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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 removed and replacement plantings will now be scheduled.


A Eucalyptus species, commonly known as a gum tree street tree located adjacent 16 Emerald Street, Flagstaff Hill has been assessed by a qualified arborist and identified for removal due to safety risk.

The ‘Significant’ tree has a number of defects identified that has compromised its long term structural stability and is predominately stump regrowth. The subsequent regrowth consists of six mature leaders of epicormic origins. Central hollowing and decay are apparent within the lopped trunk. 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 three trees in Flagstaff Hill 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.