Thursday, January 17, 2019

Australia weeps

Not only for this beautiful girl - but for itself. 

What a despicable act. Sir, you are a disgrace and, as an Australian man, I disown you. Our forebears didn't fight an oppressor - and lose their lives doing it - only to have people like you kill our own. Because this girl was one of our own. She was a guest in our country. Someone to whom we owed a duty of care. A special duty of care because she was a woman. Not only have you robbed her and her family, you have robbed us all.

Men of Australia, join me in calling this out. Not only this, but every act of violence and disrespect towards women. After all, we are all from women - our mothers - and we know that they would expect nothing less. Each of us can (and must) play a part. Speak up when men bully women. Ignore their gutter talk when they see an attractive girl. Don't laugh when they make their crude jokes. Isolate those who would treat women this way. Because they are weak men - losers - and need to be shown up as such.

It's time to do better.

What has this to do with Public Open Space?


Too bad.

Monday, January 14, 2019


Kris Savy did my tree today.

I'm happy. Very. He knows what he's doing and trust me, it's more difficult than it looks. Kris prunes with the long term in mind. That's the art of great work - thinking ahead all the time. Years ahead. Not many guys are good at it. I'm happy to report Kris is. Use him with confidence.

Kris Savy 
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Spreading the love

You've probably heard me wax lyrical about local tree consultant Rob Bodenstaff on this blog. 

Well, he's getting harder to find than a one-legged man at an arse-kicking contest these days so I was pleased to bump into someone else today who gives me the same good vibe.

His name is Kris Savy. I'm getting him to do some work on a large tree at my place on Monday so I'll report back after that. I'm pretty confident he's going to be the real deal though.

Check him out if you need some specialised tree work done. As he said to me "if you want your tree taken to ground, call one of the big contractors - they'll be cheaper. But if you want your tree finessed, that's me."

Kris Savy 
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More to come...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

City of Melbourne: light years ahead

If you're in Parks and Gardens here in Perth - and more particularly, tree management - you really must get to Melbourne City Council and look at how they manage their urban forest. It's quite staggering how far ahead of us they are. There's too much to try and detail here - just make the effort and go. I emailed them this morning and suggested they run courses for local governments who want to get it right. They would sell out each year I'm sure. Could be a nice little earner for them, a great learning experience for the rest of us and the salvation of many trees around Australia.

Monday, December 3, 2018

No such thing as a messy tree (2)

Someone at Claremont contacted me to defend their new policy

He said the council was in fact "very passionate about trees".

"Sorry," I said, "people who are passionate about trees don't allow rich people to cut down healthy ones just because they're messy. It's bad policy and needs to be called out as such."


Monday, November 26, 2018

No such thing as a messy tree

Post Newspapers reports that the Town of Claremont now allows people to chop down healthy Queensland Box trees if they're prepared to pay all costs.

Here's my letter to the paper in response:

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing" the saying goes.

Same deal with trees. There's no such thing as a messy tree, just an inappropriate ground treatment beneath it.

If you have lawn, sure, a tree "makes a mess". If you have mulch, however, the tree is daily topping it up for you - for free!

Don't chop down your Box trees, Claremont, change your verge treatments. The days of cutting down healthy trees for such trivial reasons are over.

As a community we need to draw a line in the sand and say  "the trees are staying, it's us who has to change".

I truly thought we had advanced beyond such silliness. Clearly not.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Why we shouldn't build any more public transport infrastructure

Because it's all been built. 

It's called the road network. And it already goes door to door. That's the problem of course with rail and bus: you have to get to a station / bus stop so you often drive there!

But where are the actual public transport vehicles on this door to door road network, you ask? They're coming. They're called autonomous cars. They are going to be so sophisticated and so safe that many of us will abandon private car ownership completely. A fleet of autonomous cars - either government or privately owned - will constantly circulate the road network, available on demand to go wherever we want. Door to door. Traffic congestion will ease considerably because fewer of us will own cars. Look at all the private cars that currently spend the majority of their lives parked up somewhere. Not any more. If a car exists, it will be moving. There's nothing new in this. It's how air transport operates already. Planes basically never stop except for servicing and repairs.

Don't build Metronet yet, state government. It could become a massive white elephant. We should wait and watch. Things are changing fast...