Bayswater councillor hails new ‘tree-mendous’ policy to protect and maintain trees

Bayswater councillor hails new ‘tree-mendous’ policy to protect and maintain trees

BAYSWATER City councillor Chris Cornish has declared council’s new street policy “tree-mendous” at a meeting held last week.

Councillor Sally Palmer brought forward a motion to protect and maintain street trees during demolition and construction of a development in the City of Bayswater.

The owner or developer will be responsible for the protection and maintenance of any street tree on a verge next to a development site.

They will pay a $5000 bond to the City and if the tree does not survive, the owner or developer will cover the cost of a replacement tree.

Cr Palmer said council needed to do something to protect the canopy of the City.

Cr Cornish said following a recent development in Embleton two “wonderful” trees were dead.

“Five thousand dollars is a big statement, a strong statement, a fair statement,” he said.

He said it would prevent developers from allowing a tree to die and then claiming it was grounds for having it removed.