Has Frank made threats against the Council St Hill’s figs now? 20.5.2012


Here’s an unsubstantiated rumour for you.

A Cooks Hill person is alleged to have had a meeting with Newcastle City Council’s Director of *cough* Liveable Cities  in which he said that the trees in Council Street were planned for the chop.

That’s reasonably predictable, I suppose. And the moronic thinking behind such an alleged plan is that the plumbing in the residences there have had to be fixed at Council’s expense.

I guess you don’t get staff who keep up with changes in anything much on our local council. Apparently they haven’t heard that tree roots don’t break pipes, they just get into pipes that are broken. And that you can reline said pipes to repair them.

It took ten seconds to find this link to trenchless pipe repair. Saving Our Trees has written a post on the same issue.

In the ten seconds it took me to find these links I also found a Bundaberg Council list of trees to avoid near pipes. How ironic – the liquidambar, brush box, magnolia and plane tree are all on there. Magnolias are all over Newcastle these days. Our glorious tree team chose liquidambars as the replacements for the Laman St figs – for the noble reason that they could easily get a  supply of them. Plane trees, on the other hand, are out of fashion , it seems, presumably as they give a small number of people asthma. Maybe that’s why there’s a rumoured plan afoot to remove all of Newcastle’s planes. There’ll be no large trees left soon.

And back to Council Street. It doesn’t help the trees that a fervently anti-fig tree Councillor owns a house in the street.

The elected Councillor could be gone in September. Anyone know when the current managers’ contracts are up for renewal?




One Response to “Has Frank made threats against the Council St Hill’s figs now? 20.5.2012”

  1. mercadee Says:

    Riding the Big Blue Bus down 4th St., I noticed a bunch of “Save these trees” signs attached to the ficus trees lining the street. Why? The Santa Monica City Council voted to remove these ficus trees — citing tree health, maintenance costs, and public safety issues — and replace them with gingko trees. That decision got a local organization called Santa Monica Tree Savers up in arms; this group’s now mounted a campaign and petition to stop the tree removal.

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