City of Subiaco - Severe storm causes significant damage
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Severe storm causes significant damage
Wednesday 26 February 2020

Last night’s severe thunderstorm brought strong winds and heavy rain over much of Perth, including Subiaco, causing widespread damage.

Significant impacts were experienced at Mueller Park, Subiaco Oval, Haydn Bunton Drive and Market Square where multiple trees were uprooted.

Subiaco Oval lost several trees of significance during the storm, including ficus trees located near the oval’s heritage gates. The gates themselves received minimal damage, which will be rectified as part of the restoration works currently underway.

Emergency crews worked through the night to clear roads of debris and ensure community safety.

“We are disappointed and saddened by the loss of these significant trees which we’ve worked so hard to preserve and protect,” Mayor Penny Taylor said.

“From the outset of works at Subiaco Oval, tree preservation has been a priority for the City and DevelopmentWA, with a robust tree management plan in place.”

Director Technical Services Alan Millard said recycling opportunities for the uprooted trees would be explored and options to replace the lost trees would be discussed by the Community Reference Group working on the Subi East masterplan.

“Our library also received some minor damage in the storm and I commend staff who promptly evacuated the building to ensure visitors safety,” he said.