Planned Council tree works
Trees are one of our most important natural assets.
Inner West Council conducts cyclical maintenance of its street trees. This includes pruning works to improve tree health and structure, remove deadwood, and allow for clearance for buildings, pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Removal of trees is seen as the last option – Council will always look for other management options first. Unfortunately in some cases and due to risk to public and property, removal may be the only option. Any tree that is identified for removal will have a notice affixed to the tree.
Please note that Council does not prune trees for power line clearance. Ausgrid is responsible for pruning street trees in these circumstances and sets out the required clearance for its power lines. Visit the Ausgrid power line clearance page for more information and planned trimming dates.
Tree removal notice: 114 William Street, Leichhardt
- Date: 4 March 2020
- Location: 114 William Street, Leichhardt
- Tree species: Eucalyptus melliodora
Why are we removing this tree?
- Extensive decay within trunk, poor health and vigour.
TREE REMOVALWORKS: ELKINGTON PARK, FITZROY AVE, BALMAIN
- Date: 8 April
- Location: ELKINGTON PARK, FITZROY AVE, BALMAIN
Council’s Tree Contractors will be undertaking scheduled tree removal works of self-seeded fig trees within retaining wall, declining Acacia and dead bottlebrush tree in Fitzroy Avenue, Balmain on Wednesday 8 April 2020. The trees to be removed are only the ones directly growing out of the retaining wall. Trees that are growing out of the rock shelf below will be retained.
Tree removal works were identified and recommended as part of independent engineer’s report from assessment of retaining wall.
TREE HABITAT CREATION: Blackmore Oval
- Date: 19 March 2020
- Location: Blackmore Oval
This tree recently suffered significant branch failures and other defects are present, but instead of complete removal it will been pruned to imitate a valuable habitat tree that you would find in the bush, which are very lacking in the urban landscape. Pruning work will be done on the tree to create habitat boxes and hollows similar to the images below. Species targeted in this location will be parrots, microbats, lizards and invertebrates.
This tree is a good candidate for habitat conversion and Council will continue to monitor the tree on an ongoing basis.
TREE MANAGEMENT NOTICE: Temporary Tree Restraint System
Council was recently notified of a crack occurring in this Fig tree’s lower trunk and Council is working to manage and protect this tree through a number of strategies. A temporary tree restraint system has been installed and weight reduction pruning work is scheduled to be undertaken to reduce the risk of a failure. A permanent load bearing restraint system has been designed to immobilise the stem union and to reduce the risk of a possible failure. The system will require ongoing inspections for the life of the restraint. This system shall be installed within the next few weeks.
- Date: 25 March 2020
- Location: Simpson Park
In addition, Council will investigate installing between 8-10 vertical PVC pipes filled with an optimum root development soil medium to channel and accelerate the aerial root growth to ground level to support the aboveground branching structure (see indicative photo below).
Tree removal notice: Outside 7 Astwin St Croydon
- Date: 9 March 2020
- Location: Outside 7 Astwin St Croydon
- Tree species: Grevillea
Why are we removing this tree?
- The tree is in poor health and condition and has low retention value.
(x1) Melaleuca bracteata (Black tea tree)
To be planted during Councils 2020 Planting Program between May and August.