Friday, 13 December 2013

Not so urgent

Clover Moore emphatically told the Community Forum at the Sydney High School on 15th April that the cottonwood poplars in Devonshire Street would be preserved. The Minister and Chris Lock had microphones and did not demur. The iconic trees were planted in the 1950s and are heritage listed with the City of Sydney.

The EIS declared that they would have to be removed, so Sydney City Council has jumped the gun and attached notices saying they are at the end of their useful life and will be removed. Clover Moore is 68. It is not the trees that are at the end of their useful life.

The work is scheduled to begin tomorrow and is declared to be Urgent Tree Removal. Saturday was to be two days before submissions on the EIS had to be mailed. But the exhibition period has been extended to 30 December. The need for urgency has been removed.


  1. Why now? This is crazy. Are they all being removed??

    1. I have not been able to confirm that the date for lodging submissions has been extended past Monday 16 December. The Minister has stuffed people about so many times I would not trust her. I will be lodging my submission on the EIS on Monday.
      The only crime of the cottonwood poplars is that they overhang the tram tracks. Their removal is taking place in sections over a period of time, but their fate was sealed by the EIS.