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Bad landscape policy

by brucemoon,

Here is a delightful landscape. But, it was once better.

All the trees along this foreshore have been planted by adjacent residents and have matured wonderfully.

Five years ago, there were 17 extra trees along this foreshore.

For various reasons, the trees have been removed by Council. Several of the resident report at the time of removal they asked the Council officers to plant a replacement. They report Council officers advised they had no power to replace. A couple said they later asked the Council officers who manage the park to replace. The Council parks management staff say there is no policy to enable them to (re)plant and all they can do is submit a detailed request to HO (which it appears they are loath to do).

Some residents decided to plant replacement trees themselves. Sadly, the same Council officers came along and removed these 'replacements'.

The Council's applicable policy the 'Tree Management Guidelines for Council Managed Land' is primarily focussed on how trees are to be removed.

Council ought revise the policy to address both corridor parks and the streetscape to;

1/. enable replacement plantings for each and every tree removed adjacent to the site (unless factors otherwise dictate, wherein a nearby site is selected);

2/. measure the length of all Council's streets and corridor parks in the urban precinct and devise a strategy to infill &/or plant on both sides of the street such that the entire urban area of the Shire is planted out by (say) 2036.

3/. in any (re)plantings, select trees that are both suitable for the site and provide a dense aesthetic.

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Admin Commented Tweed Administrator over 4 years ago
The Scenic Landscape Strategy will explore the range of factors that can result in vegetation loss and consider ways to preserve, mitigate or enhance high-quality scenic landscapes
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