Please help protect remaining large trees.

Please publish this on your site as I am very concerned about the few remaining trees on the river bank adjoining these proposed developments. The river bank in this area has been stripped of most vegetation by someone. After inquiries I have found that Yarra council is responsible for the river bank area, but apparently not responsible for the removal of the vegetation. Trees require a permit to be removed, even by other govt authorities, but I and others witnessed trees being cut down in December 2015.  As a former bayside resident I am well aware that vegetation and trees which interrupt private views often meet with accidents, or are irreperably damaged during construction.  We need to protect the trees that are left.    Thank you, Hayley.

Please help to protect the one remaining River Red Gum on the river bank in front of 647 Victoria Street (see photo below), and the Moreton Bay Fig and Plane tree in front of 627 Victoria Street, by requesting Yarra Council to include them on the Significant Tree Register (link to form below). The trees are on crown land and are not currently listed. The  details of the trees are as follows:

On bank in front of 647 Victoria Street: River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis):  Approx 35m in height; canopy spread of approx 15 m; Trunk diameter approximately 1m. At least 60-70 years old, probably more. These trees can reach 45m and an age of 700 years. The condition of the tree is good. A very important tree for the riparian corridor, to slow silt runoff and mitigate flooding. It is an essential part of riparian habitat for multiple birds, bats and even frogs. The River Red Gum is a nesting site for the Superb Parrot, which is a vulnerable species, and the Grey-headed Flying Fox, also a vulnerable species. This River Red Gum is one of the few in the area and the only mature red gum tree on this Abbotsford bank.  It is an important landmark in an environmentally significant area. Provides bank stability, shade and cooling, outstanding aesthetic value, and provides green in the grey area of these multiple developments. This tree is in particular danger, as the plans for development at 647 indicate substantial disruption to the Trail, which could damage the roots.

On bank in front of 627 Victoria Street:

Moreton Bay Fig (ficus  macrophylla): at least 100 years old; Height approx 30m; canopy spread of approx 40m; trunk diameter 2m plus. The condition of the tree is good. Has outstanding habitat value. Provides food for grey-headed flying foxes (0n vulnerable species list), cuckoo shrikes, pigeons, currawongs, bower birds and possums.

Plane tree (platanus acerifolia): at least 100 years old; height approx 30m; canopy spread approx 20m; trunk diameter approx 1m. The condition of the tree is good. Provides nesting habitat for birds and possums, as well as bank stability and shade and cooling, and aesthetic value.

You can use the photo of the River Red Gum (see below) if you want to attach a photo to the nomination.

Please go here, and nominate these trees:

http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/environment/trees/significant-tree-register/significant-tree-register-nomination-form-/

The trees are all eligible for inclusion on many of the following grounds:

1.1    Horticultural or Genetic Value
Any tree which is of horticultural or genetic value and could be an important source of propagating stock, including specimens that are particularly resistant to disease or exposure. This could include Australian native, locally indigenous or exotic tree species.
A tree or group of trees that are of ecological or environmental significance. These trees may provide habitat value or contribute significantly to a greater habitat corridor.
A remnant or self sown indigenous specimen. For the purpose of this management plan, the term ‘remnant’ refers to a mature tree, indigenous to the local area, that is likely to have been present in its location, prior to 1900.
1.2    Unique Location or Context
The tree or trees occur in a unique location or context, so as to provide a unique contribution to the landscape. This includes the following categories:
·    Historic Garden or Park
·    Important Landmark
·    Habitat Trees
·    Contribution to Landscape
·    Environmentally sensitive site (eg. Riparian, wetland)
This may include the blanket inclusion of trees of various sizes in parks such as Edinburgh Gardens, where the significance of the tree(s) relates to the broader landscape context.
1.5    Outstanding Size (Girth height spread)
The outstanding size of a tree will relate specifically to the tree species and may vary considerably depending.
·    Height
·    Canopy Spread
·    Diameter at Breast Height (DBH)
1.6    Aesthetic Value
The tree is a particularly well formed example of the species that is in a location that makes it striking in the landscape.  The loss of a tree in this category would result in a substantial change to the local landscape.
1.12    Outstanding Habitat Value
The tree is observed to have significant hollows for avian fauna or is clearly being used as a major food source for fauna.  The presence of large raptor nests or numerous nests may qualify a tree in this category.
1.13    Environmental/Micro-climate Services
Any tree that provides a significant modification to the local microclimate.
·    Providing significant shade or cooling
·    Providing green in ‘grey’ area
·    Halting or stabilising environmental degradation processes such as soil erosion,    salinity, water table depth
·    Acting as a wind break
·    Linking canopy cover with other green areas or trees.

If you look at google maps here, you can see the vegetation which was present in 2014, much of which has been removed. (move cursor left or right to see wide view).

https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8110006,145.0098342,3a,37.5y,10.98h,82.07t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6IvOUhYME8onIEwSx4i-qQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

Picture of remaining River Red Gum:

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