The application seeking removal of the tree has been approved in accordance with the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Subsequently, the tree has been scheduled for removal in July 2023, and replacement plantings will follow.
A Eucalyptus camaldulensis, commonly known as a River Red Gum street tree located adjacent 17 Lotus Drive, Aberfoyle Park has been assessed by a qualified arborist and identified for removal due to safety risk.
The ‘Regulated’ tree has developed a crack, from a recent failure point, down the outer face of the northern leader. Only half of sound wood remains supporting the leader. The tree also displays a history of ongoing branch failure. The trees risk assessment places it in the high category of risk. Unfortunately, there are no reasonable management options other than complete tree removal.
When a ‘Regulated’ or ‘Significant’ tree is approved for removal, two or three trees are planted to compensate for their removal. In this instance, we will plant two trees in Aberfoyle Park in the 2023 planting season (May to October). We have established urban forest targets to increase urban vegetation cover and tree canopy in the City of Onkaparinga by 20 per cent by 2045. We are also committed to planting 100,000 new trees in street verges, waterways and parks by 2037.
To learn more about Significant and Regulated Trees, see our fact sheet or view the location of the tree being removed.
Consultation on this tree removal was undertaken in November and December 2022.