Lo­cal trees to live on at zoo

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

TARONGA Western Plains Zoo’s (TWPZ) wa­ter­hole precinct will soon fea­ture three bot­tle trees which were re­moved for trans­fer from Myall Street last week.

Con­cerned cit­i­zens con­tacted Dubbo Photo News when they saw the trees be­ing sig­nif­i­cantly pruned and which have been a loved fea­ture in their neigh­bour­hood for decades.

Lo­cated on pri­vate land, how­ever, the group of five trees which are listed on Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil’s Sig­nif­i­cant Tree Reg­is­ter may have been other­wise lost to a Cobb­o­rah Road re­de­vel­op­ment, which backs onto the Myall Street neigh­bour­hood.

A zoo spokesper­son said the three bot­tle trees were pruned to pre­pare for the move and the clip­pings and branches were fed out to the brows­ing an­i­mal species at the zoo.

They also said in the new year the other two bot­tle trees will go into the Gate­way to Africa precinct, a devel­op­ment of the African Wild Dog ex­hibit which was also be­gun last week.

The landowner, Coffs Har­bour con­struc­tion com­pany Bet­gal Pty Ltd, of­fered the trees to the zoo dur­ing the mas­ter plan­ning of the site’s re­de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil pa­pers the TWPZ is will­ing to re­tain the trees on the Sig­nif­i­cant Tree Reg­is­ter.

Myall Street res­i­dents said Coun­cil’s Hor­ti­cul­ture and Land­care As­set Co­or­di­na­tor told them it was the best out­come for the trees, but they are sad­dened by a sig­nif­i­cant fea­ture of their neigh­bour­hood streetscap­e be­ing lost to the devel­op­ment.

Palm trees re­moved re­cently from the front fence line of Bracken House are al­ready in­stalled at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in the new, un­der-con­struc­tion Wa­ter­hole precinct.

The zoo spokesper­son ad­vised four of the palm trees are al­ready stand­ing and all seven trees will soon be in­cluded in the new fea­ture.

Nearby res­i­dents say they were sad to see th­ese bot­tle trees, lo­cated on pri­vate land ad­ja­cent to Myall Street, be­ing re­moved, how­ever the trees will be re­planted at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and re­main on the sig­nif­i­cant tree reg­is­ter. In­set: Th­ese palm trees were re­moved from Bracken House re­cently and are also be­ing in­stalled at the zoo, near the wa­ter­hole precinct. PHO­TOS: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS; TWPZ

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