Input sought on blue tree sites

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Franki Fontana, with Chris and Pamella Fink.
Camera IconFranki Fontana, with Chris and Pamella Fink. Credit: Nic Ellis

Three locations in the City of Rockingham have been earmarked as possible sites for a blue tree.

In November, the Sound Telegraph revealed the parents and girlfriend of teenager Cohen Fink — who took his life in June 2019 — were refused permission to paint a tree on City-managed land blue to raise awareness about mental health and suicide.

While requests were previously dealt with by City staff, councillors overturned those decisions at the December council meeting with a resolution directing chief executive Michael Parker to identify one tree within the city, which could be painted blue by the community as part of the wider project.

Three possible sites have now been identified — Goddard Street in Rockingham, Safety Bay Road in Baldivis and the Safety Bay Road roundabout in front of Baldivis Vet Hospital.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to submit their preferred location via the City’s website.

“These options have been selected following consultation with the stakeholders who have driven this initiative from the very beginning,” he said.

“The City hopes to see as many residents as possible participate in the process to select a suitable location for raising awareness of mental health issues in the community.

“Once an option has been selected, the community will be invited to come and paint the tree together.”

Click here to submit your preferred option.

If you or someone you know requires help or support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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