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August 16, 2022

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It’s hard to know what value to place on the environment – until it changes irrevocably. 

A place is defined by its aesthetic and in the case of Clifford Street, for instance, it is the black-green of the coastal cypress canopy that determines Suffolk Park as being separate to Byron, distinct from Broken Head, different to Lennox.

Those trees are visual signifiers of this place and as a threatened species, everything possible should be done to protect them – they are the guardians of a fragile ecosystem.

Everything is connected – we forget that. Only small patches of coastal Cypress pine forests still exist in the Northern Rivers and even small remnants are worthy of protection. 

Twentyfive are earmarked for felling out of this plot – take them out and everything else in that loop is at greater risk of not making it to the other side.

It is possible to develop land whilst holding the existing environment paramount, but it requires dedicated lateral thinking. Accommodating the trees might result in squeezing fewer buildings into a space, but the old Byron used to be about much more than money.

Catherine Lane, Ocean Shores


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2 COMMENTS

  1. The bus pulled in and parked right there on Clifford Street, Suffolk Park right next to those fabulous thick green group of trees, the ones with all the green, green leaves.

    It was the morning after the night before and I felt like I had a broken head just after I stepped down off the bus that I rode.
    I needed a coffee, so I headed up to my usual place Jimmy’s Coffee House up Clifford Street while a little bit cross as I thought of my friend Catherine Lane and her letter full of defensive words about development destroying trees, gees,

    In Suffolk Park. I crossed over Clifford Street while feeling a little bit cross, crossing over to the other side, for to me, I was on Catherine’s side on what she wrote about the destruction of the Cyprus Pines on Clifford Street. All that was beneath my feet was concrete, and there is far too much concrete in Suffolk Park in Clifford Street, whether the sun is shining bright or whether it is dark. I sat in a chair at Jimmy’s sipping a Cappuccino and took out The Echo and began to read:
    “A place is defined by its aesthetic and in the case of Clifford Street, for instance, it is the black-green of the coastal cypress canopy that determines Suffolk Park …”

    Ain’t that so right. For all the residents of Suffolk Park the place is more than “A place”. it is “The Place” of where the roots are planted so you stop trooping all over the place. Suffolk Park is home and it has a feeling in the heart that is warm and those Cypress trees on Clifford Street are part of our home, part of Clifford Street. Many a person would really pine to see 25 Cypress trees go. Do you know that the Cypress in genus is native to Australia. There are 16 varieties and 13 of them are native to Australia. The other three are native to New Caledonia so New Caledonia was connected to Australia back in Gondwanaland or the tree species was transported by migratory birds. Ah, the birds, The more we destroy bird habitat, the trees, the more we destroy the meaning and standard of our own life. All money is, is an expression of energy. We must use money wisely and not to deplete the standard of our life and lives. I had another coffee. Life is about whether you want the song of singing birds or the increasing noise of rumbling traffic.

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