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