Anger at plan to destroy trees at new Eagles oval
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.