Clear­ing to con­tinue

CITY WORKS ON WAR­WICK ROAD ‘RU­IN­ING A GREAT AS­SET’

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

THE City of Joon­dalup is push­ing ahead with clear­ing some veg­e­ta­tion and plant­ing more trees in the me­dian strip of War­wick Road.

The Times con­tacted the City af­ter it re­ceived crit­i­cism of the clear­ing from Marmion Sor­rento Duncraig Progress and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Michael Rose.

He said the un­der­growth clear­ing started last week in the me­dian near Daval­lia Road would re­sult in the loss of “a great as­set”.

“We’ve had nearly 40 years of growth and it’s an ab­so­lute gem,” he said.

“Lots of good gre­vil­leas and hakeas that pro­vide per­fectly good veg­e­ta­tion and flow­ers and they’re just de­nud­ing it.

“This is the third year in a row we’ve tried to stop them.”

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Garry Hunt said the streetscape works were part of an en­hance­ment pro­gram started in 2016 and listed in the City’s cap­i­tal works pro­gram.

“The works are in­tended to re­move veg­e­ta­tion which is dead or dam­aged and/or con­sid­ered in­ap­pro­pri­ate for a me­dian lo­ca­tion,” he said. “The po­si­tion­ing of trees will also be con­sid­ered to im­prove sight­lines and en­sure ef­fec­tive canopy cov­er­age in ac­cor­dance with the City’s Leafy City pro­gram.

“The re­moval of the un­der­growth along this sec­tion of War­wick Road will as­sist in achiev­ing this out­come, as well as re­duc­ing costs as­so­ci­ated with on­go­ing main­te­nance of the me­dian.”

Mr Hunt said the work would help re­duce weed growth and pre­vent “lit­ter trap­ping”.

“The City is re­tain­ing as many suit­able spec­i­mens as pos­si­ble and will be plant­ing about 125 new trees along this sec­tion,” he said.

“The en­hance­ment pro­gram is aimed at min­imis­ing costs to ratepay­ers whilst main­tain­ing a green en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mr Rose asked “why should our rates be spent spoil­ing a won­der­ful me­dian strip?”.

“The ar­gu­ment that taller trees will be planted with in­creased leaf cover shouldn’t mean that the ex­ist­ing un­der­storey and all its habi­tat and food for birds and small fauna can’t be re­tained,” he said.

Sor­rento res­i­dent Mike Need­ham said he was “shocked to see fur­ther de­struc­tion” of the War­wick Road veg­e­ta­tion.

“Two years ago, I cor­re­sponded with then Mayor Troy Pickard,” he said.

“I as­sumed there was gen­eral op­po­si­tion to the clear­ance.

“Now, with­out any warn­ing, the ma­chines are back and tear­ing those won­der­ful bushes and small trees up.”

Justin Bian­chini

Streetscap­ing works in War­wick Road have an­gered res­i­dents. d484042

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