General Manager Update

Part of the charm of Blayney and the surrounding historic villages is reflected in the beautiful, natural landscape including native gums and introduced species of trees. Not only do they provide shelter for wildlife and weather protection, they can also provide a picturesque back drop or screen across the area. Without long-term planning, and understanding the most appropriate trees and shrubs for the location, some trees become a nuisance. In some cases, they may even pose a significant risk for residents and the community when trees start to conflict with urban life.

Council has developed a long-term approach to tree planting in the Blayney Shire. Council Parks and Recreation staff work with local land services, arborists and residents to provide advice and information to educate the community on the best types of trees and shrubs for different environments.  Staff provide guidance on which species of trees and shrubs are most appropriate for planting in our area based on climate, purpose and ongoing maintenance issues. Trees planted on private property are generally the responsibility of the property owner to manage and maintain. Council has the responsibility for all trees and shrubs in community spaces for example, mowing grass in parks, pruning in the Carrington Park rose garden, maintaining street trees within the villages and lopping tree branches that may interfere with utilities.

Council’s number one priority remains to ensure the safety of residents and the community. Therefore, there are times when Council needs to carefully assess the risk of trees in the urban environment. Sometimes Council may need to make the difficult decision to remove trees altogether to prevent property damage and maintain safety. While the full removal of trees, especially mature trees that seem to have been part of our landscape for decades may seem like a dramatic, last resort solution, often this may be the only solution to maintain a duty of care to the community. The removal of trees can be the most beneficial solution to protect our residents, property and help to keep the maintenance cost burden to a minimum for the long-term sustainability of the community.

At this week’s Council meeting, Councillors were faced with a challenging decision on how to properly manage the row of pine trees behind the properties on Johnston Crescent, Blayney. This 650 metre row of mature Radiata Pine, planted about 35 years ago, are now rapidly deteriorating and suffering decay, posing a risk to resident’s property and the rail corridor.  Unfortunately, these trees have reached the end of their lifespan and are dropping limbs, recently causing damage to fences.  

Council have agreed that the replacement of the pine trees alongside Johnston Crescent needs investigation.  Council staff will now consult and discuss the issue with the community, in particular with the adjoining neighbours, with a further report to be brought back to Council for consideration.

If you have any questions about these particular pine trees at Johnston Crescent or trees and shrubs in general in the Blayney Shire, please feel free to contact Council on Ph 6368 2104.

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Last modified: 19 Oct 2017

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Facsimilie: (02) 6368 3290
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

Council opening hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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