Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tree roots in Euroa’s central business district have caused significant damage to pavers along Binney Street.
In the 1990s, many Manchurian Pear trees were planted along Binney and Brock streets in Euroa and were selected, at the time, for their suitability and on the proviso that the roots would grow down rather than causing damage to the pavers circling the trees.
While it is unclear as to what has caused the roots to grow so erratically, droughts which have occurred over the last 25 years may be a factor.
Seven Creeks Ward Councillors Mick Williams and John Mason recently inspected the damage and urged the local community to give feedback on what should be done with the trees.
"The invasive root system on these trees have popped the pavers and cracked the asphalt, sometimes at considerable distance from the trees," Cr Mason said.
"The worst case scenario would be to remove the trees and plant a tree with a non-invasive root system."
"Council first caught wind of this after a conversation with community members and are horrified with the damage caused.
"But we want to hear from the local community about what they think about the issue."
Cr Mason said the perfect opportunity to address the issue would be at the upcoming Let’s Talk – We are Listening Conversation Café in Euroa on February 16.
"Council wants to have the community consider the trees’ future or landscape features to resolve or defer the problem," Cr Williams said.
"But for safety reasons, some of the pavers around the trees on Binney St will need to be removed."
The Euroa Conversation Café will be held at the Euroa Library from 5-7pm on Thursday, February 16.
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