Residents call for trees to be replaced

East Perth resident Damon James with neighbours Lorraine Hohmann and Jim Hubble. Picture: Marcus Whisson d412945
East Perth resident Damon James with neighbours Lorraine Hohmann and Jim Hubble. Picture: Marcus Whisson d412945

A petition signed by 30 residents was recently submitted to the City of Perth, requesting 24 tree replacements which they believe have ‘simply failed to take off’.

Resident Damon James said after more than a decade the trees, some of which have no foliage, were unlikely to grow any more.

Mr James said the original intention for the street was for the trees to obscure the road from aerial view, providing a canopy and shade.

But he said the road was currently just an ‘extra wide street’ rather than a parkway.

‘The Promenade is currently a large heat island and produces high solar glare. Unlike other shaded streets in East Perth, the Promenade is an overly hot, unpleasant and under-utilised place in warmer months,’ he said.

‘This is particularly saddening given that the Promenade is intended as the centrepiece of the Belvidere Precinct, as well as a showcase residential street for East Perth and the City of Perth.’

Mr James said soil remediation work was needed prior to planting to ensure the trees had the best opportunity to thrive.

City of Perth officers will prepare a report on the options for the street and present it to council in early 2014.