Tree owners feeling the love
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.