Hills Gazette - - NEWS - BARRY & JULI­ETTE CH­ESTER, Guild­ford MICK WAIN­WRIGHT, Swan Mayor

AS res­i­dents of John­son Av­enue we were very pleased to see a City of Swan crew plant­ing sev­eral much-needed new trees around Spring Park.

To­day (July 25) to our as­ton­ish­ment we saw th­ese trees be­ing dug up, leav­ing un­sightly sandy patches and muddy scar­ring of the sur­face by the truck.

What on earth is go­ing on? The park needs new trees. It has had al­most no work done on it for years and now that we fi­nally saw some very wel­come en­hance­ment hap­pen­ing, in­stead we have ended up with no trees and the sur­face torn up as well. Even by lo­cal govern­ment stan­dards, that is a ridicu­lous out­come. And all pre­sum­ably at we ratepay­ers’ ex­pense.

Can you en­lighten us please on the rea­sons be­hind this sit­u­a­tion?

The trees were orig­i­nally planted by the City with the pos­i­tive in­ten­tion of adding to the ex­ist­ing Spring Park land­scape. Soon af­ter plant­ing the City re­ceived a com­plaint re­gard­ing the plant­ing as no for­malised pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion had oc­curred re­gard­ing types and lo­ca­tion of trees and the her­itage val­ues of the park. The City ac­knowl­edged this com­plaint and re­moved the trees. The City will re­visit the site to rec­tify the ground which was dis­turbed dur­ing the re­moval. In ad­di­tion, the City will be en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity in the up­com­ing months in order to de­velop a for­malised plant­ing plan. The City apol­o­gises for any in­con­ve­nience caused.

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