BY EVA TEJSZERSKI
WHEN Doug and Karen Doyle heard that 100-year-old trees at Bexley might get the chop, they were less than impressed.
But they said common sense prevailed, after a decision was made to keep them.
At its meeting earlier this month, Rockdale Council put residents’ concerns at ease, after it confirmed that only one — not eight — brushbox trees would be removed.
The trees are planted next to St Mary and St Mina’s Coptic Church.
The council received an application to remove all of the trees because it was believed they were causing damage to the church.
But after an inspection, the council granted an approval to get rid of only one tree.
Some other trees may be pruned to reduce overhanging branches.
It was a welcome outcome for residents, who said the trees made a significant contribution to the area, provided a habitat for native wildlife and were a noise barrier from church activities.
Doug and Karen Doyle live across the road.
They prepared a petition with more than 50 names.
‘‘It’s fantastic — we’re happy because these trees have history,’’ Mrs Doyle said.
‘‘Before the church was built, there was a preservation order on all of the trees, and some were cut down.
‘‘When this one came up, we thought, ‘No, they’re gorgeous.’
‘‘The only residence that was not on the petition was the vacant one next door to the church, which is used as their office.
‘‘But it’s derelict and usually has garbage at the front.’’
But Mr Doyle said the church was co-operative.
‘‘We did try to work with them; we have a good relationship with the church,’’ he said.
‘‘But we do have some trouble with churchgoers parking across our driveways for weddings and funerals.’’