Crime climb after trees taken

Ron Sebrechts at a graffiti-daubed retaining wall for the new cycle path. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423369
Ron Sebrechts at a graffiti-daubed retaining wall for the new cycle path. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423369

The channel of trees was cut down to make room for a public cycle path, which Mr Sebrechts said raised ground levels and affected privacy.

‘The residents do accept we built here near the freeway but the removal of trees has changed the status to one of a dramatic increase in traffic noise levels,’ Mr Sebrechts said.

‘Graffitists seek out areas where the works will be prominent, so bringing the path into plain view and erecting long limestone walls makes this a target.’

Mr Sebrechts said although a letter was sent to residents prior to commencement of works, it did not adequately reflect the scale of the project.

A spokeswoman from Main Roads WA said works would commence in the next two weeks to increase fence height to selected houses affected by the ground level change and clearing.

‘As part of this project, Main Roads has identified five properties in The Rise, where the PSP runs along the boundary, which require an increased fence height to meet safety standards and provide adequate security screening between the properties and the completed path,’ she said.

The spokeswoman confirmed some revegetation of the area would occur in the coming months, as well as graffiti treatment to walls.