A BAYSWATER father has launched an online campaign to save trees scheduled for destruction by the Education Department.
Three trees on a public reserve between Bayswater Primary School and St Columbas Primary School have been the subject of a fierce battle between parents at both schools and the Education Department for more than a month.
A department horticulturalist labelled the trees as a danger to students, while an independent arborist’s report found the trees presented no significant danger to students or the general public.
While negotiations regarding the fate of the trees continues between the department and Bayswater P&C, Travis Beasley has mounted an online campaign to muster support for the trees.
Mr Beasley has three children at Bayswater primary and he believes the trees represent no threat.
He has launched an online petition, located at www.change.org, that has already been signed by 367 people.
Mr Beasley said he recognised most of the names on the petition.
“They’re mostly parents or local community members who are really concerned about this issue,” he said.
“Every time the petition is signed, an email is sent to the Education Minister Liz Constable, so the more signatures we get the more she is aware of how strongly the local community want to protect these trees.
"I organised a barbecue under the trees last Friday and we had 50 people there, using the shade from the trees and it was a great time.
“There’s absolutely no danger whatsoever.”
Mr Beasley has also set up a Facebook page, linked to a Twitter account, to keep local residents informed of developments.