Trees face protection

Abandoned trolleys near Waterford Plaza and Curtin Uni.
Abandoned trolleys near Waterford Plaza and Curtin Uni.

They include a flooded gum at Mandurah Quays Resort, a 200 year old tuart on a road reserve at Oakleigh Drive in Erskine, a cabbage tree at Hennessey Place, a 200 year old tuart on Mandurah Terrace and two stands of tuarts.

Residents near one of the tuart trees on Mandurah Terrace told the council it was of no historical value and impinged on landowner’s rights.

But the council said it was a remnant specimen of pre-European vegetation that had been allowed to retain its natural habitat and few tuarts of such a size remained in Mandurah.

Residents near a second tuart told the council it was affecting their lifestyle, dropping leaves, falling branches and blocking gutters.

They said it caused a great financial burden and was a fire hazard but if the council agreed to clean their gutters, the residents might revisit their objection.

According to the council, remedial work might be undertaken to reduce the leaf drop but a single tree was not an extreme fire hazard.

Tuarts are one of Mandurah’s most ecologically important species with holes used by parrots and other birds and possibly possums and microbats.