90 Gungah Bay Road Application for Street Tree Removal

UPDATE – 02/08/17 – Following advice from council Tree Management Officer the applicant has revised the application and drawings in support of the street tree retention and protection of the Melaleuca quinquenervia, (Broad leaf Paperbark) located on Council nature strip and the Archontophoenix sp (King Palm), in the rear of the neighbour’s property.

2 trees selected from the list of suitable species in the Georges River Council’s Tree Removal and Pruning Guidelines must be replanted within the front/rear yard of the subject site. to replace the palm that will be removed due to the development.

90 Gungah Bay Road – Application has been made for removal of a street tree in conjunction with a development at the property. The removal of this tree is not necessary for the development. There are two existing drive ways on either side of the tree. It is a part of a row of Melaleuca trees. Removal will change the streetscape. We have already reported the illegal removal of a tree in front of 79 Gungah Bay Road. 

Letter to Council from Resident:-

We object to the proposed tree removal in association with this development. We note that the Statement of Environmental Effects accompanying this DA refers to one tree removal yet the Landscape Plan proposes the removal of 2.

Our reasons for objections are as follows.

The street tree at the front is a valued and large community street tree providing a full range of ecosystem services, biodiversity and aesthetic values. There is no justification for its removal, as there is adequate room for a driveway access without its removal. It is not sufficient to propose a replacement street tree as they take so long to achieve the age and height of the existing tree.

There is also no justification for the removal of the tree at the back of the property either. There is sufficient room to re locate the proposed backyard built elements elsewhere so as to enable its retention.

We also do not support the species choice in the Landscape Plan. Acacias are only small tree species and have a tendency to be short lived. There is more than adequate space within this development to accomodate larger Eucalypt species that are consistent with the original indigenous vegetation cover.

The need to re-instate tree canopy cover requires a recognition of the fact that large trees are an essential element of this and whilst mid storey plantings of smaller trees and shrubs are also desirable, again are not sufficient.

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