Her­itage oaks trimmed

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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