I like the planting under the trees idea.
Friday, 8 September 2017
Bega Valley Shire Council has been working with members of the Bermagui community around addressing safety concerns with a number of aging trees in the vicinity of the town’s surf club and outdoor gym.
Five trees in that popular area were assessed in June by a qualified arborist:
The community were notified on August 28, which immediately prompted a need to review plans and consideration of new ideas.
As members of this community, Council appreciates and understands the value of trees, and the connection many people have with particular trees. Staff look to balance that with our requirement to manage safety in public places.
In this case, Council will slow our progress in order to meet with members of the community and further develop alternative ideas on how to manage the recreational needs of this area and, specifically, how to manage these trees.
Creating garden space under the trees in order to limit public access, moving furniture and infrastructure where we can, and adjustments to car parking arrangements are all being considered.
It may be possible to retain these two trees, but at the same time we need to accept that trees have a lifespan and our challenge is to manage their natural decline in public parkland.