Ireland Street works progressing

UNHEALTHY trees in Ireland Street have been replaced with healthy new trees as part of the current road infrastructure works.

Nine ornamental pear trees were planted on Friday, 17 February.

Alpine Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure Ian Ellett said the replacement of declining Japanese maples with the mature new trees was already having a positive visual effect on the streetscape.

“During the median kerb works it became clear that the existing trees, which Council knew were coming to the end of their lives, needed to be replaced sooner than expected,” he said.

“It makes sense to do that during these works to create a complete, aesthetically pleasing result once the works are completed at the end of this month.

“These are the same variety of trees that are planted at the Anderson Street median strip, which will create a seamless transition into Ireland Street.”

Mr Ellett said a number of factors were considered in the decision to replace the former trees with a different variety.

“These trees have been selected because they have a narrower canopy than the maples and will not interfere with large vehicle movement along Ireland Street,” he said.

“Taking into consideration the value of Bright’s colourful seasonal displays, these trees will provide that autumn colour and white spring blossoms to the middle of town.”

The works are due for completion by the end of the month.

“Council appreciates the patience and understanding of road users and Ireland Street businesses while this work is being completed,” Mr Ellett said.


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