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Neighbours on the border of the St Jude’s development in Guildford have met with TZ Architects to devise a mutually acceptable plan to protect the ancient sugar gums.

St Jude’s agrees sugar gums should be saved

By Sally McGlew 

A COMMUNITY meeting held at the Woodbridge Hotel in Guildford last week between architects working for St Jude’s and local neighbours have agreed on a plan to save the historic ghost gums which edge Fauntleroy Park on Swan Street East.

Other issues raised at the community meeting included boundary walls, roads with shared vehicle and pedestrian access, whether lighting would impact neighbours, noise of service trucks and need for regular communication with affected owners.

A suggestion that a development application be completed to move the 12 parking bays away from the sugar gums, was met with acceptance from the TZ Architects spokesman, Peter Leighton.

Mr Leighton agreed this was a good course of action.

The historic sugar gum trees have stood at the entrance to Fauntleroy Park for over 100 years.

Guildford Association President Barbara Dundas said while the original proposal for the additional car parking bays on Swan Street East placed the vehicles under the sugar gums, there were other geographical locations for the car spaces at St Jude’s that could be utilised.

The Heritage Council of Western Australia recommended that parking under the sugar gums should be deleted from the first development authority.

The Heritage Council Act of 2018 states that any development application that may be likely to affect a registered place must be referred to the Heritage Council of WA.

City of Swan Chief Executive Jeremy Edwards said the City of Swan had given approval for the construction of 12 parking bays in the original development application.

“These bays do not entail the removal of the trees and are required to be constructed of material that will facilitate parking in that location without damage to the tree’s root systems,” Mr Edwards said.

“Under the Act, a decision maker must not make a decision that is likely to significantly affect a registered place without consulting the Heritage Council.

“The decision maker must ensure that the proposed development is effectively managed to minimise any adverse effect.”

A new development application would have to be lodged with the City of Swan to change the location of the proposed 12 car spaces.

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