Questions on tree removal raised

FURTHER to the April 9 edition report headlined ‘Failing trees removed’, Commissioner Linton Reynolds claimed the City of Canning removed four trees from the Adenia Road Reserve because they were dead or dying, and other trees were removed to reduce future maintenance and improve canopy space, thus allowing the remaining trees more room to grow.

I was told a different story by the City when I contacted it at the time the trees were being removed. Nonetheless, why weren’t the “dead” trees removed six months ago when council workers removed other dead trees from the park?

Why were contractors used to remove these trees instead of the council’s own engineering crews who have done this previously? Why are so many trees (many less than 10 years old) dying in the park?

Are these trees dying from herbicide sprayed on the park each month, or are the trees dying from the termites in the park? These termites also affect local residents’ properties along Adenia Road.

The council has a contract with the WA Health Department that says the City must keep sufficient mulch on the asbestos site to prevent the contaminated soil from being exposed due to people kicking, walking over or generally disturbing the mulch.

The asbestos site also extends to the access driveway next to the mulched area. The access driveway (which now has road base on it) is where the original asbestos was found and was not covered with anything until three years after the City had made the agreement with the health department.

Why isn’t the asbestos site completely covered so no contaminated soil is exposed; why wasn’t the wood mulch from the removed trees used on the contaminated site and do more trees now have to be cut down to provide that mulch?

Rod Laurie, Riverton