Flora to help keep noise down

Ballajura resident Henry Chok wants more trees and shrubs planted to block noise from Hepburn Avenue.
Ballajura resident Henry Chok wants more trees and shrubs planted to block noise from Hepburn Avenue.

Henry Chok’s house faces the corner where a sand bed has been raised and some vegetation planted to provide minimal coverage.

It has the least vegetation coverage in comparison to the other corners of the main intersection.

Mr Chok said this resulted in noise, dust and lights from traffic on the main road emanating into his street and house.

‘We would like to see more shrubs and trees planted to provide better coverage,’ he said. ‘The other side of the road, controlled by the City of Wanneroo, has far better coverage.’

Mr Chok said he understood some plants added to the corner had not survived but some new trees had recently been planted, along with a pedestrian pathway added to the corner.

He said more needed to be done and the footpath had made it easier for motorcyclists to cut through the area.

City of Swan acting chief executive Colin Cameron said native plants including bottlebrush, paperbarks and wattle trees, had been planted at the site to act as screens.

‘These are predominantly hardy, large shrubs which have proved successful in other locations as screening plants,’ he said.

He said the footpath had been added to link other pedestrian access ways throughout the suburb, but no further works had been scheduled for the site.

‘The City received an email last week from a nearby resident requesting additional plantings.

‘This is only request which has been received over the past year,’ he said.

‘City staff will visit the site and assess if any additional plantings are required.’