Second chance at trees
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.