What the fig?

Dozens of dead trees have been erected where magnificent Moreton Bay and Port Jackson fig trees once stood before they were felled to make way for Elizabeth Quay. Large, bare tree trunks started appearing this month in a pocket of what was previously the Esplanade. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, the state-sponsored developer responsible for building Elizabeth Quay, said the dead jarrah and tuart trees were part of an art installation. An MRA spokeswoman said it was a collaboration with an Aboriginal artist and the installation was inspired by a story of the Whadjuk people.

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A paid concert with a bigname performer is planned to take over Cottesloe beach, attracting 6000 people, in late November. Cottesloe council and its staff appear to like of the idea in principle, provided the organisers stick to the details of their proposal. The last big concert on that beach was the unforgettable Beach Boys event in 2004, which sold more than 2000 tickets.

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