Historic tree to relocate during Bayswater station works

Cr Giorgia Johnson (City of Bayswater), Cr Dan Bull (Mayor, City of Bayswater) and Jonathan Shuker (Senior Project Manager, PTA). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d493619
Cr Giorgia Johnson (City of Bayswater), Cr Dan Bull (Mayor, City of Bayswater) and Jonathan Shuker (Senior Project Manager, PTA). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d493619

THE 80-year-old kurrajong tree at Bayswater train station will be relocated to Bert Wright Park.

The tree is on the corner of Coode Street and Whatley Crescent, which will become the eastern entrance for pedestrians and cyclists to the upgraded station.

In preparation for the move, the tree will be monitored and its roots trimmed over the winter season.

It will be lifted on to a mobile crane and transported along King William Street, passed from the mobile crane to another stationary crane in Bert Wright Park and planted in its future home.

The kurrajong tree. Picture: David Baylis.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said the authority was working with the City of Bayswater to relocate the tree.

“Relocating a tree of this age and size is a complex task,” he said.

“We will spend the rest of this year preparing the kurrajong tree ahead of its big move at the end of the year.

“While it is not feasible to relocate all of the trees, any vegetation that we remove will be replaced.”

Mayor Dan Bull said |the tree would remain a “centrepiece” of the Bayswater town centre.

“This is a great outcome and a testament to what can be achieved when organisations work together,” he said.

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