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.�