Regulated v Significant Trees-The New Legislation

Submissions on the State Government’s new regulated/significant tree legislation were due on the 25th. This was just in time for the tree events that dominated the media on Australia Day.
The City of Unley has provided a submission.
Our former Premier has apparently been tweeting about the tragedy around the corner from where he lives at the Avenues. Ironic because it his Government’s legislation that has allowed this to occur.
On the same day trees in two eastern suburbs including our very own Unley Park have dropped limbs; in one case narrowly missing a group of girls. In Unley Park a lady was unfortunately hit.
Our arborists will be out there very soon to judge the health of this tree.
Saving vs removing trees ——an often emotional debate for sure.

Regulated v Significant Trees-The New Legislation

The time for submissions on the new legislation was up on the 25th January, just in time for some significant tree activity on Australia Day. Unley has provided a submission.

Our former Premier appears to be less than impressed at trees coming under the saw at the Avenues yesterday, just around the corner from where he lives. Interesting because it is his Government that has facilitated what occurred.

An article in Adelaide Now http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/residents-protest-as-trees-axed-for-parking-at-the-avenues-st-peters/story-e6frea83-1226254244803 covers this event.

At the same time trees in two Eastern Suburbs including our own Unley Park have dropped limbs near people.

An emotional subject for all people, irrespective of which side of the tree they are standing.

Unley looking after its trees

Just prior to Christmas our Operations Manager Trevor Stein notified Elected Members and Executive about the deterioration of a pre-European River Red Gum (possibly 3-400 years old) in Northgate Street near Victoria Avenue. Grave fears were held for this tree.

Council in association with Marcus Lodge and his arboricultural company undertook some reasonably drastic action prior to Christmas in an attempt to save the tree. Actions included:
  • Removal of the paved footpath near the tree.
  • A series of sucrose injections around the base of the tree combined with soil amelioration.
  • Regular watering by Council’s watertruck.
Trevor’s current advice today is that the short term effects of this treatment has been positive. There has been a good response to the treatments and the tree is showing early signs that it may recover.

Regulated v Significant Trees-The New Legislation

Further to my report late last month on the new legislation our own Deevlopment plan requires ammendment to align it to the legislation.

As I understand it The Minister for Planning released the Regulated Trees Development Plan Amendment (DPA) on the 17 November 2011 on interim effect.

The DPA provides policy to support the assessment of development applications for ‘Regulated Trees’, a new category of protected trees, as noted above, pursuant to amendments to the Development Act and Regulations by the State Government.

The DPA is subject to public consultation until the 25 January 2012.

A review of the DPA and a submission will be prepared by the Administration. The submission will be confirmed by distribution and feedback of Elected Members in December 2011, to allow submission in accord with the consultation time-line. In addition, the submission can be formally considered by Council at its 30 January 2012 meeting, and the submission as confirmed, forwarded shortly after the deadline as the updated formal submission (albeit the later submission may not be accepted given its receipt after the consultation deadline).
 
If you have observations that you think are still worthy of being accomodated please let us know.

Saving trees by valueing them in $ terms

Anyone interested in saving trees in Unley might be interested in what is being proposed in Burnside.

This link will take you to an article in this week’s Eastern Courier

http://eastern-courier-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/price-put-on-burnsides-trees/

An interesting article. Please read it and then come back and read the rest of this blog.

Talk back radio today was portraying, from what I heard, the other side of the coin. That was around when will councils recognise that when they are put on notice about the safety of a tree, they should act on it.

As I contemplate another Development Assessment Panel meeting this coming Monday night, where some of the items being  put before us will be applications to remove significant trees, reading this leaves me to wonder what if?

At the end of the day we as a society must measure the value of our trees. Future generations will regret haphazard removal; of that there is no doubt. We must also protect and value human life and human property.

The system for dealing with this is working reasonably well but we should always be conscious of improving it should we find we can.

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