Trees sacrificed for cycle path

Main Roads WA remove native trees to make way for a cycle path to run next to Mitchell Freeway and (top left) a kookaburra sits on a felled tree.
Main Roads WA remove native trees to make way for a cycle path to run next to Mitchell Freeway and (top left) a kookaburra sits on a felled tree.

Ms Ruggiero said there was not enough community consultation before the established trees, which acted as a noise barrier from the freeway, were cut down.

‘There was no consultation. We saw pink ribbons on some pegs last year and assumed a cycleway was going to be built but never did we think they would destroy all the trees, as there is already a cleared path behind our house,’ Ms Ruggiero said.

‘A few weeks ago we received a letter stating that work would commence shortly.

‘We’ll probably get more carbon monoxide fumes from the ever increasing traffic on the freeway.

The ambience has already been destroyed, the residents from Warrener Gardens had better views of the trees than us and they are as upset as I am.’

Ms Ruggiero said she was disappointed authorities cut down so many native trees, which she said attracted a variety of birdlife and other animals.

‘They are bulldozing big old gum trees, I can’t believe the desecration for a cycle way, instead of beautiful trees that we used to look out on to we are seeing neon signs and Balcatta industrial area.

‘They were homes to many different species of bird life and animals. Bees were attracted to the gum blossoms when they bloomed. The trees also provided much needed shade.’

A spokesman for Main Roads said a revegetation program would be introduced at selected locations along the cycle path when construction finished.

‘The alignment of the principal shared path has been carefully selected to address the challenging topography of the road reserve and minimise clearing. Adjoining property owners have been notified in writing of the clearing and construction works,’ he said.

Ms Ruggiero said there were better alternative routes they could have taken without destroying the gumtrees.