Feedback

by Admin, 24 Jul 2018

In June 2018, the City of Fremantle invited feedback from the community on whether to retain or remove and replace two Kings Square fig trees. The engagement included:

  • an online questionnaire, which provided 101 responses.
  • a community information session on 21 June at Fremantle Town Hall, attended by eight community members.
Engagement findings

  • Nearly three quarters (73%) of the participants support the ‘Christmas fig’ being removed and replaced with another mature tree.
  • People who support replacing the Christmas fig expressed varying views on a preferred replacement species. 20% said they would like to see the tree replaced with another mature Moreton Bay fig tree, 22% said they would not like to see the tree replaced with another Moreton Bay fig and suggested a different tree species would be more suitable for the location, and 31% did not express a view or suggest a replacement species.
  • Approximately one quarter (26%) of contributors said they would prefer the Christmas fig be retained.
  • Around two-thirds (69%) of participants support replacing the Moreton Bay fig tree on the southern side of St John’s church (No 5).
  • The proposal that No 5 Moreton Bay fig be replaced with a mature London Plane tree to align with other London Plane trees transplanted in May 2018 received varied response. 50% of participants were supportive of the Moreton Bay fig being replaced with a London Plane tree as proposed or did not comment on their preferred replacement species, implying no preference. A fair number (13%) of participants opposed the idea of replacing the fig tree with a London Plane tree, claiming they cause allergic reactions in some people or a personal dislike for the species. A small number (3%) of people said they would prefer the tree to be replaced with another Moreton Bay fig and a further 3% said they would prefer a West Australian native species.
  • Nearly one third (30%) of contributors said retaining the (No 5) Moreton Bay fig tree was the best option.
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