• Date: 13/12/2016
  • Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park

Sugar gum trees adjacent to the Fawkner Memorial Park chapel complex are soon to be removed in the interest of public safety.

The works will take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December, minimising disruption to chapel services and visitors.

Unfortunately, recent extreme weather impacted significantly on 26 trees located in the car park of the Fawkner Memorial Park chapel complex, including the uprooting of a tree. The area has since been cordoned off to the public.

Compaction of the soil in the vicinity has also contributed to a decline in the health and structure of the trees, particularly their roots.

An independent arboriculturalist recently assessed that the trees in question present a risk to the public and accordingly, GMCT has determined that the trees should be removed as soon as possible.

GMCT has obtained a permit of exemption from Heritage Victoria and has approval to remove the trees on public safety grounds.

GMCT has also informed Moreland City Council of the planned tree removals. As Moreland City Council agrees that the works are an emergency, it has given approval for removal of the trees without a permit.

Trees and other flora throughout Fawkner Memorial Park are an important aspect of the landscape of the cemetery. They provide a home to native wildlife and help create a peaceful and pleasant environment for visiting families and the general public.  Accordingly, replacement landscaping and planting will be planned in the future and a priority for GMCT will be ensuring the trees are re-utilised within the park. All mulch generated from the works will be utilised on garden beds throughout the park and logs will be utilised to create habitat and bollards.

View a map of the affected area in the community update available here.