Estate clearing angers residents

Graeme and Jane Rickman, Pamela (centre) and John Madden and Mary Aurish at Rivergums. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d401147
Graeme and Jane Rickman, Pamela (centre) and John Madden and Mary Aurish at Rivergums. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d401147

Mrs Madden gathered a petition, with hundreds of signatures from residents, calling for the retention of natural bushland at the estate and trees along Rivergums Boulevard.

‘They advertised it to us as a green estate, the brochures says ‘rather than constructing its every element, The Rivergums has let mother nature do most of the landscaping’,’ she said.

Mrs Madden said the recent clearing for the latest stage of the estate near Safety Bay Road was devastating.

‘There is no dispute that people to have to have somewhere to live; it is the way these developers seem to be able to do anything. I think they have a moral obligation to preserve as well,’ she said.

‘The clearing now will cause social issues in years to come in Baldivis.’

Cedar Woods state manager Stuart Duplock said some trees on the boulevard were cleared because they fell into ‘approved residential lot sites’ behind the estate sales office that were always designated for development.

Mr Duplock said the bulk of the estate was historically open pasture used for farming.

‘The ‘rivergums’ species is not endemic to the area and the trees were planted by a previous land owner,’ he said.

‘No trees of any significance have been removed, the Rivergums has always been known for its natural surrounds ‘

Mrs Madden said in some cases mature bushland were cleared with non-native deciduous trees replanted.