Guerillas demolished by council
A Sydney Council demolishes the work of the Guerilla Gardeners and cops a backlash from locals.
TEN’s Guerilla Gardeners went to air last night in which it beautified a barren parcel of land beside a Sydney railway station.
On the same day Sutherland Shire Council decided to rip up its unfinished mission at a rounabout in Jannali.
$2500 worth of plants and shrubs were ripped up as the council moved in.
The actions by the council have no doubt just given the show a priceless publicity push.
“What they did was beautiful and I would look at my windows most days at it,” said resident Belinda Rees. “We’ve only had a little over a week to enjoy it. It was the topic of conversation when they did it and there wasn’t a negative comment.
“Then, the council just comes in and rips it all up. That roundabout was an eyesore.”
A council statement last week said, “This roundabout is a complex and hazardous five-way intersection adjoining three high traffic roads and a popular service station.
“Any landscaping on this site requires careful selection of plants to ensure motorists’ visibility is not obstructed and proper traffic management during the works.
“The Guerrilla Gardeners crew failed to adequately do either.”
But creator and producer Nick Murray from Cordell Jigsaw told TV Tonight, ” I was amused by the Sutherland Shire Council’s response to our garden down there the week before last. Not only is what they say absolute rubbish, but they fail to admit how long they have left the site desolate.
“Many of the gardens we do are on abandoned blocks of public land that no one has touch for over a decade. They are covered with broken glass, weeds and used needles. The councils only complain when we install a garden and some art. Then they claim to have been just about to do something themselves! What rubbish.
“One council even claimed the work we did as their own.”
A TEN Spokesperson confirmed the unfinished roundabout episode would still go to air, hopefully incorporating this latest turn of events.
Source / photo: Daily Telegraph