LET’S not beat around the bush, a major environmental abuse is being planned in Lathlain and only now are the residents fully aware of its impact.
Almost 100 majestic trees, many of them native eucalypti, that provide home and shelter for what is left of the native birdlife, are marked for destruction by chainsaw. One or two trees sacrificed to progress is a pity, but to destroy a mini eco system is thoughtless plunder, barbaric. It is ecological terrorism. I am appalled that councillors have the power to give permission for such destruction to occur in a public space. Those trees that have graced the skyline of Lathlain for longer than half a century are in effect a precious asset.
Not only are they a spectacular visual icon that defines the suburb, more practically they provide shade, bind the subsoil and desalinate the ground water.
And let us not forget that trees deliver much-needed oxygen to the near-city air that’s constantly under attack from thousands of cars and aeroplane gases.
I realise that the West Coast Eagles need new training facilities to be competitive, but why the need for two ovals?
Building two ovals side by side seems extravagant and a waste of public space that could be better used for the benefit of the residents and the bird life.
I attended a Victoria Park council meeting and judging by the number who turned up and the tone of the speakers, there is a lot opposition to the project as it stands.
It is not too late for concerned residents to demand that the project be scaled back, or at the very least to demand that the ecology of the area be better preserved. ANTONIO CASELLA, Lathlain.