State MP Luke Hartsuyker goes out on a limb.
State MP Luke Hartsuyker goes out on a limb.

MP enters tree debate

JUST when all seemed lost, the fight to save the camphor laurels in Bellingen’s Church Street has received another boost with the member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, entering the debate.

With the funding for the project to beautify the town’s CBD coming from the Federal Government’s stimulus package, Mr Hartsuyker said yesterday he would support any request by the Bellingen Shire Council for an extension beyond the grant’s June 30 deadline.

“An extension would give the council an opportunity to revisit their decision to remove the trees and ensure they aren’t pressured because of the funding deadline,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Mr Hartsuyker said the removal of the trees would change the local streetscape and destroy a natural piece of community infrastructure.

The work is scheduled to begin following the April Easter holidays.



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