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.