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Brittle gum in Stafford Street Stanmore.

Sydney blue gum in Stafford Street Stanmore.  It looks like a sick tree with a poor canopy.  Unfortunately the canopy does not show well in this photo.  A tree behind makes it look fuller than it is.  

You can see the damage in the trunk of the Brittle Gum.

You can see the damage in the trunk of the Sydney blue gum.

Inner West Council has given notice that they intend to remove two public trees in Stanmore.

Tree number 1:  a Sydney Blue Gum (Eucalyptus saligna) outside 13 Stafford Street Stanmore.

Council gives the follow reasons for removal –

  • “Tree has previously had several major branch failures which have resulted in weakened structural integrity.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.”

Council says they will replace with a Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) in the 2017 Street Tree Planting Program between May & September.

I agree this tree needs to go.   While I like Jacarandas, I think it is a shame to replace a big native tree species with an exotic.

The deadline for any submissions is Friday 3rd March 2017.

Tree number 2: a Brittle Gum (Eucalyptus mannifera) outside 62 Percival Road Stanmore.

Council gives the follow reasons for removal –

  • “Tree has poor vitality and significant canopy dieback
  • Major open wound to trunk with decay and loss of structural wood.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.”

Council says they will replace with a Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) during the 2017 Street Tree Planting Program between May & September.

I agree this tree needs to go & think it is good that Council is replacing a native with a native.

The deadline for any submissions is Friday 10th March 2017.

Brittle gum in Percival Road.

Brittle gum in Percival Road.  Not much canopy left.

The trunk of the Brittle gum in Percival Road.

The trunk of the Brittle gum in Percival Road.

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.

 

 

 

The arrow points to the street tree to be removed. As you can see, it is the best in Westbourke Street.

The arrow points to the street tree to be removed. As you can see, it is the best in Westbourke Street.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove 2 street trees in Stanmore.

Tree number 1:  Chinese Tallowood (Sapium sebiferum) at Westbourke Street, adjacent 48 Charles Street.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • The tree is causing significant damage to the adjacent building which cannot be over come by any reasonable or practical means other than removal.
  • The tree presents an unacceptable risk to the private property.

Council says they will replace this tree with a Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Sp.) during the 2012-2013 replacement tree-planting program.

As I drove down Westbourke Street I admired a lovely tree that cascaded across the street.  Of course, the tree up for removal turned out to be this tree.  It is entirely unsuitable for the location & sad as it is, I agree that it needs to go.  The roots are large & head straight into the property 1-metre away.  I will not be putting in a submission.

Tree number 2:  Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) at the rear of 14 Alfred Street Stanmore (public reserve).  I could not locate an Alfred Street in Stanmore.  There is one in Marrickville & one in St Peters.  Therefore I did not go & look at this tree.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • The tree exhibits poor form & structural condition as a result of extensive wood decay & borer damage throughout the trunk.
  • The tree is poorly located & is likely to be a sucker from a neighbouring tree of the same species.
  • It presents an unacceptable risk to the public & property.

The Deadline for submissions for both trees ends on Friday 11th January 2013.

Westbourke Street tree to be removed.

Westbourke Street tree to be removed.

Showing the roots.

Showing the roots.

 

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