Anger at plan to de­stroy trees at new Ea­gles oval

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

LYNNE Pit­ter has lived op­po­site Lath­lain Park for 40 years and says it would be un­be­liev­able if the trees were “bowled over” to make way for an ex­tra oval.

“Many of th­ese trees have been here for 60 years,” she said. “It’s just ter­ri­ble to think any­one, any or­gan­i­sa­tion would just come in and bowl them over.”

She said a clus­ter of trees at the back of the oval were beau­ti­ful.

“I don’t think the Ea­gles re­ally need two mas­sive ovals, they are just push­ing, hop­ing it will hap­pen.”

Ms Pit­ter said she was also con­cerned about the im­pact the de­vel­op­ment would have on lo­cal traf­fic.

“I think the peo­ple are very an­gry about this whole mas­sive pro­ject,” she said.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­thony Vuleta said about 36 per cent of the trees would be re­moved.

“A pro­ject of this na­ture, at this lo­ca­tion, bring­ing an in­crease of pub­lic space and sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity, can­not be achieved with­out some tree loss,” Mr Vuleta said.

“Whilst the loss of any trees is ac­knowl­edged as neg­a­tive, this is far out­weighed by the over­whelm­ing pos­i­tives and ben­e­fits of the over­all pro­ject.”

He said the Town was talk­ing to res­i­dents and groups in­clud­ing the Vic­to­ria Park Ur­ban Tree Net­work to dis­cuss op­tions for off-set­ting any tree loss.

“Con­di­tional upon coun­cil’s sup­port of the DA was the re­quire­ment for the West Coast Ea­gles to un­der­take a tree plant­ing pro­gram at a ra­tio of 5:1 to off-set the pro­posed loss of trees,” he said.

Mr Vuleta said the Town was also in the process of set­ting up a Lath­lain Park Man­age­ment Plan com­mu­nity ref­er­ence group and an on­line en­gage­ment space to seek in­put from res­i­dents.

He said work­shops would be held to seek in­put from res­i­dents on ar­eas of the Lath­lain Park Man­age­ment Plan they could in­flu­ence and col­lab­o­rate on. Res­i­dent Ed­ward Gryg be­lieved one oval would have been suf­fi­cient.

“Lath­lain is a leafy green, beau­ti­ful sub­urb and de­serves to stay this way,” he said.

He said if the Ea­gles needed two ovals they could train on the new Perth Sta­dium oval.

“The sec­ond oval is a du­pli­cate of the oval be­ing built less than 3km away,” he said.

“What an ab­so­lute waste of money and need­less de­struc­tion of trees and res­i­dent wildlife.”

Lynne Pit­ter at the front of her house with some of the trees ear­marked for re­moval as part of the Lath­lain Park re­de­vel­op­ment.

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