RESIDENTS of a serene housing area in Blacktown are now being awakened by machine noises instead of birds singing.
It was caused by Blacktown Council contractors cutting down about 15 gum trees last week for the construction of a cycleway in Doonside.
John Mahoney, of Shelley Crescent, complained to deputy mayor Russ Dickens, councillor Susai Benjamin and Blacktown and District Environment Group secretary Wayne Olling.
He said he wasn't against the cycleway but it could have been realigned to avoid cutting down the 40-year-old healthy eucalypt trees.
"It happened at a time after hundreds of eucalypts in the endangered Cumberland Plain Woodlands in Western Sydney were destroyed by lace lerp insects infestation," he said.
"The trees behind my property near Bungarribee Creek were healthy and were homes to many native birds and other wildlife."
"These trees should never be destroyed, especially when there is plenty room for the cycleway," he said. "We must now work together to ensure this sort of incident does not happen again."
Deputy mayor Cr Dickens said he called the officer in charge of the project on receiving Mr Mahoney's complaint.
"I told him I was very disappointed and asked him to investigate the matter and ensure a similar incident would not happen in the future," Cr Dickens said.
"It's is our responsibility to protect the environment for our future generations."