Last old growth trees

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Subject: Last old growth trees
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 02:05:33 +0000

Thanks for this Jenny.

On a similar vein,  does anyone have an email contact for the ACT's Environment Minister,Mick Gentleman as I have a few questions I would like to ask him. All our local politicians seem to be very hard to have direct contact with.


On 12/06/2018 9:33 AM, Jenny Bounds wrote:

The Conservation Council, COG and a couple of other groups have nominated to the ACT Scientific Committee, the loss of large (hollow-bearing) eucalypts as a threatening process in the ACT.  COG submitted information related to impacts on 2 of the ACTs threatened birds, Superb Parrot and Brown Treecreeper.  That nomination is still under consideration.  If accepted by the ACT Government, we are hopeful it will improve the current planning system processes.


There is currently an ACT Legislative Assembly Committee Inquiry, Nature in our City, open to submissions.  I understand this has been extended until the end of June.  If you feel strongly about the loss of our trees and impacts on our birds and other wildlife in our city, send in a letter.  COG has put in a submission.

Further information on the Inquiry terms of reference and lodging a submission is available at:



Jenny Bounds

COG Conservation Officer



Thanks Fleur. Awaiting the inevtable.

Yoursare maybe the last images of a great old tree.



Rev Dr John Harris,

36 Kangaroo Close,

Nicholls, ACT 2913


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Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 5:18:08 PM
To: John Harris
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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Last old growth trees


Some shots of the spiral bark tree mentioned below - very beautiful and just today some hollows were being checked out by a pair of galahs……



On 4 Jun 2018, at 2:03 PM, John Harris <> wrote:


Wonderful old growth trees are about to be felled for the Gundaroo Drive duplication. I live near Gundaroo Drive and I admit to being annoyed at the crowded narrow road and lack of foresight by ACT government when the old Crace farm became suburbia. I admit to being glad, at last, that they are constructing a road wide enough to cope with the population explosion out here. But I am sad for a number of reasons to see that this requires the removal of trees perhaps two centuries old. 

These trees include an ancient Yellow Box and several old Eucalypts, one of which has that highly unusual spiral bark. They are attractive old trees and among the few remaining trees with constantly-used nesting hollows. Another sadness is that these trees hold the last memories of this end the old Gundaroo Road, almost certainly trees that were preserved because they were roadside trees. Some bits of the old road were still traceable near them before Crace suburb was built and a little remains in Forde. 

The time to preserve these old trees would have been when the suburbs and road infrastructure were first being planned but that was driven by financial arrangements with minimum costs. It has been too late for some years now. There is nowhere sensible now for the duplication to go.

The trees all have notices on them announcing their removal and giving a number to ring. I admit I will be glad of the road improvement but I will shed a tear when short-sighted bureaucracy finally takes the trees.



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