Sup­port for tree canopy pro­posal

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion wants its coun­cil to dig up the Cottes­loe Beach carpark and plant trees for a green canopy over swim­mers and tourists.

Last month, the as­so­ci­a­tion sup­ported an or­gan­i­sa­tion of com­mu­nity groups and coun­cil at­tempt­ing to in­crease tree canopy for shade, aes­thet­ics and health ben­e­fits, and com­bat de­fo­li­a­tion caused by in­fill across the western suburbs.

A sub­se­quent meet­ing of the as­so­ci­a­tion agreed to ask Cottes­loe coun­cil for trees in the beach carpark at the back of the Napier Street carpark, on rail­way re­serves, the Ma­rine Pa­rade-Eric Street in­ter­sec­tion and beach ter­races.

“You only have to go to Scar­bor­ough beach­front, where they’ve done it clev­erly,” as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man John Ham­mond said, when asked how to pro­tect young trees from cars and the harsh coastal con­di­tions.

Mr Ham­mond said species other than Nor­folk Pines could be planted along the ter­race to avoid the struc­tures be­ing un­der­mined by roots.

The pines planted to pro­vide sail­ing ship spars and masts are now the dom­i­nant icon of Cottes­loe.

“It’s re­ally hit me re­cently that most of the Cottes­loe streetscape is the re­sult of his­toric and in­ten­tional plant­ing, and the coun­cil needs to pick up on that and con­tinue that legacy,” as­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber Tim Evans said.

The coun­cil’s pol­icy for its iconic Nor­folk Pines, which can live to 170 years, in pub­lic ar­eas is to re­place them when they die, or they are re­moved be­cause they are dis­eased or unsafe.

“Al­ter­na­tives to Nor­folk Pines, other than those her­itage listed, are na­tive to coastal ar­eas and in­clude pep­per­mint trees and Rot­tnest Is­land Pines,” Cottes­loe chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­fry said.

Re­quests for trees at new lo­ca­tions would be con­sid­ered “gen­er­ally” to es­tab­lish a tree canopy, but any in the Napier Street carpark would be con­sid­ered in the Cottes­loe Fore­shore Rede­vel­op­ment Plan, he said.

Res­i­dent and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Tony Rudd, John Ham­mond and Tim Evans want more trees at the Cottes­loe Beach carpark.

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