No cut­ting back on park prun­ing

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

THE West Coast Ea­gles have con­firmed they will be­gin a prun­ing pro­gram at Lath­lain Park de­spite con­cerns from the com­mu­nity about its im­pact on bird life.

The pro­gram comes af­ter the club knocked down 98 trees at the park in Au­gust 2016 so two ovals could be built, which the club claimed was needed for them, the Perth Foot­ball Club and com­mu­nity use.

Several res­i­dents raised con­cerns about the im­pact of the prun­ing on the lo­cal black cock­a­too pop­u­la­tion when the Town of Vic­to­ria Park shared in­for­ma­tion about the prun­ing on­line.

A club spokesman said the Fed­eral De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy had re­viewed de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the site and ad­vised no more ap­provals were re­quired for the prun­ing pro­gram.

“The an­nual tree prun­ing re­lates to 14 trees sit­u­ated around the Oval 1 north em­bank­ment and is re­stricted to not more than 10 per cent of each of those spec­i­fied trees,” he said.

“All prun­ing is lo­cated within the cur­rent Perth Foot­ball Club lease area with sup­port from the club and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

“Prun­ing works are be­ing un­der­taken by a qual­i­fied ar­borist and tree sur­geons.”

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