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'My wooden spoon has powers': Chef stirs the pot over city's brown landscape

'My wooden spoon has powers': Chef stirs the pot over city's brown landscape

10/09/2019 8:57:00 AM

'My wooden spoon has powers': Chef stirs the pot over city's brown landscape

Wielding an oversized wooden spoon, a much-loved Darwin laksa restaurateur prepares for battle over a local median strip.

"I am nearly crying, there are sprinklers here watering dirt," she said."This is very embarrassing. Darwin people love greenery, so we deserve local government to care for our landscape."In her protest video Ms Un threatens local councillors with her oversized wooden spoon, a spoon which she said had"magic powers".

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"I want you, Mr Big Boss of city council, to borrow my wooden stick to whack your staff arse [sic] so they can wake up and do their job," she said."Wake up yourself, before my wooden spoon get you."Comical video strikes chord with locals

The video, which has been shared more than 1,600 times, has struck a cord with Darwin locals.Beyond humorous commentary calling Ms Un to take up a seat in local council, many voiced their own concerns toABC Darwinabout poorly maintained gardens around the tropical city.

"Hopefully the powers that be will listen and take action. The gardens of the Darwin region are all looking very sad lately." — Heather Provan"I totally agree with you darling! More trees! More greenery!" — John Wilson"It's not only the responsibility of the council to look after the gardens; perhaps the community members could take some responsibility for caring for the gardens." — Trevor Scott

"From that location all the way into Mitchell Street from Daly Street needs a decent spruce up. I've been saying this for such a long time. It's the first thing tourists see when they drive into the city. It's hardly appealing to anyone." — Sarah Jane Reese

"The rubbish on the Stuart Highway is appalling and our median strips are shoddy. It is embarrassing." — Jennifer CareyAlthough the median strip is set on a national highway and managed by the Northern Territory Government, Darwin City Council has been embarrassed and forced to respond.

Commenting on the video, Mayor Kon Vatskalis said the issue would be"followed up".The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics declined to be interviewed, but responded with a written statement."The plants located on this verge (spider lilies) are a hardy plant that will produce new growth once water levels increase," they said.

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"The Department will monitor the landscaping and will commit to an appropriate planting schedule." Read more: ABC News »

My mums wooden spoon had pretty magical powers too...

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