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Road project gives new home to 100 grasstrees

Published on Tuesday 30 May, 2017

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One hundred native Australian grasstrees have been salvaged thanks to an agreement between the City of Gosnells and a property developer.

Before land clearing began for construction of a private development in Maddington, the developer granted the City access to remove the grasstrees, provided it was done at the City’s expense.

City of Gosnells Deputy Mayor Julie Brown said the grasstrees were relocated for median landscaping, at a cost of $18,000, as part of the upgrade of Southern River Road.

“The road improvement project required landscaping of the median islands but with high-voltage powerlines overhead, traditional tree planting was not an option – these grasstrees provided the perfect solution,” she said.

“The cost of removing and replanting the grasstrees was a very small fraction of what they would normally cost to purchase and it was a great way to preserve them.”

After a four-day operation to remove and replant the grasstrees, the City has landscaped about 700m of the Southern River Road median between Ranford Road and Aldenham Drive, which is also flanked by Bush Forever sites.

The City’s $14 million upgrade of Southern River is nearing completion, with the new dual carriageway now extending from Ranford Road to Holmes Street.