Peet’s Pat Guilfoyle, Wayne Keogh and foreman Greg Dunn with grasstrees to be transplanted on the Kirkwood Road roundabout.
Peet’s Pat Guilfoyle, Wayne Keogh and foreman Greg Dunn with grasstrees to be transplanted on the Kirkwood Road roundabout. Julie-Anne Scott

Centuries-old trees saved

A LOCAL developer has saved up to 80 very old grasstrees.

The trees were removed from bushland at the end of Emmadale Drive where the road is to be extended soon.

The trees grow on average one foot every hundred years or so and many could be several hundred years old.

More than $1 million in landscaping works are under way at Peet Limited’s Vantage community including the retention and relocation of the grasstrees.

The native grasstrees will be replanted throughout the estate, including the roundabout on Kirkwood Road, the road reserves on Kakadu Way and will also form part of the new community’s entry statement.

The trees were planted on the roundabout in a way that drivers can see through them in all directions for oncoming traffic.

Managing director and CEO Brendan Gore said Peet was committed to environmental excellence and sustainability at Vantage, and in all its projects across the country.

“In addition to the retention of grasstrees, other native species of plants will be used in the landscaping throughout the community,” he said.

“Vantage has the benefit of being in a bushland setting, minutes away from coastal waterways and these initiatives are in keeping with the existing natural environment.”

The landscaping works are also set to provide residents, and the wider community with a range of amenities to enjoy outdoor living, including parklands, a barbecue area, playground, walking trails and a grassed kick-about area.

The first stage of the development incorporating 87 house blocks has already sold out and stage two consisting of 40 blocks has just opened.

For more information about Vantage, contact Margie Richards on 1800 640 484 or visit www.vantageestate.com.au.



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