Thank you, yet again, Elizabeth Farrelly. There's another glaring example you didn't mention. Starting next Monday, RMS will begin taking the Forest out of Frenchs Forest, by removing hundreds of mature trees along Warringah Road, to be replaced by a 12-lane, dual-level highway, supposedly necessitated to support the new Northern Beaches Hospital.
There are two ways in which this example is particularly scovandalous. First, the hospital is sited in what the government's own analysis ranked as a poor third among the locations considered; and secondly, the 2006 choice of location was not reviewed or updated when, in 2012, the then Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard, signed the order giving the go-ahead to build in Frenchs Forest, so that roading upgrades which were supposed to cost $21.3 million are now estimated at $500 million.
So it's not just barbaric vandalism, it's gross mismanagement as well, at the expense of tax-payers in general, and the residents of Frenchs Forest in particular.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.