Dry winter blamed for plant death

Carramar resident Robert Taylor contacted the Times concerned that the vegetation between Wanneroo and Pinjar Roads had not received any water since winter last year.

Wanneroo City infrastructure director Dennis Blair said tubestock plantings ” installed in July 2012 ” were not generally truck watered as they would normally survive well after one winter season.

‘Having said that, the winter of 2012 received below average rainfall and the following hot, dry summer would have contributed to the number of deaths.’

Mr Blair said the estimated mortality rate of tubestock planting is around 30 per cent.

Statistics from the Bureau of Meteorology recorded below average rainfall and above average temperatures for winter 2012.

The stretch of road will receive supplementary tubestock this coming winter season.