In June 2016, Council adopted a 30-year Street Tree Strategy to improve and protect Monash’s valued street tree canopy.
The vision of the Street Tree Strategy is to establish a Street Tree Canopy that will be the source of neighbourhood and City pride and create a network of engaging and inviting green corridors, encouraging walking, cycling and street activity and deliver tangible benefits to local communities.
In late 2016, Council resolved to revise its approach towards the renewal of Monash’s street trees by only removing trees that are dead, dying, (assessed as having less than 2 years useful life, for example diseased) or dangerous (pose an inappropriate level of risk to people or assets which cannot be reasonably be managed). The aim of the strategy is to increase the number of trees planted on public property.
Following this resolution Council completed the 16 streets in Year 1 of the strategy resulting in the removal of 156 trees, replacement of 133 trees and the planting of 165 additional trees. Council has allocated $240,000 in this year’s budget to progress with implementing Year 2 of our 30-year Street Tree Strategy
The streets nominated for Year 2 are listed below. In February 2018, we will be seeking feedback on the street tree renewal plan from all directly affected residents in Akuna Avenue (Notting Hill), Strelden Avenue (Huntingdale), Therese Avenue (Mt Waverley), Collegium Avenue (Wheelers Hill), Strada Crescent (Wheelers Hill) and Oregan Close (Wheelers Hill).
The remaining streets will be rolled out during February and March. All directly affected residents will be notified by mail when their proposed street renewal plan is ready for review and feedback, before moving into the species selection stage.
- Swift Drive
- Panoramic Drive
- Atherton Road (Clyde Street to Dandenong Road)
Year 1: Street Tree Strategy Implementation
A street tree renewal plan was developed, with 16 streets identified for tree removals and re-plantings in 2017. In some of these streets, there were anchor trees - healthy mature trees which contribute to the quality of the streetscape - which will be retained alongside the new plantings. Similar re-planting programs in other streets were proposed for future years.
Residents of Andleigh Drive (Mulgrave) have already selected their preferred species for planting over the next 12 months. In the other 15 streets, residents were able to choose from one of two suitable species.
Submissions closed on Friday 16 December 2016
Submissions closed on Sunday 4 December 2016
- Brentwood Drive
- Glen Tower Drive
- Mount Street and Victoria Avenue
- Briggs Street
- Essex Road
- Grenfell Road