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Oct 15

UPDATE: Former Randwick Greens Mayor on why Crepe Myrtles were cut down by Council outside Randwick Community Centre – October 15th 2017

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This is an update to the article posted by Greens Councillor Murray Matson in response to community concerns over Randwick Council’s removal of two rows of non-native Crepe Myrtles outside the Randwick Community Centre.


Randwick Council staff have now provided me with this artist’s impression of what the new landscaping will look like when completed.

I would like to suggest that the real issue here is whether a Council having first planted one landscaping concept is allowed to revisit the decision a few years later with a new concept.

When Council first planted the two rows of Crepe Myrtles it was largely just bare earth and concrete. The site consisted of large disused asbestos military storage sheds on land owned by the Defence department before being given to the Council.

Council landscaping and environmental staff went in and put in a landscaping concept consisting of two rows of non-native Crepe Myrtle near the entrance of the new Community Centre. And they did a very good job.

The same hard-working Council staff are now implementing a new landscaping concept. And they will be shown to have done an equally good job. I believe that when the new plantings mature in 5 to ten years we will all be able to reassess the decision to remove the Crepe Myrtles.

Randwiick Greens Councillor Murray Matson