"Please don’t blame the poor old red bin, blame the people for not using the correct bin." John Wilcox

FEB 4, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Use the correct bin


Use the correct bin

I READ with interest the red bin debate and can I say that I do not want an extra red bin pick-up nor do I want to pay for the pleasure.

I did get a giggle out of the photo on the front page of a red bin "overflowing" with an empty milk bottle (which should be in the yellow bin) and a newspaper (also the wrong bin) poking our the side.

Wrong bin, people.

Remember everything in your red bin goes into a big hole in the ground.

Please don't blame the poor old red bin, blame the people for not using the correct bin.

Please don't blame the poor old red bin, blame the people for not using the correct bin.

Besides nappies (if they are emptied into the loo before the bin, the smell is much, much less) everything that "stinks" goes into the green bin and is collected weekly.


John Wilcox, South Grafton


Enjoy the tree change

WHEN I moved to Gulmarrad, there was a stand of gums beyond my back fence. I knew some day they would be ripped out for new homes.

Last week the yellow diggers came in. Would I have liked the trees to stay? Yep. Should I be upset that they're going? Nope.

My block used to be part of that stand of trees and I would be one hell of a hypocrite if I objected. As the old saying goes: an environmentalist is one who already has their cabin in the woods.

Yet in this community we seem to be overrun with selfish hypocrites who have "their cabin in the woods" and insist that nothing around them changes.

"We came here because we liked it how it was and it's gotta stay that way." Too bad if it stops additional neighbours moving in, halts job-producing industries developing or limits trucks using "their" road. Without these folks the new Grafton Bridge would have been built 20 years ago. And statewide they add (according to the government) billions of dollars to doing anything.

Back on my block there were still some gums. They were dropping branches (as gum trees do) so out they came. They have been replaced with wildlife-friendly natives and imports.

The local nurseryman says I have a really nice garden - but then he sold me the new trees. Replanting can, and usually is, beneficial.

Yvonne and Lex Newman, (3/2) wrote to "vehemently object to any suggestion of destroying the camphor laurel trees on the boulevard (a boulevard it ain't) in Maclean. This idea of culling a tree, a well-loved iconic landmark tree, to cut it down simply to create an exit for a car park has me (us) completely flabbergasted". I wonder what their thoughts are on destroying most of the only real park in Maclean for a supermarket. As I understand the situation is that all four trees are going to be replaced. This is a good thing, and the reasons for it being a good thing are rather mundane.

The camphor laurels are now too big for the size of the park. . Their size makes it difficult for the park to be people-friendly and limits design options.

They need to be replaced with shade trees with long slender trunks, and straight down roots, which take up a minimum of the available space.

They need to be bird unfriendly so that people can gather under them without being pooped upon. This would allow seats and tables (with inlaid chessboards?) to be built around them and elsewhere in their shade. It would allow a more imaginative design and use of the park. And no doubt in 100 years when those trees need to be replaced somebody else will be saying "You can't remove those iconic trees, which have been there for my whole life".

John Ibbotson, Gulmarrad

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