Tree replacement works in Dockside Drive at Mildura

Council is about to start the next phase of works to improve landscaping in the Mildura Marina precinct.

Thirty-four trees on Dockside Drive will be removed and replaced with a more suitable species for the roadside location.

Councillor for Environment and Farming Sustainability Anthony Cirillo said the trees would be replaced with established Ornamental Pears.

“When planning these works we wanted to ensure residents in the area weren’t left with any ‘downtime’ waiting for trees to grow, which is why we’re replacing the existing trees with established, three-metre Ornamental Pears,” Cr Cirillo said.

He said the trees were being replaced due to both their location, and the variety originally planted.

“Unfortunately the trees that were originally planted are too close to the roadside, which as the trees have grown, is causing access problems for vehicles in the area,” Cr Cirillo said.

“This has already necessitated aggressive pruning to maintain access, which over time will impact on the health and stability of the trees.

“The species of trees planted is also not suited to the surrounding area, requiring large amounts of water and unable to cope with the relatively harsh conditions for vegetation posed by built-up areas.”

Cr Cirillo said the new trees would be better suited, both in terms of the way they grow and their ability survive in a residential environment, and planted to allow more access for vehicles along Dockside Drive.

He said works would start on Wednesday 24 July. There will be no road closures during the works, however residents are asked to take note of any signage in the area.

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