By ERWIN CHLANDA
It’s official now: if you find a tree still standing, chop it down.
The latest victims are 25 well-established gums in the poetically named Road 4 in the Larapinta town camp.
The camp is not blessed with an abundance of flora: new houses, built under the $150m Federal initiative to upgrade the camps, now near its end, has produced neat new buildings on barren and dusty blocks.
The 25 trees along Road 4 were a welcome relief.
Now all that’s left are stumps.
Territory Alliance Manager Allan McGill said today (Nov 8) the trees were cut down “to allow for the installation of new electrical power lines and water services.
“In keeping with standard design practices, the installation of power and water must follow the new alignment of the road.
“Stumps will therefore also need to be removed to make way for the new water supply.”
Mr McGill did not explain why the services could not be installed on the opposite side of the street where there are no trees.
He says the Territory Alliance “has all necessary Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority certificates and no sacred trees were disturbed.
“TA also engaged with residents prior to lopping the trees to advise the work being done, when it would be undertaken and why it was needed.”