Tree to make way for Lakeside Children’s Centre improvements

26 June 2015

Alpine Shire Council will next week begin preliminary preparations for a $500,000 redevelopment of the Lakeside Children’s Centre in Mount Beauty.

The project, funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), will require the removal of a large eucalyptus tree, which currently stands about 5m from the existing building.

Council’s Director Assets, Charlie Bird, said the tree was overhanging the rear of the north-east wing of the Centre, and will be removed next week.

“While we are conscious of the value our ratepayers place on trees, we need to remove this particular tree to allow the expansion of the existing childcare room to go ahead,” he said.

“In any project, we put serious consideration into whether trees need to be removed or not, and will only remove them if there are no other options.

“Thankfully on this site there are several other trees that provide good shade to the playground, and these will remain in place.”

Under the Alpine Planning Scheme, native vegetation can be removed within 10m of an existing building.

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