Pines for playground


Kevin Poynton under two of the four pines to be replaced.        Picture: Jon Bassett
Kevin Poynton under two of the four pines to be replaced.        Picture: Jon Bassett

“The trees will not be wasted, they will be repurposed and used at the Russell Brown Adventure Park where they will be given a second life and installed in a place surrounded by the joyful sounds of children at play,” council chief executive Kevin Poynton said.

Aborists have found four of the pines in the Town’s Memorial Drive are at the end of their lives and they will be felled next month.

A ceremony will be held in May when the replacements are planted.

The council would like to contact families of the soldiers and those who planted the original trees.

Mr Poynton said records showed a Mrs H.C. Press planted a tree in memory of those who died in World War I who enlisted from the “Westralia Lodge No.9 P.A.F.S”.

Another tree was planted by Dagmar John for Lance Corporal Harry John of 43rd Battalion, and C. Clinger planted a tree for Private Allen John who served in 51st Battalion.

A tree planted by Morris Press remembers Private William Press of 16th Battalion.

Mr Poynton said two Memorial Drive pines replaced in 2010 were now thriving, and the Lone Pine tree was doing well overlooking Mosman Bay, after it was grown from the original in Gallipoli.Contact admin@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au or call 9384 1633 if you have any information.