Win for trees bid as fight continues

Several residents opposed the decision to remove the trees, made by Wanneroo City Council at its June council meeting, before directing questions to the council.

Judy Stonehouse asked if the council had received a 1546-signature petition against the removal and advised that extra signatures would be presented at next week’s council meeting.

‘I would like to offer an invitation to the councillors, who may be in doubt as to whether these trees should be removed or not, to come and sit in my back yard and experience the trees, the birds and the environment they create,’ she said.

Brian Williams said even though the trees were directly in front of his property, he was still opposed to their removal.

Wanneroo councillors will decide whether to withdraw their original decision to remove the trees at a council meeting on Tuesday night.

The report recommends the council does not remove the fig trees and authorises immediate works on the trees to reduce public safety risk.

The estimated cost of immediate works is $12,500 with $9000 needed for annual inspections, maintenance works and street and footpath sweeping.