Keep the trees - and keep the shade - at Bayswater Primary School
  • Petitioned The Hon. Dr. Elizabeth Constable

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Education
The Hon. Dr. Elizabeth Constable

Keep the trees - and keep the shade - at Bayswater Primary School

    1. Petition by

      T B

      Australia

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October 2012

Victory

The majestic forty year old trees that shade the children at the Bayswater Primary School oval are a beautiful and important part of a valuable community open space. The Education Department has received advice that they pose no unreasonable threat to anyone's safety - so why cut them down? Save tax payers' money, and save our trees.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We won!

      T B
      by T B
      Petition Organizer

      Brilliant news - the Education Department has agreed to keep the trees. This is a fantastic outcome. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, and thanks to those who put so much effort in to win this campaign.

      Now make sure you get out there and enjoy this beautiful open space!

    2. More media coverage - but more pressure needed

      T B
      by T B
      Petition Organizer

      Our efforts to keep the trees have been noted again in this week's Eastern Reporter newspaper (see page 4 on the attached link).

      However, it seems the Education Department responds best to the 19th Century technology some of you may remember, quaintly, as "snail mail".

      Remember, it took ONE letter from ONE resident for the Department to decide to cut down our trees - so 380 letters should surely sway them to change their minds.

      Let's test just how hot on literacy and numeracy our Education Department really is: more words, from more people surely must put a stop to this bureaucratic madness.

      I'd strongly urge you to drop a few lines to:

      Sharyn O'Neill
      Director General
      Department of Educaton
      151 Royal St
      East Perth WA 6004

      Meantime, keep spreading the word via email and Facebook.com/BayswaterPrimarySchoolTrees

      The latest word from the Department is that the "trees" (sometimes they say "tree") removal will take place in this school term.

      Time to step up, and stop them

    3. 270 signatures, and a whole lotta love for our trees

      T B
      by T B
      Petition Organizer

      Has everyone in your household signed our petition? I hope so. It feels great to be part of a community movement that celebrates a beautiful space, somewhere that people gather and where kids play. Encourage everyone you know to sign up. Yep - everyone! Let's aim for 500.

      Our Facebook page is growing in support too. Checkout:
      Facebook.com/BayswaterPrimarySchoolTrees
      or follow us at
      Twitter.com/BPSTrees.

      It would be great to see your photos and comments posted on that page. Go for it!

      Anyone with the time to write to the Minister can email: Elizabeth.Constable@mp.wa.gov.au or Minister.Constable@dpc.wa.gov.au

      This afternoon, under the shade of our beautiful trees, we will be having a community picnic. All are welcome! It's BYO everything, so just come along, meet some new people, kick a footy or jog a lap or just plant yourself on a rug with a refreshing beverage. We'll be there from 3pm: Bayswater Primary School oval, between Leake and Roberts Sts, near Murray St, in Bayswater.

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. Parents Lobby to Thwart Lopping

      T B
      by T B
      Petition Organizer

      Front page of the Eastern Reporter kicked this campaign off in earnest, back in late February.

    6. You'll find us on Twitter

      T B
      by T B
      Petition Organizer

      The trees seem to have a mind of their own, and are now competing with the birds that inhabit their branches - by tweeting! Yep, your favourite trees are now on Twitter, keeping you up to date with the goings on in the park, and the world around them. Bet you've never followed a tree on Twitter before?

    7. Now on Facebook

      T B
      by T B
      Petition Organizer

      'Like' us on Facebook

    8. 100 supporters, and growing

      T B
      by T B
      Petition Organizer

      Over 100 people have demonstrated their concern for preserving the integrity of this beautiful community space by signing on to our petition. Thank you all. Of course these types of petitions work virally - the more we spread the word, the louder and stronger our voice is. Please encourage all your concerned friends, relatives and neighbours to show their support. Let's aim for another 100 people over the next 24 hours. Please keep posting to Facebook, spreading the word via Twitter and email, and passing the word around the school and our community.

    9. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Rebekah Wilson GOOSEBERRY HILL, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      If the trees pose no threat to the children and others who use the space, then there is no valid reason for them to be destroyed. Stop and think about the impact of these actions - too often the thinking is done when it's too late to go back and change things. Keep the trees!

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    • brenda Judd BAYSWATER, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe it is totally unecessary to destroy the little nature we have left in our urban environment, when there is clearly no danger presented by these lovely trees.

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    • gerry norrie BAYSWATER, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I think it is totally unecessary to cut down these beautiful trees that are part of our community and are not causing a problem. I am curious to know as to why after over 40 years of the trees peaceful co-existence within the community that they have suddenly become a problem? Has there been a complaint? If so why? or is it simply the fear of litigation.

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    • Isabel Norrie BAYSWATER, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because these trees have never caused any danger to anyone nor harmed anyone and are unlikely to do so in the future. They are a beautiful part of our community and it would be a terrible loss to see them destroyed.

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    • Peter Melrosa PERTH, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Why is this chicken little approach being allowed to continue. Such a precedent should not be set, otherwise trees everywhere will be chopped down over OHS paranoia. When was the last time someone was injured by falling limbs? This is a complete over-reaction to a safety concern when other alternatives are more appropriate. Leave these trees alone.

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