Morley: tree to be removed for Northlink construction

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A QUEENSLAND box tree will be removed in Morley during the construction of Northlink, with City of Bayswater council requesting another five to be planted in its place.

The Northlink project includes an upgrade of Tonkin Highway from Guildford Road to Reid Highway to freeway standard with three lanes in each direction, new interchanges at Collier Road and Morley Drive and a flyover at Benara Road.

Main Roads WA asked council to consider removal of the tree on Robinson Road, which is City road reserve, to construct a relocated cul-de-sac head.

The City requested developers leave the tree but contractor John Holland advised there were no other workable options due to drainage infrastructure and extent of available road reserve.

Councillor Michelle Sutherland said instead of Main Roads planting two replacement trees, as recommended by the City officer, they should request to have five minimum 35L trees planted.

“An objective of council is to increase the urban tree canopy,” she said.

Councillor Dan Bull said more than 100 old trees would be removed as part of the project.

“I’m personally furious we’re being asked to decide about one tree,” he said.

Cr Bull said he was “extremely disappointed Main Roads have done nothing in the City of Bayswater in terms of protecting tree canopy”.

The City director said council were asked to approve the removal because the tree was on City land.