Main Roads WA to meet with Bassendean Mayor and MLA before deciding fate of Guildford Rd ficus trees


Protest signs placed on trees on Guildford Road. Pictures: Carol Siedel
Protest signs placed on trees on Guildford Road. Pictures: Carol Siedel

MAIN Roads WA (MRWA) will take no action in the potential removal of four ficus trees on Guildford Road until its staff meets with Bassendean Mayor Renee McLennan and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly this month.

The trees were proposed to be removed in place for improvements to an existing pier, which supported the footbridge to the Ashfield Train Station that was currently unprotected from vehicle impact.

Cr McLennan said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti had been requested to halt any action on site until there had been discussions between MRWA, the Public Transport Authority and the Town of Bassendean to explore all options but also retain the trees.

“While being conscious of the need to address identified risks, the Town of Bassendean council recognises the high value placed on these trees and has opposed their removal as we are not convinced that all options have yet been explored,” she said.

Bassendean resident Carol Siedel said she and other residents placed protest signs around the trees on March 13 in a bid to save them after they spotted MRWA staff on site on March 12.

Mr Kelly, who requested Ms Saffioti on behalf of council to halt any action pending further discussions, said concerned residents contacted him about the loss of trees.

“I hope a solution can be found to save the trees and at the same time ensure all safety issues are addressed,” he said.

Ms Saffioti said she was aware of the community’s concerns and no action would be taken until all options were explored and discussions took place.

MRWA spokesman Dean Roberts said Main Roads acknowledged the concerns raised regarding the potential removal of the trees on Guildford Road near Colstoun Road in Ashfield.

“To address these concerns, a meeting was proposed on Wednesday, March 14 between Main Roads’ staff and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly,” he said.

“However, due to conflicting schedules, this meeting has now been postponed until late March and will also include the Mayor of Bassendean.

“No action or decision regarding the removal of trees will be undertaken until this meeting occurs.

“As such, construction works and timeframes will be determined at a later date.”

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