Heritage oaks trimmed
Heritage oak trees lining Alford St, Warragul were trimmed last week to maintain safety around powerlines.
The maintenance works were undertaken by a Baw Baw Shire council sub-contractor to ensure the trees complied with the Victorian Powerline Code of Practice electrical safety regulations.
The heritage trees were the focus of two petitions to council last year relating to the maintenance of the heritage oak trees, in Alford Street, Warragul.
The first petition, signed by 14 residents, raised concerns that maintenance had not been performed on the oak trees for many years and as a result they were creating a threat to personal safety as they interfered with power lines and falling acorns were a trip hazard to pedestrians.
The residents also requested that the trees be pruned to at least respect the property boundaries of the residents.
The second petition, signed by 65 people, called on council to consider the impact pruning the trees would have on the visual aesthetics, value of property and the majestic nature of Alford St.
The residents acknowledged some pruning around the power lines was required for safety but said pruning the trees in line with property boundaries would result in huge scars to the visual appeal of the street.