Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon have written an open letter to community campaigners working to save the Laman Street figs, congratulating them on their efforts and wishing them well in the ongoing case before the NSW Land and Environment Court.
"Maintaining a principled and effective campaign in such a tense and emotional environment deserves congratulation," Senator Rhiannon said.
"These figs inhabit the heart of Newcastle and many hearts of Newcastle residents.
"History books show that battles like this to save magnificent trees can be won," Senator Rhiannon said.
Letter of Support - 3 November 2011
We warmly congratulate you for your great efforts to retain the Laman Street figs. Your efforts to save these majestic trees are deeply inspiring.
Your community actions remind us of the extensive environmental and social benefits of these trees.
Standing up for nature is one of our great tasks of this century and you are doing this with such courage and creativity.
Protecting our wondrous natural surroundings needs to be a priority of all communities and you are giving fine leadership on this key issue.
Good luck with your ongoing case before the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Senator Bob Brown
Australian Greens leader
Senator Lee Rhiannon
Greens NSW Senator