Did they get away with it?
An open letter from Brown Hill resident Colleen Filippa:
This is Hill View Road a year ago…
Now, I don’t mind progress and I consider myself to be progressive – but this year has made me realise that unless we all keep our eyes open and get a little more proactive or money making developers are going to walk all over us.
Out in Brown Hill on Hill View Rd there is a huge subdivision taking place. I don’t know how many houses and I can’t seem to get any one to return my calls from the Planning Department at the City Council. As a result the Shetland ponies have gone -no tears there, the willows have been cut down – no tears there, and it looks like 40 houses are going to be built on the paddock – a few tears there.
But why cut down every single Swamp Gum that was planted along Hill View Road. There must have been at least 30 on the eastern side of the road (on the road side of the fence). These Gums were well planted years ago by some-one who knew their trees – this area (which is down near the Warrawee) is really damp and boggy and those tree roots would have sucked up the ground water as well as stabilized the soil. Not only that, they gave habitat to the local wildlife and helped to keep our waterways clean.
Where do these moonscapers ‘get off’ deciding that our trees must go? What right do they have to simply cut them down with no regard to their age and usefulness? Did they think we wouldn’t notice? This environmental vandalism needs to be addressed and our City Council needs to step up and look after our native heritage.