THERE is an Albury Council proposal to remove all the gum trees on the eastern side of QEII Square when the youth cafe is being built.
These trees provide wonderful shade for the square.
The only trees apparently will be small ones that line the pathway.
It looks as though the council is trying to make the square a neat European park with no regard for the need for summer shade.
There already is little enough shade in the centre of Albury where citizens can sit without more trees being removed.
The Bureau of Meteorology each day reminds us of the increasing burning ultra-violet rays — Tuesday, January 13, reached 14 on the bureau’s scale of 14. That is an extreme reading, just as most of the days this summer so far have been on the high end of the scale. The winter reading is about four.
With the plan open for public comment until January 26, we are lodging a protest with the council about the removal of these essential shade trees. We ask that this protest be noted by the mayor, council members and staff.
— WENDY COLE, SIMON YATES, JO LANCASTER, GROVER LANCASTER-COLE,
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