Trees to be moved

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Tara Whitsed

There was much ac­tion at Mactier Memo­rial Gar­dens in Ho­gan St yes­ter­day when two large fig trees were trans­planted from their cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil parks, sport and re­cre­ation man­ager Heath Chase­more said the trees had been iden­ti­fied as part of the coun­cil’s Ur­ban For­est Strat­egy as an in­ap­pro­pri­ate species for the area.

‘‘Be­ing More­ton Bay Fig Trees they do get way big­ger than the way they are,’’ he said.

Hav­ing es­ti­mated the two trees were es­tab­lished be­tween 10 to 12 years ago, Mr Chase­more said they would be trans­planted to a new lo­ca­tion.

‘‘One tree will be trans­ferred to the south-east side of the se­nior cit­i­zens build­ing and the other to the south of the skate park,’’ Mr Chase­more said.

He said the trees’ in­va­sive root sys­tems had al­ready con­trib­uted to sig­nif­i­cant dam­age at the War Memo­rial and pave­ment sur­round­ing the area.

Tatura RSL sub-branch com­mit­tee mem­ber Mal Watts said they wel­comed the de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate the trees.

‘‘It’s a sen­si­ble so­lu­tion all­round to re­move them be­fore they do any fur­ther dam­age,’’ Mr Watts said.

He said it had been poor plan­ning to plant that species near the memo­rial in the first place.

‘‘It is the RSL’s in­ten­tion, once the trees have been re­moved, to ap­ply for some grant fund­ing or as­sis­tance to reap­point the stone memo­rial wall sur­round­ing the gar­dens to its for­mer glory,’’ Mr Watts said.

He said it had been en­cour­ag­ing to re­ceive sig­nif­i­cant works around the Mactier Memo­rial Gar­dens in re­cent years.

‘‘We got theVCs­tatue, we got the new bar­be­cue, our flag pole was re­cently re­placed and now the trees are be­ing dealt with; it’s fan­tas­tic,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re very happy (the coun­cil) sees Mactier Memo­rial Gar­dens as a fea­ture of Tatura.’’

Mr Chase­more said pen­cil pines would be planted to re­place any lost canopy cover.

‘‘We think this is a re­ally pos­i­tive, sus­tain­able ex­er­cise,’’ he said.

Com­pany Vic Trans­planters will carry out the works.

Trans­plant­ing: Two trees were re­moved from Mac­tier Memo­rial Gar­dens as part of coun­cil’s Ur­ban For­est Strat­egy. Pic­ture: Ray Sizer

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