Eu­ca­lyp­tus to fall for new fire sta­tion plans

RES­I­DENTS LEFT DIS­AP­POINTED BY DE­CI­SION

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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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

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).

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