Removal of these trees is a negative impact on the outlook of the Town Hall in my opinion.

Removal of these trees is a negative impact on the outlook of the Town Hall in my opinion.

These trees have been pruned to be 1-metre away from the facade. They are home to thousands of small birds.

All these trees will be removed, except one palm & one tree fern.

What it will look like after the trees have been removed.  Photo from marrickville Council used with thanks.

Very close to what it will look like after the trees have been removed.  Photo from Marrickville Council used with thanks.

Marrickville Council released the following invitation –

“Marrickville Council is upgrading the Marrickville Town Hall Forecourt in 2014/15.

The upgrade includes new pavements, furniture and trees and restoration of the war memorial.  The project is being coordinated with a new cast bronze interpretation of the Winged Victory statue.  All work is to be completed ahead of a series of events that will mark the Gallipoli centenary in April 2015.  Designs for the upgrade will improve the general appearance and function of the forecourt in line with Council’s Public Domain Study and the heritage values of the site.

Council staff and design consultants will be available to discuss designs for the forecourt at an informal community plan display session at the town hall foyer in June.”

Informal community plan display session happening –

  • Thursday 12th June – 4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Marrickville Town Hall ground floor meeting room.

The designs will also be available for viewing on Council’s website after 12th June 2014.

I find it disgusting that all the trees will be removed, except for one Phoenix palm & one tree fern. Where will the thousands of birds who sleep in these trees go or do they not matter?

To replace this massive loss, Council will transplant one other Phoenix palm & plant two Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ conifers beside the War Memorial. These ultra-slow-growing conifers grow to around 3-metres tall tear-drop shape with a 1.5-metre base.  Hardly an impact or shade producing.

It’s going to be harsh & ugly without much green in my opinion.  At a cost of $75,000 for the design & $500,000 for the works, I do not think this is money that actually improves on the site – that is, unless you like hard surfaces & buildings without trees. I believe the space will lose what beauty it has & will become a harsh, hot space & a backwards step for the site, which should be a shady beautiful place for the community to meet.

I last wrote about this upgrade in April 2014.  See – http://bit.ly/1riQq87

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