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Two Moreton Bay fig trees to be removed

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 11 October 2018

Two Moreton Bay fig trees on Raglan Parade will be removed this month to improve safety and accessibility while also enhancing the appearance of the remaining trees.

The trees are located in the centre median of Raglan Parade at the Banyan Street intersection, and are the westernmost of an avenue of fig trees.

Warrnambool City Council Director City Infrastructure Scott Cavanagh said that the decision to remove the trees was not taken lightly.

“Whilst an unfortunate outcome, the removal of these two trees will improve the visual appearance of the avenue, improve traffic sight lines, and allow for footpath replacement and landscaping works at the intersection,” he said.

“This intersection has the highest rate of collisions in Warrnambool.

“The removal of the two trees in question will improve visibility for southbound traffic on Banyan Street as well as sightlines to the traffic lights for westbound turning traffic on Raglan Parade.

“The trees are also too close to the power lines. Pruning and lopping has been necessary in order to maintain a safe distance, and this has had an effect on the health and appearance of both trees. The trees also present problems for the underground services in the area.

“The root system of the trees has caused significant damage to the existing footpath.

“VicRoads has agreed to install a new 1.5m wide concrete footpath, which will make this important entry route to the city easier for all pedestrians to use.

“By removing these two specimens, the adjacent trees will have more room to spread out. This means that the overall canopy of this National Trust listed avenue of trees will be the same, and the overall appearance of the boulevard will be improved.

“The Triton Woodworkers were consulted to see if any of the timber could be re-used, however Council was advised that it was not suitable for woodworking.”

Local contractor Carter’s Tree Services has been appointed to complete the works, which are scheduled to be carried out from October 20-21.

Vehicular traffic will be partially disrupted and parts of the roadway may be closed. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to observe all signage.

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