LETTERS 8.10.16

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Name and shame signs in Stirling 
STIRLING mayor Giovanni Italiano was on radio this morning being questioned about Stirling’s verge trees.
He announced what seems a human rights violation whereby Stirling puts up signs where a verge tree has been damaged or killed. He declared that these name and shame signs remain in place for 12 months.
This outrageous action is meant to pressure and provoke residents into naming ‘perpetrators’ who damaged the trees. What if someone damaged or killed a tree on your verge and although you are innocent have to be shamed with one of these signs for 12 months?
A better option is for Stirling to consult with residents and be aware of the real tree nuisance of roots, shedding and dropping and competing for precious water with other garden items is one of the biggest issues of contention.  A verge tree next door is continually shedding into my property and eventually a huge branch fell and demolished my letterbox and its footings.
Stirling denied liability for the cost to me for replacement and installation of another letter box. Stirling’s bully tactics are deplorable.
M. Palmer
(Street withheld by request),
Carine 

Heritage tragedy
Many of us have driven past the old Cadbury Schweppes building on Scarborough Beach Road in Osborne Park.
I had often looked over, whilst stuck in traffic, and thought, I’d like to see inside that building one day. Over the years it became vacant and so weary looking, with extra structures and signage being added to the exterior, making the building appear quite cluttered and unattractive.
Even still, I always found it kind of interesting. So in the process of putting this property up for sale, the owners removed the outer structures to reveal an actually rather nice façade and the words Passiona Bottling Co. Perth Ltd. embossed in the render.
Gorgeous! I thought. This building might now have a future. Perhaps it will be mostly pulled down, but that interesting façade that is going to be kept, for sure… “Bah Baaahm”.
You need to say this word out loud, so now again, “Ba Baaahm”. That is the sound I remember from a 1970’s tv game show (that I can’t remember the name of) when the contestant got the answer to a question wrong.
No, we do not keep buildings of significance in this city. We don’t even hang on to their façades. The mindset here in Perth is “forget the history, knock it down and shove something else up”. Do we ask ourselves any important questions here in Perth about our heritage? What built environment will our children be inheriting?
Do we actually need any more new buildings? The replacement buildings are poorly designed, uninteresting spaces with no aesthetic, built using inferior materials and without respect of neighbouring properties.
Just take a drive through the rest of Osborne Park, check also for the amount of for lease signs everywhere. So to all the Mr Developers out there, to the “I have to make maximum profit on my investment” people, I have to confess, I have given up thinking positively about your intentions.
I won’t be looking over to see what will be built at the site of Passiona Ltd. because I know it will only be Ltd without the Passion.
Vanessa Lombardo
Mount Hawthorn

Great dirt
Composting at home and within the community, through organised not-for-profit associations should be encouraged. (“Big bin’s no rubbish idea,” Perth Voice, September 24, 2016).
The North Perth Community Garden (NPCG) ran a project funded through both the City of Vincent and the WA Waste Authority, to collect waste from cafes and eating houses locally, and take it to the garden and produce first class quality compost. It’s not difficult when you know how.
The NPCG now advocates for a grants program to facilitate other groups (and not necessarily gardening groups), to try their hand at community composting. These grants are coming on stream right now. The final compost product is easily sellable and a valuable commodity. It is also organic and not contaminated.
WA soils are ridiculously lacking in nutrients. Adding compost helps to make healthier soil.
By taking organic food waste locally and composting it locally, Mayor Carey is quite right in saying that the carbon kilometres of the waste disposal are greatly reduced. Otherwise a trip to the Mindarie landfill site is 25 km. We got around that easily by keeping everything local. Think global, act local.
If anyone wants to look into furthering their expertise in composting either at a local ‘at home’ level or at the larger ‘community composting’ level, they are welcome to contact North Perth Community Garden at northperthcommunitygarden@gmail.com
Colin Scott
President – North Perth
Community Garden (Inc)
Deague Ct, North Perth

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