THE Meander Valley Council, Tasmania’s most ardent admirer of the logging industry and its shibboleths, has brought the destruction of Arcadia to the village green at Westbury, the heart of its constituency.

This is the stump on one of a pair magnificent macrocarpas felled in the prime of their lives. Who gives the orders for such wanton destruction and for what purpose?

If they now fell the Wellingtonia, this will complete the trifecta and consummates one of the great criminal acts perpetrated over a historic landscape in Tasmania.

A Wellingtonia (sequoia gigantia) should live for three thousand years and grow to a height of 300 feet. I ask, what are its chances under the auspices of the Meander Valley Council?