546-548 Gardeners Road Alexandria NSW 2015

Removal of 44 trees along northern fenceline of site.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 25 days ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: City of Sydney, reference D/2020/394)

7 Comments

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  1. Jen Barnett commented

    44 trees!! What type of trees? Why? I object until more information is given. Surely we cannot afford to wipe out this much greenery without serious consideration to the bird life and other environmental repercussions

  2. Sarah L commented

    I object to any more trees being removed by WestConnex. Gardeners Road needs a green canopy to shield residents and apartments from the noise and pollution. Trees add value to the area. I object to 44 trees being removed.No way!

  3. Megan McLachlan commented

    Please make available the Aboricultural Impact Assessment, prepared by Sydney Arbor Trees, dated 08 April, 2020 so that the public can determine the significance of the trees. It’s noted the tress are along a fence line not visible to the public but concern remains regarding the removal of potential habitat trees.

  4. Jack Whiddon commented

    This is an outrage. We cannot have another 44 trees lost to Westconnex. The new apartments jammed up against each other on Gardeners Rd have been built right up to the curb leaving no room for any significnat trees to be positioned in front of them.This will create a 'heat island' effect. The mature Melaleucas in front of the old Bunnings site have already been removed along with thousands of trees along the route of this destructive motorway project. We need MORE trees not less. This design needs to be revisited to incorporate these existing trees.

  5. Alexa Wyatt commented

    The arborist's report is available on the council website under documentation for DA D/2020/394. According to that report the trees have been planted too close together and are compromised in condition because of it. However, is this sufficient justification for removal of them, when they have been there for a considerable amount of time without any issue, for a driveway and vehicular access? Not at all. Westconnex is cutting an ugly scar right across our city demolishing countless trees, green corridors and vegetation. When will we ever learn the lesson that we cannot keep destroying trees and animal habitat like this? If the trees were all about to fall over anyway, that would be a different matter. Alternative access needs to be found, and instead of demolishing trees the applicant should be required to address the carbon footprint impact of the vehicles to be accommodated by planting more trees elsewhere. This DA must be rejected and the applicant needs to find an alternative solution.

  6. Bernhard Hendrarta commented

    Cutting down 44 trees just to make a driveway is one of the example of corporate greed at its worst. Not to mention some of the tree is a significantly mature and quite rare tree (Sydney Blue Gum).
    This application should be amended to preserve as much tree as possible.
    And/or the applicant need to pay significant amount of money to council, so council can provide mature replacement tree and plant heaps of them around the area.

  7. Jennifer Killen commented

    I read in the documents that this application is from Goodman Property Services (Aust) Pty. Ltd. who claim that that accessibility to these sites has been affected by the recent reconfiguration of Gardeners Road in relation to ongoing WestConnex roadworks.
    They want to increase the value of their property by making it more accessible to the trucks which pour diesel pollutants into our air. To add insult to injury, they are now asking for trees to be removed.
    I read that this application is from Goodman Property Services (Aust) Pty. Ltd., and in their Statement of Environmental Effects claim that that accessibility to these sites has been affected by the recent reconfiguration of Gardeners Road in relation to ongoing WestConnex roadworks. They claim that the trees need to be removed to facilitate the construction of a new driveway.
    They want to increase the value of their property by making it more accessible to the trucks which pour diesel pollutants into our air. To add insult to injury, they are now asking for trees to be removed.
    However they then submit an a Aboricultural Report which states "The trees have been too densely planted, resulting in poor form, structure or health in many of the specimens.
    The proposed construction of the driveway connection between 546 & 697 Gardeners Rd, Alexandria will require the removal of forty-four (44) trees."
    Clearly he who pays the piper calls the tune and the trees which the business wants removed are described as being unworthy of retention. Trees which are not in the way of the driveway are fine.

    Just say NO.
    I urge the council to refuse this application.

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