So what went wrong for the Northbourne trees?

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THE Liberals’ Alistair Coe is asking unkind questions about the Government justifications for clear felling the urban forest of Northbourne Avenue to make way for light rail.

“Simon Corbell and his assistant Shane Rattenbury need to explain why the health of trees on Northbourne Avenue seems to have deteriorated so rapidly since a report in 2010 stated most were in good condition. The government has said they need to bechopped down because the trees are dying. Is that just a convenient excuse to further the light rail project?” Alistair asked.

“The ‘Tree Inventory Report for ACT Government’ prepared by a consultant is dated in 2010 and was obtained under freedom of information last year. This report seems to show that the trees between the City and Dickson are performing well, contrary to what Mr Corbell and Mr Rattenbury now believe.”

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“If a Liberal government proposed chopping down 484 trees, there would be an outcry from Labor and the Greens and they would be chaining themselves to those trees.

“However, because of their blind determination to proceed with light rail, Labor and the Greens have double standards. The government needs to offer an explanation,” Mr Coe concluded.

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5 Responses to “So what went wrong for the Northbourne trees?”

  1. February 12, 2015 at 12:24 #

    Any Arborist will tell you there is nothing wrong with these trees and the vast majority are in good health. It will be a shame to see them go.

  2. February 12, 2015 at 14:45 #

    I commend you for writing this article and showing the varying standards that are being applied, in administrating Tree protection.

  3. February 13, 2015 at 11:04 #

    Can’t believe that Shane Rattenbury, Simon Corbell and Capital Metro have told so many blatant lies on this issue. All along they’ve said – ‘these trees are close to death, they need to be removed!’. Even the Capital Metro survey last year asked questions such as ‘Bearing in mind that the trees in the Northbourne Ave median strip are in poor health and will need to be removed soon anyway, do you support these trees being removed and replaced with light rail ?’

    In other jurisdictions people have lost their jobs for less than this

  4. michaelpatek
    February 16, 2015 at 15:55 #


  5. rrogerrramjet
    February 17, 2015 at 19:05 #

    Politics takes a most interesting turn when the government themselves become the ‘rapacious developer’.
    I think the Metro vision is a brave and visionary idea for Canberra, though not at ‘any cost’. This cost now seems to also encompass the honesty and integrity of our Members in pressing their plans to realisation.

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