Tree own­ers feel­ing the love

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Matt Zis

VIC­TO­RIA Park Coun­cil will con­sider whether peo­ple who har­bour sig­nif­i­cant trees on res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties should be el­i­gi­ble for a dis­count on their an­nual rates bill.

Vic Park Trees mem­ber Peter Mel­rosa made the re­quest at the coun­cil’s an­nual elec­tors meet­ing in late De­cem­ber, where he said it was time author­i­ties recog­nised the mon­e­tary value as­so­ci­ated with keep­ing trees.

He said as well as costs of buy­ing, plant­ing and prun­ing, trees pro­vided per­ceived men­tal health ben­e­fits that could amount to sav­ings on med­i­ca­tion.

He also be­lieved peo­ple who choose not to de­velop their land in the in­ter­ests of pre­serv­ing trees should be com­pen­sated for pro­vid­ing a com­mu­nity ben­e­fit.

Coun­cil chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Nathan Cain warned that a dis­count may not be al­lowed through the terms of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act, so the re­quest was changed to ask the Town to in­ves­ti­gate all avail­able op­tions to sup­port peo­ple who have a sig­nif­i­cant tree.

He also asked that the coun­cil em­bark on im­prov­ing and adding to its sig­nif­i­cant tree reg­istry and work to com­plete foot­paths across the Town.

Those mo­tions, which were car­ried at the meet­ing, will now be in­ves­ti­gated by Town of­fi­cers and made the sub­ject of re­ports for coun­cil con­sid­er­a­tion.

Sev­eral other mo­tions were suc­cess­fully put at the elec­tors meet­ing, in­clud­ing a se­ries from Lath­lain res­i­dent Luana Lisan­dro.

She asked that the Vic­to­ria Park li­brary be open on Sun­days and that an af­ter­hours re­turn chute be added.

“If we are look­ing at re­vi­tal­is­ing the strip, pos­si­bly hav­ing the li­brary open longer would help,” she said.

She also sug­gested the coun­cil ap­point a tree of­fi­cer to over­see and ad­vo­cate for its Ur­ban For­est Strat­egy and a full-time li­brary worker to re­tain and ex­pand his­tory records of the area.

Vic­to­ria Park has an em­ployee con­tracted short­term specif­i­cally to digi­tise the Town’s his­tory records.

Morag Croft asked the coun­cil to look at im­prov­ing the King Ge­orge Street laneway that runs be­hind Al­bany High­way busi­nesses, say­ing the ad­di­tion of light­ing, bi­tu­men, flower gar­dens and bin place­ment rules would make the laneway more at­trac­tive.

How­ever, long-time res­i­dent John Glee­son’s re­quest to change the look and colour of the Town’s flag was the only idea not sup­ported.

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