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Published Monday 12 July 2021
Tags:General, Media Release

Vital tree safety works underway

Four large Sugar Gums in High Street, Broadford, that are structurally unsound and pose a significant risk to the community, will be replaced with Algerian Oaks later this month.

The three gums at the front of the Presbyterian Church and one sugar gum in the centre median strip have stood in High Street for decades but are now more susceptible to dropping big limbs causing damage to property and posing a potential risk to pedestrians.

A sugar gum was removed from the site in 2019 after it dropped a large limb. The remaining trees have been monitored since then and have been declared by a Council arborist to be unsafe and a physical risk to the public.

Council looked at a number of options for a suitable replacement tree that would complement the existing streetscape and the new plantings in the main street. The oak was chosen because it will grow tall, is hardy and will provide shade which the community has been seeking.

The gum trees will be removed between Monday 26 July and Friday 30 July. During this time, there will be minor delays for pedestrians and vehicles using the service lane.

The new trees will be planted in August. These new trees will add to the amenity of High Street, Broadford, which saw eight trees planted last year and plantings in the median strip last month.

Council will care for the trees as they establish over the next few years.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"Community safety is our priority, and while these trees have been a familiar sight for decades, they now pose a hazard and need to be replaced," she said.

"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."

This page was last updated on 13 July 2021.