Unley Publications : Unley Life Summer 2017
1212 Like people, trees have a life expectancy. As trees age or if they succumb to disease, they can pose a risk to members of the community and property. We understand tree removal can be traumatic and emotional, with people becoming attached to them over the many decades they have been in place. However there will come a time when the benefit of keeping an individual tree is far outweighed by the risk of personal inquiry or property damage. Council is committed to protecting and maintaining its trees while also meeting its obligation to provide a safe environment - it’s our job to strike a balance between preservation and safety. The community is often divided about whether a tree should stay or go and the issues surrounding tree removal can be very complex. If a ratepayer wants a regulated or significant tree to be removed from private or Council-owned land, they must submit a development application. For significant tree removal applicants are required to provide an arborist report and it’s Council’s role to do due diligence based on exper t advice. This may involve seeking the advice of Council's arborist and commissioning a second report. During the last financial year, Council received 56 applications seeking the removal of a regulated or significant tree. One application was a request from a local childcare centre to remove a regulated street tree, after it dropped a limb in a children’s play area. Despite the tree being reported to be in good health by two of the three arborist reports, the panel assessed all the available information and approved its removal because of the potentially severe consequences if another limb was to fall. While the childcare centre was pleased about the decision, it also elicited backlash from residents who wanted the tree retained. Disappointingly the childcare centre’s fence was vandalised soon after the Council’s decision was made. This demonstrates the conflict that trees can create in a community and the difficult decision-making processes that Council faces when evaluating whether a tree should be protected or removed. Trees are an important part of our City’s urban infrastructure and people are understandably passionate about what happens to them. When it comes to the removal of regulated or significant trees, there are always people on both sides of the fence. We know it’s impossible to please everyone when it comes to trees but we do our best to listen to community concerns and strike a balance between preservation and safety. For more information, read the City of Unley Tree Strategy at unley.sa .gov.au To ensure our community continues to value this City of Unley publication, we are seeking your feedback. • Do you find this magazine a valuable source of local information? • Do you like receiving a printed magazine, or would you prefer to receive it in a digital format? • Do you like receiving your copy in your letter box, or would you be happy collecting it from a central location such as your local supermarket or community centre? • How would you like to see this information delivered differently? Please fill out our survey at yoursay.unley.sa .gov.au/unleylife, email your feedback to email@example.com or phone Erin Thompson on 8372 5183 What do you think about Unley Life magazine? ANNUAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GOODWOOD ROAD STREETSCAPE UPGR ADE SUMMER 16 Summer ti m ein Un l ey SPRING 15 FUNLEY IN UNLEY A NNUAL BUSINESS PLAN AND BUDGET 2015-16 Back to nature LOCA L GROW ERS SPRING 17 Striking a balance With about 26,000 Council-owned trees in streetscapes and open spaces as well as tens of thousands of trees on private land, it’s a difficult job but a responsibility that the City of Unley takes very seriously.
Unley Life Spring 2017