Who are the vandals?

COUNCILLORS are outraged over the ‘‘environmental vandalism’’ of tree poisoning along the Foreshore. No qualms, however, over their own destruction of Laman Street’s magnificent figs – which turned out to be perfectly healthy in the end. Hunter Development Corporation general manager Bob Hawes (‘‘Ocean views to kill for, as trees pay the price’’ Herald 18/5) rightly exclaimed: ‘‘It is beyond belief that individuals feel they have the right to destroy public assets, paid for by all taxpayers.’’ With Newcastle City Council, however, it’s ‘‘do as we say, not as we do’’.

The councillors’ unimpeded view of the art gallery triumphed over thousands of ratepayers who experienced enormous pleasure looking at Newcastle’s prettiest streetscape, now denuded and bare. They may even offer ‘‘a reward, with a view to prosecution’’ if the tuckeroo poisoners can be found.

Some views are worth more than others, it seems – a cool $1.5million in the case of Laman Street. I’d like to see a reward offered for the prosecution of the real ‘‘environmental vandals’’ lurking inside the council chambers.

Robert Bignell, Brunkerville

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