Council concern over proposed tree removal

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said:

“Moonee Valley City Council has been advised that Metro Trains Melbourne is planning urgent platform works at Newmarket Station, Flemington in the coming days or weeks which will include the removal of a number of heritage-listed trees, including a River Red Gum that is more than 100 years old.

“Not only are these trees listed within our Significant Tree Register, they are also protected under a Heritage Overlay and an Environmental Significance Overlay, which is the strongest protection afforded under the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

“These trees are in good health and condition and in a prominent position and can be seen from far and wide. Their removal would have a huge impact on the landscape around Newmarket Station.

“Council has a strategic direction and is heavily advocating for increased tree canopy through our Advocacy Strategy and our long term strategy MV2040, with a goal to increase canopy cover from 11 per cent currently to 30 per cent by 2040. Retaining established tree canopy of both heritage and environmental significance is crucial in reaching this objective.

“Metro has met with Council officers and advised us of the planned works to repair structural issues with the platform. Metro advised that root systems of the significant trees are creating a number of risks and would need to be removed.

“We are currently investigating if there are alternate solutions that don’t involve removing the trees and will be meeting with Metro staff onsite later this week to discuss options.”

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