City of Joondalup awards contract for Leafy City Program

Eucalyptus gomphocephala on Carridean Street in Heathridge.
Eucalyptus gomphocephala on Carridean Street in Heathridge.

JOONDALUP Council has awarded the contract for planting, maintaining and watering street trees as part of its Leafy City Program.

As part of the program, 1000 street trees will be planted in Heathridge, Beldon and Craigie from the second week of May and 900 in Kinross, Currambine and Padbury from July.

At last week’s council briefing, infrastructure services director Nico Claassen said Heathridge, Beldon and Craigie made up almost 40 per cent of the City’s hottest roads while Kinross, Currambine and Padbury made up almost 25 per cent.

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He said one street tree would be planted on residential verges in these suburbs, with corner blocks potentially receiving more than one tree.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, councillors voted to accept the $600,000 tender from Tree Planting and Watering, with maintenance and watering for two years after planting. Tenders were advertised from February 4 to 21, with seven submissions received.

Mr Claassen said Tree Planting and Watering had been operating in WA for 27 years and had “sufficient resources to do the works”.

“They’ve got considerable experience in providing similar services to local governments and have demonstrated a very high understanding of the City’s requirements including scheduling, setting out, excavation, depth of plantings, watering during and after planting, tree maintenance, traffic management, and plant and equipment requirements during the length of the contract,” he said.

Cr Tom McLean asked if the City had received any feedback from residents.

Mr Claassen said the general feedback had been “very positive” with “most people” being “very supportive”.

The Leafy City Program aims to increase canopy cover by planting trees in the City’s streetscapes to create cooler green urban spaces for residents.

An independent arborist has advised the location and species of the new trees.