Glenhaven trees meeting labelled a Greens-ALP 'love-in'

Going out on a limb: Protect Sydney Suburban Trees (pictured) say they will host another community meeting soon. Details: psstsyd@gmail.com. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

Going out on a limb: Protect Sydney Suburban Trees (pictured) say they will host another community meeting soon. Details: psstsyd@gmail.com. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

THE flyer for Protect Sydney Suburban Trees action group's community meeting last Thursday said planning experts would be there to discuss future infill developments in The Hills.

But The Hills councillor Robyn Preston says the meeting in Glenhaven was nothing more than a "Greens-ALP love-in".

"I turned up in good faith wanting to hear from the experts," she said.

"I was faced with the Greens candidate for Castle Hill [Michael Bellstedt], the ALP candidate for Castle Hill [Matt Ritchie] and then I was also introduced to the ALP candidate for Baulkham Hills, who was [The Hills] Cr Ryan Tracey.

"I'm wondering why they didn't have a Greens or Labor logo on their flyer."

The group's spokeswoman said: "As a Liberal voter I'm really offended and horrified by those statements."

She said the meeting covered planning in The Hills and how this planning might effect the environment.

The speakers were Adrian Davis (bushfire management program co-ordinator for the Nature Conservation Council), Sonja Elwood (Sydney Wildlife), David Shoebridge (Greens MP and local government spokesman), Mr Richie and Mr Bellsteadt.

"I wanted explanation from the other parties [about local planning decisions] because we'd heard what the Liberals were saying [in council meetings]," she said.

In August she told the News Hills residents formed the action group to oppose The Hills Council's new guidelines for removing trees on private land — and those concerns would be a focus of their first community meeting.

Cr Preston said council's policy wasn't discussed.

The group's spokeswoman denied this.

"We started off with trees but have moved on to infill developments — where much higher densities are put into existing areas," she said.

"We need to remove trees to put in these kind of developments."

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