Fight to save park trees
RESIDENTS from as far as Joondalup and Karrinyup were among those fighting to stop a Town of Victoria Park council decision on the Lathlain Park redevelopment.
At a special meeting on Tuesday, council unanimously passed the officer’s recommendation to advise the WA Planning Commission to approve the application from the West Coast Eagles
The application involves the redevelopment of the Perth Football Club oval and construction of an additional oval for the Eagles’ new home ground training facility, as well as other redevelopment projects.
To make way for landscape and building design, the application identified about 98 trees that would need to be removed from Lathlain Park; the park currently has about 270 trees.
The application said the trees needed to be removed because some were on the site of the proposed second oval, some were limb-dropping species and some would be affected by the change in ground levels.
While the majority at the meeting agreed that the Eagles moving their home ground to Lathlain would be positive, residents and community members were concerned about the loss of the trees. Residents said the project was being rushed and the loss of so many trees would negatively impact the community for years to come.
Rainer Repke travelled from his home in Joondalup to attend the meeting and said mature trees were disappearing from Perth at an alarming rate.
“Everyone tells us that a few trees must go, it cannot be helped and it’s all for benefit,” Mr Repke said.
“Nature always has to give. What the development intends to do adds to climate change in a negative way.”
Deputy Mayor Brian Oliver said this was the biggest project in the Town’s history and the decision would not be made lightly.
Councillor Julian Jacobs, a Perth Football Club player, said the redevelopment was an opportunity for the community to make use of Lathlain Park.
“Now, we train a few days a week but then the gates are locked and the community can’t use it,” Cr Jacobs said.
Cr Claire Anderson said she supported the redevelopment because there was currently no disability access.