Resident appalled after trees chopped down

About 10 trees were felled on a block on the corner of Sutton Street and Peel Street.
About 10 trees were felled on a block on the corner of Sutton Street and Peel Street.

MAUREEN Sanderson was appalled after about 10 trees were felled on a spare block in central Mandurah.

The sheoak and paperbark trees were chopped down on the corner of Peel Street and Sutton Street.

“It was an absolute atrocity, I was so distraught after I saw that,” Ms Sanderson said.

“We have so few trees left in central Mandurah.

“I think some considerations should have been made.”

City of Mandurah acting chief executive Graeme Davies said the community and environmental value of mature trees was well understood by council.

“The City works hard to keep as many mature trees as possible and acknowledges the benefits they provide to the community,” he said.

The City’s Town Planning Scheme No.3 states that no approval is required to remove trees that are dead, diseased or considered dangerous.

“The landowner of the site in question contacted the City of Mandurah requesting approval to remove trees on the property,” Mr Davies said.

“City officers then met with the landowner and a qualified arborist to assess the trees on site.

“A number of trees were determined to be structurally unsound or diseased, and unsuitable for retention.

“The City confirmed that no approval was required to remove these trees.

“All remaining trees are required to be retained at this stage.”

Mr Davies said the site was zoned for development, however no application for development has been received.

“Maximising tree retention would be a key consideration in the development process should an application be received in the future,” he said.