Poplars on the way out

THE Snowy River Shire Council held a community consultation session last week to discuss the future of the Berridale poplar trees attracting about 40 community members.

The council's General Manager Joe Vescio said later than while some community members remained unsatisfied that the poplars require removal, it was generally accepted that they were now reaching the end of their life and action must be taken.

"We are extremely pleased with the number of community members who attended. Council staff provided them with facts surrounding the current condition of the poplars, as well as discussing possible options for the future," Mr Vescio said.

He outlined the details from the comprehensive arborist report that was conducted at the end of 2013. The report provided information on the condition and options for future management of the poplars. Community members participated in a Q&A session, which lead to a number of interesting suggestions for the future look of Berridale.

The strongest message that the council received from the community was that any plans to replace the Berridale poplars must include a management plan to ensure that future generations are not faced with a similar situation in years to come.

"All of the suggestions will be researched and considered as the council moves forward with each stage of the project. The council will also continue updating the community as it develops the long term removal and replacement planting plan. This will include further community consultations to clarify possible landscaping options as already discussed," Mr Vescio said.

The council was due to consider the situation at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

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