Subi oval trees to be pre­served

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion - By JES­SICA WAR­RINER

TWENTY-THREE trees are set to be pre­served dur­ing de­vel­op­ment in the Su­bi­aco Oval precinct.

Su­bi­aco Coun­cil passed a mo­tion at last month’s coun­cil meet­ing to adopt a tree preser­va­tion or­der over six Hills weep­ing figs, 10 mar­itime pines, three Aleppo pines and four sugar gums.

Res­i­dent Linda Rogers spoke of the trees’ his­tory, ad­vo­cat­ing for 26 in to­tal.

She was joined by Barry Ru­bie and Wendy Ather­ton in mak­ing state­ments.

“The vista from these trees is mag­nif­i­cent; they’re a gift of na­ture and we should look af­ter them,” Mr Ru­bie said.

The mo­tion was moved by Coun­cil­lor Derek Nash and sec­onded by Cr Jodi Mans­field.

“I ac­knowl­edge the sup­port from the pub­lic gallery ear­lier; this is an is­sue close to my heart, and has been for most of my life,” Cr Nash said.

Cr Peter Mcal­lis­ter moved an amend­ment, sec­onded by Cr Ju­dith Gedero, to re­move three trees from the mo­tion.

“We know three won’t be pro­tected be­cause of the school de­sign,” he said.

“It’s su­per­flu­ous to try and add those three trees in the or­der; I think it’s wrong when we know what’s hap­pen­ing there to put in some­thing that will be over­rid­den by the MRA or the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment.”

The amend­ment was ac­cepted 7-3.

An­other amend­ment was added by Cr Stephanie Stroud, sec­onded by Cr Hugh Richard­son, which in­cluded a con­sid­er­a­tion for nam­ing some­thing at the new school af­ter lo­cal hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist A.E. Bruce.

The mo­tion was car­ried 9-1. Mayor Penny Tay­lor said she was happy to see so many trees on a preser­va­tion or­der and the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment would also be plant­ing an­other 37 trees on the site.

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