Preserving Our Heritage since 1968

The Hunters Hill Trust

The Hunters Hill Trust

Preserving Our Heritage since 1968

save Moore Park’s trees

save Sydney’s trees

The deadline for the community to make a submission against Stage 1 of the NSW Government’s knockdown-rebuild proposal for Allianz Stadium is fast approaching.

Buried in hundreds of pages of technical reports submitted as part of the Government’s development applications are seriously concerning details – including the proposed removal of healthy trees, increased events and patronage which will impact on our access to Moore Park and inadequate plans to fix congestion.

Send your own submission by Wednesday 11 July or you can sign the save Moore Park petition here.

2018-07-14T16:02:47+11:00July 11, 2018|

help save Moore Park

Anzac Pde protestors, 2016 Image:ABC.net.au

In 1867, Moore Park was established by Charles Moore, the Mayor of Sydney City Council. Today the park is an essential part of Centennial Parklands. Known as the ‘People’s Park’ and ‘lungs of the city’, the park is of national significance.

In 2016, some of Sydney’s most magnificent heritage fig trees in Moore Park were senselessly destroyed to make way for the SE light rail project. A year later Moore Park is under threat again. This time from major redevelopment plans for Allianz Stadium.

Use this link:  Saving Sydneys’s trees to send a message to your MP asking them to put pressure on the Premier to protect the Park. Then urge your friends to do the same.

2017-11-18T23:16:40+11:00November 18, 2017|

Trees in Sydney’s north: new clearing rules

Image: Friends of the Urban Forest

NSW Government has introduced new tree clearing laws.  What does it mean for the future of wildlife?  What about our ever-shrinking tree canopy?  You are invited to attend Total Environment Centre’s community forum:    Trees in Sydney’s North.

Speakers:  Jeff Angel TEC and Emily Ryan, Environment Defenders Office

When:  30 November, 6.30-8:30pm

Where: Cheltenham Recreation Club, 60-74 The Cres, Cheltenham
2017-11-08T17:03:06+11:00November 7, 2017|

SOS: Sydney’s urban green spaces

Image: GSC

It’s obvious that community groups need to become more effective in protecting Sydney’s green spaces, especially since the Greater Sydney Commission’s District Plans and the new and proposed state legislation are upon us.

The Total Environment Centre (TEC) is inviting community groups to a forum to improve collaboration and build effective strategies.  Speakers and facilitators include:

  • Jeff Angel, TEC
  • Corinne Fisher, TEC
  • James Grant, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • Emily Ryan, Environmental Defender’s Office NSW.

When:   Saturday 1st April, 10am – 3pm, lunch provided
Where:  Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

RSVP and more info: Building the voice: community forum.

2017-10-14T16:57:26+11:00March 16, 2017|

Living with tawny frogmouths

Hunters Hill’s tree canopies provide shelter for lots of magnificent birds, including tawny frogmouths.  This video was filmed in Hunters Hill by Darren and Thalia Broughton for the Birds in backyards YouTube channel.

2017-11-04T16:49:48+11:00November 18, 2016|

Ausgrid tree action ‘justified’ !

wybalena-road-tree-2Anthony Roberts, Minister for Energy and Member for Lane Cove and the NSW Department of Industry have justified their destruction of old trees in Hunters Hill as ‘authorised vegetation removal’  in their recent letter to the hunters-hill-trust.  

A community committee will review Ausgrid’s guidelines.  Contact Ausgrid’s Vegetation & Inspection Manager, Kevin Hamblin on (02) 4399 8172 to convey your view or if you want further information.

2016-10-20T18:06:30+11:00October 20, 2016|

Stop the Chop: update

Some good news

so why on earth do we do this? 10/50 code action in Hunters Hill

Lane Cove image: bugs.bio.usyd.ed.au Lane Cove image: bugs.bio.usyd.ed.au

Lane Cove Council has had a big win for trees in their area.  Under the 10/50 Code the owners of nearly 90% of Lane Cove properties could cut down trees within 10 metres of their house without council permission.  Huge numbers of trees that presented no bushfire risk have been cut down.  Hunters Hill and other council areas have similar problems.  Lane Cove Council’s bushfire manager worked closely with the Rural Fire Service so now 90% of Lane Cove bushland reserves are safe from the ravages of the 10/50 Code.

How can we stop further loss of parks, bushland and tree canopies?

State government and councils are responsible for a staggering list of recent losses and CURRENT threats:

  • New crown land laws will make it easier to sell off or lease open space
  • Tree mutilation by Ausgrid
  • West Connex taking inner west parkland and chainsawing trees
  • Southeast light rail route destroying mature fig trees on Anzac Pde and Alison Rd.  Another 700 trees are at […]
2016-10-20T18:03:16+11:00October 13, 2016|

Ausgrid abominations: what happened next

Park Rd, Boronia Park example in Park Rd, BP

After no response from Anthony Roberts, MP for Lane Cove we contacted the media.  You may have caught some of the outrage aired on ABC Radio.  On 18 September, we attended a community meeting convened by Jo Haylen, MP for Summer Hill and Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain, who were both arguing in the House of Reps for the Minister for Energy to direct Ausgrid to stop lopping trees across the inner west and conservation areas.

Ausgrid was invited to the meeting but did not attend.  It was a passionate, crowded meeting and residents from Leichhardt, Balmain, Marrickville, Haberfield and Hunters Hill all detailed examples of the severity of the chopping, incompetence of the contractors, lack of adequate response from Ausgrid and disinterest of the Minister, Anthony Roberts.

A small win: Ausgrid have made a commitment to reduce the ‘second’ trimming (ie  trimming for regrowth) to 0.5 metres. Jamie Parker’s press release,  Jo Haylen’s press release. 

2016-10-08T16:33:22+11:00October 7, 2016|

Chainsaw massacre: Ausgrid’s vandalism

wybalena-road-tree Ausgrid contractors mutilate 100 yr old box tree

wybalena-road-tree-2 Wybalena Rd, Hunters Hill

Ausgrid is responsible for vandalising Hunters Hill’s street trees. In street after street,  beautiful 100 year old box trees are being irreparably disfigured.

The contractors are not arborists. They have no training. Canopies are disappearing and no regard has been paid to their significance.

Hunters Hill Council’s Tree Officer has been told that “the Electricity Act overrides any Council tree rules“.  Consequently she joined Ausgrid’s Vegetation Management Working Group, which includes professional tree pruners, who are trying to influence Ausgrid – so far with little success.

While poles and wires have to be protected from storm damage, it is absurd to act in this crude, destructive fashion.

The NSW Government is ultimately responsible for Ausgrid’s work.  It seems Mike Baird and his team have no regard for the significance of large, mature trees for people’s health and welfare as well as for landscape and heritage conservation.

2016-10-08T16:34:44+11:00September 10, 2016|
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