|A diseased tree being removed from Northbourne Avenue (Canberra Times)|
Yes they will be replaced (with more than there are now)
Yes they will be replaced with semi-mature trees 4 to 5 metres high
No tree that is removed before construction begins is because of light rail.
No Northbourne Avenue will not be defoliated permanently
There will be more trees when we have light rail, then when we didn't.
The trees on Northbourne Avenues median strip will be removed during the construction of light rail. Trees are being removed now because they are diseased or damaged. Construction has started on the light rail project, but it is not yet at the stage where trees will be removed on Northbourne Avenue. See this post on the light rail construction timeline.
Fact - There are only 202 healthy trees left along Northbourne Avenue after years of disease and storm damage to the current planting. Many of these would have to be replaced over time in any case.
Fact - When light rail construction concludes an extra 1000 trees will be planted to replace those removed.
Fact - semi-mature Eucalyptus Mannifera will be approximately 4-5 metres high when first planted during the construction phase of Capital Metro. The NCA endorse this species.
Fact - light rail tracks will occupy about seven metres of the total 27-metre wide median strip, leaving about 10 metres on either side for landscaping and trees
|Northbourne Avenue with light rail, mature trees and sympathetic landscaping|
Many trees have fallen since the current planting matured, and they continue to fall or be removed on safety grounds. Sometimes this program is misinterpreted as being part of the light rail project, and those with an anti light rail agenda fulminate and distort reality in their political campaign. Even the Canberra Times (Independent always...) plays this game with misleading headlines.
Example - "First Northbourne tree removals costing $32,000" implies that the trees being removed are part of the first stage of light rail construction. In fact the removal was about public safety.
"the tree removals were not linked to the government's planned city to Gungahlin tram line, which will see 444 trees cut down on Northbourne from later in the year. They will be replaced with 671 new trees, expected to be grown at the Yarralumla Nursery. On the Federal Highway, 211 trees will be removed and 157 new trees planted."
Understandably it is hard to get the true facts on tree removal along Northbourne when even the local newspaper distort the truth to sell papers. That is why this website will alway provide a range of views to enable you to form your own.
- Canberra Times article on tree removal
- Canberra Times article on tree removal timeline
- Canberra Times article on trees removed on safety grounds after excessive rains
- ACT Light Rail article on tree falling across Northbourne Avenue
- ACT Light Rail have covered this before
- ACT Government media release on extra 1000 trees
- ACT Government media release on new tree species for Northbourne Avenue
In June 2015 the ACT Government informed the public that:
Even the ACT Conservation Council appreciate the need for tree replacement.
Of course, politicians will ignore facts and create their own reality where any tree that falls along Northbourne, or is removed for safety reasons is somehow related to the light rail project. despite the facts presented here that shows that many of these trees will have to be replaced regardless of whether light rail was coming down Northbourne Avenue or not. These people are lying to win votes. They don't really care for trees, they just don't want light rail and will use anything they think people will fall for, even cheap deceptive publicity stunts.
Canberra Liberal candidate Elizabeth Lee deliberately misleading people in an attempt to win votes
Canberra Liberal candidate Candice Burch misleading the public to win votes
This is Northbourne Avenue. We deserve better.
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