Eucalyptus to fall for new fire station plans
RESIDENTS LEFT DISAPPOINTED BY DECISION
when residents raised concerns, which included the need for trees to be removed.
Plans were reconfigured to require only one eucalyptus tree, which was seen as having hollows valuable to native fauna but was in a dangerous condition.
Resident Daniel Taylor, an environmental science graduate, attempted to save the tree during the consideration, and was disappointed by the decision.
“It was an argument from ignorance,” Mr Taylor said. “The whole idea of helping the environment by cutting down a tree is staggering.”
He accepts he has lost the battle but was determined to find out why a block with a larger clearing across the road was not chosen instead.
The JRPP members asked for details on the alternative site and were told it was an option ruled out because the council said it was included in a tree planting program.
The Standard has since contacted Blacktown Council for clarification, and a spokeswoman confirmed Fire and Rescue NSW asked about the site in 2013 and was told the council may not support the proposal there because it was included in the Tregear Reserve Plan of Management. She also confirmed no date has been locked in for the planting.
Another resident opposed to the removal of the tree was Blacktown and District Environment Group sec- retary Wayne Olling, who said more investigations were needed.
Fire and Rescue NSW assistant director properties Andrew Peters said a tender process was now being completed and construction of the new station “will hopefully commence in the last quarter of this year”.
He said the hollows of the tree will be removed and preserved on the site.
Daniel Taylor stands on the site he believes the new fire station should be on, which would save a 150-year-old tree (in the background in centre).