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Inner West Council have given notification that they have removed a Small-Leaved Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii ) outside 73 Station Street Petersham.

Council gave the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree was in poor condition with structural root instability.
  • Active termites & advanced internal decay at base.
  • The tree posed an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”

They say they will replace this tree with a Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) in the 2017 Street Tree Planting Program.

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Looking good.  A row of Queensland Brushbox trees have been planted to replace the canopy lost when 31 large mature trees were chopped down in the St Vincent's de Paul complex in 2011.

Looking good. A row of Queensland Brushbox trees have been planted to replace the canopy lost when 31 large mature trees were chopped down in the St Vincent’s de Paul complex in 2011.

Queensland Brushbox trees have been planted as far as the corner opposite Brighton Street Petersham.  West Street is a 'gateway' into the municipality, so it is great to have trees to make a beautiful entrance.

Trees have been planted as far as the corner opposite Brighton Street Petersham. West Street is a ‘gateway’ into the municipality, so it is great to have trees to make a beautiful entrance.

West Street Petersham used to be a very beautiful street with the lovely grounds & historic buildings of the St Vincent’s de Paul complex (once the Lewisham Hospital) on one side & the equally historic Petersham Park on the other side.

After 31 large mature trees were removed from the front of the St Vincent’s de Paul complex in early 2011, this side of West Street became something else – a hot bland area & a massive loss to the beauty of the area.

In 2013 Marrickville Council concreted the whole width of the footpath outside St Vincent’s de Paul without planting a single street tree despite that this is a very wide footpath with no overhead power lines or buildings to present any difficulties.   It was extremely disappointing.

Earlier this year I noticed that large sections of concrete had been removed from the footpath & these areas topped with whitish gravel. I wondered whether this had been done to prepare for planting of street trees or just for storm water management. A couple of weeks ago I drove down West Street & to my utter delight saw a number of newly planted street trees.

If I remember correctly a total of 14 new Queensland Brushbox trees have been planted & all are of a good size. Hopefully this will prevent them from being vandalized.

These trees have been planted all along the footpath in front of St Vincent’s de Paul right to the corner opposite Brighton Street. They will eventually match the mature trees that line the perimeter of Petersham Park & once again this street will look beautiful again.

It’s a shame that Council did not decide to plant street trees when they concreted the footpath, as it is costly to undo new work, essentially doing a job twice. However, planting street trees along here is the best thing that Marrickville Council could have done for the community, as well as the environment. These trees will help lower the pollution caused by vehicles on this very busy road & will offer habitat & food for local wildlife. I am very happy about this.

Showing a long view downhill towards Parramatta Road.  Large areas of new concrete were removed to create planting sites for the trees.

Showing a long view downhill towards Parramatta Road. Large areas of new concrete were removed to create planting sites for the trees.  As you can see, the remaining footpath is still wide enough for a car to drive down, so more than enough for pedestrians.

Further up toawards Brighton Street looking downhill towards Parramatta Road.  You can see the trees in Petersham Park.

Further up toawards Brighton Street looking downhill towards Parramatta Road. You can see the trees in Petersham Park.

A tall tree that is not coping well in these growing conditions.

A tall tree that is not coping well in these growing conditions.

Marrickville Council has given notification of their intention to remove a Lemon Scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) outside 25 Station Street Petersham.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “The tree is unsustainable in its planted location in the long term.
  • The tree has demonstrated a history of branch failures in adverse weather, which has reduced the trees retention and amenity value.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.”

Council says they will replace with a Lemon Scented Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) as part of the 2016 Street Tree Planting Program.

The poor Lemon-scented gum has dropped around four limbs. It is spindly with most of its foliage on top. It has been planted in what I consider appalling conditions.  How a gum tree could grow well here …. well it’s not.   It’s a shame it wasn’t planted in Petersham Park directly across the road where it could have thrived.

The replacement tree, Lemon Scented Myrtle, is native to Queensland coastal rain-forests from Brisbane to Mackay.   Described as a medium-sized shrub or tree, it grows to 6-8 metres tall.

For interest, it has a low-branching habit & these can take root if they touch the ground. These can be cut off & replanted in another location. It won’t happen here because Council removes all lower branches from their street trees.

The leaves are lemon-scented & white flowers in long-stalked clusters are produced over summer & autumn.  The flowers produce nectar, which is attractive to wildlife. I am glad Council are replacing with a native tree that supports wildlife.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th August 2015.

Poor conditions for such a tall-growing tree in my opinion.  The garbage bins show the space.

Poor conditions for such a tall-growing tree in my opinion. The garbage bins show the space.

Part of the canopy removed to prevent further splitting.

Part of the canopy has been removed to prevent further splitting.

Marrickville Council has given notice of their intention to remove a Black Tea Tree (Melaleuca bracteata) outside 6 Phillip Street Petersham.

They give the following reasons for removal:

  • Active crack/split in main trunk causing the tree to be structurally unsound.
  • The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.” 

The split in the trunk is the largest I have seen. Council has reduced the canopy to render the tree safe until they remove it.

Council says they will replace this tree with a Watergum (Tristaniopsis laurina) in the current 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.

The Watergum is a slow-growing Australian native that likes to grow along water-courses & other moist areas. It has non-invasive roots & can grow to 15-metres, but would take many years to do so. Clusters of small yellow flowers appear in January & early February.  These are common street trees across Marrickville LGA.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 8th May 2015.

Showing the split in the trunk.

Showing the split in the trunk.

Petersham Park has an elegance that should be preserved.

Petersham Park has an elegance that should be preserved.

Good news for historic Petersham Park today after the government announced a new route for the WestConnex Motorway. Instead of taking some of Petersham Park (see – http://bit.ly/1zYWHK4), the motorway will now travel through a tunnel from Haberfield, duplicating the City West Link & connecting to the Anzac Bridge & Victoria Road at Rozelle. Another tunnel from Rozelle will exit at St Peters.

Minister for Roads & Freight Duncan Gay said, “…the motorway would not impact on Petersham Park, & the new route would take the tunnels further from the historic park.”   

This is one bit of good news about a motorway that will severely impact on the community of Marrickville municipality. More information when it comes to light. See – http://bit.ly/1tDcUiL

 

Petersham Oval where Sir Donal Bradman played

Petersham Oval where Sir Donal Bradman played

If trying to remove a chunk of historic Ashfield Park was not enough, now the WestConnex Authority is after a chunk of historic Petersham Park.

This park is famous because Sir Donald Bradman had his first appearance in grade level cricket in Petersham Oval that is in the park in 1926 when he was just 18-years-old. This local sporting history is one that many people refer to with pride. The Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre located in Petersham Park has recently been upgraded.

Petersham Park also has many significant & veteran trees, plus stands, gate & pagoda that many would consider heritage & worthy of protection.

Even though a short distance from Parramatta Road, this area of Petersham/Lewisham is a lovely green oasis of mostly Federation houses & leafy tree-lined streets.

From the ‘Save Petersham Park’ Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/savepetershampark/timeline

“We are concerned residents of Petersham.  On 23 November 2014, the NSW State Government, Urbangrowth, released a proposed plan for Parramatta Rd, to build a tunnel underneath it, called westconnex. They propose an entry/exit from the tunnel at Petersham Park.  (A similar entry/exit proposed at St Peters will cover all of Tempe tip and also take 80 houses around that area.  It is not just a couple of ramps).  Urbangrowth also proposes 10 storey highrises on all of Station St, and 24 storey highrises behind the old Lewisham Hospital.   See page 31 of the draft strategy document under “new parramatta rd” on the website “www.urbangrowthnsw.com.au.  There is also word unofficially of an unfiltered emissions stack at Fort St High School. Where there is a tunnel exit there has to be an emission stack.”

A view of historiv Petersham Oval

A view of historiv Petersham Oval

It is not surprising news, but frankly, it is appalling.   Same for the 10 & 24 storey high-rise apartments & the unfiltered stack planned for this area.

I tried to open the UrbanGrowth website, but was greeted with the following –This site is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance and will be back online shortly. Please check back soon.”  Hopefully it will be back online quickly as I imagine there will be many local residents who are very interested to read this document.

Thankfully Marrickville Council & Mayor Gardiner have been forthright in their opposition to WestConnex Motorway, so hopefully they will have more to say against the stripping of public green space in the municipality that is famous for having the least green space of any municipality in Australia.  We should not be losing precious green space to roads, tunnels or smoke stacks.

As for the 24-storey high-rise apartment blocks….. this will be a boon for developers. High-rise development has not been allocated for this area as per the recently completed Local Environment Plan (LEP) that cost ratepayers $2 million.  Development is not bad & I am not against it, as long as it sticks to the heavily consulted Marrickville Local Environment Plan.  Anything outside the LEP will destroy the area as far as I am concerned.

You may also want to become friends with Save Petersham Park on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/savepetershampark/timeline & also The WestConnex Action Group Inner West – another resident group in Marrickville LGA, also on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/westconnexactiongroup

There is also the ‘No WestConnex Rockdale Group’ on Facebook, who are opposing the Motorway going through the Landing Lights Wetland, a very important habitat & home to many species of migratory birds.  This group of residents are also campaigning against the ‘Tempe to President Avenue feeder road,’ which will funnel tens of thousands extra vehicles every day on to the already busy local roads in Rockdale & Kogarah.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-WestConnex-Rockdale-Group/721691264579871

The community will be far more powerful & influential if we all gather together & support each other’s peaceful campaigns rather than separate into little areas only looking after our territory. WestConnex will have a phenomenal impact on Marrickville LGA.   I find it very interesting that the government would prefer to remove a chunk of an historic park than purchase private property along Parramatta Road.

Petersham Park has an elegance that should be preserved.

Petersham Park has an elegance that should be preserved.

 

Four new street trees & verge gardens on Victoria Road, opposite Edinburgh Road.  These will make a huge improvement to the streetscape.

Four new street trees & verge gardens on Victoria Road, opposite Edinburgh Road. These will make a huge improvement to the streetscape.

About 6 new Queenland Brushbox trees,plus verge gardens along Victoria Road Marrickville.

About 6 new Queensland Brushbox trees, plus verge gardens along Victoria Road Marrickville.

Marrickville Council planted 430 new street trees this 2014 planting season, 130 more trees than last year’s planting season.

Every new street tree is a boon in my opinion, but some of the places Council has planted trees is an extra boon.

I was very pleased to see that Victoria Road Marrickville has been planted with many new street trees & verge gardens installed.  Trees were much needed in this area & they will improve the visual outlook of the streetscape.

I was also pleased to see that four Queensland Brushbox trees have been planted almost opposite the Beynon & Haywood building on Livingstone Road Petersham.  These also have verge gardens.

Both sites look improved already.  In a few years they should look really lovely.

New street trees & verge gardens along Livingstone Road Petersham

New street trees & verge gardens along Livingstone Road Petersham

And more at the corner along Livingstone Road.

And more at the corner along Livingstone Road.

 

Marrickville Council has given notification that they have removed a Lemon Scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) outside 73 Brighton Street Petersham.

Council gave the following reasons for removal –

  • “Extensive internal decay at base of tree identified by a resitograph test.
  • Unacceptable level of risk to public, property and infrastructure.”

They say they will replace this tree with an Ornamental Pear (Pyrus ussuriensis), but not when they will do this.

This species is a common street tree in our municipality.  It is deciduous providing autumn colour & produces small white flowers in springtime.  It grows to 9-metres with a width of 7-metres.    I can find no information that it provides a benefit to wildlife.  Of interest, ABC Gardening says this tree suffers from inherent branch weakness.  See – http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1946196.htm

Marrickville Council has given notice of the intention to remove a White Cedar (Melia azedarach) from “inside” Petersham Park, Petersham.

Council gave the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree is in a state of decline with extensive internal decay and damage from borer.
  • Tree has recently dropped large branches and poses a risk to public safety.”

They say they will replace with a Cape Chestnut (Calodendrum capense), but not when they will do this. 

Marrickville Council has given post-notification of the removal of a Liquidambar (Liquidambar styraciflua) inside Maundrell Park Petersham at the Stanmore Road frontage.

They gave the following reason for removal –

  • “Failure of main stem due to inclined union, exacerbated by strong winds.”

Council says the replacement tree species will be determined by Council’s Street Tree Management Plan & will be planted during the 2014 planting season.

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