Trees cut, residents outraged

NORTH BEACH residents are outraged after City of Stirling officers cut down 26 established trees in North Beach yesterday.

The established tuart and peppermint trees will make way for a new football oval as part of a $10 million upgrade to Charles Riley Reserve.

The oval expansion will allow North Beach Football Club to play senior games at the reserve, but local residents said the destruction of 40-year-old trees was not worth it.

Resident Leisha Jack said she was disappointed to see the trees cut down.

�This is very sad, I just find it staggering that the amenity of a community reserve can be destroyed like this, for the benefit of one small user group,� she said.

�All urban planners know that tree lined parks and streets encourage people to get out and exercise, to play and socialise.

�Shade trees are especially important with our very hot climate.

�This reserve already has very few trees on its parameter compared to other reserves.�

City of Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano said the project had been planned for several years.

�Unfortunately for these last lot of works to occur we have to take out 26 trees,� he said.

�We�ve managed to save two of the trees but regrettably the others had to go – you just can�t have trees in the middle of a footy oval, it doesn�t work.�