Garden state? Ha!
THE State Government seems determined to leave as its legacy for Melbourne a city of dead trees and dying gardens (The Age, 29/1). After 10 years of drought, the garden state still has no strategy to water the street trees and gardens that make Melbourne a joy to live in.
Our gardens aren't just a matter of old-fashioned civic pride, they are integral to issues of liveability, social equity, environmental sustainability, tourism, brand awareness and economic wellbeing. The technology and resources exist to save our gardens, but the political will is sorely lacking.
Robert Buckingham, St Kilda
Unlike Mr Buckingham, I don't entirely hold our State Government responsible. Local councils, specifically City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip are just as responsible. For years they have poured water onto lawns and trees and then suddenly they switch it all off citing rules as a reason. Yes, you can't water public lawns from the mains, unless an exception is made, but you can water trees. That some lawn may get watered in the process, tough.
A walk through Fawkner Park is depressing now. The trees are clearly suffering badly and many appear to be on the verge of giving up. I am sure the triangle near us at the corner of Toorak Road and St Kilda Road is going to be bereft of trees. One has died already and the others look very sick.
These trees have had a spoilt life for a long long time, then suddenly their water is cut off.
I am quite angry with the state government and our local councils for allowing this situation to arise. Why didn't they have a plan. What? Drought in Australia? Who would have thought!
The Garden State rapidly heading towards being the Desert State.
Anyway, good on Mr Buckingham for drawing attention to the matter.
PS Do you think I should polish the above a bit and send it to The Age?