City of Stirling to protect threatened colony of Rottnest Island Cypress Pines in Trigg


Lisa Thompson, Robyn Murphy, Marg Herring, Anthony James and Phil Smith. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d477027
Lisa Thompson, Robyn Murphy, Marg Herring, Anthony James and Phil Smith. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d477027

A TREE colony in Trigg, including two 100-year-old pines, has been afforded protection by the City of Stirling.

Councillors voted at the December 5 meeting to protect a threatened ecological community (TEC) of Rottnest Island Cypress Pines in bushland south of Trigg.

The new population of pines was discovered by the WA Wildflower Society last year and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions registered it as a TEC.

Beach Not Bitumen campaigned against the previous State Government’s proposal to extend The Esplanade through Scarborough sand dunes, and member and Scarborough resident Anthony James welcomed the decision.

“It’s a terrific outcome for Scarborough,” he said.

“It’s always been something the local area has wanted for itself.”

A report by the City said two of the trees were estimated to be at least 100-years-old and the presence of several seedlings indicated the colony was healthy and regenerating.

He said it was amazing the discovery of the pines had only been made recently.

“It’s sobering to think how little we know about how special this coastline is,” he said.

The City will re-submit an application to the Planning Minister to close The Esplanade road reserve north of Reserve Street in Scarborough and amalgamate it with the adjoining south Trigg beach reserve.

It will also identify and aim to address any threats to the pines, rehabilitate areas that need restoration and establish an ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Mr James believed the combination of the protected bushland and Scarborough redevelopment was a major drawcard for the area, and hoped rapid public transport and shared bike paths would form part of planned access to the site.

He said the group would continue to fight for legislated protection of bushland north and south of Scarborough.

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