New plan to manage tree replacement
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.