Historic rescue

A BAYSWATER local has saved an 80-year-old kurrajong tree that was to be felled as part of the Bayswater train station upgrade.

Lazar Radanovich moved a motion to save the tree at last year’s council elector’s meeting, saying “this tree is earmarked for destruction as part of the upcoming Metronet Bayswater train station upgrade”.

He said “this tree held pride of place as an entry statement to the Bayswater townsite for several decades”.

• Branka Radanovich, a supporter of the motion to save the 80-year-old tree proposed by husband Lazar. Photo by deputy mayor Chris Cornish, who reckoned this was “treemendous news”.

Relocated

He won support of almost everyone at the meeting to save the tree, and Bayswater councillors later endorsed the motion.

The city got on to Metronet to hash out an agreement, and now Bayswater mayor Dan Bull says “the tree will be carefully relocated 200m down the road to Bert Wright Park, where it will continue to be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.

“This is a great outcome and a testament to what can be achieved when organisations work together.”

Relocating the tree’s a complex process: First the roots will be pruned, then its health will be monitored for six months.

It will be will be removed by a mobile crane and transported upright along King William Street, then lowered by a fixed crane into its new spot at Bert Wright Park.

The council will look after the tree during its five-year settling-in period, with the first 18 months critical to its survival.

It’s not yet known how many trees will be lost. The PTA says “many trees are unable to be relocated because the species is unlikely to survive, the tree is of ill health, or cost implications”.

Councillor Lorna Clarke moved a motion at the May 28 Bayswater council meeting, calling on the CEO and mayor to lobby the state government to ensure that for every tree removed during the station redevelopment, “five trees are replaced in or near the Bayswater Town Centre, with costs to be borne by the state government”.

Deputy mayor Chris Cornish backed the motion, emphasising it was important the replacement trees were in the same vicinity.

“The treescape, the landscape, will be tragically changed in the Bayswater town centre when this destruction does commence,” he said. Previous schemes have seen trees removed from urban areas and their replacements planted in the bush.

by DAVID BELL

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