Tree con­tract awarded

North Coast Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

JOON­DALUP Coun­cil has awarded the con­tract for plant­ing, main­tain­ing and wa­ter­ing street trees as part of its Leafy City Pro­gram.

As part of the pro­gram, 1000 street trees will be planted in Heathridge, Bel­don and Craigie from the sec­ond week of May and 900 in Kin­ross, Cur­ram­bine and Pad­bury from July.

At last week’s coun­cil brief­ing, in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices di­rec­tor Nico Claassen said Heathridge, Bel­don and Craigie made up al­most 40 per cent of the City’s hottest roads while Kin­ross, Cur­ram­bine and Pad­bury made up al­most 25 per cent.

He said one street tree would be planted on res­i­den­tial verges in these sub­urbs, with cor­ner blocks po­ten­tially re­ceiv­ing more than one tree.

At Tues­day night’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted to ac­cept the $600,000 ten­der from Tree Plant­ing and Wa­ter­ing, with main­te­nance and wa­ter­ing for two years af­ter plant­ing. Ten­ders were ad­ver­tised from Fe­bru­ary 4 to 21, with seven sub­mis­sions re­ceived.

Mr Claassen said Tree Plant­ing and Wa­ter­ing had been op­er­at­ing in WA for 27 years and had “suf­fi­cient re­sources to do the works”.

“They’ve got con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­vid­ing sim­i­lar ser­vices to local gov­ern­ments and have demon­strated a very high un­der­stand­ing of the City’s re­quire­ments in­clud­ing sched­ul­ing, set­ting out, ex­ca­va­tion, depth of plant­ings, wa­ter­ing dur­ing and af­ter plant­ing, tree main­te­nance, traf­fic man­age­ment, and plant and equip­ment re­quire­ments dur­ing the length of the con­tract,” he said.

Cr Tom McLean asked if the City had re­ceived any feed­back from res­i­dents.

Mr Claassen said the general feed­back had been “very pos­i­tive”.

Tree Plant­ing and Wa­ter­ing has won the con­tract to tend to street trees .

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