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‘PLEASANT POINT’ Rhyll – Phillip Island
Elders Melbourne, Don Olden 0417 805 312
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Expression of Interest
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• 1 hour 45 minutes to Melbourne CBD
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VANDALS have damaged a Norfolk pine
tree in Cowes CBD, an act that residents and
business owners have described as “mind-
less and senseless”.
But while it appears the tree was ring-
barked – with a 20cm-wide bare ring run-
ning around the trunk - arborists’ inspec-
tions confirm the pine will survive and the
damage was superficial.
Police are now investigating the vandalism
to the pine in Chapel Street, just outside the
Aldi carpark, an area covered by CCTV.
Bass Coast Shire asset management man-
ager Jamie Sutherland said the tree would
recover from the damage.
“While the sap and bleeding is very visual,
it’s part of the natural healing process and
looks worse than it is, ” Jamie said.
“We have installed a tree guard to aid its
recovery and help protect it from further
McFee arborist David McFee inspected the
pine alongside Gregor McPhee from Tree Im-
provements and confirmed it was not ring-
barked, but had been vandalised.
“ Someone has cut into it, hit the piece
out and then that has led to the bark being
peeled off in a circle around the tree, ” David
“ The tree is still viable. However as time
goes on decay may take hold in the lower
trunk. It may be 20 or 30 years before that
decay sets in.”
David said at a rough guess the tree could
be about 30 years of age, “but if a tree gets
poor water it could be the same age as much
taller trees, it’s simply struggled”.
Rob Van Den Brink from the Cheeky Goose
who works opposite the tree - said he no-
ticed the damage last Thursday and reported
it to the shire.
“ What is the purpose of hurting a tree?
What’s the point? It’s absolutely mindless
and senseless, ” Rob said.
Anne Davie, president of the Friends of
the Thompson Avenue Golden Cypress, said
trees were a highly-valuable part of the his-
“I t’s very disappointing to see this kind of
“Locals will remember the controversy
when a Norfolk Pine was taken down with no
permission early one morning many years
ago in that same carpark, ” Anne said.
David is such a fan of Norfolk pines he
visited Norfolk Island recently to see their
birthplace up close.
He added “no one values trees enough”.
“Trees are like pets, they give wellbeing
and mental health. Just visit the mongrel
suburbs of Melbourne that have no trees, it’s
Historic Norfolk pine vandalised
THE vision of long-term
Phillip Island resident Barb
Martin to establish, preserve
and defend Phillip Island’s
indigenous plant and wildlife
habitat will live on, following
the recent announcement that
the Phillip Island Nature Parks
will continue the operations of
the Bushbank named in her
Almost 20 years after the not-
for-profit native plant nursery
was established in 1998, the
Bushbank committee identi-
fied that in order to remain vi-
able and to best achieve the or-
ganisation’s goals, they needed
to investigate alternatives to its
existing operating model.
“With a shared vision of
conserving and enhancing the
natural environment, as well
as operating within the frame-
work of a not-for-profit busi-
ness model, the Phillip Island
Nature Parks were a logical
choice, so the committee unan-
imously agreed to approach
the Nature Parks Board with a
proposal to manage the nurs-
ery,” said Anne Davie, Bush-
“We were delighted when the
Board met just before Christ-
mas and endorsed the transi-
tioning of the management of
the Bushbank to the Nature
Parks. The committee believe
this is the best option to main-
tain the Bushbank as a vibrant
and vitally important part of
Phillip Island, and support the
great work of our volunteers.”
The Bushbank will retain the
Barb Martin name, and the Na-
ture Parks will continue to pro-
mote and make available local,
indigenous plants to local com-
munity conservation groups
and to the general public.
“The Nature Parks welcomes
the opportunity to continue
the great work of the Bush-
bank and honour Barb Mar-
tin’s legacy to Phillip Island,”
said Jeff Floyd, Nature Parks
“The Nature Parks’ commit-
ment to the local environment,
understanding of indigenous
plants, and existing volun-
teer program will ensure the
continuation of not only the
nursery operations, but also
the wonderful volunteer base
which has been at the core of
the Bushbank’s success for al-
most two decades.”
The Nature Parks will work
closely with a working group
from the Bushbank to ensure
that all existing plant commit-
ments are met, and that there
is a smooth transition between
the two organisations.
“We believe the Bushbank
can now look forward to cele-
brating its 20th anniversary in
2018 with renewed confidence
and we would like to take this
opportunity to thank Jenny
Toy, prior co-ordinators, com-
mittee members past and
present, and all the volunteers
who have helped make the
Bushbank what it is today,”
Anne Davie said.
The vision of Phillip Island resident, the late Barb Martin,
to establish, preserve and defend Phillip Island’s indigenous
plant and wildlife habitat will live on, with PINP to continue
the operations of the Bushbank named in her honour. Barb
is pictured on the Ventnor beach in the 1990s with local
Bushbank’s future now secure
The sap and bleeding from the Norfolk
pine is visual, but according to arborists is
part of the natural healing process and looks
worse than it is.
The Norfolk pine on Chapel Street was van-
dalised last week and police are now inves-
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