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.

Have your say

Based on community feedback we have selected two alternative species of medium sized trees for future planting on the street.

See what we heard during the first phase of community consultation and vote on your preferred species selection for Fairbairn Drive in the survey below.

Consultation closes 5 February.

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.

Based on community feedback we would have selected two alternative species of medium sized trees to choose from.

The first species Evergreen Ash (Fraxinus griffithii) is an evergreen tree that typically reaches between 6-8m high in the urban environment, has green shiny leaves and produces small white flowers during spring.

The second species Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis) is a deciduous tree that typically reaches 8m high in the urban environment and has a vibrant autumn display of orange and red foliage.

Both species have been selected as they align to community preferences captured in our consultation, and because they are suitable for a warming climate and Melbourne conditions.

Community consultation

Feedback we heard on the Fairbairn Drive Tree Renewal project and the two tree species selected.