Berridale's poplars face the axe

TWELVE of Berridale's historic poplars will be removed by Easter in a planned program that will eventually see 44 poplars replaced.

They need to be brought down because of the high risk of diseased trunks, falling branches, potential damage to private and public infrastructure, and traffic and human hazard.

They have been identified in a comprehensive arborist report on the condition and options for management of Berridale's avenue of poplars which has been on public exhibition for two months.

The first 12 trees to get the axe will be marked with pink ribbons.

A replacement program will be developed, including future budgeting, in consultation with the local community.

According to the Snowy River Shire Council, and confirmed in talks with the Roads and Maritime Services, there is a "need to act now."

"It is important to remember that trees are living things and therefore like all of us, do not live forever," the council's General Manager Joe Vescio said.

"What we as the council and as a community must do now is consider the future direction of the avenue. At some stage in the next 10-20 years many of the trees' health will continue to decline and become too great a risk, both a physical hazard and monetary burden upon the council, to reasonably maintain.

"If we start now, we can establish a plan, budget and management program to maintain the iconic avenue for future generations to enjoy."

All members of the community are encouraged to come along to discuss and plan for the future management of the avenue (including various replacement options) at a community consultation session to be held at 6pm on Tuesday February 18 at the Berridale Community Hall.

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