Tree change at Oatley with 17 Tallowoods to be removed from under power lines

Turning a new leaf: Georges River Council and Ausgrid will remove 30 Tallowood trees that are under power lines. Picture: John Veage

Turning a new leaf: Georges River Council and Ausgrid will remove 30 Tallowood trees that are under power lines. Picture: John Veage

A total of 17 trees, some up to 40-metres tall will be removed from under power lines along Gungah Bay Road, Oatley and replaced by smaller trees.

Georges River Council said it has has received a number of requests from local residents and Ausgrid for the removal of the Eucalyptus microcorys (Tallowwood) under the power lines.

Ausgrid and Georges River Council will work together to achieve the removal and replacement of the trees.

Their removal will help to protect the reliability and safety of the local electricity supply, a council spokesman said.

The Tallowwoods have been growing under power lines and will be replaced with 30  Water Gums along a section of Gungah Bay Road, Oatley between Roberts Avenue and Acacia Street.

Ausgrid General Manager Program Delivery Nathan Rhodes said the program was a great outcome for local residents.

“We understand the community values street trees and we all expect a safe and reliable power supply,” Mr Rhodes said.

“Many of these trees have a mature height of up to 40 metres. They have been trimmed regularly to help ensure they wouldn’t impact the power supply to local homes and businesses.

“Unfortunately Tallowwoods don’t respond well to regular trimming and the safest option is to replace them,” he said.

Following Ausgrid’s removal of the Tallowwoods, a new and more suitable species of tree will be planted by Council.

This is expected to take place within one month of the original trees being removed.

The replacement species, the Water Gum, has been carefully selected to ensure ongoing maintenance around powerlines was minimised.

Water Gums are a much smaller tree which still offer visual amenity for the streetscape and are suitable for planting around power lines, the council spokesman said.

For more information, contact Council’s Tree Management Officer Stephen Lunniss

via 9330 6400.