Kings Park tree branch crushes car
A family returns to their BMW to discover a large branch has crushed the car. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

A BMW owner received a shock last night when he discovered his car had been crushed by a tree branch while it was parked on Fraser Avenue in Kings Park.

It is understood the man was having a picnic with his family when the branch from a lemon-scented gum tree fell on his vehicle.

The man, who did not want to be named, said the car was a write-off.

The lemon-scented gum trees that line Fraser Avenue are a well-known feature of Kings Park.

On Saturday, thousands of West Australians gathered under them to watch the Australia Day fireworks.

A branch from the same type of gum tree fell on Labor leader Mark McGowan's car while it was parked at Parliament House in 2005.

As a result - and despite a concerted campaign to save them - the Parliament House gums trees were cut down.

The issue of pulling down or trimming lemon-scented gums has also caused community outrage in Canning and Guildford at various stages over the past decade.

Last year, about 150 of the trees were cut down to a storm of protest in Bentley because they were damaging Manning Road and surrounding homes.

The protesters claimed the trees were important foraging habitat for the endangered Carnaby's black cockatoo.

The West Australian

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