An Australian volunteer who was doing whatever volunteers do in PNG.
I was there for 2 years until Dec 2005 .. I hope I made the most of it.

Thursday, April 07, 2005


There is a massacre happening on campus. The trees are the victims.

Grounds maintenance has decided that any tree of decent size and age - even if they are healthy - must go. No idea why. There was a concern about some trees a little while ago that they may fall and damage property, but now it seems like open season on the trees.

I had the sad sight yesterday afternoon of seeing four massive Rain Trees reduced to firewood and stumps. They were not near any property, but obviously deemed risky anyway. These were trees planted forty years ago when the university was started. Who's to say that replacement trees will be planted? Not while the chainsaw wielding fiend is on the loose I imagine.

Massacre on Finisterre road
Massacre on Finisterre road

Last month about half a dozen other trees around the campus were attacked. At this rate there will be no trees left for shade from the tropical sun.