Max and June vacated possession to the RTA at around 11.00am on the 15th Dec 2006 and moved to their new home.
I returned to the land around mid-day to get some photos.Unfortunately it was an overcast last day with some light rain.
The earlier photos in the album were taken on the 13th December during and after the palm removal operation.
We are very hopeful of influencing the RTA to add the land not consumed by the future southbound lanes of the freeway to the existing reserve adjoining the property.
The property is quite unique in that it still retains original rainforest with Cabbage Palms,Bangalow Palms and a good variety of rainforest trees along the creek.
Additionally Max had planted over 30 Red Cedar Trees although these photos do not show the creek areas.
Before final RTA acquisition we made every effort to ensure that not even a bottle top was left on the property as we were mindful of the fact that the rainforest would probably never again be maintained in the way it had been.
I removed a large seeding Cocus Palm (a noxious weed) and some large lantana bushes on the last day to prevent future seed contamination of the rainforest.
It was a sad moment as Max and June drove off this rainforested paradise for the last time. It had been their home for over 20 years.
The long and unique noise reduction Orange Trumpet,Jasmine and Bouganvillea vine fence,the 2 bedroom PAL steel framed house where June wrote many published books on the history of the local area,the large sheds where Max conducted his beekeeping activities,the large productive vegetable garden the flooded gum forest,the beautiful bronze winged and crested doves,wonga pidgeons,redheads finches,swamp wallabies,king parrots and a host of other wildlife will all sadly,miss them.
They have taken a tape recording of the highway truck noise with them to help them sleep at night in their new home.
To see the PALM REMOVAL OPERATION
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