Trees removal upsets Karrinyup residents

Trees cut down along Davenport Street.
Trees cut down along Davenport Street.

KARRINYUP residents are upset mature trees have been removed as part of the shopping centre redevelopment.

Along with concerns over Karrinyup Shopping Centre staff being directed to park on surrounding residential streets during the redevelopment, residents discovered trees on the centre site along Davenport Street and Francis Avenue had been cut down.

Resident Rebecca James said she was not opposed to the development but found it “distressing” the trees had been removed.

“I think progress should meet with history,” she said.

“So much of the appeal of Karrinyup is the natural vegetation.

“I think it’s really important to consider the costs and impact.”

AMP Capital’s WA divisional development manager Scott Nugent confirmed trees were cut down as part of construction works on the northern and eastern sides of the centre but said green space formed part of the upgraded centre.

“On completion, the new Karrinyup will incorporate substantial landscaping with green open spaces and the replanting of mature trees,” he said.

“These works have been approved by the City of Stirling as part of the development approval and an independent inspection has been carried out to ensure the impact to wildlife is as minimal as possible.”