Street trees in Glen Tower Drive, Glen Waverley

Consultation closing on 30 April 2017

Glen Tower Drive

Council has decided not to proceed with its initial plan to remove 100-plus street trees from Glen Tower Drive (Glen Waverley).

We have heard from many residents who are disappointed that Council was planning to remove so many trees. We have written to local residents to advise them that we won't be proceeding with this plan and to apologise for any distress we have created.

The proposal to remove and replace the trees flows from Council's Street Tree Strategy, which has the overall aim of strengthening Monash's street tree canopy. However, we should have applied more rigour to our decision-making before proposing to undertake tree removals/replacements on the scale proposed in Glen Tower Drive.  

What is proposed now?

All of the trees in the street were assessed in the week beginning Monday 6 March. There are four trees in Glen Tower Drive that require removal for health and safety reasons. There are also about 15 trees that are in decline and from our arborist’s perspective, these trees need to be removed within the next five years

We would like to talk to local residents about these trees and give you an opportunity to be involved in deciding the next steps.

Please come along to a community meeting:

Saturday 25 March, 10am
Monash Civic Centre
(293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley)

There is no need to RSVP. For those unable to attend, we will write to all residents in the area following the meeting to summarise the discussion. We will also publish this summary on this webpage. If you would like to be alerted when the summary is published, please scroll down and 'subscribe to page updates'.

For more information, please contact Phillip Plumb, Manager – Horticultural Services, on 9518 3720 or at phillipp@monash.vic.gov.au.

Council apologises for any distress this proposal has caused any of our community members and we thank everyone who has provided feedback to us. 

Background

In November/December 2016, we asked residents to select two suitable species of trees for their street and sought feedback on which of these two species they prefered.

Consultation closed on Sunday 4 December 2016.

Please see photos and some information about the two species:

Photo Tree

  Option 1:

Lemon Scented Gum

Corymbia citriodora (Lemon Scented Gum)

A beautiful native tree with a distinctive white to grey coloured shedding bark. Its leaves are green and long with a strong lemon fragrance when they are crushed. It has feathery white flowers in Summer and Autumn.

Mature Size (h x w): 20 x 8m
Form: Oval

NOTE:
All trees under powerlines will be a dwarf variety to minimise maintenance needs - mature size (h x w): 7 x 3m.

  Option 2:

Queensland Brush Box
Kanooka Gum

Lophostemon confertus (Queensland Brush Box)

This dome headed tree has a dense, glossy green canopy great salmon coloured bark that peels in summer. It flowers in Summer forming small white clusters that contain fluffy looking stamens .

Mature Size (h x w): 15 x 10m
Form: Oval

NOTE:
If planted under the powerlines, a tree of lower height (described below) will be chosen to minimise maintenance needs.

Tristaniopsis laurina (Kanooka)

This native tree has a dense foliage canopy with glossy green leaves that are oblong shaped. Yellow flowers are borne in Summer and are abundant with nectar attracting birds. Smooth creamy trunk streaked with gray.

Mature Size (h x w): 7-8 x 4m
Form: Oval

Location

Glen Tower Drive, Glen Waverley 3150 View Map

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