Tree loss dis­cour­aged

Stirling Times - - News - Laura Pond

KAR­RINYUP res­i­dents con­tinue to ex­press dis­ap­point­ment over the re­moval of 50 trees at Kar­rinyup Shop­ping Cen­tre.

They were among nearly 50 ratepay­ers at last week’s City of Stir­ling’s elec­tors’ meet­ing, where ques­tions by res­i­dent Leisha Jack re­vealed the City was aware the trees along Fran­cis Av­enue and Daven­port Street were be­ing cut down and ap­proved re­moval of three ad­di­tional trees on its land in re­turn for $30,000, based on the Hel­li­well method of valu­ing a tree.

In­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Michael Lit­tle­ton said the City dis­cour­aged tree re­moval, but noted the $800 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment was a “sig­nif­i­cant” project.

The City has been work­ing to in­crease trees and has a pol­icy re­quir­ing de­vel­op­ers plant one ‘ad­vanced tree’ per 500sq m.

But plan­ning di­rec­tor Ross Povey said this would not ap­ply to cen­tre de­vel­oper AMP Cap­i­tal be­cause Metro-North West Joint De­vel­op­ment Assess­ment Panel (JDAP) ap­proval was granted in 2015 be­fore the pol­icy was in­tro­duced.

AMP Cap­i­tal’s WA de­vel­op­ment man­ager Scott Nu­gent told the Times the trees needed to be re­moved to meet road widen­ing re­quire­ments and more than 500 trees would be planted across the cen­tre site.

He ex­pected the fi­nal land­scap­ing plan to be com­pleted late next year, which would de­tail tree species.

Ms Jack, on be­half of Stir­ling Ur­ban Tree Net­work, has launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the Plan­ning Min­is­ter and Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win to en­sure the “mag­nif­i­cent stand of tu­art trees” and other large shade trees re­main at the cor­ner of Daven­port and Bur­roughs Road.

Mr Nu­gent said all trees around the North­court build­ing would be re­tained.

“Our door is al­ways open. Any of th­ese con­cerns that come for­ward, we pay at­ten­tion to them,” he said.

Cr Ir­win said the land­scap­ing plan would be re­quired be­fore build­ing ap­proval was granted.

“This will en­sure AMP pro­vides both ma­ture trans­planted trees and land­scap­ing as agreed in the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion,” he said.

“The City will in­spect land­scap­ing works be­ing car­ried out over the course of the re­de­vel­op­ment to en­sure that AMP com­plies with the con­di­tions im­posed by JDAP.”

AMP Cap­i­tal’s Scott Nu­gent also ad­dressed park­ing con­cerns and said the rea­son for start­ing con­struc­tion close to Christ­mas was to en­able the first stage to open be­fore Christ­mas 2019.

The City is re­ceiv­ing pay­ment for cen­tre staff park­ing at Jeanes-Prisk Re­serve while AMP Cap­i­tal seeks an al­ter­na­tive.

Trees along Daven­port Street have been re­moved.

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