Category Archives: Trees

Significant Tree Register – City of Baywsater

A lovely house with a truly magnificent tree.  Certainly a significant tree. Somewhat ironic that the house which bears the negatives of the tree (perceived and real) receives the benefits of the shade, but the main beneficiaries are the streets surrounding the property which are able to view the tree in its splendour.  So how can the tree be protected so that the hundreds of houses surrounding it can continue to benefit? Continue reading Significant Tree Register – City of Baywsater

Percent for Public Art?

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As a Councillor, one of the things we can do is table a motion at a council meeting. This is a tremendously powerful opportunity, but with it comes a certain level of responsibility. So, prior to any motions I have moved, I generally run it by the relevant Director at the City to check that my objective is actually achievable. There are a few benefits of doing this, including not making staff needlessly prepare a 4 or 5 page report on the merits, or otherwise, of a motion. Continue reading Percent for Public Art?

A Solution For Preventing The Destruction Of Trees

tree valuation videoTrees on public land are cut down for a number of reasons. They may be deemed unsafe and a public risk, it may be that they are damaging infrastructure such as roads or pavements or it may be that they are positioned exactly where someone wants to build their driveway. In my time on Council other reasons have included requests from the public to destroy trees due to leaf litter, bird noise and the shading of solar panels. Continue reading A Solution For Preventing The Destruction Of Trees

‘20 per cent by 2025’ – It Makes Economic Sense

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This blog post is in relation to a notice of motion I submitted at the last Council meeting. A notice of motion means that it will come up for debate at our next meeting and this is on the 23rd of September 2014. The motion is… Continue reading ‘20 per cent by 2025’ – It Makes Economic Sense