Opinion: Concerns over tree canopy

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LETTERS to the editor from the Stirling Times, May 21 edition.

Write to us at stirlingtimes@communitynews.com.au

 

FRANKING

I have asked Melita Markey (the Labor candidate for Stirling) to explain the Labor policy on franking credits.

If Bill Shorten is saying that it is a gift that Australia cannot afford, why is there not a level playing field in Labor’s policy?

Pensioners and not-for-profit organisations, which could include unions, are exempt from the policy and will continue to receive franking credits.

A pensioner receiving a dollar pension is no different from the hard-working retiree who is just outside the pension and receives nothing from government handouts.

This will push more retirees on to the pension.

If Labor believes that franking credits are a gift, then there should no exemptions. Removal of franking credits should apply to all Australians.

Peter King,

Trigg

 

TREE CANOPY

I found the reasons given by City of Stirling as to why they could not reach the tree canopy target disingenuous.

The vital reasons why are:

– There is no legislation that can be used by any planning authority to stop a developer bulldozing every tree, shrub and other vegetation even if the trees are along the boundary;

– The City will do nothing to stop the destruction because there is a conflict of interest eg more rates;

– It is nothing to do with ordinary “mums and dads” selling their quarter acre block. The clear felling decision is made by the developer; and

– Even if feedback or a submission is made by the community, it is ignored.

A recent example is the so-called development of the Dianella Plaza Shopping Centre. All the iconic trees that provide shade will be bulldozed. I made a submission but the mature trees will all go.

Pamela Jackson,

Yokine

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