Two mature trees at Little Manly Beach, a fig & a gum, have been poisoned much to the distress of locals. The trees are dying and we are about to lose what little shade we have there. As you can see from the photo below, a number of deep bore holes were drilled into the trunk of the trees so this was no accident. What sort of person would do such a thing?
UPDATE: 13/10/12 Red faces all around at Manly Council! It has now been revealed that the trees were not poisoned at all but the work of a pest control company employed as part of the due diligence on the purchase of 40 Stuart Street, next door, by the Council. Although the drilling of eight holes into the large paper bark and three into the fig in search of white ants seems an act of 'vandalism' of another kind (see photo below, these were not small holes). The Council even engaged the help of the Manly Daily to help find "the vandals who poisoned the trees" - oh dear!
In November 2011 the Royal Far West Children's Scheme lodged a concept plan application for a massive redevelopment of their site. Locals were outraged (again no community consultation) and substantial and numerous submissions were made to the NSW Department of Planning against the proposed redevelopment.
On the 30/8/12 the Department notified those who had made submissions that changes had been made by the Far West. We have now been asked again to lodge submissions on the revised plans
The revised proposal is an insult to the Manly Community who has tirelessly supported the work of the Royal Far West for decades. The new plans have not addressed the major concerns raised by the community and have totally ignored Manly Council's Urban Design controls for the site.
No-one is fooled by them promoting the new development as a School of Excellence when the majority of the site will be taken up by shops, a hotel and apartments.
Come on Royal Far West. Stop listening to the developers who are advising you and start listening to the community that has supported you.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor, Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations & community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.