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Last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 06:37 am

Reader Mr Anderson contemplates some council-approved vandalism:

I received a letter from Blacktown City Council recently and strangely enough the envelope was more interesting than the contents.

Sure, the envelope was made from recycled paper and had the typical Sydney council slogan “NO AIRPORT for Western Sydney” emphatically placed below the return address, but what interested me the most was what was emblazoned across the top: “Lop power poles not trees!”

Now, I consider myself a community minded person, so I was thinking (particularly since I don’t live in that council area) of helping out by taking a chainsaw to those pesky power poles, starting with the ones right outside the council chambers.

Hey, they asked for it.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/22/2005 at 12:12 PM
    1. Re:  my comment under the subsequent post.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 10/22 at 04:44 PM • permalink


    1. I use Word and the laser printer to put this message on envelopes, especially those going to the local council and greenie relatives:

      This envelope proudly produced from chlorine-bleached pulp sourced from
      old-growth forest waste. Warranted virgin material.  Contains no recycled waste matter.

      It’s not an original idea.  A decade back a group, perhaps the Forest Products Association, put a similar message on their Xmas cards.

      Posted by walterplinge on 10/22 at 07:24 PM • permalink


  1. The literal Mr Anderson reminds me of the henchman on old Bugs Bunny cartoons: “Duh, you said give it to him, boss.”

    Posted by slammer on 10/23 at 01:06 AM • permalink