Trees to be removed to make way for sports development

Griffith City Council would like to advise trees at Westend Oval will be removed in the coming weeks to facilitate the building of new sporting infrastructure.

A total of 30 large trees will be removed in order to allow the development of sporting facilities to proceed at the site. The trees include 15 large pines in and around Westend Oval, along with 15 large gum trees.

Griffith City Council’s Director Business, Cultural and Financial Services, Mr Max Turner said while the removal would be an unfortunate loss, it is essential for the exciting new sporting project to move ahead.

“This work is required to facilitate the development of the new sporting facilities at Westend Oval as all trees are infringing on building zones,” said Mr Turner.

“As part of the development and landscape plan, as many of the removed trees as possible will be replaced to offset the loss of these trees.”

An additional 39 small to medium sized melaleuca trees, located inside the depot, will also need to be removed.

The tree removal work is scheduled to take place over the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Construction of the new sporting complex at Westend Oval will include an additional five indoor basketball courts, seven all weather netball courts, a new synthetic athletics track with new lighting, a new synthetic turf hockey pitch and a new grandstand.

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