Over a dozen trees next to the Sullivan’s Creek bike path were cut down last week, apparently without the required permission of the ACT Tree Protection unit.
Most of the trees were of sufficient height and girth to be considered ‘significant’ trees, requiring permission to remove. While there has been some doubt whether the trees were on public land or on Brindabella Christian College’s land, it makes little difference: authorisation is required to remove a significant tree on private land, and only the government is entitled to cut down a tree on public land.
The Brindabella Christian College (BCC) received development approval in August for the construction of a new classroom building on the northwest corner of their block, near Brigalow St. That approval included permission to remove 7 trees on the footprint on the proposed building. Those trees were removed on or about the same day as the 16 trees on and outside the BCC’s eastern boundary near the bike path along Sullivan’s Creek.
There has been speculation that the unauthorised removal of the 16 trees is associated with the BCC construction, as site offices have been placed in the area cleared of trees. Many local residents have contacted the LCA, incensed at what they see as yet another example of BCC’s disregard for the amenity of the local community and of due process.
You can listen to an interview broadcast on 666 ABC Canberra on Wednesday 12 October.
About 160 people came along on Tuesday 20 September to question candidates in the seat of Kurrajong for the 15 October ACT election. Armed with a diverse collection of questions, many voters took the opportunity to grill their incumbent and potential representatives.
Ably moderated by ABC 666 Mornings presenter Genevieve Jacobs, the panel of local members Andrew Barr, Shane Rattenbury, and Steve Doszpot were put under pressure to explain past performance and their promises for the next term of government. Other candidates also had an opportunity to respond to issues raised from the floor.
About 20 candidates chatted with the audience before and after the Q&A panel, enjoying sumptuous soup and other refreshments prepared by the Lyneham Primary School P&C.
Audio of the Q&A panel session is available (80Mb, 90mins) to download.
Video from the central camera and side camera is also available.
Quiz Your Candidates was a joint initiative of Lyneham Community Association and North Canberra Community Council. LCA is grateful to NCCC for funding and advertising the event, and for organisational assistance.
A great opportunity to ask your question of candidates in the electorate of Kurrajong in the 2016 ACT election. Influence the future of Canberra, the inner north and your local area.
Moderated by Genevieve Jacobs, presenter of 666 ABC Canberra Mornings.
Questions to Andrew Barr (tbc), Steve Doszpot, and Shane Rattenbury.
Chat with other Kurrajong candidates over tea, coffee, or soup before and after the main panel Q&A.
Tuesday 20 September 2016
Complimentary soup and refreshments available from 6:15pm until 9:30pm.
Q&A panel from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
Lyneham Primary School hall, Brigalow St, Lyneham (entry from Hall St).
Help with seating and catering: Register at kurrajong.eventbrite.com.au
Download the A4 poster if you want to put it up at work or email your local friends.
Hope to see you there…
A joint initiative of North Canberra Community Council and the Lyneham Community Association.