Christmas Tree Report

Residents will have the Christmas break to wade through the 36 page Braidwood Tree Management Plan which was released last week by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). The draft Tree Management Plan has been developed as part of RMS' ongoing community engagement about roadside hazards on the Kings Highway at Braidwood and follows a Tree Management Plan workshop held in Braidwood on 24 July 2012.

RMS has worked with Palerang Council and Corkery Consulting to prepare this draft plan for the avenues of trees on the Kings Highway at Braidwood which is now available for your comment. The draft plan is now available on the website at http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects/projects/south_eastern_region/kings_hwy/braidwood/index.html.

The plan presents a concept for a long term vision based on community values that have been expressed at various workshops held by RMS and includes an implementation section which identifies the need to establish required roles, responsibilities and resourcing. The plan has been developed in conjunction with Palerang Council who will deliver the outputs and own / administer the Tree Management Plan.

RMS will be holding a ‘drop in day’ in Braidwood in early 2013 to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss the plan with the RMS project team. RMS will let you know the details of the ‘drop in day’ when finalised.  

RMS has also been developing a package of work in response to the road safety concern that includes consideration of the concepts included in this plan. The RMS scope of work proposal will be finalised for comment following the review period for this plan.

The RMS advocates “Removal of the existing trees after the new avenue trees are established and have attained an acceptable form and size as determined by Palerang Council in consultation with RMS.”The report also considers planting outside of the road reserves.

The report also recommends several new types of cultivars and says “The existing Pin Oaks are not considered to be a suitable species to achieve the avenue character due to their relatively broad crown and low branching habit.”

New plantings would be at 3 – 4metres high and the RMS has recommended “a program of ongoing maintenance of the avenue trees will involve scheduled inspections and tree maintenance works by people with the required skills and resources.”

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