Roots of the is­sue

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

A COTTES­LOE Coun­cil­hosted walk has high­lighted some hur­dles still fac­ing de­sign­ers of the $18 mil­lion prin­ci­pal shared path (PSP) for cy­clists be­fore con­struc­tion starts in De­cem­ber.

About 20 mem­bers of the pub­lic, coun­cil­lors and en­gi­neers walked from Vic­to­ria Sta­tion, Mos­man Park, to Grant Street, Cottes­loe, last month.

Staked pink rib­bons show the mid­dle of the 4mwide path, which north of Vic­to­ria Street comes clos­est to Curtin Av­enue.

En­gi­neers said the PSP was on the rail­way re­serve and dis­tant from Curtin Av­enue’s heavy truck and com­muter traf­fic.

How the PSP crosses a sump and a path at Mos­man Park train sta­tion, and if it will af­fect nearby gum trees, are some of the is­sues af­fect­ing a fi­nal de­sign for the south leg of the path.

“We’ve al­ready got the bike path in For­rest Street, and when this PSP opens up, peo­ple will be able to ride their bikes from the Perth CBD to the beach,” Cottes­loe Mayor Phil Angers said.

The PSP sparked con­tro­versy when it was claimed up to 48 trees could be re­moved for con­struc­tion, be­fore an agree­ment was reached to plant re­place­ments.

Be­fore the Eric Street bridge, con­sult­ing ar­borist Steven Knee­bone showed Mr Angers and res­i­dents in­tro­duced trees, in­clud­ing a weedy tamarisk.

Mr Knee­bone said many non-na­tive species that at­tracted cock­a­toos to the rail­way re­serve had nuts not na­tive to their diet.

“If you are re­ally smart and take out and re­place them with the right trees, you can vir­tu­ally elim­i­nate your main­te­nance,” he said.

Maps show­ing the PSP’S route will be on the coun­cil’s web­site.

“Once the maps are up show­ing which trees are go­ing and which are stay­ing, the pub­lic will be in­formed and hap­pier,” res­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Carmichael said.

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