Metro Trains: Follow due process in relation to the protected heritage trees at Newmarket

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Grace-Mary Kelly
2 years ago
I believe this issue can be easily resolved by relocating the trees as with the devastating fires each summer, Australia cannot afford to lose a single tree let alone a well-established 100 year old one which supports a myriad of local fauna. I happened to be at the station on 22/2/20 at around 3:20pm when what looked like a council committee of about 6 people (one of them in a vest marked engineer) were there examining one of the big trees. I quickly rushed to the other platform and caught up with them before they went away. I introduced myself as a local resident and proposed the relocation of the trees. Immediately, one of the men was quick to reply "we can't, it's too big" as if that was a valid answer. What he meant was that he wasn't willing to pay the cost to hire the appropriate big crane and crew equipment required in order to perform this action or more accurately "we don't want to pay that expense". Also, there is a green patch of earth on the same track just 20 metres away crossing the street where they might relocate which has no trees and just on the opposite corner there is an established park only 35-40 meters away. One of the other men informed me that those areas belonged to a different municipality and they couldn't do that. When I enquired that "surely there must be some park they could be relocated to" the answer was that they were in talks with the city of Melbourne and that they were exploring all options". However, having left that brief, polite encounter that was met with negativity and bureaucracy at an age when engineering miracles are being performed everyday such as sending people and provisions to space, building fantastically complicated buildings and even when Americans managed for a month to physically stop the flow of their side of the Niagara falls (!!); I was left with the impression that the Moonee Valley Council can only relocate trees that are small, inexpensive and to within their city limits..!! As if we wouldn't all collectively benefit from the oxygen produced by this huge tree if it was 30-40 meters away and it "belonged" to a different municipality..!! Newsflash: The earth belongs to everyone" and "there is no planet B". I suggest to the MVCC to hire the minds, equipment and crew necessary with CAN-DO attitudes who can perform this relocation of the mighty giants that so many of our small and big lives depend on, from the common possum to the most annoying person you know... We cannot afford to take Melbourne's biodiversity for granted..!! If we keep cutting down trees willy-nilly we are not only cutting our own oxygen supply, we may also not have possums in our gardens tomorrow!! #stayhuman #oneearth #savered #notrelocatingalltheNewmarketStationtreeswouldbeacrime

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Simon Harris
2 years ago
It’s important to protect the natural environment. There are better solutions to development and upgrades.

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Brent Stevenson
2 years ago
Thank you for what you’ve done to save the big red. Just saw this today. The tree is just beautiful. So wonderful that you’ve managed to save it.

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Luke Powell
2 years ago
The trees prevent this station from being a filthy inner city ghetto. They make it nice and shade all of the small businesses down Pin Oak crescent.

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jen klitzing
2 years ago
We need all the trees we can get stop this madness
Why on earth would you cut trees down to purely improve a station which is fine as is

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david bowers
2 years ago
This tree is a landmark in our neighbourhood. It is over 100 years old and is a stunning specimen. It is healthy and provides habitat for all sorts of birds insects and mammals. As well as providing oxygen and shade. To cut it down would be criminal. With all the millions of trees lost in the recent fires we need to keep as many big mature trees as we can.

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Janet Graham
2 years ago
Too many of our precious trees are being axed. We lost the Flemington Road lemon-scented gums and now more than 100 trees in Gandolfo Gardens at Moreland Station are under threat. Meanwhile Melbourne's tree canopy is dwindling just when it needs to increase.

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Anne Sullivan
2 years ago
Trees around the Met beautify the path travelled for all, provide cooling in summer, wind protection in winter, absorption of greenhouse gases, carbon credits for the rail system, a shellter for wildlife, a talking point for passengers, erosion proofing, pathways for fungal networks and beneficial ground bacteria, mulch for gardens when trimmed, healing for those people who don't see green spaces, a sign of corporate caring for the environment and for people. Goodness, why on earth would one want to cut them down! Plant more!

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Laura Binks
2 years ago
TREES and trains are good - let them coexists!

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Louise Taresch
2 years ago
They are significant trees and deserve to be protected.