Pro­tec­tion plan for trees

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

CITY of Kala­munda coun­cil­lors will con­sider op­tions to pro­tect an av­enue of lemon­scented gums fac­ing the axe along Welsh­pool Road East in Wat­tle Grove.

The trees were sched­uled to be cut down last year to cre­ate a slip road to the St Peters Ja­co­bite Syr­ian Church de­vel­op­ment, which was ap­proved by the City last year.

There was sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion to the felling of the trees, prompt­ing the City to work with the own- ers and Main Roads to re­duce the num­ber of trees re­quir­ing re­moval.

In Novem­ber the Coun­cil re­solved to ask the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer to in­ves­ti­gate how the City could es­tab­lish the her­itage sta­tus of the trees to pre­vent any fur­ther de­vel­op­ment im­pact­ing the trees.

City de­vel­op­ment ser­vices di­rec­tor Natalie Martin Goode said at a brief­ing meet­ing last week although the State Her­itage Coun­cil did not be­lieve the trees had sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural value, the City had op­tions avail­able for giv­ing the trees lo­cal her­itage sta­tus and pro­tec­tion un­der the City’s lo­cal plan­ning scheme.

“We looked at four op­tions, in­clud­ing list­ing the trees in the mu­nic­i­pal her­itage in­ven­tory, but on its own this pro­vides very lit­tle pro­tec­tion,” she said.

“So we are rec­om­mend­ing coun­cil un­der­take in­ves­ti­ga­tions to in­clude the trees on the City’s mu­nic­i­pal her­itage in­ven­tory as well as in­clud­ing the trees within a her­itage area and pre­pare an ac­com­pa­ny­ing lo­cal plan­ning pol­icy for the trees.

“Cre­at­ing a her­itage area and pre­par­ing a lo­cal plan­ning pol­icy for the trees is where the great­est pro­tec­tion comes from.”

The mat­ter will be de­cided at the next or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 27.

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