Baywater Council extends tree removal charges as part of updated policy

Baywater Council extends tree removal charges as part of updated policy

THIRD parties and government agencies wanting to remove trees on private land and street verges in the City of Bayswater will be subject to a payment.

Bayswater Council unanimously supported Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish’s amendment to the private land and street verge tree policy at its January 29 council meeting.

Officers will extend the policy to include all tree removal requests from land under the control of the City by third parties.

As part of the current policy, tree values are calculated using the Helliwell tree valuation system but it did not apply for requests where there is not a subdivision or development application.

Developers are responsible for engaging and paying a qualified contractor to remove a tree and pay a fee for the loss of amenity value.

According to an officer’s report, there have been instances where tree removal was requested without a development or subdivision application such as crossover applications and works by government agencies or service authorities.

In some cases, works undertaken by government agencies will be covered by the Public Works Act 1902, which means they will not be required to pay fees.

Cr Cornish said the amendment was made to “protect the heart of the City’s tree canopy”.

He said this came after Metronet wanted to remove two to three trees on the City’s land last month without needing to go through the City’s tree valuation system.

Cr Lorna Clarke said it would keep building on tree canopy and allow the council to look at trees on private land more closely.