Hmm, after a mammoth tree sit, Richard Pennicuik’s eucalyptus tree has been felled. Despite the tree surviving the worst storm in 50 years and a human living in it for 105 days, the tree, deemed too dangerous, is now wood chips. Gosnells Council 1, Mr Pennicuik 0.
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Ah loons, guess what? Tree man has placed his feet back on Terra Firma. Yes, Richard Pennicuik has finally come down from the tree that has been his home for 111 days. Having survived one of Perth’s hottest summers on record and one of the worst storms in 50 years Mr Pennicuik says he has proved his point (there ain’t nothing more Mother nature can unleash on him). The gum tree, which was deemed unsafe by the City of Gosnells, didn’t lose so much as a branch but despite this Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle is still vowing to cut down the tree. A war weary and exhausted Mr Pennicuik said he won’t be going back up the tree even if the council brings the loppers in “Let them make themselves into the biggest idiots in the world.” City of Gosnells 1, gum tree 0, Mr Pennicuik in need of a bath.
This morning I was doing my usual pounding of Jacob’s Ladder under a blue sky, tonight it is a twisted mess having succumbed to one of Perth’s worst storms in recent memory. A massive landslide has not only washed part of the ladder (stairs) away but mud has washed into the apartments below creating utter devastation. Dabnabbit! I was hoping to get some shots tonight but police have cordoned off the area. Early this afternoon it was feared people had been trapped in their apartments as a wall of mud engulfed the lower levels in a matter of minutes. Structural engineers are accessing the damage and fear the Apartment building may have to be demolished. All residents are now seeking shelter in the Convention Centre. As for Jacob’s ladder, I am guessing it will be closed for some time.
Oh and for all of you worried about Tree Man, he’s OK, despite the fact he got hit by lightning (sheez, only a flesh wound!). Yes, Richard Pennicuik said “The lightning came down my cable, into my neck, down my right arm and out my leg.” The tree, which has been deemed hazardous, barely lost a leaf in the storm.
Here’s a little of what happened in Perth today….
OK Loons, remember Richard Pennicuik the man up the tree in Thornlie? Come on sure you do, I even think some of you made fun of him. Well, he is still up the eucalyptus tree (60 days and counting) , despite being fined, abused and even egged. Now Richard has found another angle to stop the City of Gosnells from chopping down his beloved tree… the Heritage Council. Oh , yeah, heritage list the bugger and stop the friggin City of Gosnells once and for all. Nice move.
Psst Anyone who wants to show their support don’t forget to join his Facebook site…some of the comments are priceless.
Barely anyone outside of Perth would have heard of Richard Pennicuik but he is the tree loving Thornlie local who for nearly three weeks has been perched high up in a gum , a tree the council are trying to chop down. Mr Pennicuik a 57 year old mineworker refuses to come down unless the council agrees not to chop down the native eucalyptus which they plan to replace with a jacaranda. His uncomfortable perch has been made all the more unbearable by hecklers, searing temperatures and sleep deprivation but he doesn’t care. Some well meaning supporters have even tried to share a limb with him but end up retreating due to boredom. It all started when the council decided to chop down 22 Eucalypts which line the street because of falling branches. It’s the vibe!
Psst If you want to help save this precious gum tree please visit Tree Man on Facebook