I was among those who were shocked to see the Norfolk Island trees cut down in Bank and James streets in Port Fairy recently. These trees having been growing for many decades.
Recently, nearby residents signed a petition saying these trees were causing them health and safety risks.
No one wants to see people suffer from unpleasant allergies. However, many things, including trees and grasses, cause allergies.
How was this tree identified as the cause?
Did all these people present to their doctors and he or she told them the Norfolk Island hibiscus was the cause?
There are more growing in the town.
Are they to be cut down also?
Was this decision based on sound science before action took place?
The mayor, Councillor Doukas, earlier this year suggested kangaroos at Tower Hill be culled as they were hitting cars.
Solid evidence and a sensible explanation from our councilors should occur before action takes place.
The shire has been ruthlessly denuded of its trees since European settlement.
Those ruthless instincts seem to be still with us.
With council elections coming up people will have a chance to express their concern.
Don Stewart, McCasker Court, Port Fairy