Alpine Observer

New plan to manage tree replacemen­t

- By LAURIE SULLIVAN

IMAGINE the streets of the Alpine Shire’s towns if they suddenly lost their borders of beautiful trees.

It’s a scenario the shire council has been grappling with in drafting a new Tree Avenue Management and Replacemen­t Plan, which is on a month-long public exhibition.

The many tree-lined avenues of local towns make a major contributi­on to the character of the shire, last week’s council meeting was told.

However, the trees are typically of a single species and were planted at the same time, which makes it likely they will need replacing around the same time, too.

If left unmanaged, this will likely result in whole avenues requiring removal and replacemen­t over a relatively short period, with a significan­t impact on the character of these locations, according to a report on the new Tree Avenue Management and Replacemen­t Plan.

“The purpose of the plan will be to ensure that avenue trees are managed effectivel­y through their remaining useful life and replaced at a suitable time in order to achieve maximum benefit for the community from its trees, both individual­ly and when considered collective­ly as part of an establishe­d avenue,” the report stated.

The new plan was drafted after extensive consultati­on and review with council’s tree crew, opens spaces team, civil works coordinato­r, assets coordinato­r, and its safety and risk officer, as well as looking at how other councils handle the issue.

The shire council anticipate­s considerab­le public interest during the month-long exhibition period, with comments and feedback to be considered before the plan is finalised and adopted.

The Tree Avenue Management and Replacemen­t Plan can be viewed on the council’s website.

 ??  ?? LIFE CYCLE: Alpine Shire Council is seeking community input into the best way to manage and replace the trees that line the streets of local towns as they reach the end of their life. This image of Bright’s 2019 Christmas Ride is by Jean-Pierre Ronco, of Image Writer.
LIFE CYCLE: Alpine Shire Council is seeking community input into the best way to manage and replace the trees that line the streets of local towns as they reach the end of their life. This image of Bright’s 2019 Christmas Ride is by Jean-Pierre Ronco, of Image Writer.

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