SPRING PARK WORKS UNDONE
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.