David Lewis, a previous South Gippsland Shire councillor, speaks out and pleased I was to read his comments in the local newspapers.
David always impressed me with his intelligence and flexible attitude, such a combination is potentially a power for the local good.
He took the job of representing the people seriously, was supportive of me in my wish to protect and develop the Turton’s Creek area and in my problems with a troublesome neighbour.
His willingness to comfort, in council, the more rigid minded personalities presiding was commendable. I hope we hear from him again.
Last week I visited the shire office to discuss the future development of Turton’s Creek.
While there I came across a book which introduced the public to the ‘Significant Tress of South Gippsland’. I read with pleasure the contents while realising the evident increasing interest by the public in trees and there importance to the environment and all our futures.
In Mirboo North Times, number nineteen, Rob Waycott wrote about the ‘Giant Trees of Victoria’. He refers to the past lack of care for the environment and of the trees in particular.
Resources exploitation, he claimed, was the main pursuit of the land controllers; grass for their stock was their constant interest.
For all the talk by the media there is still little concern for the environment needs, an example of this is the areas of the Strzelecki’s and Turton’s Creek in particular.
I stated at a recent meeting that the graziers have control of the land sweeping down to the creek on the western side and the logging industry control the east.
This results in a thin green line along the creek edge leaving little for nature and the people pleasure. Hardly a balanced approach to land use.
I remember with some amusement years ago coming across a sign which stated ‘this is the site of the world’s tallest tree’.
I believe it is still there on the old road to Warragul. No tree, just a lonely sign looking quite irrelevant. Simply a further indication of a past bad planning.
Recently a timber mill has threatened to close due to the lack of suitable logs.
Dare I suggest the concentration on wood chipping and inadequate suitable planting has been the problem.
We all know that ‘our’ Strzelecki forests were sold to a foreign corporation, a simplistic approach to government, I suggest.
It is time our public authorities stopped running away from their well-paid duties and started planning a balanced future. I suggest a comprehensive strategy is needed to guide the way forward.
Well done to those advertising trees, let us have more on this very important subject.
Ron Brown, Turton’s Creek.