Black Tea-Tree outside 21 William Street Marrickville

Black Tea-Tree outside 21 William Street Marrickville

Showing the split

Showing the split

Street side

Street side

Marrickville Council has given notice of their intention to remove the following trees in Marrickville.

Tree number 1:

One Black Tea-Tree (Melaleuca bracteata) outside 21 William Street Marrickville.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Active split at junction of co-dominant stem.
  • The tree poses a risk to property and to the public.”.

Council say they will replace this tree during the 2015 planting season with the “species to be determined by Street Tree Master Plan.”

I looked up the Street Tree Master Plan & Williams Street is part of the Newington Precinct.  Trees planned for this street are Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia ‘Tod’) opposite wires & Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) under wires.   This tree is under powerlines, so it will be replaced with a Weeping Bottlebrush, a lovely tree that attracts lots of birds who feed on the flower nectar.

Tree Number 2:

One Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) outside 13 Wharf Street Marrickville.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree has significant mechanical damage.
  • Tree is in a state of decline.
  • Tree poses a risk to public safety.”

Council says the replacement species “will be determined by Street Tree Master Plan 2014,” but not when they will plant the tree.

I looked up the Street Tree Master Plan & Wharf Street is part of the Marrickville South Precinct. Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) are planned for this street.

No wonder this tree is to be removed.  Pruning for powerlines has removed one side of the tree & at least two other main branches.

The deadline for submissions for both trees is Tuesday 28th October 2014.  I will not be putting in a submission for either tree.

Pruning for powerlines has left a lopsided tree. Pruning for powerlines has left a lopsided tree.   Pruning for powerlines has left a lopsided tree.

Pruning for powerlines has left a lopsided tree.  The red semi-circle indicated the tree to be removed.

Large branch removed

Large branch removed

More pruning indicated by the yellow lines

More pruning indicated by the yellow lines.  The top was also a large branch.

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