Community input sought on removal of elm trees

30 November 2015

Alpine Shire Council is calling for community input into a proposal to remove and replace three declining elm trees near Bright P12 College.

The trees are located on the corner of Park Street and Bakers Gully Road and a proactive inspection conducted by Council highlighted their decay and they have since been independently assessed.

Council’s Acting Manager Asset Maintenance Rory Hazeldine said years of poor pruning had led to the trees’ decline.

“The three elm trees have had their southern canopies completely removed due to their proximity to powerlines,” he said.

“Some of the pruning works have been carried out by electrical line clearing contractors engaged by AusNet, and unfortunately Council has no control over how they do it.”

Mr Hazeldine said the trees had areas of rot and decay and there was evidence of previous limb failure.

“We have had two independent arborist reports carried out on two of the trees, and the third tree has been assessed by an internal arborist, and they are all classified as high-risk given their decay and close proximity to the school,” he said.

“Currently the trees look extremely green and healthy however the foliage is simply covering the defects and in-fact adding extra weight to the unstable branches.

“The risk of these trees failing is heightened by the fact it’s a high pedestrian zone and children stand under the trees after school.”

Council is proposing to replace the trees with a more suitable tree species, Forest Pansy.

“These trees don’t grow too high, so they are more suited to being planted under powerlines, they are deciduous and have a beautiful pink flower in spring,” he said.

Mr Hazeldine encouraged community members to put forward suggestions on what tree species they may like to see replace the elms.

“As an organisation we’re always keen to involve the community in decisions that could potentially affect them, so if anyone has a suggestion or would like to know more, they can phone or email me,” he said.

Mr Hazeldine can be reached on roryh@alpineshire.vic.gov.au or 03 5755 0555.

30 November 2015

Alpine Shire Council is calling for community input into a proposal to remove and replace three declining elm trees near Bright P12 College.

The trees are located on the corner of Park Street and Bakers Gully Road and a proactive inspection conducted by Council highlighted their decay and they have since been independently assessed.

Council’s Acting Manager Asset Maintenance Rory Hazeldine said years of poor pruning had led to the trees’ decline.

“The three elm trees have had their southern canopies completely removed due to their proximity to powerlines,” he said.

“Some of the pruning works have been carried out by electrical line clearing contractors engaged by AusNet, and unfortunately Council has no control over how they do it.”

Mr Hazeldine said the trees had areas of rot and decay and there was evidence of previous limb failure.

“We have had two independent arborist reports carried out on two of the trees, and the third tree has been assessed by an internal arborist, and they are all classified as high-risk given their decay and close proximity to the school,” he said.

“Currently the trees look extremely green and healthy however the foliage is simply covering the defects and in-fact adding extra weight to the unstable branches.

“The risk of these trees failing is heightened by the fact it’s a high pedestrian zone and children stand under the trees after school.”

Council is proposing to replace the trees with a more suitable tree species, Forest Pansy.

“These trees don’t grow too high, so they are more suited to being planted under powerlines, they are deciduous and have a beautiful pink flower in spring,” he said.

Mr Hazeldine encouraged community members to put forward suggestions on what tree species they may like to see replace the elms.

“As an organisation we’re always keen to involve the community in decisions that could potentially affect them, so if anyone has a suggestion or would like to know more, they can phone or email me,” he said.

Mr Hazeldine can be reached on roryh@alpineshire.vic.gov.au or 03 5755 0555.


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