Tree change

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

STIR­LING Coun­cil has fol­lowed other coun­cils, in­clud­ing Man­durah, in chang­ing the City’s Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme to pro­tect trees on pri­vate land.

While the ar­gu­ments for such a change may sound com­pelling to en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, ef­fec­tively trees on pri­vate prop­erty be­come a pub­lic as­set. The de­ter­mi­na­tion whether or not a tree is sig­nif­i­cant does not lie solely with the land owner.

There­fore, any­one could buy land only to dis­cover later that a tree on their land could be deemed sig­nif­i­cant. Hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant tree on your land will com­pro­mise what can be built on that land.

The new policy also re­quires de­vel­op­ers to pay for trees to be planted on verges.

Sounds good un­til the trees grow into over­head power lines and the coun­cil has to trim those trees.

Luck­ily, poli­cies like this can be changed or re­pealed if the right peo­ple are elected to coun­cil.

Les Atkins, Wood­lands

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