Council defends removal of trees

THE Land and Housing Corporation has Blacktown Council's approval to chop 89 trees in the Marquesa Crescent housing development in Mount Druitt, but resident Daniel Taylor (pictured) says it's "disappointing".

On June 24 Mr Taylor, a member of the Western Sydney Conservation Alliance, protested to stop what he calls the council's "war on trees".

"Council is chopping trees all over the place and I need to try to save their lives," he said.

"These are perfectly healthy trees that are an incredible bird habitat."

But a council spokeswoman said it had "strong policies to ensure that the city's flora remains a prominent and important feature".

The Land and Housing Corporation applied for the removal of 133 trees at the location, of which council approved 89 and rejected 44 after consulting an independent arborist.

"A condition of the tree application is that for every tree removed, it is replaced with two native trees," the spokeswoman said.

"Council will ensure that all replacement trees are planted."

Mr Taylor initiated a one-man protest against the removal of the trees but said he was representing the residents in the housing community.

"All the residents I've spoken to said they don't want the trees removed," he said.

"We live in a powerless community out here and people feel they don't have any voice, that they are imposed [upon]."

A representative from the corporation requested the trees' removal to "enhance the amenity of the residential complex".

Due to residents' concerns the corporation has agreed to temporarily cease work on the removal of trees to determine if there are active species of fauna in the trees marked for removal.

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