• Date: 08/05/2017
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

A Victorian icon and a local children's playground recently received a very special donation from GMCT.

Hazardous sugar gum trees removed from Fawkner Memorial Park are now being used to power the Puffing Billy steam train in the Dandenong Ranges and are being enjoyed by youngsters in the City of Moreland as play equipment.  

In December 2016, we removed a series of sugar gum trees at the Fawkner Memorial Park chapel and crematorium complex after an independent consulting arborist assessed them as being a risk to public safety. 

The trees, a longstanding feature of the landscape at the cemetery, were in declining health and at risk of falling.

The wood resulting from their removal has now been repurposed, ensuring these beautiful trees will continue to be used and appreciated by the community in a different way.


Supporting a Victorian icon

Puffing Billy is a century-old steam train running on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges. The train is now a major historical tourist attraction run by volunteers.

The Puffing Billy team recently stopped by GMCT to pick up approximately 85 cubic metres of wood and transfer it to its new home.

Wood is a precious resource for Puffing Billy - the timber is used as light-up wood for the organisation’s steam locomotives.

Logs being removed from Fawkner Memorial Park en route to Puffing Billy.

Improving local playgrounds

Children in the City of Moreland will also benefit.

Logs from the trees have been sectioned and turned into playful ‘stepping stones’ at the G E Clarke playground.  Moreland City Council recently collected additional logs and rocks from the Ely Court development site at Keilor to be used in additional playgrounds in future.

Logs from GMCT's sugar gums repurposed at the G E Clarke Playground.  

Photo: Moreland City Council