Well-known Campbelltown businessman Tim Pickles says the local council should follow Turramurra’s lead, or risk ending up like Liverpool.
The owner of Tim’s Garden Centre – located on the corner of Queen Street and Campbelltown Road – recently posted a video on his Facebook page of a block of units in Turramurra that featured thick landscaping at the front of the property.
Mr Pickles said the units built on the old Clintons site – a few hundred metres south of the garden centre – were an example of a bad outcome for the area.
“That development was built right up to the boundary and it relied on existing trees on the nature strip to soften the development (in terms of landscaping),” he said.
“But as we saw, as soon as you dig 10 metres below to build a car park, you disturb the tree roots and trees die.”
Mr Pickles urged Campbelltown Council to ensure new developments accommodated more landscaping – in particular, more trees.
Both size and species, were important he said.
“They can’t just be small, insignificant trees. They need to be big things that reach up into the sky,” he said.
“There needs to be at least five or six metres so you can plant trees. If you had 10 metres (to play with) you could plant a mini rainforest.
“They can’t just be short-lived species either, they need to be trees that are proven to live a long time.
“Turramurra has magnolias but Australian rainforest varieties are fantastic and glossy. They last and also attract native birds.”
Mr Pickles said a 15 minute drive north was a classic example of what development should not look like.
“Liverpool is an absolute disaster,” he said.
“There’s no room for trees, units are built on top of each other and it’s a blight on the (local) landscape.”