Natimuk trees to be replaced

Two hazardous pines in the centre of Natimuk will be removed this month and replaced with new a species of street tree.

The group of trees stands in front of the public amenities block in the main street. Among them are two decayed pines which lean heavily towards the toilet block.

Horsham Rural City Council Chief Executive Office Sunil Bhalla said Council undertook both scheduled and emergency inspections of its street trees to aid public safety.

“These trees are past their use by date and have had many branches snap out of them over the past few years,” Mr Bhalla said.

“They will be replaced by new established trees that will be enjoyed in the decades to come.

“The exact species of the replacement trees is yet to be determined. But they will be chosen to provide shade, improve the visual amenity of the area and increase habitat for native wildlife to support the natural environment.”

During the removal and installation of the trees, there may be some traffic control nearby but this should not restrict access to parking, businesses or homes.

Council has planted many thousands of new street trees across Horsham and Natimuk since a new urban tree program was established in 2014.

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