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Winged Victory when it was at the War Memorial outside Marrickville Town Hall.

Winged Victory when it was at the War Memorial outside Marrickville Town Hall.

This was the Council Meeting.  Absent: Clrs Tsardoulias, Hanna & Leary.   Note: MC = Marrickville Council.

Councillors & Wards are as follows – LABOR:  Iskandar/Central, Haylen/North, Tsardoulias/West, Woods/South. GREENS:  Phillips/Central, Ellsmore/North, Brooks/West, Leary/South.  LIBERALS: Gardener/North, Tyler/West. INDEPENDENT:  Macri/Central, Hanna/South.

Last night’s Marrickville Council Meeting had some interesting items.  I did not attend.  The information below comes form the papers for the meeting & getting feedback about the votes.

Mayoral Minute – Save our streetscape amenity  – by Mayor Macri.  In brief: “In 2009, Council tree maintenance staff expressed concerns about the work health & safety of doing pruning work near over head electrical wires.”  The work was outsourced to Ausgrid & later, also in 2009, MC outsourced its tree maintenance work.  A resident alerted MC “that trees were being decimated along Federation Street Camperdown along the boundary of Camperdown Memorial Park.”  MC’s Tree Management Team assessed the work & found the pruning to be extreme & requested the Ausgrid contrator to cease work.  The Council Officer thought the pruning excessive, but within Ausgrid’s pruning standards.

The Mayoral Minute suggests an option to avoid this happening in the future is for MC to pay for Aerial Bundled Cabling to be installed in several key locations across Marrickville LGA “where valuable mature significant trees are being continually lopped.”

The vote was unanimous (Mayor Macri, Clrs Iskandar, Halen Woods, Phillips, Brooks, Ellsmore, Gardener & Tyler) for Council to write to Ausgrid seeking Aerial Bundled Cabling to minimize the adverse impact of pruning on trees & “confirmation that pruning by contractors be undertaken within acceptable standards that properly accounted for the potential adverse impacts of overpruning.”

[Well hooray!   I applaud the Mayor for this motion.  Let’s hope the Hill’s Fig trees on Carrington Road Marrickville that already have Aerial Bundled Cabling installed are left alone.  Their decline was rapid with most of the trees losing a full side.   I would like MC to ask if it is really necessary for Ausgrid to come every 6-months to prune trees as one of their contractors told me was the new way of doing business.  Before they took over from Energy Australia it was a 6-7 year pruning cycle.]

Winged Victory Statue – The vote was unanimous (Mayor Macri, Clrs Iskandar, Halen Woods, Phillips, Brooks, Ellsmore, Gardener & Tyler) for MC to retain the original Winged Victory statue created in 1919 & keep it in storage until funding becomes available, plus a suitable location for it to be displayed.  MC will call for an expression of interest for a replica to be made.   [Many people & some community groups have suggested that it should be on permanent display in the new Marrickville Library, which I think is a great choice.  The community will be able to see the much loved Winged Victory in this prime location & importantly it will be safe from thieves.  Many years ago one of the stone towers in Richardsons Reserve was stolen & has never been recovered, so thieves are not intimidated by the size of the object.]

Notice of Motion – Remove street tree at 16 Temple Street Stanmore – Clr Tasdoulias put up this Motion.  In December 2012 Councillors voted to give this Lemon Scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) a 12-month reprieve to observe the tree.  See –  http://bit.ly/TICPY1  Two small branches – under 50mm at the point of detachment fell in February 2013.  A Brushbox tree,  plus verge garden was proposed as a replacement.  Vote to remove the tree – Mayor Macri, Clrs Iskandar, Haylen Woods, Gardener & Tyler.  Vote to retain the tree – Clrs Phillips, Brooks & Ellsmore.  This tree will be chopped down.

Notice of Motion – Urgent protection for Fatima Island – put up by Clrs Ellsmore & Leary.  Fatima Island opposite Kendrick Park Tempe is the last remaining island in the Cooks River. The island has important historical links & is the only area of safety & habitat for waterbirds.  In 2013 MC said they would include Fatima Island in the Cooks River Parks Plan of Management, not to be implemented this year.  However, erosion is destroying Fatima Island at a rapid rate.  Council staff responses in the business paper were not encouraging mentioning the need for consultants, an environmental assessment, costs, no legal requirement to look after Fatima Island as it is crown land, need for staff to be removed from existing operational priorities.  The vote was unanimous – Mayor Macri, Clrs Iskandar, Halen Woods, Phillips, Brooks, Ellsmore, Gardener & Tyler.  However, there was an amendment, of which I do not know the content.

Fatima Island at high tide last weekend. With the current rate of erosion, I doubt that this island will last long.

Fatima Island at high tide last weekend. With the current rate of erosion, I doubt that this island or its trees will last long.  To lose it would be dreadful, especially for the waterbirds.  It is an extremely important site for biodiversity.  Visible in this photo is one Egret & three Cormorants.  It is not unusual to see Darters, Pelicans, Ibis, Gulls, Masked Lapwings & ducks here.

 

Street tree in Dulwich Hill

Street tree in Dulwich Hill

Media release 4th July 2013 from Marrickville Council  –

“Join Marrickville Council’s Community Panel.

Want an important role helping Marrickville Council in its decision-making?  Motivated local residents are urged to join the reinvigorated Marrickville Community Panel.

The Panel is a diverse group of residents who represent the people of the Marrickville local government area by having their say about important issues affecting our community.

While it is not a formal decision-making body, members assist Council to better understand the community’s needs & wants, & plan for the future of the Marrickville area.

“To be an innovative, effective, consultative & representative Council we need to have authentic & robust community consultation & engagement,” said the Mayor of Marrickville Councillor Victor Macri.

“Council consults so we can build trust & demonstrate that are achieving our goal of understanding the aspirations of the community. Meaningful community engagement is so important in developing a single vision for our future,” Councillor Macri said.

“Local government is in a unique position to connect & engage the local community. Let’s take full advantage of this, & together produce a community voice,” he said.

Benefits of being a Marrickville Community Panel are:

  • A greater understanding of how Council operates & makes decisions.
  • Being able to champion community projects through consultation to their realization.
  • An increased sense of being part of a force for good in your community
  • Special events for panel members only.
  • Regular e-newsletters for Panel members updating them on community consultations.

Become a member of the Community Panel by downloading a form from Council’s website, emailing

comengage@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or calling the Citizen Service Centre on 9335 2222. Under 18s will need parent or guardian’s permission to join.”

street tree in Sydenham

street tree & verge garden in Sydenham

Marrickville Council Media Release dated today – 13th June 2013 as follows –

Help Marrickville Council grow a Street Tree MasterPlan

Marrickville Council is currently consulting with the community on street trees, which will help in the preparation of a new Street Tree MasterPlan.

Street trees are a major community asset, vital to the health and beauty of our public domain. Like everything in nature, trees have a life cycle and Council needs to plan for their protection, maintenance and renewal.

In 2011 Council adopted the Marrickville Urban Forest Policy and Strategy which recognises the urban forest as an essential, living infrastructure asset and resource that provides a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits. Amongst other recommendations, the Strategy proposes an increase in the urban forest canopy.

In 2012 Council finalised a street tree condition audit of approximately 22,000 street trees. In addition to species, size, condition and risk assessment, the audit has spatially located each tree, mapped the overhead power line network and infrastructure damage associated with the trees.

Now Council has commenced work on its first draft Street Tree MasterPlan. The MasterPlan will provide a blueprint for new planting programs that address current tree management issues such as an aging tree population, biodiversity, species selection and risk management across the council area.

Council is currently conducting a phone and online survey, and will undertake further community engagement.

“Council’s Urban Forest Policy and Strategy established Council’s commitment to a green, healthy, and beautiful Marrickville,” said the Mayor of Marrickville Councillor Victor Macri.

“The next step in the holistic management of Marrickville’s street trees is to develop the MasterPlan, in consultation with our residents. Maintaining our street trees is part of our stated commitment to ensuring Marrickville’s streets, lanes and public spaces are sustainable, welcoming, accessible and clean,” Councillor Macri said.

To have your say on street trees, and the Street Tree MasterPlan, go to

http://yoursaymarrickville.com.au/street-trees

Media Contact: Elizabeth Heath, Communications and Marketing Coordinator Ph 9392 5334

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It’s good to see Council describing the urban forest as – “an essential, living infrastructure asset.”  I’d like Council to set a target as to the percentage of urban forest canopy they wish to achieve & by what year this target will be met.

I love that Council chose a photo of a street lined with mature Brushbox trees on the Your Say Marrickville website.  Yes, these beautiful streets exist, but they are certainly not the norm in our municipality.

I feel quite positive about this opportunity for community consultation.  At the moment Council is only asking us to participate in a short survey, but this may open up for other feedback opportunities further down the process.  The full Street Tree Inventory is also available to download.  I haven’t seen the full document until today, so this should make interesting reading.  More later when I know more.

This garden has already been planted out & has a new street tree as well.  It looks terrific.

This garden has already been planted out & has a new street tree as well. It looks terrific.

The corner of Moncur & Moyes Streets Marrickville has looked good for a number of years because of the many white bollards & the traffic islands on both corners that are filled with Star Jasmine.  This little bit of green has made quite a difference to the streetscape in this area.

As part of their Sustainable Streets program Marrickville Council has created 27 new verge gardens along both sides of Moncur Street after being requested to do this by residents.   The project was completed in April 2013.

According to a Marrickville Council media release, 26 households collaborated with Council for more than 8-months to design & organise the verge gardens.

36 tonnes of concrete was removed creating 150-square-metres for verge gardens.  The residents will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the verge gardens.

The impact on the streetscape is immediately evident.  In my opinion it is a vast improvement.  It’s just a shame the whole street wasn’t done, as there are significant gaps with no verge gardens.

I am looking forward to see what the residents do with the new verge gardens. For a long time now there has been at least one very attractive verge garden, so if this is any indication, Moncur Street will be looking significantly greener in the coming months.

I think this tree is very special & am glad it was saved.  It will love its new living arrangements.

I think this tree is very special & am glad it was saved. It will love its new living arrangements.

While depaving lowers the urban heat island effect, verge gardens also collect stormwater & help water street trees. Moncur Street is fortunate to have a number of nice street trees so these will benefit from better living conditions.

Council’s media release said this is a well-connected community already so the verge gardens will continue to build on these relationships between neighbours.   Recent research has shown that a well-tended street with people out the front gardening significantly lowers the risk of crime.

The verge gardens will help children learn as well as cultivate a happier community. Green environments have been shown to elevate people’s mood & create happiness with gardening long known to improve physical & mental health.  Whether the residents grow vegetables, herbs, natives or flowers, any greenery will help urban wildlife & bring more biodiversity into the street.  Lastly, there is the issue of raised property values because the streetscape is very important to 99% of people when buying property.

All these are incredibly positive outcomes from the establishment of verge gardens & this is something we should all consider doing.  Filling the verge garden need not be expensive with tubestock available for between $2-$3 & by propagating plants & sharing of cuttings between neighbours.  Hopefully Council’s $2 million mowing bill will soon be a thing of the past with all of us all wondering how we lived with so much ugly concrete.

Well done & thank you to the residents of Moncur Street & Marrickville Council.  I believe that the whole community benefits from verge gardens.  Any concrete removed increases beauty & biodiversity.  A huge number of people ride or walk the streets as part of their recreation, so a nice street adds to our enjoyment & happiness.

As you can see, some of the verge gardens are different sizes.

As you can see, some of the verge gardens are different sizes. 

It's a shame that this tree wasn't released from its bondage.

It’s a shame that this tree wasn’t released from its bondage.  

Verge gardens were not created along all of the street.

Verge gardens were not created along all of the street.

I think the new verge gardens make a massive & very positive addition to the streetscape.

I think the new verge gardens make a massive & very positive addition to the streetscape.  The uniformity of gardens along this stretch appeals to me & the street trees will benefit from this work.  Imagine how they will look when more plants are added & they have grown.  

 

 

 

 

Sign opposing the Draft Budget spending plans for Arlington Oval

Sign opposing the Draft Budget spending plans for Arlington Oval

Arlington Recreation Reserve is a small place. Marrickville Council's plan to cover this grass with synthetic turf is concerning many in the local community.

Arlington Recreation Reserve is a small place. Marrickville Council’s plan to cover this grass with synthetic turf is concerning many in the local community.

There is considerable disquiet in the Dulwich Hill community regarding the installation of synthetic turf at Arlington Recreation Reserve.   Marrickville Councillors debated the issue on 20th November 2012.  See – http://bit.ly/TnDEX5  The issue returned to the Council Meeting on 6th December 2012 with a unanimous vote for a report presenting all the facts to be prepared & return to Council in February 2013.  to go ahead with installing synthetic turf.  There was large representation at these Council Meetings – from the clubs who wanted synthetic turf & from the community who didn’t. See – http://bit.ly/TICPY1  On 19th February 2013, the issue was again debated in the Council Meeting.  The vote was 6 for – 6 against, with Mayor Macri, who raised the motion, using his casting vote to carry the motion.

The ‘Save Arlington Reserve Group,’ formed by residents in 2009 is continuing their campaign to stop synthetic turf from being installed, this time at the budgetary decision level.

Marrickville Council plans to spend $1,055 million on Arlington Recreation Reserve, which alarmingly totals 31% of the total yearly budget for parks for the entire Marrickville municipality.  That is – almost one third of spending money will be used on Arlington Recreational Reserve.   $1,435,172 has already been spent on Arlington Recreation Reserve from 2009 – 2013.

Save Arlington Reserve Group has other concerns about the use of synthetic turf at this location.  You can read more here – http://on.fb.me/18N0NbP.  If you can help with the campaign contact  – savearlington@gmail.com. This post on the Save Arlington Reserve website goes into detail regarding their concerns & objections about the cost of installing synthetic turf – http://bit.ly/14rBp8b. This page also has a link to where you can send a submission to Marrickville Council.  The deadline for submissions is Monday 27th May 2013.

There are strong concerns for the Brush Box, Gum trees & the row of Jacaranda trees growing close to the paying field.  All add significantly to the beauty of this Reserve.  It is known that leaves that fall on synthetic turf cause the surface to rot & the playing field will need to be vacuumed regularly to prevent this from happening.  All these trees drop copious amounts of leaves & the Jacarandas are deciduous.  They also drop thousands of purple flowers.  It is felt that the cost of removing leaves & flowers will be seen as prohibitive & will result in tree removal later on.

I would imagine that a barrier would need to be constructed to stop the mulch around the Jacarandas & some of the Gums from coming onto the playing field. That or concrete the mulched area.

Williams Parade, which runs alongside the Reserve, is lined with tall London Plane trees & it looks fabulous.  However, these trees are also deciduous & the wind brings many of these leaves into Arlington Recreation Reserve.  It makes sense that some of these will blow onto the synthetic playing field adding to the natural material that will need to be removed.

Council has also said that if tree roots encroach on the synthetic turf playing field, the trees will need to be removed.

Synthetic turf is made from petroleum products & frequently contains heavy metals such as lead, aluminum, zinc, chromium, copper & sulphur.  Heavy metals will never break down & they will enter the soil & the local environment.

Biodiversity does not just concern that which lives or grows above the ground.  Playing fields are great places for birds to source food, both above & below the ground.   Last week I watched numerous native birds hunting for food on the playing field, including four Kookaburras & I don’t see these birds often.  If the playing field is covered with synthetic turf, it is highly likely that the territorial birds will not survive.

Marrickville Council has acknowledged that the Urban Habitat Mosaic needs to be increased.  It does not make sense to cover one of our few areas of biodiversity with plastic grass.

The new trees looked like they were not doing well.

The new trees looked like they were not doing well.

Detergents & chemicals will be used on a regular basis to clean the synthetic turf.  All this liquid will have to go somewhere.  If it goes into the ground around the playing field it will likely affect the trees & also make its way down to the Cooks River.  It was Marrickville Council who taught me that suburbs that appear a long way from the Cooks River actually do bring stormwater & whatever comes with it to the river.  The artificial turf will also need to be sprayed with weed killer.

Despite some Marrickville Councillors giving assurances that the Reserve will be kept open for the community to use, it is usually locked, except when there is a game on.  Therefore the community will be paying almost one third of the budget for parks for a green space that they cannot access unless there is a game on.  The community wants to be able to use this green space when it is quiet as well.  It is closed off from the road, something that is rare in Marrickville LGA.  Should the community be losing green space when Marrickville LGA already has the least green space in Australia?

Something that concerned me is the use of geo-textile material on the large area of garden beds.  I presume the geo-textile has been used to prevent soil erosion & prevent weed growth.  I imagine it will do this successfully.

My concerns are that the geo-textile acts as a barrier for birds, insects, lizards, Bandicoots & other ground-feeding creatures to access food from the garden area.  The geo-textile also has a string webbing through it & I am concerned that as it breaks down the string will get caught around the toes & feet of birds causing potentially serious injuries & for many, a slow death.  Perhaps this won’t happen because the wildlife will quickly learn that accessing food sources from the soil is impossible here.  Either way, another green area has been lost as a foraging area for wildlife.

Council has planted new trees to replace the ones they removed. These were drooping last week.  They have also planted Ivy & Hibbertia scandens, a native vine with yellow flowers that is used in the municipality as ground cover.  My friend who came with me asked why Council did not try to hide the ugly perimeter wall by planting Grevillias & other attractive shrubs that would provide cover & be a food source for birds.  I could only agree.

Just one of the Kookaburras that were hunting for food on the playing field.  One Kookaburra even went onto the field while a soccer game was happening.

Just one of the Kookaburras that were hunting for food on the playing field. One Kookaburra even went onto the field while a soccer game was happening. You can see just how close the Jacaranda trees & mulched area is to the playing field.

A clos-up of the geo-textile that has been used in the large area of garden surrounding a large arc of the Reserve.  That the earth is covered is concerning, plus the string that may pose a risk of injuring birds & other foraging wildlife.

A close-up of the geo-textile that has been used in the large area of garden surrounding in the Reserve. That the earth is covered is concerning, plus the string that may pose a risk of injuring birds & other foraging wildlife.

All the garden area of the Reserve has been covered with geo-textile with holes cut for the ground covering vines.

All the garden area of the Reserve has been covered with geo-textile with holes cut for the ground covering vines.

The 5th November 1861 marked the establishment of Marrickville municipality.  The population at that time was  600 people.   Photo shows Richardsons Reserve in The Warren.

The 5th November 1861 marked the establishment of Marrickville municipality. The population at that time was 600 people. Photo shows Richardsons Reserve in The Warren.

Well it is no longer rumour.  The Independent Local Government Review Panel established by the NSW State Government has put forward 3 options for amalgamation of Marrickville municipality.

From Marrickville Council’s ‘Your Say Marrickville’ website, they are –

  • “Merge with the proposed Sydney group of councils, creating a new ‘super Sydney’ council that would include City of Sydney, Botany Bay, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra & possibly Leichhardt. The Panel believes this option could provide close functional interaction & economic/social links; unify local government to plan & manage Parramatta Road; inner west development; make Burwood a major centre.
  • Merge with the proposed Inner West group of councils that would include Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Strathfield & possibly Leichhardt. The Panel believes this option could provide close functional interaction & economic/social links; unify local government to plan & manage Parramatta Road; inner west development; make Burwood a major centre.
  • Merge with the proposed Canterbury Council. The Panel believes this option could enhance the economic & social mix; & remove problematic boundaries to the north and east.

Other options are –

  • Oppose amalgamation recommendations altogether & retain Marrickville Council as it is.
  • Propose alternatives boundaries, for example, splitting half of the current Marrickville Council area into the proposed Sydney group & the other half into the inner west group.”
  • “The Panel has also suggested an alternative to amalgamations which is the creation of strong County Councils, by combining member councils according to the groups listed above (Sydney, Inner West or Canterbury) anchored by a regional centre & sharing services across council boundaries.” 

Marrickville Council is asking the community to give feedback about the proposed options for amalgamation & whether we should appose amalgamation & seek to remain as Marrickville municipality.

On Council’s ‘Your Say Marrickville’ website there is a downloadable report ‘Future Directions for Local Government,’ a quick poll, a discussion forum & an online submission form to be included in Council’s submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel.  This is a very important issue that will affect all of us so it makes sense to participate in this community consultation.

The deadline for submissions from the community is Friday 14 June 2013.  See – http://yoursaymarrickville.com.au/local-govt-review

Showing the corner of the Bushpocket in Victoria Road where the cycleway is to be built.  You can get some idea of the width of the current cycle lanes.

Showing the corner of the Bushpocket in Victoria Road where the cycleway is to be built. You can get some idea of the width of the current cycle lanes.  Ausgrid will need to relocate the telegraph pole.

Yesterday (24th April) I attended the public meeting held by Marrickville Council to discuss their recent works that demolished the bio-swale at the Victoria Road Bushpocket site in Marrickville.

To recap: on 21st March 2013 I saw heavy machinery removing the boulders that made up the swale.  On 28th March 2013 I posted about the swale, which was gone leaving bare dirt, a telegraph pole in the new road section & sprayed markings that looked like a path.  I heard that the Council works were to create a cycleway.  See – http://bit.ly/XDgLlz

Several senior Council staff attended the meeting.  It was explained that Council had made a mistake & there had been poor communication between departments regarding the swale at the Bushpocket site & the building of a cycleway.  Council apologized unreservedly for this, saying they would work to improve communication across departments.

It was explained that the cycleway works in this location are part of the Camperdown to Cooks River Cycle Route. Specifically, the road was widened here to assist heavy vehicles to navigate the corner.

Where previously cyclists used the lane either side of Victoria Road, the new cycleway will instead put cyclists in one lane as a separated two-direction kerbed barrier cycleway located on the roadside next to the Bushpocket.  The width of the two-way cycleway will be 2.52 metres.  To claim roadway for the cycleway, the swale was demolished.

Marrickville Council said they intend to replace the swale & handed out plans dated April 2013.  Council were unsure of the costs to do this work.

There was concern from one of the residents who specializes in bio-swales that the plans for the swale would not work as the space was insufficient.  Council invited this resident to participate in further planning of the swale.

Council also emailed the residents the plans for the cycleway in this section of Victoria Road & Myrtle Street.  We were told that side from bringing cyclists from both directions onto the same side of the road, the cycleway will direct cyclists to cross to the other side of the road in Myrtle Street.   This explains the path to nowhere & appears to save the street trees on the eastern side of Myrtle Street.  However, this direction to cross the road in Myrtle Street is not on the plans.  See below.

You can download the plans for the cycleway here, though be warned, I found it impossible to read the writing on the plans on my computer or on a printed copy.  The cycleway route however is easily seen. – – http://bit.ly/ZmsG7b

The plans for the swale can be downloaded here – http://bit.ly/11muRpk

As a cyclist, I can’t say that I felt I needed protection in this section of Victoria Road. Both kerbside lanes used by cyclists were around the width of a normal traffic lane & it was rare to see a parked car so it was a roomy ride for me.  It was explained that all that has been lost was the mound of earth on the roadside of the swale. That mound however, was a significant size & part of the Bushpocket where plants grew.

I thank Marrickville Council for responding to the complaint about this issue and holding the meeting.  It was obvious that they wanted the best outcome for everyone.

The bitumen area is where the swale & planted area around the swale used to be.  Cyclists will soon have a dual cycleway here that goes onto the footpath under the bridge.

The bitumen area is reclaimed land from the Bushpocket. Cyclists will soon have a dual cycleway here that goes onto the footpath under the bridge.

The bitumen shows where the swale & surrounding plants used to be.  The dirt area is where the new swale is to be constructed.

The bitumen shows where the swale & surrounding plants used to be. The dirt area is where the new swale is to be constructed.

Marrickville Council's plans for the cycleway in Victoria Road & Myrtle Street Marrickville with my additions in colour. We were told that the 2-way cycleway would actually cross the road in Myrtle Street, but this does not show on these plans.  Click to enlarge.

Marrickville Council’s plans for the cycleway in Victoria Road & Myrtle Street Marrickville with my additions in colour. We were told that the 2-way cycleway would actually cross the road in Myrtle Street, but this does not show on these plans. Click to enlarge.

 

 

We would have all seen these along the streets of Marrickville municipality. It would be great if they could all have a tree planted.

We would have all seen these along the streets of Marrickville municipality. It would be great if they could all have a tree planted.

The following was posted on Marrickville Council’s Facebook page –

“Nominate a Street Tree. Tell us about that vacant tree pit or tree-less grass verge in front of your house, & Council will come & plant a tree. We are preparing for the 2013 annual street tree planting program & are looking for suitable sites to plant street trees. 

Send your request to council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au & provide the following information:

  • Address
  • ground surface (ie. Grass verge, concrete)
  • power lines above?

The suitability of the site will be assessed by Council’s tree management team & an appropriate tree species determined. Nominations close on Tuesday 30 April.

Thank you Marrickville Council.  This is a wonderful initiative.  I don’t think it would hurt to let Council know of other locations where tree pits are empty/covered with bitumen or of streets that need street trees either.  They can only say no.

Please spread the word as there is a good chance many won’t hear about this.  The deadline is only 2-weeks away & tree-planting only happens once a year.

A lovely healthy tree in Charles Street Petersham

A lovely healthy tree in Charles Street Petersham causing infrastructure damage.

Two large roots growing underneath the house

Two large roots growing underneath the house. Close-up photo below.

Marrickville Council has given notification that they intend to remove 2 trees in Petersham.

Tree number 1:  a Chinese Tallowwood (Sapium sebiferum) outside 44 Charles Street Petersham.  Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree is causing significant damage to private property & public infrastructure.
  • The damage &/or possible future damage to private property cannot be overcome by any practical means.”

Council says they will replace with a Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) during 2013 planting season.

Unfortunately this tree has two large roots travelling directly underneath the house.  It has caused a couple of cracks to the brickwork of the porch.

Of interest, this tree is regarded as a ‘weed of local significance’ in neighbouring Leichhardt Council.  It is also included in the Regional Weed Management for Sydney by NSW Department of Primary Industries.  I have noticed these as street trees in many of the surrounding streets.

Tree number 2:  a Jacaranda (Jacarand minosifolia) outside 15 McRae Street Petersham.  Council gives the following reason for removal –

  • “Tree is dead & poses a risk to public safety.”

Council says they will replace with a Tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys) during 2013 planting season.

Sadly the Jacaranda tree is dying.  I thank Council for using sticky tape to fix the notification of removal signs to both the trees.

The deadline for submissions for both trees ends Friday 26th April 2013.  I will not be sending in a submission.   council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Jacaranda to be removed in McRae Street Petersham.

Jacaranda to be removed in McRae Street Petersham.

This pooor tree is desperately trying to survive.  Most of its canopy is dead.

This pooor tree is desperately trying to survive. Most of the canopy is dead.

Showing a couple of cracks from the tree root in Charles Street Petersham

Showing a couple of cracks from the tree root in Charles Street Petersham

It's great to see verge gardens & street trees so close to Parramatta Road.

It’s great to see verge gardens & street trees so close to Parramatta Road.

In February 2012 I wrote about Marrickville Council’s plans for Old Canterbury Road Lewisham, between Parramatta Road & the railway overpass. See – http://bit.ly/woTF6K

Council have replaced the footpath, removed 1 ailing street tree & planted 23 new street trees with root barriers.  The trees were 10 x Spotted gum (Corymbia maculata), 11 x New South Wales Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum) & 2 x Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulates).  Council also created 36 new verge gardens between 1 metre & 1.3 metres wide & 4 metres long.

Thank you Marrickville Council.  I thought the new streetscape was a vast improvement on the old & will watch with interest as the trees grow & the verge gardens fill out.

The street trees & verge gardens will help remove pollution & particulate matter – important as this is a high traffic road.  They will also cool the street, add oxygen to the air, provide food for urban wildlife & have a positive impact on property values, among other benefits.

If this kind of streetscape beautification work happened across Marrickville LGA – as funds were available, we would have a much nicer place to live with greater diversity for urban wildlife.  I’d wager the community would be happier too.

The other corner next to Parramatta Road has more verge gardens.  A view like this for Parramatta Road traffic gives a good impression of a suburb.

The other corner next to Parramatta Road has more verge gardens. A view like this for Parramatta Road traffic gives a good impression of a suburb.

Another view with new Gum trees.

Another view with new Gum trees that will one day look like the one in the background.

Another view.  NSW Christmas Bushes are planted in these verge gardens.

Another view. NSW Christmas Bushes are planted in these verge gardens.

The new verge gardens & street trees work went right to the railway bridge.

The new verge gardens & street trees work went right to the railway bridge on both sides.

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