THE West Coast Eagles have confirmed they will begin a pruning program at Lathlain Park despite concerns from the community about its impact on bird life.
The program comes after the club knocked down 98 trees at the park in August 2016 so two ovals could be built, which the club claimed was needed for them themselves, the Perth Football Club and community use.
Several residents raised concerns about the impact of the pruning on the local black cockatoo population when the Town of Victoria Park shared information about the pruning online.
A club spokesman said the Federal Department of Environment and Energy had reviewed detailed information relating to the site and advised that no further approvals were required in relation to the pruning program.
“The annual tree pruning relates to 14 trees situated around the Oval 1 north embankment and is restricted to not more than 10 per cent of each of those specified trees,” he said.
“All pruning is located within the current Perth Football Club lease area with support from the club and the Town of Victoria Park.
“Pruning works are being undertaken by qualified arborist and tree surgeons.”