Inverleigh Tree Succession Plan

Council is developing the Inverleigh Tree Succession Plan, detailing the approach Council will take to removing and replacing trees in Inverleigh.

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Golden Plains Shire Council has commenced the development the Inverleigh Tree Succession Plan, detailing the approach Council will take to removing and replacing trees in Inverleigh.

The Plan will detail the ongoing management of significant trees and newly planted trees at four locations throughout the Inverleigh township:

  • Western Cypress Avenue
  • Public Camping Reserve at the east of the township
  • Lost Cypress Avenue at the eastern entrance of the township
  • High Street median strip road reserve

The Plan will provide a detailed species palette based on site suitability and informed by community consultation for the succession replanting of the trees in the Western Cypress Avenue and Public Camping reserve. It will also include the re-instatement of the Eastern Avenue, which has been reduced over time due to tree removal and provide provisions for tree protection areas on the High Street median strip to reduce the decline of tree health due to soil compaction caused by parked vehicles.  

Trees that may be suitable for future tree stump sculptures on the Western Avenue and Eastern Avenue will also be identified as part of the Inverleigh Tree Succession Plan development.

Engagement Update

Community members of Inverleigh were invited to have their say on the style of trees they would like to see as part of the Inverleigh Tree Succession Plan in November 2021. Following this consultation, Council has identified a number of suitable tree species to be included in the Inverleigh Tree Succession Plan.

Based on the feedback provided by the Inverleigh community, it has been established that the Western Cypress Avenue should not be replaced with the same species. An Australian native species with a spreading, evergreen canopy is preferred by the community for this location. It was determined by community feedback that the species used for the re-instatement of the Eastern Avenue should be of exotic origin, with an evergreen, spreading canopy. 

Three native Australian tree species have been identified as suitable for the Western Avenue replacement and two exotic and one native Australian species were selected for the Eastern Avenue re-instatement.  

For the Public Camping reserve, a species palette has been developed based on-site suitability and community preferences on tree style and shape. The palette identifies 15 Victorian and Australian native tree species with spreading canopies to be used to replace deteriorating trees in the reserve in the future. There are 2 deciduous species included in the palette, with the remaining 13 having evergreen canopies. 

Community members of Inverleigh were invited to have their say on the species of trees they would like to see as part of the Western and Eastern Avenues of the town. The Inverleigh Tree Succession Plan Survey was open from Thursday 12 May to 9am, Thursday 16 June.

The feedback provided during the consultation period will now be used to finalise the species of trees to be planted as part of the Western and Eastern Avenues.

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