Push gums to shove as tree to make way for fire sta­tion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

PLANS to build a pro­posed multi-mil­lion dol­lar Ropes Cross­ing fire sta­tion at Tregear are ex­pected to move ahead within weeks when a con­tro­ver­sial eu­ca­lyp­tus tree is re­moved.

The con­struc­tion of the $3.8 mil­lion sta­tion on Ellsworth Drive was meant to start in Fe­bru­ary but stalled 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.

In June, The Syd­ney West Joint Re­gional Plan­ning Panel made the de­ci­sion to ap­prove re­moval of the 150year-old tree, against the wishes of Black­town coun­cil­lors but in favour of rec­om­men­da­tions by the coun­cil’s own plan­ning staff.

While the tree will be re­moved, its hol­lows will be pre­served on the site.

Fire and Res­cue NSW As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Prop­er­ties An­drew Peters said the tree was sched­uled to be re­moved “on or around Oc­to­ber 30”.

Res­i­dent Daniel Tay­lor, an en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence grad­u­ate, cam­paigned to save the tree.

“It is out­ra­geous … we don’t re­spect age in our en­vi­ron­ment be­cause old trees mat­ter,” Mr Tay­lor said.

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