'Trees - not just important, but essential infrastructure', Dr Greg Moore, Benalla, 22 February 2023 - 'An Outstanding Talk!'
Issues surrounding the need to retain, and grow, trees as essential infrastructure continue to emerge in our community. Revisiting Greg Moore's outstanding talk can provide both inspiration and fact based evidence and strategies to support efforts to continue to advocate for trees as essential infrastructure.
Sue Campbell has given us permission to include her submission on the website:
BENALLA RURAL CITY
1 Bridge Street East Benalla 3672
Submission on Planning
13 November 2022
Permit No. PO 148/22
Removal of Tree 13 Bridge Street East Benalla 3672
I commend the Council for its report on the above mentioned tree by Enspec PTY
My concerns for the removal of this tree include
Planting new trees will not help this situation for many years, how fortunate the citizens of this town are that a previous Council had the foresight to plan for the future; the removal of this tree would undermine the forward thinking of that enlightened council.
I refer to the Consultants report on the need to remove this tree and ask the Council to engage an expert on the use of root barriers as has been carried out on numerous sites around Melbourne on much larger trees.
Executive Summary - page 10 of report
The results of the executive summary undertaken by Enspec Environment conclude that:-
Damage to the front of the 13 Bridge Street West East, in the vicinity of the gas meter, is likely to be due to the influence of roots from the council tree. No significant roots were identified elsewhere along the frontage of the properties adjacent test area.
Pruning of the identified roots, or other root management options could be undertaken to resolve the issue.
I therefore request the Council to review their application to remove this tree.
Susan Campbell O.A M.
Landscape Architect .A.I.L.A.
13 November 2022
In her Greening Benalla action group report in late November Sue Campbell spoke with passion and her usual well researched position about a tree in Bridge Street near the Reject Shop area for which a removal application has been instituted. The possible removal of the tree has caused Sue great concern. Her presentation raised alarm bells for members of the group. Read the Executive Summary of Sue's Submission to Benalla Rural City Council...
On December 12th a thought provoking post on the Benalla Community Notice Board Facebook page by Giulia Franchesci raised her concerns ...
"Hello Benalla people....
I believe we are at point if we don’t start to protect mature public shade trees, dangerous precedents are being set by Landowners and Council’s to remove any, and all, public trees that are considered “problematic”.
LET’S SAVE IT!!!
Over the last 40 or more years this tree has OXYGENATED, REFRESHED, SHADED and BEAUTIFED our little space on this planet. Benalla.
LET’S US GIVE A THANKS BY RESISTING HIS REMOVAL.
Every word or deed spent in his cause it will help.
Let’s learn to be responsible human beings.
Let’s protect what protects us.
Even the least environmental aware community members would probably prefer to park in shade away from our hot sun.
The tree is there for all of society’s benefit.
I am not sure if one land owner’s convenience should not have the right to destroy something that will benefit all of us for centuries."
With love Giulia"
The post received 87 likes and 45 comments between December 12 and 24, however most too late to result in submission/s to council re the application which closed on 16 December. The comments are worth reading through, however you do need to be a group member to see and respond to them. The Benalla Community Notice Board is a well moderated page and is worth joining.
Marcus Bolger's post is particularly relevant ...."Hi everyone. I have now read the development application on the Council website. The Council engaged experts who carried out ground penetrating radar tests and they established that damage to the footpath in the vicinity of the gas meter is likely caused by tree roots. However the experts concluded “Pruning of the identified roots, or other root management options, could be undertaken to resolve the issue.” The experts did not recommend removal of the tree. I visited the tree today and any damage to the footpath to date seems minimal. The applicant for the tree removal, Mr Dean Steegstra, described the tree as being in good condition, with a high significance rating and high roadside conservation value, with a useful life expectancy of 20 plus years and low risk to persons. Accordingly there appears to be a good argument to retain the tree and carry out root pruning, rather than tree removal."
Arising out of the 2022 BSFG Review, our group consists of Karen Nankervis, Judy Schwarzman, Sue Campbell, Kate Holmes and Christine Holmes.
At our first meeting on Tuesday 12th July, we decided on a name - Greening Benalla Focus Group, BSFG.
We discussed our interest and purpose as follows –
At this meeting Kate brought the BRC Health and Wellbeing Annual Action Plan 2022-2023 to our attention. We felt we could make a contribution to many of the intended actions and outcomes contained within the document.
Our second meeting, on the 26th July, was called abruptly as we found out through the Ensign funding was available for councils and community groups to apply for grants from The Living Local fund, to improve public spaces and streetscapes, due by 14th August.
We made the following decisions as an action plan in preparation to apply for funding.
Christine Holmes, on behalf of the group.
'Greening Benalla' - Greening and Cooling our Urban Spaces
An action group of BSFG which works towards the greening of the Benalla landscape by preserving existing vegetation and creating new green spaces and corridors.
Banner: The Grubissa Court walkway - early jonquils and wattle, Benalla. August 9, 2022.
The walkway off Grubissa Court is regarded as a 'lighthouse project' by BSFG's 'Greening and Cooling our Urban Spaces' action group.
The walkway off Grubissa Court is regarded as an exemplary initiative by BSFG's new Greening Benalla Focus Group. Grubissa Court walkway was established some years ago now, it would be wonderful to see similar walkways planned into the development of new housing estates in Benalla.
of North East Victoria, and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.