Sec­ond chance at trees

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

Ber­ri­gan res­i­dents will get an­other op­por­tu­nity to de­ter­mine what trees should be planted along Jer­ilderie St, ac­cord­ing to Ber­ri­gan Shire Mayor Matt Han­nan.

The sec­ond round of con­sul­ta­tion was prompted when Ber­ri­gan Tidy Towns mem­bers voiced their frus­tra­tion at the re­cent coun­cil meet­ing over the de­ci­sion to re­place the Pep­per­corns re­moved for road­works with non-na­tive trees.

They say in the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, they im­pressed upon coun­cil that na­tive trees would be the pre­ferred choice.

The coun­cil in­tends to of­fer six tree op­tions to the com­mu­nity in the sec­ond round of con­sul­ta­tion — three na­tive trees and three ex­otic trees.

The South­ern Rive­rina News un­der­stands Chi­nese pas­tic­cio, Ja­panese elm and a na­tive wilga tree will be among the choices, with the oth­ers to be de­ter­mined.

‘‘Coun­cil took into con­sid­er­a­tion the re­quest of Tidy Towns and the Ber­ri­gan and District De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and will go back to the com­mu­nity with fur­ther op­tions,’’ Cr Han­nan said.

‘‘Tidy Towns sees Ber­ri­gan as a na­tive tree town, so we’ll get op­tions around cer­tain na­tives, de­cid­u­ous and for­eign trees.’’

Ber­ri­gan Tidy Towns pres­i­dent Mark Ryan said he had not dis­cussed the next steps with coun­cil.

‘‘There’s noth­ing wrong with what they seem to be plan­ning in terms of con­sult­ing with the com­mu­nity, how­ever we put for­ward — very strongly — that we want Ber­ri­gan to be com­pletely na­tive.

‘‘If you drive around new sub­di­vi­sions across Vic­to­ria you’ll find there are very few ex­otic trees.

‘‘They’re plant­ing na­tive trees be­cause they use lit­tle wa­ter, they are easy to grow and main­tain plus they are not de­cid­u­ous,’’ Mr Ryan said.

He said he was wait­ing on a call from coun­cil.

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