The network will assess local developments and provide comment to the council and elected members.
Accessing developments will be a core activity of Vic Park Trees as the Town of Victoria Park manages an anticipated doubling of its population in the next few decades and major changes to the urban form occur.
Depending on our research capabilities, we will extend assessments to neighbouring councils and take a metropolitan wide approach. Keep up-to-date with how we're making a difference here!
Below are alternative designs for Lathlain Park that feature iconic buildings, retention of heritage stand/gates, significantly greater preservation of trees, underground parking and a second oval.
The renders were designed by Peter Melrosa from Vic Park Trees, to show how a better designed layout and taller buildings could work around the existing trees, therefore providing for the needs of both football clubs and the community.
"The challenge for Lathlain Park was fitting in a second oval.
Trees were always going to come down for that..."
The addition of that second oval also unfortunately destroyed the incredibly rare endemic bush located on the corner of Roberts Road and McCartney Crescent.
This bushland and many of the trees at Lathlain supported the highly endangered Carnaby's Cockatoo, among various other native species.
Those driving the development needed the motivation to reduce all further impact to vegetation, by locating buildings favorably onto undeveloped land free of trees.
Instead, the plan proposed the felling of almost 100 trees in total and an insignificant transplantation program for 6 juvenile jacarandas. Strangely, this program ignored the many commonly transplanted Ficus microcarpa that were highly significant in the landscape and should have been replanted either on site or somewhere else.
Mr Melrosa who is VPT's administrator and has a degree in urban planning, was disturbed that a proposal could be so bold.
"These were 60 year old trees, some much older, some environmentally significant. The trees were at an age where they were providing maximum benefits to the environment and beginning to host nesting sites in newly formed hollows. Of course that's important. All of this is critical to the functioning ecosystem we live in."
Check out Peter's alternative designs below.