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In Parkside SA on “Remove regulated street...” at Porter Street, Parkside, SA:

Anne Wharton commented

I share the concern about the loss of this beautiful tree. Unfortunately the tree is causing structural problems to the front veranda and front wall of the house. This has been confirmed by an Engineer’s report done by Council. Hence the application for its removal. SA planning laws often make it too easy to remove trees but in this case, it is probably justified. Neighbours will probably have to be notified at some point as it is a street tree, i.e. on public land.

More generally, significant and regulated trees (typically amongst the largest and oldest of the trees in our suburbs) are of particular concern when new developments or house extensions are proposed and it certainly seems unjust when they are proposed to be felled or severely pruned. The SA Government’s planning and tree protection laws have severely weakened protection for significant and regulated trees in the last few years. Council, unfortunately, has little power to override these laws.

We have an Unley Tree Action group within FOCUS (Friends of the City of Unley) but it is increasingly difficult to save our significant trees, especially on private land, because of the abysmal SA Government planning laws. We are however encouraging Council to increase the tree canopy along verges (which it controls) and encourage private owners to plant more trees on their own land

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