13 October 2017
Severe winter frosts are among a range of factors that have taken a toll on the health of trees along High Street in Broadford, prompting Mitchell Shire Council to remove them and replace them with a hardier species.
The trees were first planted in 2014, with nearly half of them replaced last year due to failing health.
Over the past six months, an arborist and Council’s Parks and Gardens team have been monitoring the health of the newer and older trees, which has declined due of a range of factors including frost, insects, disease and soil damage.
The trees will be removed in the coming weeks and replaced by a more suitable species in November/December as part of Council’s annual tree planting program.
Removal works will be completed at a time that minimises inconvenience to shoppers and traders.
The existing trees that still have life in them will be relocated to locations that are better protected from frosts.
Mitchell Shire Council Director Development and Infrastructure Jeff Saker said despite 19 new trees being planted to replace 17 unhealthy trees and two that had been vandalised in August 2016, it was unlikely these trees would return to full health in their current location and a new species was needed.
“The trees were looking fantastic through autumn, but unfortunately, most of the trees have died and those that have survived are in poor health and are unlikely to make a full recovery,” Mr Saker said.
"We're disappointed given the effort that went in last year to save the streetscape, but to make sure High Street has some beautiful street trees next autumn and for years to come, the best course of action for Council to take is to remove the trees now.
“We’re seeking specialist advice when selecting the new plantings, as well as taking into account all the factors that contributed to the poor health of the original trees, to avoid it happening again.
“Having vibrant, healthy trees in our townships is important and helps drive economic development for our local traders, and makes the streets more visually appealing for our community.”
For more information on Council’s annual tree planting program, please click HERE or call (03) 5734 6200.