Council has approved the removal of three mature Monterey Cypress trees on the western side of Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale, that present a major risk to public safety.
“We are never happy to approve the removal of trees in the Borough,” said Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Cr Susan Salter.
“However, in light of the risk posed by the three trees and the further impact of the construction works happening at the Bellarine Community Health site, Council considers that removal is the best course of action in this case.”
The decision to remove the trees, which are located adjacent to the Bellarine Community Health Service, has been made in consultation with qualified arborists.
Assessment indicates that one of the trees is in poor condition and presents a high risk of failure, prompting serious concerns for public safety.
While the second and third trees are in fair condition, presenting a medium risk of failure, their proximity to the entrance of the construction works has the potential to further reduce their health and stability.
Council considered the risk assessment along with the consequent high level of public activity in the area when approving the removal of the three trees.
The attached map image shows the exact location of the trees, which are scheduled for removal over the coming fortnight.
Replanting within this area will be a high priority within the Avenue of Honour tree management plan currently being developed by Council with the assistance of a community reference group.