Showing the footpath damage caused by this street tree outside 18 Cardigan Street Stanmore.  Photo by Marrickville Council with thanks.

Showing the footpath damage caused by this street tree outside 18 Cardigan Street Stanmore. Photo by Marrickville Council with thanks.  Sorry, I do not have a photo of the actual tree.

Clr Tsardoulias put up a Notice of Motion at the Council Meeting of 25th June 2013 –

“That Council removes the current tree & replaces it with a verge garden & an appropriate non-invasive tree to prevent any further damage to the resident’s property.”

The tree is a Jacaranda (Jacarand mimosifolia) outside 18 Cardigan Street Stanmore.

Council’s report says the tree is semi-mature & in good health & condition.

“Damage to the front step is evident as is some lifting of the footpath, but the damage is not considered excessive & could be reasonably repaired.  It is considered that the damage to the step is not a “significant” structure & that it can be repaired by reasonable & practical means enabling a healthy & viable tree to be retained.”

It was noted that the down pipe is not connected to the stormwater system & discharges onto the ground surface potentially encouraging root development towards the property.”

Council inspected the tree on 25th July [sic] & recommended that the footpath be removed so tree roots could be inspected.  They say that the tree root under the step could be cut & a root barrier installed.  The footpath removal was due to happen on 5th June, but Council waited until this Notice of Motion was dealt with in last night’s Council Meeting.

Council staff recommended that if the Councillors do vote to remove this tree, then two Jacaranda trees should be planted in its place, as there is room for two trees & to retain the streetscape, which is primarily Jacarandas.

They say it will cost an estimated $600 to remove the tree & grind the stump & $1,000 to replace the tree “and maintain for 12 months during the establishment period.” 

This is news to me because until recently newly planted trees were watered twice a week for a period of 12-weeks (3-months).  I have never heard of a 12-month establishment period so it looks like street trees will get watered for 12-months giving them a much greater chance of survival.  This is good news.

As for the tree outside 18 Cardigan Street, I was told that the vote was unanimous to remove this tree because it leaned towards the road & it damaged the property. Vote was Mayor Macri (Ind), Clrs Ellsmore (Grn), Leary (Grn),  Phillips (Grn), Tsardoulias (Lab), Gardiner (Lib) & Tyler (Lib).   There was a discussion about whether to replace with a Jacaranda or another species.  However, the resident did not want a Jacaranda.  Council will plant two trees & a verge garden is being considered.

A verge garden should be easy to create as it is a grass verge.  Let’s hope that the downpipe is connected to the stormwater drain to prevent the next street tree from seeking water & causing a similar issue that results in its removal as well.

Showing the damage to the step.  Photo by Marrickville Council with thanks.

Showing the damage to the step. Photo by Marrickville Council with thanks.

Approval to remove given on Tuesday night - tree removed by Marrickville Council sometime the next day.  Photo by poodle with thanks.

Approval to remove given on Tuesday night – tree removed by Marrickville Council sometime the next day. Photo by poodle with thanks.

Here is Cardigan Street. The orange witches hats on the left are where the tree was removed.  It is a shame that the streetscape will not be consistent by using Jacarandas as replacement trees, especially as it is such a lovely outlook.

Here is Cardigan Street. The orange witches hats on the left are where the tree was removed. It is a shame that the streetscape will not be consistent by using Jacarandas as replacement trees, especially as it is such a lovely outlook.  Photo by poodle with thanks.

 

 

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