I have represented the Ward in 1995-7 and again from 2006 to the present time. I find being your representative on Council to be very rewarding. Please find out more about current items that I think are of interest as well as my achievements for the Ward and plans for the future.
05 August 2012
Council recently endorsed the concept of creating more opportunities to grow food within council property and to encourage the growing of food by others. This would include offering fruit or nut trees as a choice when replacing street trees, replacing trees that have reached the end of their life in parks and landscaped ares with fruit or nut trees in consultation with the community. Yesterday, Morrie Hurrel Reserve in Ramage Street Unley was the first to get this treatment. Over 30 trees had reached the end of their useful life and they were replaced by 70+ fruit and nut trees. Open space for play has been retained and there has been no changes to the play equipment. The local community have embraced this and turned up in numbers to help with the planting.
However, there are many questions that have yet to be answered in this concept. They are;
Who waters the trees?
Who prunes and does regular maintenance of the trees?
To whom does the fruit belong?
Who will clean up any mess that is left when fruit falls to the ground and is left to rot?
Will it attract rats?
If the answer to any of these is Council then how much extra money will it cost?
What is the cost/benefit of this?
What do you think? Please share your thoughts as comments.