistance from The Premier, Barry O’Farrell in relation to the Laman Street fig trees. Council has resolved to remove and replace the present trees ‘as soon as practical’. In my view there are a number of issues making it impractical, one of which is that the risk arguments have not swayed the community and need to be laid to rest one way or another; the Premier has offered the services of an arborist to do this. Before this street is vandalised forever, using the Roads Act and claiming the trees are a traffic hazard, Newcastle needs to know that the evidence supports such a drastic move.

State politicians:

If you’re a fig supporter from the state Charlestown electorate please contact your local member.
Please forward to other fig supporters in your electorate.

Principal suburbs: Adamstown, Adamstown Heights, Belmont North, Bennetts Green, Cardiff, Cardiff South, Charlestown, Dudley, Eleebana, Floraville, Garden Suburb, Gateshead, Highfields, Hillsborough, Jewells, Kahibah, Kotara, Kotara South, Mount Hutton, Redhead, Tingira Heights, Warners Bay, Whitebridge, Windale.

If you live in the NSW government electorate of Charlestown then please contact him through the electorate office, and tomorrow at Parliament House, as parliament is sitting this week.

Mr Andrew Cornwell, MP
(02) 4942 1242    Parliament House (02) 9230 2111

charlestown@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Please ask your local member Andrew Cornwell, to urgently stand with the member for Newcastle Tim Owen and thank Barry O’Farrell  for his offer of an arborist.  Please remind government that 13,000 people in NSW signed the petition to save the trees, the Liberal Party have a mandate to listen to the community.

Councillors are voting tomorrow, Tuesday 8th, as to whether or not to accept the Premier’s offer recorded in NSW Parliament Hansard.

Some councillors are unsure and want a formal offer. Ask our local members to also state that as the General Manager seems unwilling to contact him (the Premier) then could he more formally offer an arborist to Newcastle City Council.

If you’re in the Newcastle electorate, contact Tim Owen again and encourage him to thank Barry O’Farrell and ensure that Liberal councillors stand with him to resolve this issue.
newcastle@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Also could everyone please, if you haven’t already contact Barry O’Farrell on
Phone 9228 5239
Fax 9228 3935
office@premier.nsw.gov.au

Local councillors:

And the local councillors to encourage to take another look at this are brad.luke@pacific.net.au, scott.sharpe@pacific.net.au, mike.king@pacific.net.au, mike.jackson@pacific.net.au

It’s always worth a polite email to ask them to support this approach. What do you have to lose?

Laman Street from Civic Park before the fences

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