Mt Beauty Mop Tops to stay

17 April 2015

Alpine Shire Council has resolved to retain the mop tops in Mt Beauty’s retail precinct.

Council’s Director Assets, Charlie Bird said after looking into reports of damage the trees might be causing, it has been established that this is relatively minimal and can be managed.

A recent plan to revitalise the retail precinct included the proposed replacement and relocation of the mop tops.

“Many residents told us they wanted the trees retained. We listened to their concerns and as part of our research considered how many trees are causing damage, the nature and scale of any damage and how these impacts can be mitigated. We spoke to all directly affected retailers as part of this research,” Mr Bird said.

“We believe it’s important to provide an evidence-based response to community concerns with these sorts of issues. This inquiry took us a few weeks but we believe most people will be happy with the outcome,” he said.

Council also commissioned an independent arborist’s report which said the trees still have a useful life of about 20 years and the issues raised could be managed with better tree pruning, maintenance and timely leaf litter removal.

Whilst the investigation has raised questions about the suitability of the Robinia (Mop Top) trees in a retail precinct, Council believes these trees should be retained with appropriate and routine management and consideration should be given to a more suitable tree replacement species at the end of their useful life.

Mr Bird thanked all members of the community who had shown an interest in the work and all retailers who helped with inquiries.


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