On 19 June 2018, Shadow Minister for the Environment Nick Wakeling MP raised in Parliament the anger of Macedon residents at the recent destruction of a grove of Aspen (Poplar) trees at Sanatorium Lake Picnic Ground, Mount Macedon.
The operation, conducted under Parks Victoria, saw the bulldozing of dozens of non-native trees – some aged up to 150 years – which survived the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires in this area. A much loved 100-year-old rhododendron was also destroyed in the process.
Concerns were also raised that the operation has failed to address the spread of this species into native areas when the debris from this operation was pushed into a nearby creek and left there – washing plant material down local waterways.
Mr Wakeling MP has called upon the Minister for the Environment Lily D’Ambrosio MP and the Labor State Government to answer for what has occurred at Sanatorium Lake, and asked why the community was not consulted before the bulldozers were brought in.
Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Macedon, Amanda Millar:
“Many locals including members of the Mount Macedon & District Horticultural Society have raised their anger and concern with me about both the removal of these beloved trees, and the damage caused by the way in which the works were conducted.”
“Once again Labor needs to account for their Spring Street driven agenda which fails to take into account the views of and expertise inherent in the Macedon Ranges community.”
“Suggesting they will “replant” this area is ludicrous – after more than a century of horticultural history has been wiped out by the bulldozers in minutes.”