Community input sought on poplar move

Alpine Shire Council is calling for community input into a proposal to remove and replace a row of declining poplar trees at the western entrance to Myrtleford.

The trees, which line the Myrtle Street median strip between Prince Street and the Savoy Club, are in various conditions, with the majority in poor health or decline.

Council’s Acting Manager Asset Maintenance, Rory Hazeldine, said the poplar species was unsuitable for the location, and the trees were causing damage to surrounding infrastructure such as kerbing.

“Besides that, the poor condition of the trees is an undesirable look for what is a major entrance to Myrtleford and the Alpine Shire, and could potentially pose a danger to passing motorists or pedestrians,” he said.

The council’s proposal is to immediately remove the 10 trees in the poorest health and remove the remainder in stages.

“Because it is a significant location, we’re keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal to remove the trees and replace them with a more suitable species,” Mr Hazeldine said.

Council will hold an information and feedback session on the proposal at 5pm on Tuesday 22nd September at Rotary Park.

Mr Hazeldine encouraged the community to hear more information on the proposal and have its say.

“As an organisation, we’re always keen to involve the community in decisions that could potentially affect them, so I would urge people to come along on the afternoon, or phone or email me with their comments,” he said.

Mr Hazeldine can be reached on roryh@alpineshire.vic.gov.au, or 03 5755 0543.


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