Heritage Tree Falls Victim Of Labor Mismanagement

Member for Molonglo Steve Doszpot has raised his disappointment in the government for their neglect and mismanagement of a heritage Euphrates Poplar tree on the Kingston Foreshore. The tree fell over in the storm over two weeks ago, fortunately avoiding any injury to pedestrians or property. Mr Doszpot said he first raised the condition of the tree with the Government nearly one year ago.

“After hearing concerns from residents of the tree’s size and unbalanced growth, I brought it to the attention of then Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Katy Gallagher, nearly one year ago,” Mr Doszpot said today.

“Katy Gallagher assured me at the time the matter was in hand.

“Just recently local residents again raised concerns with me because the tree had been subject to watering for days on end, creating a very soggy base and were concerned this could loosen their roots and cause the tree to fall. The recent storm event did exactly that.

“I contacted the Territory and Municipal Services Minister, Shane Rattenbury, over a week ago after the tree fell to see if it could be saved. I am still awaiting a response.

“It was just a matter of luck that no-one was hurt and now because of government inaction, Canberra has probably lost one of its heritage trees. It may be able to be saved, although it would be at a substantial cost that could have been avoided.

“Shane Rattenbury and the government may talk about caring for the environment, but when it comes to action they have completely failed on this occasion,” Mr Doszpot concluded.