Plane angry

Non-native removal aids waterways: council

WANGARATTA'S Dennis Edwards is furious contractors have removed plane trees from a site by the Ovens River at the end of Baker Street. He claims its 'vandalism', but the action has been defended by the Rural City of Wangaratta

DENNIS Edwards is plane angry.

For more than 60 years the ardent Wangaratta angler has enjoyed fishing the Ovens River in town, but now hangs his head in disgust at the latest removal of plane trees in Baker Street.

He said many of his fishing spots are now bare and unfishable, and blames the North East Catchment Management Authority’s non-native tree removal program.

“My step son lives at the Baker Street site where they’ve been cutting down old plane trees at the back,” he said.

“It was like a little forest, it was beautiful and the only problem with the plane tree is that they’re not native.

“They might say that they’re damaging the environment, but they’ve been there for 150 years these sorts of trees and the willows.

“The Ovens and King rivers are the most pristine in Victoria they admit that, so why the hell change it?”

Mr Edwards said he got “pretty angry” as he watched contractors cut down the trees, in what he believes was “vandalism”.

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