In line with City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy we are committed to creating a resilient, healthy and diverse urban forest and are planting 3,000 new trees each year across the municipality.
Fairbairn Drive, Kensington has been identified for priority tree replacement works due to most trees having structural defects. The removal of 20 Wallangarra White Gum trees (Eucalyptus scoparia) is now complete.
After two rounds of consultation with people living or owning homes in Fairbairn Drive, we received overwhelming support to plant Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis) trees in replacement. Chinese Pistachio’s are a medium sized deciduous tree that have orange and red foliage in autumn and are suitable for a warming climate.
tree planting was undertaken during April to September 2021 - 37 Chinese Pistachio trees were successfully planted.
The previously planted Wallangarra White Gums (Eucalyptus scoparia) in Fairbairn Drive were assessed by an independent arborist. Their assessment highlighted a large number of the mature trees needed to be removed or pruned due to structural defects caused by insect damage.
The extensive level of work required to ensure public safety has prompted a review of the entire streetscape. The existing trees species is not suitable for a changing climate which is why an alternative species has been nominated as a replacement.
Some trees on Fairbairn Drive are to be retained and monitored as they have not been adversely impacted by insect damage and are in good health. These trees will provide important canopy cover in the street whilst the new trees establish. Trees that are being retained have no arboricultural reason for removal. More information can be found in our Tree Retention and Removal Policy.
Timeline item 1 - complete
Independent arboricultural assessment undertaken of existing trees
Timeline item 2 - complete
Initial notification to residents informing them of tree removals
Timeline item 3 - complete
Community consultation - phase one
30 October to 25 November 2020
Timeline item 4 - complete
5 November 2020
Timeline item 5 - complete
Feedback collated and plans developed
Late 2020 to early 2021
Timeline item 6 - complete
Community consultation - phase two
6 January to 5 February 2021
Timeline item 7 - complete
Tree planting undertaken
April to September 2021