Yarragon street trees face chop in short notice plan
Baw Baw News
By William PJ Kulich // 07:00, Monday 25 September 2017
Eighteen long-established trees along Yarragon’s Rollo Street could soon meet council chainsaws if a short notice reconstruction plan goes ahead.
The draft plan, published on the Baw Baw Shire’s website on Wednesday, suggests all plane trees planted along the street will be removed and replaced as part of wider works.
A council spokesperson said those “directly affected” by the works have been notified, but the general public only has until 5pm Friday to provide feedback. That’s just 10 days from publication online.
The feedback process does not utilise Baw Baw’s usual Have Your Say web platform, instead simply providing a number for the council’s infrastructure planning and growth team. (That’s 5624 2411.)
Works outlined in the plan are focussed on the section of road between Princes Highway and Campbell Street, and also include kerb and channel, road alignment adjustment, road pavement widening, and drainage works.
Image: the draft plans. Click here to view the full PDF on the Baw Baw Shire Council website.
The trees, planted in nature strip on the east side of the street and in the hard shoulder on the west, will be replaced with 19 Japanese elms planted in nature strips.
A council media release states an arborist had assessed the health of the trees, indicating “the proposed works are likely to impact the trees root system and recommends the trees be replaced with smaller Japanese elm on both sides of the road.”
“We want to offer local residents a first-hand look at the proposed road reconstruction works that will improve safety and access for the Yarragon community and visitors,” Baw Baw mayor Joe Gauci said in the media release.
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