Over the last week or so, a furor has erupted over the by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) to remove 15 elm and ash trees which line the river bank in Newtown near the bottom of West Fyans Street.
|Elm/ash trees by the Barwon listed for removal|
As with any disagreement, there are arguments for and against both view points. Those who argue in favour of keeping the trees point to their aesthetic appeal, provision of recreational shade, historical association with the Geelong community and that their removal will leave a significant gap in the treescape for quite some time. They also indicate a lack of community consultation on the issue.
|Leaflet produced by Save Barwon River Trees group|
|Existing ash/elms with newly-planted eucalypts|
Following is a list of articles and webpages which I have located at this point:
- Those who are against the proposed removal have set up a page on Facebook (where the debate appears to be raging) at the following address: Save Barwon River Trees
- There is also a link to a petition calling for a halt to the proposed felling: Petition
- This morning on the 26th July, the Geelong Advertiser ran the following article: City Hall goes into battle to save elms
- The Geelong News of Wednesday, 25th July covered the issue on its front page, The Independent which arrived in my mailbox today, dated 27th July carries a small article on the topic on page 5 and I believe that the Geelong Times also printed an article on the 12th July.
- The CCMA has the following article: Improving the health of the Barwon River
- Whilst this report on management of the Barwon through Geelong by the CCMA may also be of interest: Barwon (through Geelong) Management Plan
|Happier times: the trees in April, 2011|
Note: my subsequent post on the topic can be read here.