Butler trees saved after petition sways City of Wanneroo


The trees on Peaslake Street in Butler. Picture: Matt Jelonek d472903
The trees on Peaslake Street in Butler. Picture: Matt Jelonek d472903

PETITIONERS succeeded in saving four trees on Peaslake Street in Butler.

The City of Wanneroo has cancelled plans to cut down London plane trees on the road after receiving a petition and arborist’s report.

The council agreed to note the 11-signature petition objecting to removal of trees and not approve their removal at its August 22 meeting.

According to the council report, the City had received a complaint from a resident on the street earlier this year about damage caused by one tree to the concrete footpaths, their driveway and a retaining wall.

It said staff investigated the site in February and found there were four verge trees, which had suffered root damage during footpath construction.

“A decision was made to remove the four trees to alleviate future damage to infrastructure and engage with residents in the replacement of trees,” the report said.

After a letter box drop and site meetings with residents, the City arranged for an independent arborist to inspect the trees.

The tree specialist recommended no tree removal, and that the City prune the trees and do annual inspections to monitor stability issues and growth habits of the trees.

The report said the City would implement tree management practices in view of those recommendations.

“To address the original complainant’s concerns, the City will continue to monitor the condition of the infrastructure in Peaslake Street and undertake necessary maintenance as required,” it said.

The City also plans to consult residents about planting more to increase the tree canopy.

Through its draft street tree policy, the City plans to judge future requests for tree removal based on the safety, health and condition of trees, reasons given for removal and value of the tree in the streetscape.

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