Bayswater council to consider making developers spend extra on street trees and public art

Bayswater council to consider making developers spend extra on street trees and public art

CITY of Bayswater council will consider forcing applicants with developments worth at least $1 million to spend at least an extra $10,000 on street trees and public art in the City.

As adopted in June 2013, developers currently spend one per cent on public art for developments that cost more than $1 million.

At a meeting held last month, Councillor Brent Fleeton proposed the one per cent be divided equally between street trees and public art.

He said it would be at “zero cost to the public purse”.

Cr Fleeton said a large development, such as a Morley Galleria redevelopment, could potentially fund street trees for the entire district.

Cr Stephanie Coates said providing more trees in the City was a drive of council and public art could be achieved in other forms, such as the Maylands Street Festival.

However, Cr Chris Cornish said he was hesitant to get City officers to prepare a report before sufficient discussion.

“I don’t think (art) has to be sacrificed for the other to flourish,” he said.

Cr Terry Kenyon questioned the legality of charging developers for trees planted “half a kilometre away”.

The motion passed 6-4.