More trees at risk

MORE of Halliday Park’s mature trees might have to be pulled out.

An arborist has found three trees, between 10 – 12 metres tall, are ailing and need close monitoring. They sit in the bright red “unacceptable” range of the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment system, which looks at how likely they are to pose a risk to the public.

Other trees that are already dead will be pulled out. The study found the dead specimens had poor underground root structure and the presence of three pathogenic fungi.

Neighbouring resident Greg Smith previously blasted the council because under its interpretation the trees were not protected by the same heritage listing as the park itself.

Those protections will be tightened up under a new draft heritage classification currently out for comment. The park will be raised from a classification 5 heritage rating to class 2, which means “demolition of these places would generally not be supported.”

“Accordingly, any removal or significant modification (other than maintenance or pruning) to mature trees will require council approval”.

The heritage report done by Hocking Heritage Studio and Creating Communites traces the colonial history of the park to 1897 when it was purchased by William Leonard Smeed, who developed a portion of the land as a nursery for flowers under the name Smeed & Sons.

Comment on the upgraded status is open until September 13.

by DAVID BELL

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