This is unbelievable. Bega has a phobia about trees. The silliest of reasons is enough to justify cutting down any mature tree. It's absolute madness. How could anyone seriously suggest those trees are dangerous?
Tuesday 20 June 2017
Bega Valley Shire Council’s footpath renewal program is targeting Bega’s Canning Street next, with replacement of the current footpath planned in the new financial year.
The program is aimed at renewing selected footpaths in the Shire where public safety is an issue.
Works planned for Canning Street involve improvements along the eastern footpath and nature strip, including tree and footpath removal and replacement. This has followed a consultation process with the local businesses and property occupiers of Canning Street.
Council’s Manager of Strategy and Asset Services, Jason Deller, said the footpath works will go ahead early in the new financial year pending the outcome of budget considerations at the 28 June Council meeting.
“Works will start with the removal of eight trees along the eastern footpath, followed by footpath replacement later in the year,” he said.
“The trees currently in place have caused an uneven footpath as well as slip and trip hazards, which is particularly problematic due to the high density of medical services in the area.
“We will be replacing the trees removed with 10 trees more suited to growing in urban roadside areas.
“At the moment, potential species are Chinese Pistachio (Pistachia chinensis) or a Blueberry Ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus), but we are happy to discuss the use of other species providing they are suitable for the area.
“Tree removal works are proposed for this weekend, 23 and 24 June, and therefore likely to have limited disruption.
“In the lead up to footpath works we will be in touch with businesses and property occupiers again to inform them of any potential interruptions.
“Every effort will be made to minimise impacts on Canning Street services and residents,” Mr Deller said.
The planned works are for the footpath only and will unlikely lead to temporary closure of the road.
For more information please call Bega Valley Shire Council on 02 6499 2222.
It is not necessary to destroy community amenity, i.e. shade bearing trees, in order to repair or replace footpaths. If that was the case there would no longer be any street trees in Australian towns and cities. This information released one day before the destruction is not public consultation. The shade trees were an amenity for the community as a whole and not just the residents of Canning St. Also, It is questionable that tree roots are responsible for cracking pavements. Temperature changes and moisture content changes in the soil could be the major factors. Unfortunately this seems to be bad policy, particularly if as reported, the footpath replacement will not occur until next year. So there are two important issues arising, one is the lack of public consultation regarding the destruction of community assets and the other is a seeming lack of intelligent policy regarding township public spaces and street tree amenity. The suggested replacements, Chinese pistachio (small to medium tree, if female, drops many berries that could create a slippery walkway) and Blueberry Ash (shrub or small tree, definitely not classified as shade bearing and prefers moist sites) will not replace the destroyed amenity. It is time to have some serious consideration within Council about these important issues arising.