Port Coogee residents’ objections not enough to get trees removed by City of Cockburn


The four casuarina equisetifolia subspecies incana trees in question.
The four casuarina equisetifolia subspecies incana trees in question.

FOUR trees growing in front of a Port Coogee development will remain where they are.

The casuarina trees are located within the streetscape adjacent to the Ocean Edge Apartments on Socrates Parade.

Pam Thompson was one petitioner keen to see the trees gone.

She said they had been planted too close to balconies and, with strong winds along the coast, had the potential to cause damage to the building and furniture.

She pushed her case to councillors at the City of Cockburn June ordinary council meeting.

“We ask councillors understand our plight … and not have these ugly, unsightly trees which, when mature, will overtake our balconies, encroach on our only fresh air with pollen and diminish any warmth in winter,” she said.

She said low-lying shrubs should have been placed there instead.

Petitioners were happy to pay for removal of the trees themselves, but not to relocate them.

The cost to relocate the trees was estimated at $14,500.

Councillors voted to maintain the trees where they are.

There was concern using ratepayer money to relocate them could set a precedent for similar requests in the future.

Under PSEW 15, the City only removes trees if they are dead, in decline, structurally unsound, or are likely to damage property.

An officer’s report to council said “the trees in question do not satisfy these criteria for removal”.