34 Queens Park Road Queens Park NSW 2022

Remove one (1) Eucalyptus viminalis from front yard and replace with one (1) native tree. There are large wounds on the trunk and there is evidence of damage caused by Longicorn Beetles and bracket fungus. The tree may live for many years, however, it is unsafe as the trunk or branches may snap at any time at the weakened points. This tree is in decline and showing abnormal growth and appearance, its health will not recover. Remove one (1) dead Canary Island Date Palm from front yard and replace with one (1) native tree. A comprehensive Arborist report has been presented for both trees.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 18 days ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: Waverley Council, reference TPO-299/2020)

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  1. Liane Rossler commented

    As a local resident, I understand and agree with the request of the Canary Date Palm to be removed, but I request that the Eucalyptus Viminalis be retained.

    This established and beautiful tree provides many benefits to the area. My family and I enjoy looking at this tree daily from many aspects of the block, and we enjoy seeing all the beautiful birds that take pleasure from it too.

    The extensive benefits that this tree provides include: bird habitat, visual beauty, reducing air pollution, reducing noise pollution, it provides oxygen, carbon capture and sequestration, it creates wildlife and plant diversity, and increases biodiversity. This tree helps to be the lungs of the area.

    We need to retain as many established trees as possible as their benefits are more extensive than new tree planting.

    This tree contributes to Waverley Council's sustainability goals, the Council's Habitat Stepping Stone project, alongside the NSW sustainability goals, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment goals, The Greener Places and Premier's Priorities goals, alongside numerous other initiatives that support the retention of mature trees. For a new tree to replace this established tree, it would take 50 years, and the global environment needs every additional tree possible to halt climate change.

    Additionally, trees play a critical role for people and the planet.

    ‘Numerous studies have demonstrated that the presence of trees and urban nature can improve people's mental and physical health, children's attention and test scores, the property values in a neighbourhood, and beyond. Trees cool our urban centres. Trees are essential for healthy communities and people. The benefits that trees provide can help cities and countries meet 15 of the 17 internationally supported United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    Trees promote health and social well‐being by removing air pollution, reducing stress, encouraging physical activity, and promoting social ties and community. Children with views of trees are more likely to succeed in school. Trees promote a strong economy and can provide numerous resources to the people that need them. While cities are getting hotter, trees can reduce urban temperatures. They provide habitat and food for animals. Finally, trees are valuable green infrastructure to manage stormwater.’

    Trees including this established Eucalyptus Viminalis are vitally important as we work toward reaching local and global sustainability goals. This tree is a beautiful and beneficial addition to the street and neighbourhood.

  2. Sam Marshall commented

    I have no objection to the removal of the dead trunk of the palm tree.

    I strongly object to the removal of the Eucalypt for the following reasons:

    It makes a significant contribution to the streetscape.

    It is a healthy specimen.

    The community loves trees.

    It harbours native birds.

    It is a part of a strip of native trees along that side of Queens Park Road.

    Everyone knows the many benefits to humans and other animals of such trees.

    We have lost 3 trillion trees on the planet due to industrialisation and to make up for that damage 4 trillion trees need to be planted.

    Why on earth would they want to cut it down?

  3. kat harte commented

    Waveley Council has tree canopy goals and instead is cutting down trees? This tree contributes to Waverley Council's environmental and sustainability goals and will take years to replace. It is a micoclimate and habitat for animals and insects as well as cleaning the air and providing much needed shade. I strongly object to cutting down the Eucalyptus Viminalis

  4. Kate Gosford commented

    I wholeheartedly endorse Sam Marshall’s comments. We need to value trees not remove them. They make our suburbs more liveable.

  5. Ian Barber commented

    I agree with Sam and have no objection to the removal of the dead trunk of the palm tree.

    I do not think that the Eucalypt should be removed, but it may need the branch over hanging the footpath removed as it is a potential hazard for pedestrians if it becomes separated from the trunk.

  6. Lana commented

    The eucalyptus tree's contribution to Queens Park Road is one that is generous and dynamic. To kill the healthy and established tree that has lived a long life growing happily in the area seems ridiculous as they create so much that can't and shouldn't be replaced by something else. Its a vital and essential lungs to our street and creates an area that is abundantly green and giving to humans, wildlife and environment. This tree needs to live its life and continue to grow as a wonderful aspect of the community area ! I love this tree <3

  7. Kate Watson commented

    The eucalypt should only be removed if it poses a danger.

    NSW has lost a huge number of animals and trees in the bushfires. We are at an ecological tipping point following the bushfires.

    More than 300 species of Australian native animals, including many threatened species, are dependent on tree hollows. Tree hollows suitable for vertebrate fauna can take between 100 to 250 years to develop in trees. There are fewer and fewer tree hollows available, leading to conflict between people and wildlife that have no suitable habitat.

    Removing a mature tree in this time is a solemn act and must be only for safety reasons, when other options which can retain the tree are not available.
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    At the very least it would be best to keep the tree during bird nesting season which ends after February, as many bird species have sought refuge in the city while the burnt forests recover.. They have lost their normal nesting sites and food.

    80% of the Shoalhaven, south of Sydney was burnt out including 90% of its national parks. The Shoalhaven has lost 72% of its terrestrial animals and the bird loss has not yet been calculated. The percentage loss in other parts of the state from the recent fires, and from the drought, is not available, but is huge.

    Our surviving wildlife is in extremis and we need to include this in consideration of any tree removal.

    And apart from the fauna loss in the fires, there has been a huge percentage of tree loss, which means there are less trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so the speed of the onset of climate change is increased. If we don't want our planet to turn into a hard brown rock like our sister planet Venus, which was a blue and green planet before it overheated, then we must start being serious in all that we do to slow climate change.

    Any trees, especially mature ones, should be retained now unless they pose a danger.

  8. John S. Batts commented

    I agree wholly with the comments by Kat, Kate, and Lana. We need a change of attitude at a local level and thereafter we need Waverley Council to live up to its own policy on trees. Once in a while a tree may be a public-safety threat, but each DA needs to be thoroughly examined -- and then for the most part rejected.

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