Stop the City of Kalamunda from chopping down one of the historic Lemon Scented Gum Trees.

Stop the City of Kalamunda from chopping down one of the historic Lemon Scented Gum Trees.

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Vanessa Mazza started this petition to John Giardina (Mayor) and

Save a significant and historic tree from removal by the City of Kalamunda:

For almost two years the Wattle grove Community have fought to save and preserve a historic and beloved avenue of Lemon Scented Gums from the chop at the hands of the City of Kalamunda. Referred to as the “Gateway to the Hills” the Avenue of Lemon Scented Gums run along Welshpool Rd East and flank the southern side and median strip, near Lewis Rd. Almost 60 years old, this beautiful streetscape was described by State Heritage as having “cultural significance” given: its “visually pleasing vista” which “contributes to the community’s sense of place.” Also, State Heritage noted  the Avenue is associated with the “post-WW1 practice of Main Roads of planting trees in roadside verges and median strips, which was influenced by the Tree Society of Western Australia.” After the community’s victory (the trees were spared), the area was going to be declared a Heritage area by the City (to be preserved).  However now, before the heritage area has been approved, the City has revealed it is considering a new development that could see one of these magnificent trees chopped down, for a slip lane. The tree is almost 60 years old, about 15 metres tall and over 2 metres in circumference.

It is understood that the original “mother tree” Lemon Scented Gum will be felled, as will as two progeny trees that have grown up either side.  The slip lane will also require the clearing of healthy native vegetation. 

Help me fight for this historic and significant tree, help me fight to keep the integrity of the Avenue intact in its original entirety, help me fight to give community members the respect that their voices deserve and the right to maintain the legacy of the hard-won initial victory of saving the Avenue of Lemon Scented Gums.

 

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