Beaumaris Anglican Church’s proposed removal of 5 mature Coast Tea Trees

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Beaumaris Anglican Church’s proposed removal of 5 mature Coast Tea Trees, which has since been withdrawn

PROPOSED TREE REMOVAL: Beaumaris Anglican Church posted on 24 July 2015 ayellow notice of an application for a Planning Permit (No. 5/2015/381/1) to let it remove the 5 mature Coast Tea Trees shown below from its land on its title for 32 Dalgetty Road, Beaumaris. BCS Inc. worked hard to contribute to the Vegetation Protection Overlay 3 in the Bayside Planning Scheme. The VPO aims to protect native vegetation in Beaumaris. It is regrettable that a community leader like a church seeks removal of such trees.

REMOVAL OF HABITAT ALSO PLANNED: The habitat for that prominent cluster of 5 indigenous trees – which pre-date the present Church building – is the sandy bank left from the cutting of Dalgetty Rd through an ancient sand dune. The Church‘s application to remove the 5 trees is obstensibly because it deems them to be a. “fire hazard“- despite the building’s brick
walls and asbestos roof, and no mention in the proposal of any removal of the 5 much more massive native trees growing closer to the building alongthe Martin Street frontage. Despite that, the stated intention, which is admitted to “serendipitously align” with that “fire hazard” claim, is to remove much of that western bank of soil and have the area reduced to street level and paved, but with an “Anzac memorial” for which it has gained a $19,000 Federal Government grant. The planting of a “lone pine” (an Aleppo Pine, which grows to 25 m) is envisaged. An already open gravelled space 15 metres to the north would a be far less damaging site, if such a memorial is to be constructed.

is understood the arborist’s report might point to the sparser than desirable state of the trees’ foliage, but they are relatively upright for Coast Tea Trees. As each dies, it can be replaced, but not if paving replaces their sandy bank. The Coast Tea Trees on the Church lot are a significant component of the larger block dominated by the adjoining F L Yott Reserve, whose remnant indigenous trees include the Girl Guides frontage, and several significant Coast Tea Trees. Close to the west is the treed public land on the south-east corner of Holding and High Streets that a BCS Inc. campaign in 2004 persuaded Bayside City Council not to sell. All of those trees are on the major public bus route through Beaumaris, and retain its treed coastal character.

OBJECTION SUBSEQUENTLY WITHDRAWN: The Church has since withdrawn its application. BCS Inc. and other citizens had lodged objections, and the matter was discussed at a Mediation Meeting convened by Bayside City Council.