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 Now, Now.. You might upset some people. Sydney or the BUSH?..  Here's a clue.   One of them is still fit to live in. I lived there ( Sydney Town ) once. when most houses were one storey. It would have been magnificent when there were no houses at all.  Like a lot of places, come to mention it. and don't cut down all the trees in the "bush" or it's not bush.. It's cooler when you are walking under trees. Nev

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We cut down 15 billion trees according  to the late Labor member of parliament and cabinet minister, Tom Uren, and he tried to get me to agree to replant them all.

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Well they can be pretty nice except, when they are on fire. I've noticed the extent of tree clearing during my lifetime, and I doubt it's a good thing at all for the place generally. Plenty of erosion too by creeks in ploughed paddocks or eaten out by stock and wind/dust storms removes what little topsoil is there.   I had a bit to do with Tom and found him a real good bloke . Nev

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There are probably five times the trees in central Victoria that there were 40 years ago. The Hawke initiative and lots of Land Care and highway plantings have made a big difference.

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15 hours ago, turboplanner said:

We cut down 15 billion trees according  to the late Labor member of parliament and cabinet minister, Tom Uren, and he tried to get me to agree to replant them all.

Gee, that would have taken you a while.....:freaked:...... sorry.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Downunder said:

Gee, that would have taken you a while.....:freaked:...... sorry.

Took me from about 1421 with the clearing for the beacon near Merimbula to the ring barking peak in the late 1950s

 

 

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15 hours ago, pmccarthy said:

There are probably five times the trees in central Victoria that there were 40 years ago. The Hawke initiative and lots of Land Care and highway plantings have made a big difference.

Drove through the western district yesterday. There's still less than 5% of the trees that existed pre-ringbarking. Around Mortlake you can see open grass  to the horizon with some small wind breaks. Crazy things, like bluegum plantations with the trees about 400 mm apart for wind breaks, then putting sheep in because the growth was too dense; result - bare trunks allowing the wind to whistle through and kill the lambs on cold nights.

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PMC I would seriously dispute that. Highway plantings are miniscule in the big scheme of things and generally just unsuitable shrubs that don't live long. Clearing is going on everywhere pretty much Plantations are still  being replaced in Pine with a lot of erosion in between removing and replanting. The bushfires are depleting the mountain ash in the highlands as they have been to frequent and hot for the new growth to withstand. I haven't seen any PLUSSES and I look for them everywhere.. Google Earth will show it.  Nev

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The other day, on the access rd on the property where I keep my plane, saw a skittled wombat. It was not an accidental casualty. What hope when nongs just can't help themselves in plundering the wildlife?

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2 hours ago, Methusala said:

The other day, on the access rd on the property where I keep my plane, saw a skittled wombat. It was not an accidental casualty. What hope when nongs just can't help themselves in plundering the wildlife?

They were probably hungry homeless people.

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52 minutes ago, turboplanner said:

They were probably hungry homeless people.

About 50 sec in.....

 

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4 hours ago, turboplanner said:

They were probably hungry homeless people.

Send a few out our way Turbo!

We are getting eaten out buy Kangaroos......they can have as many as they want.

 

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1 hour ago, Butch said:

Send a few out our way Turbo!

We are getting eaten out buy Kangaroos......they can have as many as they want.

 

:tongue in cheek:

A lot around at the moment. A friend said he came across on of about 3,000 crossing the road in western NSW. Just had to stop the Land Cruiser and wait until they passed.

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