Mount Beauty CBD renewal update

NO decision has been made whether to replace the “mop top” Robinia trees on Hollonds Street, Mount Beauty, as part of an upcoming CBD renewal.

Alpine Shire Council is currently investigating how best to renew the township’s streetscape to achieve a result that will benefit residents and attract visitors.

The Mount Beauty Streetscape renewal project has three components: 1) the improvement of Memorial Square in time for ANZAC Day; 2) upgrading the community centre open space on Park Street including new parallel parking and 3) the upgrading of Hollonds Street.

Acting Manager Project Delivery Simon Jones said no decision had been made on whether to remove any trees from Hollonds Street, and such a decision would not be made without thorough investigation of options and extensive community consultation.

“We understand that our communities value trees, and so do we,” he said.

“Trees are key to our tourism attraction, and tourism underpins our local economy, so we approach our trees as an asset that needs to be protected.

“We invest time and resources into caring for these natural assets and recognise their value to the region, not to mention their value to our residents and ratepayers.”

In 2012 Council secured funding from the State Government to plan for upgrades to the Mount Beauty streetscape.

The revitalisation of the retail precinct was identified as a high priority in both the Mount Beauty Masterplan and the more recent Framework Plan, as determined by the community through extensive consultation.

Somewhere Landscape Architects was engaged in 2013 to progress the design for the renewal, with the goals of improving pedestrian connectivity, vibrancy and overall streetscape character.

“Consultation with community members and property owners at the time revealed that the mop top trees on Hollonds Street were causing issues due to their proximity to the buildings and invasive root systems,” Mr Jones said.

The project is now in the detailed design stage, and Council is exploring all avenues to address the issues identified by the community and resolve them without necessarily replacing the trees.

“Should it become clear that replacement is still an option, we would seek to fully engage with the community through community meetingsand advertising,” Mr Jones said.

“We are always committed to improving our consultation and recognise that community consultation for this project occurred some years ago.

“We would certainly not proceed with any replacement of trees of this significance without asking the community whether that is a priority for them.

“Any comments from community members are welcome at any time.”

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