Stanmore’s largest gum tree turned into woodchip
Today Marrickville Council killed a beautiful healthy native tree. It took maybe 40 years to grow to such a magnificent size, but only four and a half hours of chainsaw wielding before it became a pile of woodchips.
Many local residents pass the tree and made inquiries as to ‘why on Earth Council would cut down such a beautiful healthy tree?’ Many shook their heads and said it was a tragedy.
Greens Councillors Max Phillips and Cathy Peters went down to witness the destruction. It was awful to watch what is the death of a large organism and the loss of a substantial community and environmental asset.
All this destruction because of a few cracks in a hundred year old house that were probably caused by the clay soils, not the tree. This is truly madness and risk aversion taken too far. You can read more here.
Even some of the workers weilding the chainsaws could not understand why they were removing such a healthy tree.
Cambridge Street, Stanmore is now without a beautiful tree that provided shade and added to the streetscape. This is a great great shame.
The Greens moved a motion on Marrickville Council in December to save the tree and make further investigation as to whether it was actually causing any damage to the house and whether other alternative repairs were available.
This motion was lost 6 – 5 with Labor and Independent Councillors voting against The Greens. The other Councillors were unwilling to even go down and inspect the tree and house prior to making the decision.
Elected Councillors are responsible for the decision they make. Below are the councillors who voted to kill this tree.
The following Greens Councillors voted to try and save the tree: