VIVEASH residents said last Friday “we tried but failed” as a bulldozer pushed over old white gums they wanted saved from residential development.
The removal of the eucalyptus wandoo came after developer Pindan was criticised late last year for starting to clear the bushland that used to serve as a buffer between Viveash and the neighbouring brickworks.
Devastated residents Melinda Brackley and Shannon Astill photographed the clearing near the corner of Stewartby Crescent and Trent Street.
“We tried so hard… and the City of Swan even agreed with us to a certain point but the WA Planning Commission said ‘don’t worry about it’, it doesn’t mean enough,” Mrs Astill said.
As the Advocate revealed in December, the bushland, identified as protected in the City of Swan’s biodiversity strategy, was approved for subdivision in 1968. Pindan said last year an independent environmental assessment had “found nothing of significance should clearing be required”.