In reply to Michael Giles, whose article featured in the letters section of last week’s Sentinel-Times (Sentinel-Times comment ‘Another crap decision by council’, 6/1/15, p20).
My husband and I own the “denuded” property you refer to. How dare you attack us so publicly when you have no idea of what the true story of our property is!
Despite the fact that I shouldn’t have to justify to you what we have done, as all works were within council regulations, the following are some of the facts you either weren’t aware of or chose to ignore.
We are not “developers”, this property will be our home and hence we are owner builders.
Prior to our purchase of the property, it had become an eyesore as it was a deceased estate.
No doubt in the past it was an impressive garden, but it had been let go and it had become very overgrown with mostly non-native plants.
Masses of noxious weeds had taken hold – mainly blackberries, wandering Jew and bindi and the grass was at least 50cm high.
A massive manna gum overhanging the rear of the house and the neighbouring property was legitimately removed.
The fruit trees from the backyard were transported to our son’s property and are flourishing.
The council-planted eucalypt on the nature strip was removed (with council approval) because lopping by the power company to avoid it making contact with the power lines had caused it to grow at a dangerous angle towards the house and driveway.
In conclusion, if Mr Giles would be interested to see where we have lived for the past 30 years, he might get some idea of the sort of garden we like.
When we purchased it there wasn’t one tree on either of the two blocks and we went on to buy the adjoining block to avoid “developers” buying it and removing the magnificent old tree on it!
The power of the pen is a mighty, but dangerous thing and I suggest Mr Giles check his facts in future.
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Sentinel-Times’ comment:

The article you refer to does not include the word “denuded”, although it could easily describe dozens of home sites in the green leafy areas of Inverloch where new homes and unit developments have been allowed to go up, boundary to boundary, without any regard for neighbourhood character.
While the shire council continues to sit on its hands in relation to Inverloch, your investment and those of the town’s other homeowners, is at risk.
We invite anyone with an interest in this matter to go for a drive and take a look at the developments that have been allowed to take place in recent times, also allegedly “within council regulations”.