The first stage of the Bultje Street Tree Replacement Project kicks off today with the removal of seven trees between Darling and Brisbane Streets, which will then be replaced with a more appropriate species.
Dubbo Regional Council’s Manager of Recreation and Open Space Ian McAlister said that an audit of street trees, conducted as part of Council’s Street Tree Strategy, presented the opportunity to not only improve the tree canopy, but also employ a planting and watering strategy that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the new tree.
“As part of the 2012 tree audit of Central Dubbo the trees in this section of Bultje were identified as nearing the end of their useful life expectancy,” Mr McAlister said.
“In response to community and business requests in the area, Council are replacing seven trees with a more appropriate species for the location with the expectation that the shade provision will be increased by 200-300% over the course of the next 5 years,” he said.
“The project is using water sensitive urban design which seeks to better utilise storm water runoff, and the root infrastructure is designed to better advantage the growth and long term health of the tree in what is a harsh road side environment,” he said.
“The trees will be planted using the modified Stockholm Method which involves a rock matrix which has proved immensely successful for other trees, such as the ones planted in the Darling Street redevelopment,
“The current trees will now be cut down to stumps, before being removed completely and replaced with the new species,” he said.
“Bultje Street was identified as a Priority 1 site in Council’s adopted Dubbo Street Tree Masterplan which assisted in an appropriate funding source being identified to expedite the project,” Mr McAlister said.
This project is being funded through NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Local Government NSW (Building Resilience to Climate Change) and Dubbo Regional Council.
Council anticipates that the project will be complete by 30th March, 2018.
Source: Dubbo Regional Council