I need to vent my anger and disgrace of what I witnessed on Friday, February 19 (afternoon).
Under the direction and instruction of a Bass Coast Shire Council officer, I watched in disgust as contractors hacked into the tree reserve on Toorak Road, Inverloch.
I acknowledge that some maintenance of this reserve may be necessary but what occurred was complete overkill and borders on eco-vandalism.
The once lush full canopies of the reserve that provide shelter for native wildlife have been decimated to skinny stalks with token gestures of canopies that remain intact.
This process was not managed and no consultation or notice provided to residents.
On what basis does the contractor decide what to or what not to cut?
I honestly don’t think they know and it appears their only goal is to chip as much as possible to fill up their truck.
There is clear evidence in offcuts that the majority was sound timber with little or no defect.
The lack of management of this operation was personified when at 4.15pm, lines of school children were seen to be walking along the path beneath the operators, with ropes dangling, getting off school buses.
I would be interested to know how WorkSafe would react to this situation.
Upon examining the carnage after the operators had left, two neighbours and myself came across a koala forced to nestle at the extreme end of the reserve in very low foliage.
The next morning the koala had returned to the heights of the trees but was now clearly visible.
My neighbour questioned the council officer as to the costs involved in this fruitless exercise and he refused to comment.
Finally, my grandsons, aged three and one, thoroughly enjoy watching the birdlife in this reserve.
What do I tell them as it is slowly being reduced to nothing as it’s butchered every four years?
I would tell them that the residents pay money to the idiots responsible for making such stupid decisions about such delicate matters.
Bass Coast Shire, you never cease to amaze me!
Doug Coney, Inverloch.
The Butchers of Bassdad